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West Valley man charged with Aggravated Kidnapping after drug search

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Jul 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-10 12:56:33-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A West Valley man was taken into custody Friday night after detectives serving a drug warrant located a woman bound with duct tape in his bedroom.

Michael Irish Curwick, 45, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges for Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Conspiracy, and drug possession charges. He is currently being held without bail.

According to a probable cause statement obtained by FOX 13, detectives with the WVCPD Street Crimes Unit served a drug warrant at Curwick's address in Murray, whereupon they discovered a 27 year-old woman in his bedroom bound with duct tape. After taking him into custody, the woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

At the hospital, the victim informed detectives that she had been staying with Curwick for the last two or three days. She had returned to the residence at approximately 6:30 AM that morning, when he immediately accused her of stealing from him.

When she denied the allegations, Curwick told her that she was not allowed to leave the apartment and threatened to kill her with what he called a "hotshot," which she later described to detectives as a syringe filled with a cocktail of drugs that would cause her to overdose. Detective were able to locate a set of the "hotshots" in plain view in the bedroom where the victim was being held.

Curwick repeatedly threatened and beat the victim, saying repeatedly that he was going to "bury her in the Salt Flats with three other girls after he had killed her." The victim later said that he had made a phone call to arrange for a van to transport her body.

At one point, the victim began screaming, prompting Curwick to tape her mouth closed with duct tape. According to the victim, the detectives arrived three minutes later.

NOTE: Utah law currently prohibits the showing of booking photos until a suspect has been convicted of a crime. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.