Logan kidnapping suspect arrested in Salt Lake City
A man wanted in connection to an October kidnapping in Logan was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY — A man wanted in connection to an October kidnapping in Logan was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.
Police said they found the man after responding to a call about a possible restraining order violation at an apartment complex near 400 West and 200 North. Although officers found there was no valid restraining order in place, police said Tony Bokomba had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a kidnapping earlier this year.
Bokomba, 29, was arrested in Logan on Oct. 9 for investigation of domestic violence after he allegedly shoved a woman whose house he was staying at, then took her phone. According to a police booking affidavit, the woman told her daughter to call police “because Tony had her by the back of the neck today and (dragged) her down the hall into the bedroom.”
The daughter also told police she saw Bokomba push her mother and “grab her by the arm to get her phone to delete some photos,” the affidavit states.
Bokomba was arrested again on Oct. 18 for investigation of kidnapping, after police say he held a woman against her wants in her car and took away her phone so she couldn’t call for help. A police booking affidavit said Bokomba had “previously been involved in domestic violence incidents” with the woman.
It’s unclear if the victim is the same woman from the earlier case.
Police said she had picked Bokomba up from work and said Bokomba became “extremely angry” when the woman told her that she was having an affair. Bokomba was driving the car, the affidavit states, and began to drive over Sardine Canyon against the woman’s will.
The woman’s father called the police after a brief phone conversation with her, during which she yelled at him to “call the police,” according to the affidavit. Dispatch then tried to call the woman but got no answer. When operators texted and asked the woman if she needed help, she replied, “no thank you.”
Investigators said they believe Bokomba had taken the woman’s phone after she told him she had been having an affair, and that he was the one who had responded.
The woman told police Bokomba “had used a weapon to threaten her, has tried to choke her, has weapons readily accessible, and that he spies on her and controls her daily activities,” according to the affidavit.
At the time, Logan Police said Bokomba was required to not contact or be around the woman because of a protective order.
Salt Lake police took Bokomba into custody on Tuesday and booked him into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail.
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