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A Salt Lake City man is accused of kidnapping two men at a Maverik station, stealing their ATM cards and a car and then telling police the victims gave him those things voluntarily.
In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that the man, 34, approached the two victims March 15 at the Maverik near 300 South and 500 East, held them at gunpoint and ordered them into the car belonging to one of the victims.
The man forced the victims to drive to his apartment nearby, where he took them inside, had them sit on a couch, "and told them how important it was that they not tell the cops," police wrote. The man said he would instruct his "hidden army" to kill the two men and their families if they told police, and he copied down their names and addresses from their driver licenses, officers wrote. He took their ATM cards and asked for their PINs, police wrote.
He then said he was taking the stolen car out of state, put the two victims in a closet and forced the door shut with a 2x4 piece of wood, according to the charges. About 15 minutes later, he returned and let them out. He told the victims to "walk for 5 miles and then go home," police wrote.
As the victims were walking away, they saw police at the Maverik store and ran to them, investigators wrote.
When officers found the man, he was carrying the victims' ATM cards. The man allegedly told police the victims had given the ATM cards to him "and told him to throw them away when he was done using them." The man also said the two men were going to give their car to him, police wrote.
The man was charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies.
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