Police: Kidnapped woman escapes after suspect crashes car

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TOOELE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 22-year-old woman told police she escaped from a man who allegedly held her against her will, drugged her and raped her at a home in Tooele in December.

Charging documents state 36-year-old Casey Nielsen was arrested and booked into the Tooele County Jail on charges of first-degree felony kidnapping, rape and aggravated assault. 

The victim told police a pillow was placed over her head and her hands were tied with a rope and was taken to a residence on Sixth St by someone other than Nielsen. 

She said Nielsen grabbed her from the other man and took her inside a room that was inside a detached garage at that residence. She told police Nielsen had a handgun on top of a safe in the room and he blocked the door and would not allow her leave.

The victim stated during the time she was in the room, Nielsen injected her with drugs multiple times. In one incident, she remembered him taking off her clothes but did not remember what happened after. When she woke up she could tell she had been raped.

She said Nielsen again covered her face with a pillow case before leaving the residence. He put her in a car, and while driving she said she pulled on the steering wheel, causing him to crash the car and she was able to run. 

Police were able to obtain a search warrant on the home where they located several items the victim described to have been inside the room she said she was kept in. The home owner talked to police who confirmed the victim had been staying inside a room in the garage and at some point she saw the victim not wearing her pants and she appeared to be disoriented.

The other man accused of kidnapping the victim denied putting a pillow case over her head or tying her hands and said the victim left the house on her own.

When interviewed, Nielsen denied any involvement with the woman. 

Nielsen was searched and police found a pipe, along with several used needles. Mr. Nielsen admitted in his interview to have used Methamphetamine, Heroin and Marijuana.

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