This week, 6 people were arrested on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, domestic violence, and obstruction of justice, with gang enhancements, for the alleged torture of their roommate. According to the alleged victim, the defendants brutally tortured him for hours after tying him up- in the basement. Mr. Thomas Chapman, the alleged victim, told police his lips were stapled together, his ears and chest we stapled, and he was cut from head to toe with a knife and a Dremel cutting tool. He was also supposedly hit with blunt object such as the butt of a shotgun, a keyboard, and a laptop. He also claims to have been beaten and kicked several times.
The torture was in response to one roommate’s belief Mr. Chapman had “set him up.” The roommate had supposedly had several people pull guns on him during that day and believed Mr. Chapman was to blame. Mr. Chapman was taken hostage at gun point handcuffed, and his feet bound with tape. He was place in the basement and was tortured all night until the 6 roommates let him go. He was forced to leave the house wearing nothing but underwear according to the alleged victim’s statements. All of the 6 roommates have been arrested and are facing charges because the police now claim all 6 were to some extent involved.
Utah Aggravated Assault Lawyer
While we rarely see cases like the one described above, other instances of aggravated assault are somewhat common and everyone should have an attorney before going to court. People often find themselves involved in some kinds of physical altercation, sometimes in self defense. Whatever the case or reason, if you have been charged with a violent crime such as assault or domestic violence in Utah, you should hire a private criminal defense attorney in Utah as soon as possible. For more information call and speak with a member of our team right away. We can be reached at 801.618.1334. We look forward to your call.