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West Jordan man charged in violent sexual assault of woman waiting for a bus

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The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City is pictured on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a West Jordan man accused of attacking a woman who was waiting at a bus stop, knocking her out and sexually assaulting her multiple times.

Arthur Wayne Najera, 46, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping and five counts of aggravated sexual assault, first-degree felonies; plus aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

A woman was driving home from a party with a friend on Aug. 29 when the two got into a fight and the woman was kicked out of the car near 3500 South and 1940 West. The woman walked to a bus stop.

While at the bus stop, Najera allegedly approached the woman and offered her a drink out of a water bottle. Once she drank it, the woman said she “started to feel weird and tired.” Najera took the woman’s backpack and started to walk away. The woman followed, and Najera then sexually assaulted her, according to charging documents.

The woman fought Najera off and got onto the bus to go to a hospital, the charges state. Police say Najera followed and when she got off the bus at the hospital, he guided her to an area with trees, bushes and a brick wall. At that point, charging documents describe a series of violent sexual assaults and the woman being knocked out by having her head slammed against the wall.

The woman eventually escaped after telling Najera she needed to find a restroom, the charges say.

A DNA sample was taken during a sexual assault examination and placed into a national DNA database, which came up with Najera as a match, according to the charges.

Najera’s lengthy criminal history most recently includes being sentenced to up to five years in the Utah State Prison in 2012 on a drug distribution conviction, according to court records. He was also charged with assault last year in March.