Kidnapped Woman Escapes Captor By Grabbing Steering Wheel & Crashing Vehicle

The man nicknamed “Ogre” allegedly had drugged, raped, and held her against her will for weeks.

January 10, 2019

Casey Ray Nielsen [Tooele County Sheriff's Office]

Casey Ray Nielsen [Tooele County Sheriff's Office]

By: Aaron Rasmussen
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TOOELE COUNTY, UT — A 22-year-old woman managed to grab the steering wheel and crash her captor’s car after he drugged and terrorized her for weeks at his house and then attempted to move her to a new location.

According to a police affidavit, Casey Ray Nielsen, 36, subdued the woman on November 21 by throwing a pillowcase over her head and tying her hands up with rope.

"The victim stated Mr. Nielsen had a handgun on top of a safe in the room, and he was blocking the entry of the room and she was not able to leave," investigators wrote, noting the woman knew her kidnapper by his nickname, “Ogre.”

"Ogre would bring her an orange bucket when she needed to urinate and Ogre would then dump her urine outside," the documents detailed. "The victim stated Ogre gave her several injections of unknown drugs into her arms and one into her left ankle” and “before she passed out Ogre would take her pants off and underwear off.”

Evidence showed she was likely raped, said police.

On December 6, following weeks in captivity, the woman finally got her chance to escape when Nielsen tried transporting her in his vehicle. She “[pulled] on the steering wheel, causing Mr. Nielsen to crash the car, and she was able to run from Mr. Nielsen,” the legal documents revealed.

Law enforcement took Nielsen into custody on January 7, and he is currently being held without bail at the Tooele County Jail on charges of alleged aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, rape, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deseret News reported Nielsen, who has a long criminal history dating back years, was charged for his involvement in two other alleged rape and kidnapping offenses in 2016.

In one case, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and a felony drug possession after he held a woman for weeks before she was able to flee. He was granted a suspended sentence as part of a plea deal.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office said they could no longer pursue the second incident after the alleged victim moved out of Utah and stopped communicating with officials.

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