Salt Lake County Jail
Brian Newton, 23, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated assault after police say he raped a woman at gunpoint. He is being held on $1 million bail.

SALT LAKE CITY — Felony sexual assault and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday against a Salt Lake man who police say raped an 18-year-old woman in his car at gunpoint.

Brian Newton, 23, faces two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, in connection with the May 30 incident.

Newton was arrested about 10 p.m. Monday after a Salt Lake police SWAT team surrounded his house. He's being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $1 million bail.

According to charging documents filed in 3rd District Court, Newton and the woman were both at the same party in West Valley City when she agreed to leave with him to get some food. It's unclear from the charges whether Newton and the woman knew each other before the party.

After getting food, Newton drove to a truck stop in Salt Lake County and parked. The woman told police Newton took off her clothes and began strangling her. She said she was crying and trying to fight off the man the best she could. Newton then pulled out a handgun, held it to the woman's head and ordered her to stop crying, according to the charges.

Newton then raped the woman, while at times strangling her and holding the gun to her head, the charges state.

As he was driving her back to the party, Newton told the woman he "might have to kill her" because she seemed like someone who would "cause problems for him," the charges state.

While Newton slowed for a red light on Bangerter Highway, the woman opened the car door and jumped out. She told police she walked "for a long time" before finding help.

Police said they recovered a shotgun and handgun, both loaded, at Newton's home. Officers also found a quick-access gun safe under the driver's seat of the man's car.

Newton was also charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Jared Page