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Two men charged with attempted murder in Taylorsville kidnapping, stabbing

TAYLORSVILLE — Attempted murder charges were filed Thursday against two men who remain at large after allegedly beating, tying up and stabbing a Taylorsville woman this week.

Jeffrey Rich Hanson, 34, and Eliese Tupou Olive, 32, are each charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Hanson, who police say lives with the victim in Taylorsville, is also charged with two third-degree felony counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Charging documents say the two men were smoking heroin with the 19-year-old woman Monday inside her home at 4428 S. Jarrah St. when the attack began.

The woman told police she asked Olive whether she could use his computer and he refused. Olive, of Salt Lake City, then allegedly followed the woman down into the basement of the home and began punching her in the face.

The woman asked Hanson for help, but he soon joined in, charges state. He and Olive allegedly began hitting the woman with a pool cue stick.

"Subsequently, Hanson and Olive used tape and plastic zip ties to tie (the victim) to a chair, and clothing was shoved in her mouth, wrapped around her head, and secured with tape," according to the charges.

Unified police said this week that the woman was likely bound for several hours. Court documents say she got loose from the chair "with her nails and a knife found on the ground."

The woman then tried to leave the home, but Hanson attacked her from behind and held onto her while Olive stabbed her multiple times in the stomach, charges state. The men allegedly began punching her in the face a second time and made her go back downstairs.

The woman later fled through a basement window and ran next door, where police say she showed up on her neighbor's front porch in extremely critical condition, prompting him to call 911.

Police say they searched the home and located zip ties and tape on a chair in the basement. Officers also discovered "numerous knives, including one covered in blood," as well as two guns and some drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

Unified police are attempting to track down Hansen and Olive, who are believed to still be somewhere in Salt Lake County. Hanson is white, with blond hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. Olive is Polynesian, has brown eyes and black hair, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.

Police are also looking for Hanson's vehicle, which is a Dodge Durango that was originally red but has been painted primer black. Its Utah license plate number is E787U.

The woman was upgraded to serious condition Monday night and her health has continued to improve, according to Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.

Domestic violence charges against Hanson have been dismissed five times since 2010, including one case in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and unlawful detention of a minor, according to Utah court records. A misdemeanor threat of violence charge against him was dismissed in August 2014.

Hanson's criminal history is substantial, court records show. In 2014 alone, he entered guilty pleas to impaired driving, reckless endangerment, prohibited discharge of a firearm, violating a jail release court order, criminal mischief and attempted drug possession.

Jail records indicate Hanson was released from the Utah State Prison on Feb. 17.

A woman, who is not the victim in the current case, filed for a protective order against Hanson in December 2013.

Olive was charged in November 2015 with failure to stop or respond at the command of police and drug distribution with the intent to distribute, both felonies.

Also in November, in that and two other cases, Olive was charged with reckless endangerment, theft, interference with an arresting officer, disorderly conduct, two counts of assault, three counts of drug possession and multiple other misdemeanors. Those cases are still active.

Olive and Hanson are armed and dangerous, police say, and should not be approached. Anyone who sees them or has any information about their whereabouts is asked to call Unified police detectives at 385-468-9812.


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