SLCPD: Police free 2 from kidnappers in west Salt Lake City

August 24, 2016

Salt Lake City police rescued two teens and arrested two men who allegedly kidnapped and terrorized them in a westside garage early Wednesday morning.

SLCPD Detective Robert Ungricht said officers responded at 1:38 a.m. to a 911 call from a home in the 1700 North block of Rose Park Lane, where they found the two male juveniles tied up with weed-eater line and soaked with gasoline.

As officers moved in, one of two male suspects ran away from the house while the other ran inside the home.

Both men were quickly taken into custody. One of them, identified as 20-year-old Fernando O. Molina, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail. The California man was being held without bail on suspicion of first- and third-degree felony aggravated assault charges, second-degree felony kidnapping, and third-degree felony use of a firearm by a restricted person.

The status of the second suspect was not immediately released.

Ungricht said the men and the youths had met at the house to discuss an unspecified debt, but the victims were then bound and threatened with a handgun, as well as having gasoline poured over them.

The Tribune will update this story as more information develops.


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