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Man arrested for rape, kidnapping after woman escapes Utah apartment screaming

Mar 28, 2022, 11:12 AM | Updated: 11:26 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman escaped her apartment and screamed for help Sunday after she was allegedly held there against her will and and raped multiple times by a man she had a previous relationship with.

After she escaped and screamed “don’t kill me” and “let me go,” the man ran from the woman’s apartment and she called 911, according to police in probable cause documents detailing the arrest of Gustavo Alvarado-Alonso. The 35-year-old man was arrested by officers from Salt Lake City Police Department and booked into jail.

Court documents show Alvarado-Alonso was arrested on suspicion of three felony rapes, forcible sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and three aggravated sexual assaults — all first-degree felonies.

“The victim and the (suspect) have a history of domestic violence,” documents state.

The woman told police that approximately two weeks ago the suspect, whom she knew previously, came to her apartment and she didn’t feel safe to tell him to leave. He stayed there and during those weeks he was violent, including punching her in the head, and violated her.

Before her escape, she said he raped her multiple times and choked her while using other violence and threats to force her to comply, including placing a pillow over her face until she almost lost consciousness and putting a knife to her neck and telling her her she had to stop fighting or he would kill her.

She said after multiple rapes, she finally made her escape from her apartment and screamed, causing him to run away.

Documents say he told police “the victim was freaking out and was yelling ‘don’t kill me’ and ‘let me go.’ ”

In the documents police state that Alvarado-Alonso would constitute a substantial danger to individuals and the community and request his continued detention. They state he lost his job, has no residence and doesn’t have any identification.

The documents did not explain how Alvarado-Alonso was taken into custody.

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