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Woman feared for her safety before Ogden kidnapping, charges say

Lee Cruz mugshot (Photo: Weber County Sheriff's Office)

(KUTV) – The victim of an Ogden kidnapping said she felt she was in danger before the suspect allegedly broke into a home and forced her to go with him at gunpoint.

Lee Cruz, 39, now faces charges of aggravated kidnapping after the ordeal that took place near 2800 Lincoln Ave in Ogden late last week.

Court documents allege Cruz broke into a home while brandishing a pistol and demanded the victim go with him.

“The victim stated she has been physically assaulted by Cruz on numerous occasions in the past and she truly believed he would physically assault her or anyone else nearby, if she did not go with him,” a probable cause statement said.

Cruz and the victim left the home as police were notified and traced the victim’s cell phone. Officers caught up with the pair and arrested Lee.

“He’s a known gang member, has a violent past and so we’re happy to have him off the street,” Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said.

Cruz was on federal probation at the time of his arrest, according to Scott. Court records show a history of felony firearms charges against Cruz.

Cruz is charged in Ogden district court with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and a felony firearms charge.

Court records show he has been assigned a public defender and is expected in court this week.

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