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Kaysville man arrested for aggravated kidnapping; Police ask public for information

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 21:01:05-04

KAYSVILLE, Utah — Kaysville police are searching for witnesses and video after they arrested a man on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping Monday evening.

Police responded to a report of a man with a gun in the area of 1650 South and 300 East around 8 p.m.

According to a probable cause statement, dispatch advised that the man was following and later chasing several people, including a woman who was on a run in the area.

“This is very unusual for Kaysville,” said Kaysville Police Department Officer Lexi Benson.

Arrest documents state that the suspect, 35-year-old Byron Foster, “pulled a handgun out of his waist band and demanded her move to the right, ‘Right Now’ and told her multiple times to stop selling drugs to his kids.”

Police said the woman began to scream for help, at which point two men came outside of their homes.

The victim told the men that the suspect had a gun, according to the PC statement, “The two witnessing males started to walk away from the suspect when the suspect began to run, chasing them.”

The woman told police “she felt like her life was threatened and didn’t feel free to leave,” because of the firearm.

Soon after, an off-duty officer arrived and detained Foster on the ground.

Court documents state the arresting officers removed a handgun from Foster’s waistband and could immediately detect the odor of alcohol.

Foster admitted to drinking four to five beers but denied pulling out the handgun or pointing it at anyone.

According to the PC statement, Foster “thought the female was a local drug dealer and pursued her.”

Foster was booked into the Davis County Jail, where he faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Police state they were able to find Foster’s vehicle across the border in Farmington. There were several open containers of alcohol inside.

Foster’s wife told police the two had gotten into a fight earlier in the evening, according to court documents.

Police stated Foster also has an alcohol-restricted driver's license.

Detectives will be canvassing an area where they believe the suspect had traveled.

They released a map of the route the suspect is believed to have taken:

In particular, investigators want to talk with a Polynesian male who was in the area at the time driving a blue Volkswagen Passat, and another man who was in the area of 300 East at the time.

They believe the men may have had an encounter with the suspect, and might be able to provide more information.

The detectives also hope anyone who lives along the route the suspect took may have some information, or perhaps security camera video that could aid in the investigation.