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Pregnant woman, child bound with duct tape during robbery, police say

CLINTON — Police have arrested a man in connection with a violent home invasion robbery and assault in Clinton.

Investigators say Luis Angel Martinez, 19, and two other men broke into a townhouse at Maplewood Village near 650 West and 800 North in Clinton in October looking for the homeowner but found a pregnant woman and a 10-year-old boy instead.

Police say the three men, dressed in black with their faces painted black, used baseball bats and duct tape to hold the woman and boy against their will.

"This was a violent attack," Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said. "The female and juvenile were bound to kitchen chairs with duct tape, and the duct tape was also affixed over their eyes."

Police arrested Martinez Monday for investigation of aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. They were able to link him to the crime through fingerprints found at the scene. According to arresting documents, Martinez is a a family friend of the victims.

"Due to the disguise (and) the actions that were taken on that night, the individual was not recognized on the date of the incident," Stoker explained.

Police reports also say the men took several items and one of them assaulted the woman.

"They did threaten the individuals involved that if they were to report the incident that they would come back," Stoker said.

But that didn't stop the victims from breaking free and calling 911.

Police say they're not sure of the motive behind the attack and robbery.

"We believe the target of the initial assault was not home at the time of the incident," the lieutenant said.

Detectives are now following leads to try to find the remaining two men suspected of being involved in the case. Stoker said investigators know who they are but have had trouble locating them.

"We hope to investigate everything that's outstanding and bring this to resolution with others that were involved in the case as well," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Clinton police at 801-614-0800.

Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc