Ogden man accused of kidnapping previously convicted on similar charge

Jan 11 2013 - 11:20am


Jonathan Odell (Weber County Jail)
Jonathan Odell (Weber County Jail)


OGDEN -- An Ogden man arrested for injuring and holding a woman captive for several days before she escaped Wednesday was convicted last year for a similar crime, according to court records.

Jonathan Odell, 35, is currently being held in Weber County Jail for attempted criminal homicide, aggravated kidnapping, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, interruption of a communication device, and five felony warrants.

Those charges stem from an incident in which Odell allegedly held a woman against her will in an apartment at 2530 Harrison Blvd. for several days and injured her during the ordeal.

Odell briefly barricaded himself inside the apartment and was eventually arrested Wednesday by Ogden police.

Andrew Wherlock, who owns the building where the woman lives, said when Odell fell asleep she escaped from the second-floor apartment by climbing out of a window and onto the roof.

Wherlock, who helped the woman down from the roof, said she was bleeding profusely from wounds to her neck and arm. The woman was treated at an area hospital, but information about her condition was unavailable Thursday night.

Odell was also convicted of attempted kidnapping in February 2011 in 2nd District Court and sentenced to a year in jail, records show.

That conviction stemmed from a November 2010 incident at his residence in the 3500 block of Porter Ave. A probable cause statement indicates Odell held his girlfriend in a basement bedroom of the dwelling and wouldn't allow her to leave. 

Odell also told the woman if she said anything or answered the door of the residence, "bad things would happen," the document states.

"He had a blue handled box cutter with a razor blade in it, opened and exposed," according to the statement regarding the 2010 incident. 

"She (Odell's girlfriend) felt he implied he would use the knife on her if she said anything."


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