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Man accused of pointing gun at jogger now charged with kidnapping

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A man who police say confronted a jogger at gunpoint and claimed she was a drug dealer was charged Friday.

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KAYSVILLE — A man who police say confronted a jogger at gunpoint and claimed she was a drug dealer was charged Friday.

Byron Holth Foster, 35, of Farmington, was charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a second-degree felony; carrying a weapon while under the influence, a class B misdemeanor; and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.

On Sunday, a woman was jogging in the Farmington/Kaysville area when she passed a man standing by his car, according to charging documents. Foster began following the woman, running behind her in his flip flops, the charges state.

“The jogger later turned around to see (Foster) a few feet behind her. He displayed a firearm and ordered her to move to the right. He gave the order three times, directing her toward an adjacent church,” according to the charges.

The woman ran ahead, however, and called for help. Several bystanders came to the woman’s assistance and chased after Foster, and then detained him until police arrived.

Police found Foster was in possession of a loaded handgun. He claimed “he was trying to detain the female as he alleged she was a drug dealer. (Foster) later admitted he used that story to deflect attention away from himself,” the charges state.

He also admitted to “drinking several beers and appeared intoxicated to officers,” according to the charges.