Provo man beat girlfriend while making food deliveries, police say

Provo man beat girlfriend while making food deliveries, police say

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MILLCREEK — Police have arrested a Provo man who they say held his girlfriend hostage and abused her while doing Door Dash deliveries.

Drew Robert Hartung, 36, was arrested just after midnight Monday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Unified police say Hartung made food deliveries for Door Dash from Provo to Millcreek all day on Sunday. Hartung’s girlfriend was in the car with him the entire time as well as a 3-year-old daughter they have in common, according to a police affidavit.

“The victim stated she was unable to leave the car during any of that time and that she was afraid she would die if she tried to leave,” the affidavit states. “She stated that Drew had beat her with his fists, a flashlight and threatened her with a gardening tool. The victim stated Drew threatened to kill her and had dragged her from the back of the vehicle to the front of the vehicle.”

Officers observed injuries consistent with being beaten and dragged, according to the affidavit. The woman was able to call police early Monday after Hartung allegedly passed out while parked in a store parking lot. Officers found Hartung “slumped over the steering wheel,” possibly from drug use, according to the affidavit.

Police have requested Hartung be held without bail, noting that “Drew threatened to kill (his girlfriend) if she ever turned him into the police,” the affidavit states.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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