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Jesse Anthony Saenz, 22, has been arrested after Vernal police say he attacked a woman early Sunday morning, dragged her into a field and raped her. Saenz and the victim did not know each other, authorities say.Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Nicole Dunn honors Samsung's Mike Moss for the companies recycling efforts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Residents of Salt Lake City and County brought household electronics such as televisions, computers, peripherals, stereos, VCR's, cell phones to be recycled by Metech Recycling.

VERNAL — Police are crediting the actions of a homeowner with the quick arrest of a man accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her.

The homeowner heard yelling outside his home near 50 West and 600 North in Vernal about 2 a.m. and looked outside. He witnessed a man smack a woman, then grab her by the throat and drag her into a field, police said.

The homeowner called 911. Responding officers found the man and woman still in the field. The man attempted to flee, but a Taser was deployed and the man was arrested, according to Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell.

Investigators said the woman had been raped.

Jesse Anthony Saenz, 22, was booked into the Uintah County Jail for investigation of rape, aggravated kidnapping, object rape, failure to stop at the command of police and criminal mischief. 

Saenz did not know the woman he is accused of attacking, police said.

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