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CLEARFIELD — Police say a Nevada man was arrested in Wyoming after he allegedly kidnapped a man in Brigham City and threatened to stab him.

Richard Brandon Mendoza, 46, is charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, according to a press release from the Clearfield Police Department.

The victim was reportedly at a car wash in Brigham City around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when he was kidnapped by a man armed with a knife, according to the release.

The suspect — whom police say was Mendoza — approached the man and demanded the victim drive him south on Interstate 15. Mendoza allegedly told the man to stop at an ATM and withdraw money, the release says.

Police say Mendoza became more and more agitated and told the victim to exit I-15 onto Ogden’s 12th Street, but shortly after continued south on the interstate.

The victim is said to work in Clearfield and was familiar with the banks just off the interstate, according to the release.

The two stopped at an America First Credit Union located near 300 N. Main Street in Clearfield, and the victim attempted to withdraw money from an ATM.

Police say the victim was struggling to enter his PIN when Mendoza allegedly tried to stab him and a struggle ensued.

The victim was able to fight back and avoid getting stabbed before he ran away. Mendoza allegedly stole the man’s car and drove off, the release says.

Police were able to track the car using OnStar and traced the vehicle to Evanston, Wyoming, but could not find the vehicle.

Later, police located the vehicle going west on Interstate 80 toward Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mendoza allegedly tried to evade officers, but he was later arrested by officers from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Springs Police Department, according to the release.

Mendoza — a Sparks, Nevada resident — will be extradited back to Davis County to face charges.

In the release, Clearfield Police commended the victim for his “determination to escape from potentially being seriously injured.”

Police say there is security footage from the America First Credit Union of the struggle between the two men. However, the footage will not be released until the case is adjudicated, as it is considered to be evidence in the case.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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