Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 1, 2020
Female kidnapped in Wendover and dropped off in Lake Point

A female victim reported to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office that she was kidnapped on Aug. 26 in Wendover and dropped off in Lake Point. 

A woman, who has not been identified by the Sheriff’s department, reported that she was kidnapped at the Montego Bay casino by a man who later dropped her off in Lake Point and took her vehicle. 

The Tooele County Sheriff’s office received the call on August 26 at 10:06 p.m., according to Lt. Norberto Aranda, with the sheriff’s office 

The woman told a deputy sheriff that she was waiting in the passenger seat of her car in the Montego Bay parking lot while her husband went inside to check into the hotel.

The female said a male jumped into her car and started driving away from the casino and hit a barrier on the way out.

The female reportedly stayed in the car until she told the man that she needed to use the restroom in Lake Point.

After dropping the female off at the light by the Comfort Inn in Lake Point, the male proceeded to drive away, according to Aranda.

The female described the male as a white man with dark colored shaved hair wearing a white shirt, brown shorts, and having tattoos down both arms.

Upon further investigation into video footage at the casino, Wendover police identified the male as Marc Banyai.

Wendover officer Rick Giles reported that he saw the man walking outside the Montego Bay earlier in the night carrying a red backpack.

The red backpack with the man’s identification was found in the Montego Bay lobby, according to Aranda.

Giles said he observed the male on the video walking down the stairs of the casino, entering the vehicle, and leaving with the female passenger inside of the vehicle.  

The vehicle was identified as being a silver Kia Sedona registered to the female victim’s husband.

The GPS company of the vehicle was able to track the man to Midvale where the Unified Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Banyai. He was taken into custody.

Banyai was later interviewed by Tooele County Sheriff’s department detectives and admitted to planning to steal the car, taking the car, and the female being inside the car, according to a probable cause statement.

He said he drove the car over 100 miles and dropped the female off in Lake Point, according to the statement.

Banyai has been booked into the Tooele County Jail.

He has been charged with kidnapping and receiving or transfer of a stolen vehicle, both 2nd degree felonies.


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