A routine traffic stop for a burned-out taillight Wednesday led to the arrest of two people who are suspected of carjacking the vehicle and taking its owner hostage in the trunk.
Weber County sheriff's deputies pulled over the car about 11:30 p.m. at 2163 Pacific Ave. The driver was unable to produce a license or the vehicle registration, and the explanation he gave for that left deputy Brion Flinders feeling suspicious, Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Klint Anderson said.As Flinders was checking out the driver's story, he and other deputies heard a loud banging noise coming from the trunk of the car. Inside the trunk they discovered a 17-year-old Willard man who had been severely beaten.
The teen, who could barely speak, told officers he had been jumped and beaten by the two men, who then threw him into the trunk of the car. The youth said he had deliberately pulled the wires to the taillight in the hopes it would attract the attention of police, Anderson said.
The victim was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, where he is being treated for a broken jaw, cuts and abrasions to his head, face, and torso, Anderson said.
Two suspects, ages 28 and 17, both from Clearfield, were arrested and booked into jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies.