Police: Man kidnapped woman, taped mouth shut, beat her with golf club for 20 hours

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LAYTON, Utah - Police have a man in custody they say forced a woman into her Layton apartment and then assaulted her with various objects for the next 20 hours while she was in and out of consciousness.

Lt. Travis Lyman said 21-year-old Benjamin Luke Burnside kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at knife-point Aug. 4 and then assaulted her from 11 p.m. through 7 p.m. the next day at her Layton Meadows apartment.

"He strangled her several times, she lost consciousness several times, he used a golf club and a metal refrigerator strip to beat her; he stopped her from screaming and calling 911," Lt. Lyman said. "She said he did it because he did not want her to break up with him."

Davis County Court documents state, "The defendant told her, 'Do you want to die?' And, 'I have the power to kill you and I can kill you if I want.'"

Police said Wednesday evening Burnside forced her to drive him around in her car to get food and that was when she was able to escape.

According to the documents, Burnside stole $80 and the woman's make up bag.

Authorities said the victim took herself to the hospital.

Officers found Burnside four days after the alleged assault, hiding in his apartment; they said he was not cooperative.

Police said the victim told them Burnside was taking methamphetamines and prescription drugs.

Burnside is facing felony charges including aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Officials said he has a criminal history which includes felony drug charges, domestic violence and assault.

He has a felony arraignment Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.


    • anonymous

      as a person who knew those two the reason he was unstable was because he was in prison before. in prison they actually taught him to be a monster. originally he went to jail for marijuana but after he got out he began to use meth because people in prison convinced him. this entire thing could have been avoided by the government but utah still decides to throw people in prison for drugs.


        Sorry Anonymous but you’re excuse for this puke’s criminal behavior is bogus. Possession of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeaner that earns you jail time. No anonymous decent society isn’t responsible for the actions of your common garden variety puke.


      It would appear that the girlfriend is not a real good judge of character Ashley. As a family member perhaps you could give her some tips on what to look for whan selecting a boyfriend.

      • Ashley

        Wow. Do you want to know why he did this? besides the fact he is a lunatic? BECAUSE SHE WAS LEAVING HIM, GENIUS! She was doing exactly what she should have been doing. Once she realized what trash he was, she packed her things. He grabbed her while she was loading her things into her car. Maybe don’t speak up unless you know facts. Try not to be that pathetic dumbass who blames the victims or anyone else but the jerk that did this.

  • ker

    I personally knew Ben from being friends with him for several years it’s what he done is just unspeakable I hope this

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