West Point man facing felony charges after alleged attack on woman

Brandon Dunaj. Photo: Davis County

WEST POINT, Utah, Sept. 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A West Point man was booked on felony charges after an alleged kidnapping and prolonged attack on a female acquaintance.

Brandon Dunaj, 40, was booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of:

  • Rape, a first-degree felony
  • Aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony
  • Assault, a class B misdemeanor

A probable cause statement says that Davis County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the West Point address at 3:30 a.m. Friday after the victim ran to a neighbor’s house and asked for help.

“She reported that … Brandon Dunaj had severely beaten her, held her against her
will, and forced her to have sex with him,” the statement says.

The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries, which included bruising to her right eye area, the left side of her face, her neck, and behind both ears. The victim told officers the bruises to her hands and forearms were from trying to block blows. She also had scratches to her back and right buttock, the probable cause statement says.

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The victim said she and Dunaj had gone to an entertainment event earlier, and while they were traveling to his house, he began to assault her.

“She made two attempts to leave once at Brandon’s home. On one incident, Brandon dragged her by her hair inside the house where he continued to assault her,” the statement says. “On a second incident, he dragged her from the front lawn and attacked her.”

The woman was able to escape on her third attempt, at 3:30 a.m., she said, because Dunaj had fallen asleep.

“The forensic evidence found on scene matches the events described by the victim, including the injuries to her body, drag marks from her vehicle to the garage, and from the grass/dirt/rocks toward the home.”

Dunaj’s bail was set at $50,000, and was paid. His first court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

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