CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Update: Suspect arrested after South Salt Lake abduction caught on tape

Jun 26, 2021, 8:34 AM | Updated: 7:31 pm

SOUTH SALT LAKE — The man police suspect of carrying out a kidnapping at a convenience store in South Salt Lake is now in custody.

South Salt Lake police booked Carl Gravitt, age 22, into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of kidnapping, assault, the receipt and/or transfer of a stolen vehicle, and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

The victim has been interviewed and has received a medical evaluation, police said.

South Salt Lake abduction initially appeared to involve a teen

Earlier on Saturday morning, South Salt Lake Police released more information about the abduction from a local gas station that turned into an Amber Alert on Friday night. 

Initially, police believed the kidnapper took a young woman about 16 years old. Later, they revealed her age as that of an adult. And though they did not release her identity, police did release her height and weight, as well as her shoe size, to emphasize why they considered her so young.

“Witnesses at the scene described the victim in this case as possibly a teenager. … (And) a shoe was left at the scene which was a size 3,” said South Salt Lake Police Public Information Officer Danielle Croyle.

Croyle said that the victim was 5’1″, 85 lbs, and was born in 1985.

Amber Alerts require specific criteria

Police agencies must meet four criteria in order for the Utah Department of Public Safety to send out an Amber Alert. They include:

  • Evidence that a child was abducted
  • The victim is 17 years of age or younger
  • Investigators believe the victim faces imminent danger
  • Police possess information to release than can help locate the victim as well as apprehend the suspect

“Because they did not have a name or a date of birth we could not activate the Amber Alert,” Officer Croyle continued. “The witnesses reported that they believed it was a teenager.”

As to why it took so long to send the Amber Alert, Croyle said, “because of those qualifications for an Amber Alert we had to receive special permission to push that information out.”

By around 3:45 a.m., the Amber Alert went out to area broadcasters, who alerted the public. 

Ordeal captured by surveillance camera

Surveillance cameras caught the South Salt Lake abduction on video, as bystanders pumped gas. It took place at a gas station at 310 East 3300 South around 10:30 Friday night.

The footage showed a 1990 Red Nissan Pathfinder pull up to the mini-mart. After the driver walked toward the store, the video showed a woman getting out of the vehicle, running to another mini-mart patron. 

According to police, the woman appeared to be hiding from the driver of the red Nissan Pathfinder by going underneath a truck that was getting gas at the time.

Next, the man ran after her, grabbing her from beneath the truck, pulling her away. 

Video showed the young woman kicking and crying out, “Help me, please help me,” as he carried her over his shoulder to his vehicle, then drove off. 

Police said residents in the area helped them identify both the victim and the suspect before ultimately locating them and making an arrest. 

Other Reading:

Violent crime spikes, but these tips will help you avoid becoming a victim

Woman admits to shooting, killing husband in South Salt Lake

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

This composite image shows former President Donald Trump (center), Stormy Daniels (top left), Micha...

Kaanita Iyer, CNN

Here are the key players in Trump’s hush money trial

Originally Published: 15 APR 24 07:00 ET Updated: 21 APR 24 20:26 ET (CNN) — Opening statements in Donald Trump’s criminal New York hush money trial are set to begin Monday, more than a year after the former president was indicted in the case. The trial, which made its way swiftly through jury selection last week, is expected […]

6 hours ago

A Draper police officer and two teenagers were in the hospital following a car wreck Saturday night...

Devin Oldroyd

Draper police officer, teenagers sent to hospital after car wreck

A Draper police officer and two teenagers were in the hospital following a car wreck Saturday night.

9 hours ago

The search is underway for 25-year-old Tobias Braaten who planned to hike on the Fernwood Trail Fri...

Devin Oldroyd

UPDATE: Fernwood Trail Hiker found Sunday

The search is underway for 25-year-old Tobias Braaten who planned to hike on the Fernwood Trail Friday and return Saturday.

12 hours ago

In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Morgan Wallen arrives at the CMT Music Awards on at the Bridgesto...

Associated Press

Recently arrested Morgan Wallen says he’s “not proud” of behavior

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Morgan Wallen, who faces charges stemming in part from accusations that he threw a chair off the rooftop of a six-story bar, says he’s “not proud” of his behavior and accepts responsibility. The “One Thing at a Time” singer responded publicly Friday night on social media to his […]

1 day ago

Texts shown during Chad Daybell's jury trial show he and Lori Daybell planned to be together in Haw...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Texts show Chad and Lori Daybell’s relationship days after death of Lori Daybell’s husband

Just days after Charles Vallow was shot and killed in his wife Lori Vallow Daybell’s home, she was exchanging sexual texts with Chad Daybell.

2 days ago

The Unified Police Department is searching for a missing 13-year-old girl from Midvale Friday night...

Devin Oldroyd

UPDATE: Unified Police Department no longer searching for missing 13-year-old in Midvale

The Unified Police Department is searching for a missing 13-year-old girl from Midvale Friday night.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Update: Suspect arrested after South Salt Lake abduction caught on tape