Serafin Loaiza-Carmona

Serafin Loaiza-Carmona

Police arrested a 24-year-old Jackson man this week on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, interference with emergency calls and domestic battery.

Serafin Loaiza-Carmona appeared Thursday in Teton County Circuit Court, where attorney Robert Horn asked the court to enter pleas of not guilty on behalf of the defendant.

Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Zane Aukee emphasized the seriousness of the case.

“The allegations and supporting affidavits are both very serious and supported by what the state considers to be strong evidence,” Aukee told the court.

Loaiza-Carmona was arrested late Tuesday when detectives at the Jackson Police Department followed up on a harassment case, according to the probable cause affidavit.

While interviewing the victim, detectives learned “of a separate incident that took place on May 25, 2020.”

The victim told police she was being dropped off at her car at the Glenwood parking garage when the defendant showed up all of a sudden, forcing her into his Jeep and taking her against her will.

She told him “to leave her alone and she tried to push him off her,” according to police documents.

The victim said Loaiza-Carmona took her cell phone and tossed it toward the trunk of the jeep so she couldn’t call for help.

The defendant allegedly drove around with the victim, accusing her of cheating on him. When they got to Wilson, he grabbed her head and slammed it into the side of the car, police said in documents.

When the defendant pulled over and went into a gas station, the victim tried to call 911, but before the call went through the defendant came back and ended the call, according to court files.

The victim said she started to cry, and that’s when Loaiza-Carmona drove her to her mother’s house in Driggs, Idaho.

The victim had bruises on her face, according to the victim’s mother, who was interviewed by police.

After police arrested the defendant Tuesday night and showed him photos they had obtained of the victim’s bruised face, he “claimed she got them from rubbing her face too hard.”

Judge James Radda set Loaiza-Carmona’s bond at $5,000 and asked him to appear for another hearing on Monday.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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