DRAPER — A Draper man was charged Thursday with multiple felonies after police say he kidnapped and tortured a couple, then twice tried to jump out of a police car after he was arrested.
Edward Thomas Heuser, 31, is charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of aggravated kidnaping, aggravated sexual assault, arranging the distribution of drugs, and drug distribution, all first-degree felonies, among other charges.
Bail was set at $1 million.
On Feb. 10, a woman and man told police they were held captive at gunpoint in Heuser's house. He forced the two "to his upstairs room and tied them up at gunpoint with a bright yellow-orange tape," according to charging documents.
Both victims said Heuser threatened to kill them several times, all while "smoking something that had a white thick smoke," the charges state.
Heuser then forced the woman "to ingest unknown drugs and placed a fentanyl patch on her back when she was tied up," investigators wrote in the charges. Police say he also threw her down a flight of stairs and "attached jumper cables" to the man and told him "that he was going to fry."
About midday on Feb. 11, Heuser "pointed a handgun at (the woman) with one hand and placed his other hand on a rifle" while forcing the woman to perform a sex act, the charging documents say.
On Feb. 12, the woman was able to escape and run to a nearby house. Heuser, "chased her out of his home and fired a handgun outside of the home while yelling at her," according to court documents.
Police served a search warrant on the house Feb. 13 and found yellow packaging tape, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the charges state. In addition, bank statements that did not belong to anyone in the house were seized, according to police.
Heuser was arrested and placed in handcuffs into the back of a police patrol car. But he "began to yell and slam around in the back seat" and just as the car was about to move, "moved his handcuffs to the front of his body and was climbing out of the window," the charges state.
After evaluating Heuser at the Draper Police Station, officers drove him to the Salt Lake County Jail. But on the way, he "continued to slam himself against the interior of the vehicle" and again was able to roll the back window down and started to climb out, forcing the officer to stop the car, the charges state.
Heuser was also charged Thursday with two counts of transaction of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; four counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; two counts of escape from custody, a class A misdemeanor; and failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer, a class A misdemeanor.
Heuser's criminal history includes a federal firearms conviction, as well as state firearms and drug convictions in 2016 for which he received a suspended prison sentence, according to court records.