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Locksmith alerts authorities after kidnapped woman shows him '911' on her hand

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A woman alerted authorities she was in danger by writing "911" on her hand and showing it to the locksmith who came to her house. (Photo: KUTV)

A Utah woman was rescued after being held against her will, thanks to a keen locksmith who noticed her subtle plea for help.

Police were contacted after the locksmith arrived at a Midway home for an appointment to change the lock on the woman's front door. He noticed a man "acting suspiciously," according to a Tuesday press release from the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office.

When he passed the woman the invoice for his work, she showed him her hand, on which she'd written "911."

The locksmith called 911 and deputies soon arrived at the home, where they learned Grant N. Eggertsen, who used to date the woman, had entered the home a day earlier and was holding the woman against her will.

Sheriffs officials state Eggertsen, 45, did not live at the home, and was the reason the woman previously made the appointment to have her locks changed.

Deputies were told Eggertsen was upset the woman was now dating someone else, and argued with her after showing up at her house.

"The female stated that during the argument Eggertsen assaulted her and would not allow her to leave her room or house," the press release states.

She also told police he took her phone so she couldn't make any calls. Eggertsen told deputies "he did not know she wanted her phone back."

An affidavit states Eggertsen is suspected of aggravated kidnapping "due to Grant holding the victim in the bedroom against her will for a period of time and trying to have the victim have sexual intercourse with him and kissing her as well as touching her body in a sexual manner."

He was arrested for charges including aggravated kidnapping and assault. A judge ordered he be held on a bond of $5,000.

Individuals named in criminal complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-897-5465, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233.

The Utah-based Rape Recovery Center can be reached at 801-467-7273.

A list of local domestic violence shelters can be found online here. Resources are also available through the YWCA of Utah.