People in Utah may have heard about the bizarre but chilling story of two young women who dressed themselves up like ninjas and forced their way into the home of a witness to an alleged child sex assault case. The two women, ages 18 and 22, armed themselves with knives and stun guns, and entered the home of a family in West Jordan at around 4:00 a.m. According to police, the two women were attempting to kidnap or silence one of the children in the homes, who was a witness in a case against a man the two women considered their “husband.”
The two women aggressively attacked a man in the home, but the tables were turned when another household member rushed to his aid, armed with a sword. The two victims were able to subdue the perpetrators until police were summoned to the scene.
The two women face serious criminal charges for their violent crimes. As of now they have been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and witness tampering. All of these are very serious felonies which could result in lengthy prison sentences under Utah law.
What remains to be seen in this bizarre case is why the women were compelled to enter the home and assault these people. Police have gathered evidence that suggests they did so in order to protect their supposed husband, who is currently awaiting trial on serious child sexual abuse charges. Polygamy, which is now legal in some contexts in Utah, will not be among the charges they face.
People who commit violent crimes such as assault and battery, especially with a deadly weapon, face serious consequences. People facing these charges need to present an aggressive criminal defense to minimize the possibility of conviction.
Source: The Guardian, “Polygamist women dressed ‘like ninjas’ attack home of witness in Utah sex assault case,” Jessica Glenza, Sept. 22, 2014