Woman in North Salt Lake assaulted after man offers to help mow lawn


NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A man is behind bars tonight after he assaulted a woman in her home.

Police arrested 20-year-old Nanaldo Sahene when he offered to help a woman mow her lawn, then forced his way into her home and attacked her.

“He asked her if he could mow her lawn, he assisted her for a short time and she ended up wanting to get away from him,” said Assistant Chief of North Salt Lake Police Troy Johnson.

Officials say the woman became uncomfortable when Sahene approached her and went inside her house, telling Sahene her boyfriend would be home soon.

“He forced his way into the house and ended up getting on top of her and started to strangle her,” Johnson said.

As Sahene choked the victim he made threatening remarks.

“He said that he was there to kill her and that he had done that before, and that he was there to do a job he was hired to do,” Johnson stated.

According to a probable cause statement form the Davis County Jail, Nanaldo had told the victim that “he could kill her with a twist of the hand,” as well as that he had raped and murdered before and gotten away with it.

“His phone rang, that kinda interrupted the assault, at that point she was able to break free,” said Johnson.

Police say the victim ran her way through the house and out the back door.
At which point,  Sahene chased after her and tacked her.

“He pursued her out into the street, then dragged her onto the grass.  At which point some concerned citizens heard her calls for help and they intervened,” according to Johnson.

At the time of the struggle with neighbors, Sahene’s wife showed up on the scene.

“During the assault his wife pulled up and got in their car and that’s how he fled the scene,” said Johnson.

According to the probable cause statement Sahene’s wife told police he had gone out for a walk but after two hours she became concerned he wasn’t picking up his phone.  According to the statement Nanaldo had told her he was cheating on her with the victim whom he said he had met the night before.

The probable cause statement noted the victim had marks to her neck, abrasions to her hands, elbows, knees, and bruising to both wrists.  When asked about the injuries to the victim Nanaldo said, “she likes it rough,”

Nanaldo was arrested at his home by police and booked into the Davis County Jail on aggravated assault, kidnapping, and burglary charges.

The victim was treated for her injuries on the scene.


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