Quantcast

Sandy man charged with assault, kidnapping of co-worker

Published: Tuesday, July 10 2012 5:34 p.m. MDT

SANDY — A Sandy man has been charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker and threatening her with a gun.

Robert Baker, 31, was charged in 3rd District Court Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual assault, a second-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second degree felony; assault, a class A misdemeanor; and several misdemeanor drug charges.

A woman told police that she works with Baker but is not romantically involved with him. According to the charges, Baker and the woman went to Baker's home after work and the woman went to rest in Baker's bedroom after having a few drinks.

The woman told police she woke to Baker lying on top of her and touching her inappropriately.

After she refused Baker's sexual advances, Baker punched the woman in the face and threw her down the stairs, the charges state. The woman told police that Baker stopped her from leaving the house by taking her car keys and putting a gun to her head. Baker also allegedly discharged a round from the gun into the kitchen ceiling.

The woman was able to eventually escape and notify police with the help of neighbors.

Police searched the home and located drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun, the charges state. The woman suffered a fractured finger, bruises and swelling.

Benjamin Wood

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company