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Man threatens woman with knife, purposely crashes car, police say

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Police arrested a man who allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend at knifepoint, claiming he was going to kill both of them before crashing the car he was in.

Diego Jesus Buhler, 18, was arrested Sunday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Just before 1 a.m., West Valley police say Buhler forced a woman into a car at knifepoint and held the knife to her throat as she drove, according to a police affidavit.

Buhler forced the woman to drive on Bangerter Highway toward South Jordan, said West Valley spokeswomen Roxeanne Vainuku. At some point during the drive, Buhler grabbed the steering wheel and “yanked it aggressively in (an) effort to crash the vehicle, while stating ‘I’m going to kill us both,’” the affidavit states.

The car crashed near 10400 South and Bangerter. No serious injuries were reported. South Jordan police took Buhler into custody while West Valley officers responded to investigate the alleged kidnapping.

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 udvc.org.