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West Valley man charged with kidnapping, assaulting girl on way home from school

West Valley man charged with kidnapping, assaulting girl on way home from school

(Salt Lake County Jail)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Multiple criminal charges were filed Friday against a West Valley man accused of kidnapping a Hunter High School student while she was walking home from school, duct taping her, and sexually assaulting her at his home.

Creed Cole Lujan, 43, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies; three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of obstructing justice, second-degree felonies.

Prosecutors have requested Lujan be held without bail, or in the alternative, bail be set at an extraordinarily high amount of $1.5 million cash only.

Charging documents outline the disturbing crime.

On Monday, a 15-year-old girl was walking home from school when Lujan pulled up next to her in his car and forced her at knifepoint to get inside, according to charging documents. Police say he then took the girl’s cellphone, “poured chemicals on it” and left it in the road.

Lujan put duct tape over the girl’s mouth and wrapped her hands and feet in duct tape, then leaned the passenger seat back and forced the girl to lie partly on the car floor and partly on the seat, according to the charges.

Lujan took the girl to his house, 3542 S. 6555 West, then forced to take three pills to “relax” before taking her to a bed in the basement where he photographed and videotaped her naked before raping her, the charges state.

Afterward, police say he took the girl to a bus stop near her school and dropped her off. She was found running through the neighborhood crying hysterically.

Using home surveillance cameras in the area that recorded Lujan’s car, police were able to track him down at his house. His house and the interior matched descriptions given by the girl, according to the charges.


“When police made contact with Lujan, he was actively deleting photos from his phone that appeared to be a nude female,” the charging documents say.

Detectives said they were able to recover some of those photos, which were of the kidnapped girl.

During an exam at the hospital, the girl tested positive for barbiturates, a sedative, which police believe was from the pills Lujan gave her.

According to a police affidavit, Lujan told the girl that “he had cancer and that he hoped God will forgive him.”

In 2009, Lujan pleaded guilty to attempted murder in 3rd District Court in exchange for a charge of aggravated kidnapping being dismissed. At that time, police say Lujan attempted to kill a hotel housekeeper at the Crystal Inn in West Valley City.

In that case, Lujan requested housekeeping service in his room. When an employee came to his room, he shut the door, locked it and used a twisted hand towel to choke her until she was unconscious, according to charging documents.

Lujan told police, “I don’t know why I did it. The cleaning lady was there in the hotel and I lost it. Is she dead? Is she dead? Is she dead?” the charges state.

He was sentenced to three years to life in the Utah State Prison, according to court records. He was released on parole in January 2015, according to the Utah Department of Corrections.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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