SALT LAKE CITY — A weekend camping trip turned violent when a woman was repeatedly beaten by her boyfriend and tied up like a mummy in a blanket held together by duct tape, Utah police said Wednesday.

The alleged events started Friday when the couple went on a camping trip somewhere near Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah-Colorado border, said Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez.

The woman texted some of her family members on Sunday from the camping area telling them she feared for her life and asking for help, Martinez said. They called police, who told officers to be on the lookout for the couple in that area of the state, he said.

By that time, the couple was driving back to the suspect’s house near Park City, Martinez said. The victim called 911 early Monday after she somehow escaped a second-floor bedroom, Martinez said.

Deputies found the 45-year-old woman with her face badly bruised and swollen, likely from facial fractures, Martinez said.

“She said it was a very harrowing three days of being abused,” Martinez said. “It was just a consistent barrage of beatings.”

Jason Stone, 47, was arrested inside the house on suspicion of kidnapping, assault, witness tampering and possession of a stolen vehicle.

He was held on $100,000 cash-only bail. He had not yet been charged or assigned an attorney.

Stone denied the allegations in interviews with investigators, Martinez said. He said evidence obtained from Stone’s house matches the woman’s description of events.

The two had an on-and-off relationship since February, Martinez said. In April, police were called out on a domestic violence incident.

Stone was charged with assault in that case, which has yet to be resolved.

His attorney for that case, John K. Johnson, declined comment. He was not yet assigned to the new case.

Martinez said the witness tampering accusation comes from an allegation that Stone forced the victim to sign an affidavit saying the April incident didn’t happen. Martinez didn’t know if that had been submitted to the court yet.

In late May, a judge denied Stone’s request to get a stalking injunction against the victim, online court records show. State Judge Kara Pettit said in her denial that the victim appeared to just want to get her personal property back from Stone’s home.

Martinez said he was unaware of that request.

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BRADY McCOMBS
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