Charges filed in West Valley City kidnapping case

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a man accused of kidnapping and robbing a man he met on the Internet.

Shawlee Tuli Ama, 21, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Bail was set at $250,000.

On Dec. 21, police say Ama answered an ad placed by the victim requesting massage services. He then met the victim in a parking lot in West Valley City, where he carjacked the man and robbed him at gunpoint.

The victim was able to escape after he rammed his vehicle into a sheriff deputy's patrol car.

Ama's initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 31.

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