Victims of ‘ninja’ attack say polygamous women were targeting witness in rape trial

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WEST JORDAN, Utah -- Two women disguised as ninjas are behind bars Friday night after breaking into a West Jordan home.

Police said the women were targeting a 15-year-old girl who is set to testify against the women’s boyfriend next week.

The victim's family said the suspects are part of a polygamous relationship. FOX 13 News interviewed one of the men who brought the ninjas down.

"I heard a creak, and there was silence for about 30 seconds," said the man, who didn't want to be identified because he’s afraid of revealing who the intended victim is.

FOX 13 News is also not disclosing where in West Jordan this happened, in order to protect the victims.

It happened late Thursday night. The storm was so loud it silenced the intruders at first.

"I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down,” the man said. “They were all dark gray or black, and they had black rubber gloves on and masks. All I could see was their eyes."

Two women clad in ninja costumes, armed with knives and stun guns, forced their way through the door. The family believes they were there to abduct a 15-year-old girl inside.

"My adrenaline was pumping so bad,” the man said. “They grabbed for me and one of them covered my mouth, and the other grabbed my throat, but they were both pretty small so I threw them back and started shouting to get anybody awake that I could.”

Somehow he managed to pin down the female suspects until help arrived.

"The witness that will be testifying is a juvenile," said Officer Craig Powell of the West Jordan Police Department.

Police said the juvenile is a sexual assault victim who will be testifying against a male suspect, who is in jail awaiting trial for rape.

Powell went on to say, "We do believe it does involve the testimony that would be given in court next week."

The victim’s family said the so-called ninjas are in a polygamous relationship with the man going to trial.

"I knew exactly who I was dealing with," said the man.

The victim's family was afraid this day would come and was anticipating something, but they never expected this.

"It was so surreal,” the man said. “I wasn't processing what was fully happening. I was just working on instinct. All of us are still floored by it."

No one was physically hurt during the incident. Police said the women were armed.

The family released a statement, which in part said they managed to restrain the suspects using a Samurai sword.

The two female suspects, ages 18 and 22, have been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and witness tampering.


      • Bob

        There are multiple Bob’s on this web site. The one above doesn’t like the LDS position on traditional marriage and attempts to transfer his hate and bigotry onto them.

    • George Jimenez

      The Utah Pride Center has opened a new counseling and wellness clinic that specializes in helping people carrying a heavy load of hate and bigotry. There should be more to life than just hating Mormons.

  • Tithing people poor.

    LDS Fun Fact: A family that makes a combined $60,000 a year has to pay their membership fee of $6,000 a year! That is $500 a month and is the same as a cheaper apartment or a nice car payment. Some fancy country clubs charge less than that for memberships… LDS member are being SCAMMED! In an economy where people are struggling, the LDS leaders are robbing their followers blind… Non-profit, my a**

    • Heidi Walls

      where did the LDS church get brought into this? and your whole comment of “Tithing people poor.

      LDS Fun Fact: A family that makes a combined $60,000 a year has to pay their membership fee of $6,000 a year! That is $500 a month and is the same as a cheaper apartment or a nice car payment. Some fancy country clubs charge less than that for memberships… LDS member are being SCAMMED! In an economy where people are struggling, the LDS leaders are robbing their followers blind… Non-profit, my a** ” Is completely off base. The LDS church is not a MEMBERSHIP CLUB. You do not pay anything to be apart of it. Church leaders do not profit from ANYTHING. Do your homework Tithing people poor!” what it is it’s TITHING… It’s is a commandment for our faith & and what we do to exercise our faith. I know what i am getting to but, it is sometimes hard to type and explain.

      BUT, that is not what we are even talking about here. We are talking about a break in and these suspects are NOT LDS – read the story and get your facts straight. They are polygamous people.

  • diane

    What does this story have to do about Mormons? And, other faiths, other Christians believe in paying tithing, and it’s 10 percent according to the Bible. Go troll somewhere else! I am sick of Mormon bashers, go live in another state if you don’t like them so much! Afterall they settled here and made it what it is today!

  • Mike

    I’ve known the guy they interviewed all his life and can tell you he’s no mormon. He’d get a laugh hearing you say it though. These girls are lucky they didn’t get messed up pulling this stunt. He did say the police arrived right away and did a great job.

  • Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder

    Curious lack of guns in this story. I keep hearing we are a violent nation with too many guns but even in the wilderness of the Wild West no one managed to get shot here. Well if there is no anti-gun angle to cover the commenters can still find and excuse to hate a Church. When this girl gets to court she can put the real villain in prison with her testimony, whatever his name is but meanwhile hateful folks can blame the wretched hillbilly mormons, innit?

  • Mike

    Ture, Bob is a knucklehead. I an family to the man that found these ninja girls. He is a really nice guy and I think he would do everything he could not to harm anyone.
    About the church thing, Bob is ignorant for teething to tie this into any part of being pat of the LDS church

  • Trish Ramirez

    Certainly is ironic that every time something happens in Utah to make the laws in this state look ridiculous and backward (like the adoption laws that allow children to be stolen from biological dads being blasted in the media, and then not two weeks later we see a baby murdered by a biological father being blasted in the media all over the place).

    Now, polygamy has (for all intents and purposes) been legalized in the state and suddenly we have “polygamous ninja’s” harassing r a p e victims being blown up in the media.

    I’m not saying that these things don’t happen, I’m saying the state-controlled media in this state has a good PR department and runs stuff in such a manner to keep the tourists coming in and to slant the state in a better light than it should be.

    As for people who say the polygamous folks aren’t part of the LDS church, they need to have their heads examined. They follow the ORIGINAL teachings of the church, not the modern liberal cleaned-up teachings that have been constructed by the state’s PR department to make this pyramid scheme cult appear mainstream.

    Learn your history.

  • Kathryn

    This family needs to get some dogs. I moved 2,000 miles away from my evil abusive exhusband, who would have murdered me if the police hadn’t stopped him. I’ve got a restraining order (of course) but that didn’t stop him from driving all the way across the country to drive past my house. He does this at least once a year, during the summer. The first time I saw him (I think he WANTED me to see him — he enjoys me being afraid of him) I got two dogs. As long as he stays in his truck, he is able to drive away faster than the police can get here but with my dogs running around my house and my yard, he can’t sneak up on me and break into my house before I can call the police and get the police here.

  • guest

    I don’t know what the gun laws are like in Utah, but if that happened to me where I live, there would be 2 dead ninjas in my hallway.

    • Algar Van Cluth

      Guest, while the Utah gun laws are quite lenient, they’re not as lax as the Utah samurai sword laws. And good thing, in this case.

  • dave

    Ninjas?…Please! This was just two girls dressed in black with a low enough opinion of themselves to be in a ‘relationship’ with an accused rapist! I hope while sitting in jail for this guy, they rethink their lives. Such as it is.

  • Z

    I can’t believe I trusted you Raven, you know better than that. You deserve better than that. After all I told you, and I thought you cared, but really you were doing worse.
    I knew sometime was odd about your husband.

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