WEST JORDAN, Utah — Linda Eastin and Steven Foster were booked into Salt Lake County Sunday after an alleged kidnapping involving a dog.
Eastin faces one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of robbery. Foster faces one count of robbery, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of unsafe vehicle-fault equipment.
According to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s probable cause statement, Eastin arranged to sell a dog to the unnamed victim. Once the victim bought the dog, said the statement, they tried to sell it online.
But after seeing the dog online, Foster and Eastin conspired to meet with the victim, said the statement, under “false pretenses” to purchase the dog.
The victim and Foster met and collected the animal, according to police. When Foster had the dog, according to the statement, he took the dog outside a car where Eastin was allegedly waiting.
According to police, Eastin was upset with the victim and told them they had not abided by the entirety of their civil agreement.
Foster then put the dog into the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene with Eastin, said the statement, but the victim got into the car in an alleged attempt to prevent the animal theft.
Eastin, according to police, attacked the victim by allegedly hitting the victim and pulling the victim’s hair until the victim was fully in the car. When the victim was in, said police, Eastin shut the car’s door and locked it.
According to the statement, Eastin told the victim: ‘Do not get out, we have a weapon.’
Foster started to drive off with the victim still in the car, said the statement. In response, according to the police officer, the victim tried to call ‘911,’ but Eastin attempted to grab the phone and pull it away, according to the statement.
After Foster allegedly drove the car about a half mile, Foster, police said, pulled the car over and got out and attacked the victim.