WEST VALLEY CITY — A Logan man who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and took her to Las Vegas was arrested following a harrowing escape by the woman.
Jarom Tamatoa Tye, 24, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon he was formally charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies, and two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. Bail was set at $150,000 cash only.
Police say Tye showed up at his ex-girlfriend's house in West Valley City on Feb. 2. According to charging documents, the woman, who had just broken up with Tye, had dropped him off at his home in Logan and was packing to leave her West Valley apartment when Tye showed up.
At that time, the woman, with help from her friends, was able to escape and go to her parents' house with her dogs, which Tye had threatened to kill, the charges state.
When the woman returned to her apartment a few hours later, Tye was hiding in the bathroom and attacked her when she entered, punching her and then punching several holes in the wall, according to charging documents.
"Tye dragged her by the hair into her bedroom … and assaulted her with a knife. Victim reported that Tye strangled her with two hands, while he sat on her chest and pinned her arms down with his knees," a Salt Lake County Jail report states. "She stated that he also held (the knife) to her neck as he made her call her mother and tell her that she was OK that evening."
The woman had duct tape put over her mouth as Tye used the knife to cut the mattress on her bed, damaged her TVs, and then made the woman dispose of the televisions in a dumpster, the charges state.
The next day, Tye forced the woman, still with duct tape over her mouth, to go to Las Vegas, according to police.
"Victim reported that she was strangled and assaulted again during the stay in Las Vegas in a motel room. Victim stated that if she escaped, he would kill her and her family (including her dogs)," according to the report.
On Feb. 5, while in a casino, the woman told Tye she needed to use the bathroom. That's when she escaped, took a taxi to the airport and attempted to purchase a plane ticket to get home, according to police.
But the ticket agent, apparently noticing the woman's injuries, called airport police who in turn called for medical personnel, the report states. The woman was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and Las Vegas police were called.
On Monday, police located Tye and questioned him.
Tye claimed the incident began when the woman took him to his home in Logan to get his passport, but then took off without him "and left him confused, therefore causing him to obtain an Uber/Lyft type of car service and spending over $100 to go back to West Valley City," the report states.
He then claimed that the woman attacked him and that "he may have caused injuries to her from defending himself. Tye later stated that the victim harmed herself while she was attempting to attack him. Tye stated that he was afraid for his life," according to the report.1 comment on this story
Tye then said they drove to Vegas to get married. Investigators, not believing Tye's story, arrested him.
The woman has taken out a protective order against Tye and she and her parents "are fearful of their lives," scared that Tye will attempt to find them if he gets out of jail, police wrote in the report.
Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA's Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.