A Salt Lake man has been sent back to the Utah County Jail, accused of stalking and confronting a woman he is accused of kidnapping and raping in January.
Shawn Evan Christensen was sent to jail after a hearing in Provo's 4th District Court on Monday. He had been free on $10,000 bail on two first-degree felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and rape.But Judge Lynn Davis on Monday said the defendant's arrest earlier this month on a witness tampering charge was a violation of his bail. The judge set his new bail at $20,000.
Utah County sheriff's detective J. Spencer Cannon, who has been investigating the Jan. 23-24 kidnapping and rape case, said the witness tampering charge stems from an alleged March 21 incident.
Christensen is suspected of spotting the victim at a Salt Lake grocery store, following her and then confronting her.
"He hit her in the stomach, pushed her on the ground and was restrained by people who happened to be driving by," Cannon said.
Cannon said the victim is married and has a child. He added she had been an acquaintance of Christensen.
"I hate to imagine what might have happened if those people didn't happen by," Cannon said.
Police searched that night for Christensen but were unable to apprehend him. He was arrested at his father's home three days later.
Christensen is accused of kidnapping the 27-year-old victim Jan. 23 in Salt Lake City and raping her west of Utah Lake.
Davis scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 27.