Two Individuals Face Felony Charges for Alleged Machete Kidnapping in Layton

Two individuals, Tessa Adams Maldonado, 27, and Ely Jacob Burns, 35, are facing felony charges after allegedly kidnapping an individual with a machete in Layton, Utah. The Layton Police Department arrested Maldonado for aggravated kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance marijuana/spice, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Burns was arrested for aggravated kidnapping and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

According to court documents, the victim texted his mother on Saturday, Sept. 9, informing her that he was being kidnapped and taken to a trailer at the Mountain View Trailer Park. The Layton Police Department responded to the scene and made contact with multiple individuals inside the trailer, including the victim. The victim requested to be handcuffed and escorted off the property, appearing distressed.

The victim explained to officers that he had borrowed money from Maldonado and Burns to support a controlled substance habit. Maldonado and Burns allegedly forced him to share his location on his cell phone so they could retrieve their money. However, when they arrived, the victim claimed he did not have the money or pills he owed them. Maldonado then instructed the victim to get in the vehicle, where he saw Burns holding a serrated back machete across his lap, causing the victim to fear for his life.

Upon arriving at the trailer, the police discovered Maldonado and Burns in a back bedroom with the machete mentioned by the victim. Additionally, a lockbox containing various drugs and paraphernalia was found. Maldonado and Burns were subsequently booked into the Davis County Jail on the aforementioned charges.


Author: CrimeDoor

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