West Jordan man arrested for allegedly kidnapping, beating, choking woman

Albert Tony Yazzie. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Nov. 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A West Jordan man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly kidnapping a woman for more than 25 days, and beating, choking and spanking her while she was in captivity.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake City said Albert Tony Yazzie, 29, is facing charges of:

  • Kidnapping– detain/restrain victim for substantial time, a second-degree felony
  • Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
  • Failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor
  • Damage/interrupt communication device, a class B misdemeanor

“The adult victim reported that for more than 25 days the suspect has detained her inside his residence, restricting her movements, activities, and communication to others outside the residence, restricted her bathroom use, shower use, and food consumption,” the probable cause statement said.

“The victim reported that she was hit with an open hand, spanked, choked, and made to hit herself when the suspect determined she had misbehaved.”

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The victim had visible bruises on the upper portions of her legs from being spanked, the statement said.

“The suspect took custody of the victim’s cell phone restricting her communication with her family and friends,” the statement said.

The probable cause statement does not say how the victim escaped the residence.

When West Jordan police tried to contact with the suspect, “he fled on foot from the residence crossing several yards and did not responded to officers’ commands,” the statement said. “The suspect was taken into custody after a Taser was deployed.”

The felonies were committed while Yazzie was on probation or parole, the statement said.

The suspect was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $67,543.

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