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Charges: Utahn threatened estranged wife, held her hostage for 6 days

Feroz Sediqi
Feroz Sediqi
Salt Lake County Jail

WEST VALLEY CITY — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a man accused of kidnapping and trying kill his wife.

Feroz Sediqi, 33, of West Valley City, is charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felonies; aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; and violation of a pretrial protective order, a third-degree felony.

Police say Sediqi got into an argument with his wife on March 8 and she told him she was leaving. Sediqi pulled her into a bedroom and physically restrained her from leaving the residence, according to charging documents.

"The only way you can leave is if you leave this earth," he told her, the charges state.

He then allegedly told her that he "was going to kill her and then himself." Sediqi grabbed the woman's throat and squeezed it until she was unconscious, police say. When she regained consciousness, Sediqi told her, "Now I really have to kill you," the charges state, and "strangled her to unconsciousness a second time."

When the woman awoke, she told police she was unable to stand up. Sediqi is accused of then telling the woman he was going to kill himself and she had to watch, and then he allegedly cut himself with a knife.

At that point, Sediqi's parents entered the room, helped treat Sediqi for his injuries, and "told (the wife) not to leave," the charges strate.

Sediqi took his wife's cellphone and car keys and "had his family watch her when he went to work to make sure she didn't leave," according to the charging documents.

Six days later, on March 14, when she was finally left alone in the residence, police say the woman ran from the house and sought help.

Prosecutors note in the charges that Sediqi is currently facing a felony domestic violence charge in King County, Washington, and was served with a pretrial protective order in November prohibiting him from contacting or harming his estranged wife.

It was not immediately known Monday whether charges were pending against anyone else.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA's Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at