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Police: Woman handcuffed man to toilet for several days in South Salt Lake motel

Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 26, 2019

SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY -- The South Salt Lake Police Department has arrested a woman accused of handcuffing a man to a toilet for days and assaulting him at a Motel 6 near 300 West and 3300 South.

Investigators said 36-year-old Michelle Borg went to the motel to meet up with a man to forge documents on July 14.

According to the department’s probable cause statement, Borg became upset with the man, handcuffed him to a toilet, beat him, knocked out his tooth, and left him there for days.

Police said, after that, Borg and a friend took the victim to a house in Salt Lake City on July 16, where they kept him handcuffed for several more days. The friend eventually let the victim go and at this point is not considered a suspect.

Borg returned as the victim was leaving, at which point he called 911. Police arrived and were given consent to search the home, finding a chair like the man had described with a chain attached to a pair of handcuffs.

Borg was arrested and told police she stayed with the victim at the Motel 6 but denied any involvement in the alleged argument and ensuing assault and kidnapping.

She was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on July 20 facing charges of aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping. Borg was already wanted on a warrant out of Idaho though specific details on that case were not immediately available.

“It’s not a case you see every day,” said Gary Keller of the South Salt Lake Police Department. “Our suspect is in jail, and people shouldn’t do that to their so-called friends.”

FOX 13 is not reporting the name of the man who was with Borg during the alleged kidnapping because he is not considered a suspect and is cooperating with the investigation.

Most of the people who are now staying at the motel said they weren’t there when the crime took place, and now they hope they aren’t staying in the room where it all happened.

“This is all the bathroom really has to offer. There’s not much room. I can imagine being locked in here would be terrible! Really bad,” said John Trujillo, pointing to the toilet in his recently booked motel room. “I’d never thought I’d be in a hotel where I can say that’s happened, because that’s kind of freaky.”