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Man is charged with kidnapping

SANDY — A man has been charged in holding a woman hostage for 17 hours, then beating and choking her repeatedly during that time.

Robert Rea, 40, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault. He is accused of not allowing his live-in girlfriend to leave their residence, 8565 S. State, from 4 p.m. on Wednesday to 9 a.m. the next day, according to police.

During that time, Rea "punched (the victim) in the face and head, hit her in the legs with a pool cue, slammed her head against door frames and walls, strangled her on their bed until she almost lost consciousness and struck her in the ribs with a metal post," the charges filed in 3rd District Court state.

Several times the woman tried to escape. But each time, Rea would drag her back inside and "beat her more severely each time she tried to leave," according to court documents.

At one point, two witnesses saw the woman on the front porch and the man throwing shoes at her. After dragging her back inside the house, the witnesses heard her "screaming repeatedly for the defendant to stop hitting her," the charges state.

Another witness observed Rea throw the woman out of the house by her hair, causing her to land on her back. He then ordered her to get back inside, according to prosecutors.

Officers responding to the house saw the two getting into a vehicle in the garage. The officer observed blood on the victim's shirt as well as bruises and scratches on her body, as well as a hand print on her neck, the charges state.

Rea was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. The woman was taken to a local hospital to be treated for broken ribs, severe swelling of the neck and bruises all over.

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