2 homeless people are beaten and doused with gas in South Salt Lake; 2 suspects are in custody

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Two homeless people have been hospitalized after they were held captive, beaten and doused with gasoline when an argument turned violent in South Salt Lake. Two suspects — a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman — have been jailed.

According to South Salt Lake Police, officers arrived at the Mountain Shadows Apartments at 3856 W. 565 South at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday and found a “terrified 29-year-old victim” who had been “beaten and doused with gasoline.” She led police to an apartment where a second victim, a 33-year-old man, was still being held.

According to probable cause statements, the male suspect invited two homeless friends to his apartment, and they got into an argument over a “missing gun.” When the argument “escalated,” the male suspect called three other men to his apartment “to assist with the assault.”

The victims told police they had been “pistol whipped and hit in the head with the butt of a shotgun,” and that “a knife was held to the throat” of one of them. They were “held against their will and were forced into a bathtub, where gasoline was poured over them.” They were also “made to drink the gasoline.” The male suspect told his three friends to kill the victims and threatened to “light the victims on fire.”

The victims were then told to undress; their clothing and cellphones were taken from them; and they were given other clothes to wear.

The victims were taken to a hospital, suffering from “serious, non-life threatening injuries,” according to a news release from South Salt Lake Police. According to the probable cause statements, the male victim suffered a spinal fracture, a large gash on his head and multiple bruises; the female victim suffered a skull fracture, bruises and other injuries.

The two suspects were arrested without incident after police ordered them to exit the apartment. They were booked into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery; the female subject is also under investigation for obstruction of justice.

The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name people who have been arrested but have not yet been charged with a crime.

South Salt Lake police released no information about the other three men reportedly involved in the assault, which remains under investigation.

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