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Utah Men Captured After Kidnapping Women During Meth Bender

Police arrested Dereck Harrison in a rural corner of Wyoming four days after the 22-year-old and his father, Flint Harrison, 51, fled a home in a Salt Lake City suburb where the pair held a woman and her fourteen daughters against their will in a Utah basement during a meth bender. The father helped authorities track down his son.

It has not yet been reported how long the unidentified women were held. On Tuesday, the police described it as a “frightening and difficult to understand crime.”

The women claimed they were bound with zip ties as the men battered the mother with a baseball bat as apparent retaliation between the victim and the younger suspect. In addition, the men put a bag over the woman’s head and duct taped her mouth shut. The teen girls, ages 13, 15, 17 and 18, tried to call police during an escape attempt, but the older suspect took their phones away. During another escape attempt, one sister slapped away a shotgun aimed at her throat. Another grabbed the bat and hit the younger Harrison.

The women ran to a neighbors's home for help as the two men stayed at a Salt Lake City hotel before leaving for the Wyoming backcountry south of Yellowstone National Park. Police found zip ties, duct tape, blood, meth and a firearm while searching the basement and on Wednesday, investigators described the abduction as a “premeditated event.”

The elder Harrison surrendered in Pinedale, Wy. He then led authorities to his son. Both men face aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attack.

Photo: NBC News

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