TREMONTON — A Hooper man was charged Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at her apartment.
Ryan K. Gronau, 31, was charged in 1st District Court with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; forcible sexual abuse and attempted forcible sodomy, which are each second-degree felonies; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
On Aug. 1, Tremonton Police Officer Andy Marchant was called out to Bear River Valley Hospital to talk to the female victim of a suspected rape. She reported that Gronau had attacked her about 2 a.m. that morning at the Tremonton Village Apartments, 730 W. 960 South.
Gronau threw her to the ground, punched her face and body and wanted her to have sex with him, she told police. She added that she scratched his face and tried to escape, but he used a curling iron in an attempt to strangle her.
She proceeded to tell police that Gronau had grabbed her all over her body and tried to disrobe her, and when she tried to leave the apartment several times he stopped her with physical force until she was finally able to get away.
Marchant noted in a probable cause statement that the victim’s face, neck and arms were bruised.
“(The victim) is very severely injured,” he wrote in the statement.
Marchant added, near the end of the statement, that the manager of the Tremonton Village Apartments has told Granau before that he is not welcome on the premises.
Marchant found Gronau at the apartments that evening and arrested him.