Utah man charged in hostage case after Facebook rescue

Dec 28 2011 - 10:59am

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This Dec. 24, 2011 photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Troy Reed Critchfield. Utah police say a woman used Facebook to get help after she and her 17-month-old son were held hostage at a residence for nearly five days. Salt Lake County Jail documents say the woman posted on Saturday that she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued. That prompted a welfare check at the home by Sandy police. Officers arrested Critchfield and booked him into jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)
This Dec. 24, 2011 photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Troy Reed Critchfield. Utah police say a woman used Facebook to get help after she and her 17-month-old son were held hostage at a residence for nearly five days. Salt Lake County Jail documents say the woman posted on Saturday that she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued. That prompted a welfare check at the home by Sandy police. Officers arrested Critchfield and booked him into jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

SANDY -- Police have filed charges against a 33-year-old man they say held a woman and her 17-month-old son hostage for five days until rescuers were tipped off by her plea for help on Facebook.

Troy Reed Critchfield faces a dozen charges including aggravated kidnapping, sodomy, rape, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse and animal cruelty.

Critchfield remained in jail on Wednesday on $1 million bail.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Salt Lake County Jail documents say the woman posted on Saturday that she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued. That prompted a welfare check at the home by Sandy police.

Police say the woman hid in a closet and used a laptop to post the Facebook message.

 

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