A West Jordan man has been arraigned on a charge of aggravated kidnapping stemming from the alleged abduction of his estranged live-in girlfriend, Iron County Attorney Scott Burns says.
During a Thursday hearing, 5th Circuit Judge Robert Braithwaite denied bail to Torin Plum, 28, after a background check showed he was awaiting sentencing on charges of theft and being a habitual criminal in both Utah and Salt Lake counties.Plum was arrested late Wednesday by Utah Highway Patrol troopers after his girlfriend slipped a note to a gas station attendant saying that she was being kidnapped.
Christine Sumsted, 21, told authorities the incident began in West Jordan, when Plum became angry after she told him she was going to leave him. She said Plum hit her, blackened her eye and then forced her to get in his car, UHP spokesman Kevin Olsen said.
She said Plum was driving south toward Hurricane when he stopped for gasoline, giving her the opportunity to give the note to a service station attendant in Beaver.
Olsen said Plum was arrested without incident after troopers stopped his car and got Sumsted out, just north of Cedar City on I-15.
Burns said that during his arraignment, Plum was surrounded by police officers and appeared angry. He said Plum told the judge that Sumsted would not testify against him if the case went to trial.