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West Valley man charged with kidnapping girlfriend

A West Valley City man was charged Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping in connection with a fight he had with his girlfriend, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

Court documents say James Strah, 38, fought with his girlfriend on Aug. 10 at their shared apartment, pushing her to the ground, punching her in the face and grabbing her by her throat.

The victim told police she lost consciousness at one point during the altercation.

The woman walked toward the front door as she heard Strah in the adjacent room breaking glass, but Strah pulled her back with her hair and began punching her again, the charges said.

"Each time (the victim) would go to the door, the defendant would grab her, throw her down and hit her again," court documents said.

Another man later knocked on the door, and the woman escaped.

While police were interviewing Strah, they became aware of a pipe in his car. Strah admitted to using the pipe to smoke methamphetamine, according to court documents.

If convicted, Strah faces a minimum imprisonment of five years for the first-degree felony.

— Michael Gonda