A fugitive on the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office most wanted list for allegedly kidnapping and terrorizing a Green River woman was captured in Utah on Tuesday morning.
According to a release from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel James Boutin, Sr, 50, was wanted by Sweetwater County Authorities after an incident that occurred in April of this year.
According to court documents, Boutin is alleged to have coerced his estranged girlfriend into his car, taking her purse and phone, and driving her to an isolated dirt road south of Rock Springs.
Boutin then allegedly discarded the woman’s phone and held her there in the desert against her will for nearly two days while emotionally terrorizing her and threatening her life and the lives of her family.
In May of this year, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group (SNAAG), a specialized unit of county detectives dedicated to drug enforcement and fugitive apprehension cases, developed information and tracked Boutin to a neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In June, SNAAG detectives reached out to authorities in Salt Lake County, UT. On Tuesday morning, in coordination with Utah law enforcement, Boutin was arrested without incident, on a traffic stop in Salt Lake, by local agents from the US Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force.
In Wyoming, kidnapping with intent to harm or terrorize is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Boutin remains in custody in Salt Lake County awaiting extradition proceedings.
Sheriff Lowell credited tips from the public and a cooperative effort by Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service in effecting Boutin’s arrest, and expressed his thanks for the community’s continued support.
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law.