OGDEN -- An Ogden man was arrested Tuesday after police say he held three people against their will in his apartment after he accused them of stealing his drugs.
Frank Zavala, 35, was booked into Weber County Jail on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct, failure to appear, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police Lt. Scott Conley said the incident occurred Jan. 13 at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Adams Avenue, where Zavala lived with his 19-year-old girlfriend, who is seven months pregnant.
Zavala's girlfriend told police that his main source of income is selling methamphetamine and marijuana from his apartment. On Jan. 13, two men came to the apartment to purchase narcotics. The girlfriend was also in the apartment.
"Zavala went to the area (where the drugs were kept) and found his stash was depleted more than he thought," Conley said.
"He became irate and began demanding those who were there to confess to partaking in his drugs that he had there. He became totally out of control."
Zavala locked the door to the apartment and began threatening the three with a 4-inch-blade pocketknife and a Taser.
He then assaulted his girlfriend, kicking her to the ground, and kicking her in the back, legs and stomach repeatedly.
"He threatened to use the knife to cut the baby out of her stomach," Conley said. "Upon any individual trying to leave, he would assault them or make threats at them with the knife or Taser."
At one point during the altercation, he told his girlfriend to get the shower curtain out of the bathroom and bring it into the living room area because he was going to cut the three victims and didn't want to make a mess.
Around the same time the girlfriend retrieved the shower curtain, Zavala used the Taser on the two men. Zavala also made a call to his brother, telling him he was going to hurt the three because he would not let anyone take advantage of him and take his drugs.
The brother told him that he should let the three go.
During that time period, another man arrived at the apartment, which distracted Zavala. After he arrived, the three victims were able to negotiate, with Zavala telling the three he would release them if they each brought $50 to him.
Immediately after she left the apartment, Zavala's girlfriend went to her parents' home in Washington Terrace. Her parents took her to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and the health of the unborn baby was checked.
The hospital notified police of the incident.
The three had been held in the apartment for four to 4 1/2 hours.
Conley said police have been investigating the incident since it occurred, looking for the other men who were involved.
They obtained a search warrant for Zavala's apartment Tuesday. When they searched his apartment, they found the knife and illegal narcotics, then arrested Zavala.