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S.L. biker charged with kidnapping, assault

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A Salt Lake man who is a member of the Sundowner Motorcycle Club has been accused of holding a couple hostage and threatening their lives.

Robert Raymond Dale, known among Sundowners as "Nasty Bob," was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.Dale is being sought on a $250,000 warrant. He had been in the Salt Lake County Jail after a previous arrest but was released March 2.

Prosecutors alleged that Dale, 43, used a dangerous weapon to hold a man and a woman against their will for at least 30 minutes sometime between Dec. 31, 1995, and Feb. 1, 1996, threatening their lives and the lives of their family members, court documents state.

Documents also alleged that Dale "intentionally caused serious bodily injury" to the victims.

The exact date and location of the kidnapping and the names of the victims have been specifically left out of court documents because FBI agents believe the couple and their family may still be at risk, the filing states. Threats against them have continued since 1996.

In January, Dale was one of 39 members of the Sundowner club arrested on federal and state drug-distribution and weapons charges, FBI special agent George Dougherty said.

Working together, Salt Lake police and federal agents raided the Sundowners' Salt Lake clubhouse, arresting four people the morning of Jan. 28. The remaining 35 individuals were arrested the day following the raid.