Three pregnant teens living in a group home whacked the director in the head with a frying pan, tied her up and fled in a minivan, police said.
The girls, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, are from California, Texas and Illinois. Police believe they left the state after restraining the director with power cords Tuesday and tying up another pregnant teen.
The director "was able to break free and then she went up and untied the 17-year-old female and then they contacted the police," American Fork police Sgt. Shauna Greening said.
The privately owned business, which is a place for struggling pregnant teens, is in Utah County, 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Girls attend school in the area and are taught prenatal care, child birth, adoption and parenting skills.
Greening would not release hometowns or names of the home and director, whose purse, checkbook, credit cards, cell phone, video camera and 2005 Dodge Caravan were stolen. The Utah license plate number is 128 VTX
"It's been there about three years, and we've never had any problems," Greening said today.
The director said "she never had any indication that anything like this was going to happen. They were all sitting around doing homework before the attack occurred," the sergeant said.
The teens were sent to the home by their parents to get them away from problems with drugs or friends, Greening said. Parents have been contacted about the incident.
Detectives were checking for any use of the director's credit cards.