BOUNTIFUL (ABC 4 News) - Two teens were arrested after they entered a 50-year-old man's home and held him against his will for 12 hours, authorities said Tuesday.
During the evening of Jan. 7, officials say Garrett Todd Sweat, 19, knocked on the victim's door and gained entry by mentioning a mutual acquaintance. Once inside, officials say Sweat allowed accomplice Jordan Marie Thornberg, 18, to enter as well, without the homeowner's knowledge.
A confrontation ensued once the homeowner discovered Thornberg hiding inside the house. The invaders then allegedly choked the homeowner to unconsciousness with a shoelace before threatening him with a knife and binding him to a table with duct tape.
While the victim was restrained, police say Thornberg and Sweat took many items from the home -- including a cell phone, a laptop computer, jewelry, winter clothing and a bottle of prescription drugs. Before leaving, the invaders demanded the homeowner write them a personal check for $1,100.
The suspects didn't leave the man's home until 8 a.m. the following morning, at which point the victim freed himself and contacted authorities.
Authorities were able to track down both suspects from incriminating evidence they both left behind. Officials say Sweat left his jacket inside the home, which contained documents with his name on them. Thornberg was identified because the personal check had been made out to her actual identity. Officials say the two called a friend for a ride shortly after they left the home.
Thornberg and Sweat were both arrested and face charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, as well as other felonies. At the time of the robbery, Sweat was on felony probation.