SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 8, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — More details are being released after Salt Lake City police took a suspect into custody following an alleged domestic violence assault Tuesday night.
A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Justin Madsen, 41, is facing charges of:
- Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
- Violation of protective order, a class A misdemeanor
- Unlawful detention, a class B misdemeanor
- Criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor
- Assault, a class B misdemeanor
The incident began in the area of Hudson Avenue and Crandall Avenue at approximately 8 p.m.
“Victim called dispatch screaming saying she was barricaded in a room and had a protective order against the A/P (accused person),” the statement said. “The victim said the A/P is going to kill her and dispatch heard a male voice say ‘you’re right’ before hanging up.”
The victim tried to leave before the altercation, but the suspect stood in the doorway refusing to let her through, the statement said. The victim then shut the door and barricaded herself behind it with furniture.
“The A/P broke through the door breaking the hinges off the frame and got inside,” the statement said. “Once inside the A/P tackled the victim, tearing down some curtains.”
The suspect then allegedly got on top of the victim and tried choking her, the statement said. He placed his forearm into the victim’s neck in the process pressing down on her. The victim stated this occurred for no more than 30-45 seconds before she was able to get the suspect off of her.
“The victim had red marks on her neck consistent with her statement,” the statement said. “The A/P bit the victim during the altercation and the victim had a swollen right forearm. The victim also had a bruised swollen lip she indicated was from when the A/P had headbutted her.”
Salt Lake City Police Department asked neighbors to stay inside as the situation unfolded, and issued a reverse 911 alert for neighbors living within a half-mile radius of the incident.
SWAT took the suspect into custody at approximately 10:30 p.m.
After being taken into custody and read his Miranda rights, Madsen allegedly admitted to throwing a nightstand at the victim and being on top of her during the physical altercation.
The suspect was transported to Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bail.