Woman assaulted while walking dog at Pioneer Park, police say


Police arrested a person after a lady who had been strolling her canine was assaulted on Tuesday. (Viorel Margineanu, Shutterstock)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police arrested a person accused of inappropriately touching a lady strolling her canine close to Pioneer Park.

Gatluak Gatluak, 44, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Tuesday for investigation of sexual battery, kidnapping, interfering with an arresting officer, assault by a prisoner and failing to reveal his id.

On Tuesday about 3:30 p.m., a lady was strolling her canine close to 350 S. 300 West when Gatluak — whom the lady had by no means met — approached her, in line with a police reserving affidavit.

Gatluak wrapped each his arms across the girl, then positioned a hand on the lady’s neck, the affidavit states. He kissed the lady’s cheek a number of instances whereas inappropriately touching her over her clothes and making express feedback, in line with the affidavit.

The girl tried to push Gatluak away a number of instances and instructed him to “let go,” the affidavit states.

“The sufferer acknowledged she was pulling away and pushing him and attempting to get away. (Gatluak) wouldn’t bodily let the sufferer go. After round 4 minutes, the sufferer’s canine leash bought wrapped round (Gatluak’s) legs and (he) needed to let go of the sufferer because of his legs getting tangled within the leash. The sufferer was capable of get away,” in line with the affidavit.

When police discovered Gatluak, he resisted arrest, and at one level kicked one of many officers, the affidavit states. When police requested for his title, Gatluak refused to reply and “would solely curse and say profanities towards officers.”

Due to the size of time Gatluak allegedly detained the lady, police arrested him for investigation of kidnapping.

Gatluak has a prolonged prison historical past, in line with court docket information. Most not too long ago, he was convicted in October of tried drug distribution, a category A misdemeanor. Gatluak was initially charged in that case with felony drug distribution and aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing a person close to the downtown homeless shelter and breaking his wrist, in line with charging paperwork.

After taking a plea deal, he was sentenced to 2 years probation, which he violated in November, in line with court docket paperwork. He was arrested and positioned within the Salt Lake County Jail. He was ordered launched from jail on Feb. 11.

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