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Salt Lake police arrest man in kidnapping probe

A bizarre series of events in front of Salt Lake's homeless shelter Tuesday landed two people in jail.

"It's an odd situation," said Salt Lake City police detective Roger Williams. "The details of what really happened are still sketchy."

A 41-year-old man drove by the shelter, 220 S. Rio Grande, just before 1 p.m. He reportedly tried to force a 45-year-old woman to drive his car, Williams said. When police arrived at the scene, the man was outside the car yelling at the woman.

Investigators, however, believe the man was really in the area to buy drugs. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted kidnapping because of the demands he placed on the woman to chauffeur him around.

The car had been reported stolen. The owner, an acquaintance of the man, later showed up at the shelter. He was arrested after admitting that he lied about his vehicle being carjacked and that he had actually given his keys to the man.