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BLOOMFIELD — A Davis County man faces charges of kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual abuse after authorities said he tried to take a woman to Wisconsin.

Court documents accused Timothy Howell of driving the woman to Missouri to buy food, then refusing to return her to her buggy so she could return home. When authorities managed to call the victim, she said she “was afraid that when they got to Wisconsin [Howell] was going to rape her.”

Howell refused to tell authorities where he was taking her.

Howell is accused of sexually abusing the woman. According to court filings, Howell “said to the victim that he would get hurt if she told anyone, and that who ever [sic] she told would be hurt or killed.”

All of the charges against Howell are felonies. The two sexual abuse counts are Class B felonies, which carry sentences of 25 years in prison. The third-degree kidnapping charge is a Class C felony carrying a sentence of up to 10 years.

Howell is being held in the Davis County Jail on a $60,000 cash only bond. Court documents show Howell has an attorney but do not yet show a plea in the case. A preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

In other area cases:

Preston Martin waived a preliminary hearing of the murder charge he faces in the May death of Thomas Foster. The case has been bound over for district court.

David Wemer is scheduled for plea and sentencing on Aug. 2. Wemer is charged with three counts of sexual abuse.


Managing Editor

Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.