California Kidnap Suspect Arrested in Utah

California Kidnap Suspect Arrested in Utah


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Kimberly Houk ReportingSalt Lake police arrested a man they say kidnapped his ex-wife and two-year old son from California. Police caught up with them early this morning at LDS Hospital, but then the suspect took off on foot.

California Kidnap Suspect Arrested in Utah

Police say the suspect was hiding in a tree up in the avenues. They brought the dogs out to find him and once they tracked him, police say the suspect jumped out of the tree and started hopping from the roof of one house to another, until the dogs stopped him.

Police have not released his name.

It started when a missing person's report was filed in Alameda County in northern California for a woman and her two-year old son who were taken from their home Saturday afternoon. Police say the woman is the suspect's ex-wife and the boy is his child.

Just before one o'clock this morning police say the suspect walked his badly beaten ex-wife into LDS Hospital.

Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake City Police: “My understanding is the injuries to her are cigarette burns to her legs. She was brought into the hospital because of facial injuries."

California Kidnap Suspect Arrested in Utah

Lt. Tim Doubt, Salt Lake City Police Department: "The female told the hospital people she had been kidnapped out of Oakland, California and then called her mother who also agreed that she had been kidnapped and reported missing."

Police say the two-year old was not injured. And they say they don't know where the suspect was planning on taking his ex-wife and son.

Salt Lake City police will book him on a probation violation from a past domestic violence charge. And they say he will be sent back to California to face kidnapping charges as well.

Police say the woman is in good condition tonight at LDS Hospital.

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