WEST VALLEY CITY — The parents of a man charged with holding his wife hostage for six days and assaulting her are now in jail.
Ghulam Sediky, 89, and Fauzia Sediky, 66, of West Valley City, were arrested Tuesday for investigation of harboring a fugitive.
On Monday, the Sedikys' son, listed in court documents as Feroz Sediqi, 33, of West Valley City, was charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felonies; aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; and violation of a pretrial protective order, a third-degree felony.
Police say Sediqi got into an argument with his wife on March 8 and then threatened to kill her and himself, according to charging documents. Sediqi choked the woman twice until she became unconscious, the charges state.
At one point, Sediqi allegedly took his wife's cellphone and car keys and "had his family watch her when he went to work to make sure she didn't leave," according to the charging documents.
Six days later, on March 14, when she was finally left alone in the residence, police say the woman ran from the house and sought help.
But when police went back to the residence, the Sediky family told investigators that their son was not there.
"Ghulam has lied to U.S. marshals and stated he has not helped Feroz or aided him avoid arrest. There is evidence that the marshals have showing Ghulam actively aiding Feroz's flight. US marshals have electronic evidence of this. There is phone evidence in the hands of US Marshal's also showing Ghulam has been in communication with Feroz," according to a Salt Lake County Jail booking report.
Fauzia Sediky further told investigators that "no individuals besides her husband and her have been at her residence" since March 31, and "that she had no contact with the wanted party, her son for over a week," according to a second jail report.
When marshals checked her phone, however, they allegedly found that "contact was made multiple times with the wanted fugitive" on March 31.2 comments on this story
Whether the Sedikys will face any additional charges in connection to the alleged kidnapping was still being investigated on Thursday.
Prosecutors note in the charges that Sediqi is currently facing a felony domestic violence charge in King County, Washington, and was served with a pretrial protective order in November prohibiting him from contacting or harming his estranged wife.
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.