Two men were arrested early Thursday morning in the alleged kidnapping of a Minneapolis business manager from outside his home near Medina.
According to Medina Police Chief Ed Belland, the crime was not random. “At this time we suspect the motive for the kidnapping was to use the victim to break into the business that he managed,” Belland told Twin Cities Business
Belland declined to disclose the names of the victim and suspects but said their identities will likely be released tomorrow morning when the county attorney charges the suspects with first-degree kidnapping with force. Belland said the victim managed a business in Minneapolis.
The police responded to a call at 9:21 p.m. Wednesday night from the wife of the victim, who said her husband, who is 37 years old, was abducted from outside their home in Loretto.
The police found the suspects’ car on the side of the road near Highway 55 and Pioneer Trail in Loretto. The victim was found in the car uninjured.
The two suspects fled on foot as the police closed in and were caught around 1:00 a.m. after the state patrol tracked them down in a helicopter, Belland said. The suspects were unharmed but one police deputy broke his ankle during the pursuit, he said.
Although Belland said the suspects were not employees of the victim, he believes they had “scoped out” the victim’s place of business prior to the kidnapping. “We’re still in the process of getting search warrants to determine more,” he said.
reported that police believe the suspects followed the victim from a Verizon retail store he manages.