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Man kidnapped, assaulted southern Utah woman, charges state

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Aug. 30, 2019 at 3:11 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 65-year-old Toquerville woman in her Washington County home.

Gordon James King, 69, of Ross, California, was charged Tuesday in 5th District Court with two counts of object rape and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; assault, a class A misdemeanor; and propelling a bodily substance, a class A misdemeanor.

On Aug. 19, King called 911 to report his 65-year-old “friend” had fallen and injured her hip, according to charging documents. But when emergency crews arrived, they found the woman on her bed with no clothes on, “significant bruising” on her arm and she was later diagnosed with a broken hip, the charges state.

When interviewed by detectives at the hospital, the woman said that King “struck her on the head knocking her to the floor, where she injured her hip,” and then “drug her to the bedroom and tied her to the bed. She stated while she was tied to the bed, Gordon stuffed ‘scarfs’ in her mouth,” according to charging documents.

The woman also told investigators that King was armed with a knife during the assault, the charges state.

When police contacted King by phone and told him they would like to talk to him about what happened, he said he was in Arizona, according to charging documents. As of Thursday, King had not been arrested.

Investigators were also still trying to determine how King and the woman knew each other and why King was at her residence. The woman told police she has never been romantically involved with King, the charges state.

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