Utah County Man Arrested, Accused of Kidnapping Woman Faces Additional Charges

West Mountain man arrested after a report of a woman being held against her will

[UPDATE]
After investigating officials have charged Leippe with two counts of rape, forcible sodomy, tampering with evidence, aggravated assault-domestic violence, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in addition to the aggravated kidnapping charges.
 
They say the interview with the victim revealed that in the past Leippe was "in a position of special trust to the victim when she was a juvenile" and the she lived in his home.
 
On Feb. 20th officials say she went there to pick up some personal belongings but he would not let her leave.
 
Officials say she was bound on the bed raped at least twice and sodomized. 
 
During the search of the home officials say evidence was found to support the victim's claim that she was bound, assaulted, and raped repeatedly
 
She is still recovering from her injuries.
 
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UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Investigators are still piecing together what unfolded at a home in West Mountain where they say an 18-year-old woman was held against her will.
 
The suspect is in custody booked on kidnapping charges, but more could be on the way.
 
Nicholas Leippe, 41, was booked into the Utah County Jail and the 18-year-old victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
 
Deputies aren't releasing specific details of what happened just yet, but it's left many in that small rural community shocked.
 
Investigators say an 18-year-old woman was dropped off at the Leippe's home pick something up Monday night.
 
Deputies say friend of the victim started receiving text messages that evening and into the morning.
 
"They didn't raise alarms to her significantly, but as she received some more text messages later that's when she became very concerned," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with Utah County Sheriff's Office. 

 
Deputies rushed to the home around 11 a.m.  but no one appeared to be inside. Around noon officials received information the two were likely there and had to move quickly.
 
"Based on some of the information we were getting we believed she might be in further danger. So we made entry into the home, we had to break the front door open to get in," said Sgt. Cannon.
 
It was a frightening ordeal for neighbors like Annette Lynman who lives across the street and says this all happened as her kid was getting home from kindergarten.
 
"Police come and he's banging on the door and then he's like she can come out for the bus and you guys can stay in the back or you can leave the house. I said let's leave the house," said Annette Lyman, neighbor. 
 
Lyman says her family has known Leippe since 2000 and saw him with the victim recently. She never expected anything like this from him.
 
"Always kind always nice like no idea, but everyone has secrets and demons I guess," said Lyman. 
 
That victim was taken to the hospital and investigators hope to speak with her again Wednesday to get more details. After that deputies say Leippe will likely be facing more charges.

 


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