Victim frees himself after 12-hour ordeal
BOUNTIFUL — A man and woman will make their first appearances in 2nd District Court on Wednesday on charges they allegedly kidnapped a Bountiful man, taped him to a table in his home and robbed him.
Jordan Marie Thornberg, 18, and Garrett Todd Sweat, 19, were arrested in West Jordan two days after they allegedly left the 50-year-old victim bound with duct tape to a table in his home.
Police were led to the couple after finding a jacket and shoes Sweat allegedly left behind. A hospital document identifying Sweat was found in the jacket pocket.
The victim was bound to the table for 12 hours before he managed to get loose by himself, said Bountiful Police Sgt. Dave Edwards. The victim suffered some marks from being bound so long, but otherwise seemed OK, Edwards said. He was not transported to a hospital.
Charging documents say the victim let Sweat into his home after Sweat mentioned a mutual friend. Once inside, Sweat allegedly let Thornberg into the house without the victim’s knowledge.
When the victim found Thornberg hiding, Sweat and Thornberg allegedly choked the homeowner with a shoelace until he lost consciousness, according to the documents.
The pair then held the victim at knifepoint and duct-taped him to a table.
The pair allegedly forced the man to write a check to them for $1,100, and took items including a debit card, a cell phone, a laptop computer, jewelry and several coats, according to the documents.
The pair was booked into the Davis County Jail, charged with first-degree felony aggravated kidnaping and aggravated robbery and third-degree felony counts of theft and unlawful possession of a financial card.