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Kidnapping suspect caught

Park City police officers on Friday arrested a man accused of kidnapping, using a tip to find him in Salt Lake City 4 1/2 years after his estranged wife claimed he took her at knifepoint in Park City.

Silviano Ibanez, 32, whose last known address was in Salt Lake City, faces three charges stemming from the Sept. 8, 2002 incident. In December 2002, Summit County prosecutors charged him with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and violating a protective order.

The kidnapping charge, a first-degree felony, is the most serious. If convicted, Ibanez faces a prison sentence of five years to life and a $10,000 fine. The aggravated-assault charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if he is convicted.

He was wanted on a $25,000 arrest warrant since Dec. 10, 2002.

Ibanez is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Third District Court at Silver Summit on March 27. Immigration officials ordered him held and the police suspect he is in the U.S. illegally.

Mike Fierro, a Park City detective, says he recently was conducting routine computer checks for people with arrest warrants when he discovered Ibanez in February renewed his driver license in Salt Lake City and in November 2006 registered a car there.

Meanwhile, he received a tip Ibanez was working at a Salt Lake City hotel. Staffers at the hotel, which Fierro refuses to identify, confirmed Ibanez worked there under an alias.

Fierro says himself and Lt. Phil Kirk, with the help of hotel security, arrested Ibanez at about 1 p.m. on Friday in the hotel’s parking lot.

Ibanez was "almost blatantly going on with life. He didn’t even fear any repercussions," Fierro says. The detective says Ibanez likely was in Salt Lake City during the time he was wanted.

"There’s almost this attitude that you’ve gotten away with something," Fierro says.

In a 2002 filing in Third District Court outlining the case, Sherm Farnsworth, a former Police Department sergeant who is now a Summit County Sheriff’s Office captain, alleges Ibanez kidnapped the victim at the Park Avenue-Kearns Boulevard intersection after she left work.

She was waiting for a ride to Salt Lake City from a friend when Ibanez grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from screaming and put a knife to her back with his other hand, Farnsworth alleges.

He forced the victim into his car, hit her in the face several times and, inside the car, Ibanez’s mother grabbed her hair and held her as Ibanez got inside, Farnsworth claims. Ibanez told the victim he would "hurt" her and "that he would not leave her in peace," the filing says.

The car stopped at a red light at Kimball Junction, the victim jumped out, avoided Ibanez as he tried to grab her and ran to McDonald’s, where the authorities were called, according to Farnsworth’s statement.

In February 2002, a judge signed a protective order against Ibanez prohibiting him from contacting the woman, the filing says. Fierro says Ibanez did not harm the woman.

"He was extremely irate over the fact he had just been served with a protective order . . . That kind of set him off," Fierro says, adding, "Somebody that dangerous obviously is a threat."

The Police Department had placed Ibanez on its most-wanted list and the word ‘Captured’ has been placed in large lettering on his wanted poster.


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