Richard Piatt Reporting A Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy was in the right place at the right time to save the life of a Springville woman overnight. The woman had been kidnapped, beaten, and her life threatened by the time she ran from her captor on a remote dead-end road.
It may be as much luck and timing as anything else. But Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Marni Montgomery also acted quickly and effectively, saving the life of a desperate young woman in the middle of nowhere.
It happened around midnight Tuesday-- a car speeding toward a snow gate just above Little Dell Reservoir. The driver spins out when he realizes the road is closed, slowing just enough for a young woman to jump out. Nearby, a Sheriff's patrol vehicle happens to be there.
The woman runs, hysterical, toward Deputy Marni Montgomery, whose quiet night is about to change.
Marni Montgomery, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputy: “At that point in time I had no idea what was going on. We're in a place where there is no one around.”
The woman is named 'Mindy'. She later told Deputy Montgomery the man driving the car kidnapped her; threatened to rape her, kill her and dump her body in the canyon.
Mindy, Kidnapping Victim: “It's a pretty scary thing, really scary. I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life, ever.”
Mindy has bruises on her arm where he tried to restrain her.
Mindy: “He was digging in me, he had his claws in pretty deep.”
Once she spots Deputy Montgomery, the frightening trip comes to an end. And Montgomery moves to make an arrest.
Mindy: “When I saw her, I knew it was all over. And I felt safe once I saw her.”
Marni Montgomery, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputy: “He was extremely agitated and nervous. He was responding to my commands to keep his hands on the steering wheel.”
Montgomery says 41-year old James L. Green was the agitated man behind the wheel. Agitated because, according to both Marni and Montgomery, Green was high on Meth at the time. He is now facing a slew of charges, and anger from Marni.
Marni Montgomery: “I hope he rots. That's mean, I know. I hope he goes to prison.”
Green was already wanted for violating his parole on earlier drug charges. He now faces additional charges of kidnapping, forcible sexual assault and drug possession.