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Man accused of assaulting, holding woman captive in Midvale garage

Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 20:22:25-04

MIDVALE, Utah — A man faces felony charges after he was accused of assaulting a woman and holding her against her will in a Midvale garage.

According to a probable cause statement, officers found the woman running and screaming as a man chased her shortly after midnight Saturday morning. Police said the woman expressed pain and was in "immense fear" when they found her.

The woman told police that 47-year-old Israel Galeana held her in a detached garage at a Midvale home near 7500 S Rio Grande St.

Police caught up with Galeana, who said the woman owed him money and he "was going to let her go as soon as I got my money back," the probable cause statement said.

Galeana is accused of giving officers a false name, but they were able to identify him via fingerprinting.

"The woman described where she had been held captive, how she had been assaulted, and specific items which were present during her captivity," the probable cause statement said. "The woman's injuries were consistent with her statements."

One of the items the woman described was a noose, which Galeana allegedly hung in the garage to threaten the woman.

When police searched the garage "officers observed the noose as the woman had described as well as drug paraphernalia littered throughout the garage."

Violent Crimes Unit detectives interviewed Galeana, and he was then booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated assault, providing false information to a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.