A 35-year-old transient was charged with three first-degree felonies in 3rd Circuit Court Friday following a Wednesday night incident.
The man is in the Salt Lake County Jail following the incident, in which a Salt Lake police officer, responding to a parking problem, spotted a car parked at about 420 W. 300 North just before 9:30 p.m. When the police vehicle approached the car, the driver started the car and headed for the police car.A woman jumped out of the car and told the officer she had been kidnapped from a Regent Street parking garage.
She said she was leaving work when a man held a knife to her throat and demanded her money. The man then forced himself into her vehicle and told the woman to drive him to Ogden, she said. He threatened to stab her if she didn't comply, court documents state.
The man changed his mind and told the victim to drive him to the railroad tracks. The man began to sexually assault the woman just when the officer arrived.
"The woman looked clean and well-dressed, and the guy looked like a transient and smelled bad. I knew things didn't add up," the officer said.
When the officer attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect wrestled him to the ground. The officer managed to grab his radio and call for a backup.
The transient was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault.