BIA officer saves woman from robbery and kidnapping in Utah

The seal of the Ute Tribe of Utah is seen on a gymnasium on the reservation. Photo from Facebook

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer stopped a robbery and kidnapping of a woman in Utah.

The officer pulled over a vehicle for speeding early Saturday morning and noticed something wasn't right. It turns out the driver had been kidnapped by the 17-year-old passenger, who was forcing her to drive around to ATMs and withdraw cash.

“I appreciate his good work and his hunches his intuition,” Leslie Wilkey told Fox 13 of the BIA officer's work. “It saved my life.”

The incident started in Salt Lake City on Friday night. It ended near Fort Duchesne on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, where the BIA officer stopped the car early Saturday.

The reservation is the home of the Ute Tribe. State and local authorities repeatedly claim that parts of it have been diminished but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said that isn't the case in a unanimous decision last week.

Get the Story:
SLC woman talks about night she was carjacked and her rescue (Fox 13 6/22)
Woman in Salt Lake carjacking forced to drive to Uintah County, police say (The Deseret News 6/23)

10th Circuit Decision:
Ute Tribe v. Utah (June 16, 2015)

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