KIDNAPPING

Ogema Man Held in Suspected Kidnapping of South Dakota Woman

LAMOURE CO., N.D. (KVRR/AP) — An Ogema, Minnesota man remains behind bars in LaMoure County, North Dakota for a suspected kidnapping. Charges pending against Ryan Degroat include kidnapping, felonious restraint and terrorizing. Degroat is accused of abducting a 41-year-old woman from her mother’s home in Brown County, South Dakota Friday night. Law enforcement was able to use cell phone triangulation…

Woman accused of faking kidnapping wanted a break from husband

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Court documents say a Sioux Falls woman accused of faking her own kidnapping from a local pizza restaurant told detectives she wanted a break from her husband. The woman has been charged with attempted grand theft and making a false report to authorities. She faces arraignment next week in Minnehaha County. Court documents say the woman…

Jamestown Man Arrested In Alleged Sexual Assault

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man is arrested on suspicion of gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and aggravated assault. Police say 23-year-old Samuel Mittleider is in the Stutsman County Correctional Center while the State’s Attorney reviews the case. The investigation began on Friday with the report of a sexual assault at a home in Jamestown. They say Mittleider was armed with…

Grand Forks man arrested following hours long standoff

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–A Grand Forks resident was arrested on Tuesday after fleeing police during a possible kidnapping investigation. The Grand Forks Police Department says 33-year-old Edward Harper Jr. was accused of kidnapping and officers were sent to speak with him. The officers found Harper Jr. near the 2200 block of Gateway Drive, but he fled on foot. Officers learned that…

Grafton Police Warn of Ransom Scam

The sole purpose of a ransom scam is to extort money.

GRAFTON, N.D.–The Grafton Police Department issued a warning about scammers claiming to have kidnapped children and grandchildren in order to get money. Police describe the scammer as a man with a Hispanic accent who is immediately aggressive and demanding. This person threatens to harm the child or grandchild if certain demands are not met. The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office…

Woman And Brother Arrested In North Dakota For Allegedly Kidnapping Her Young Son

The 1-year-old boy was found unharmed in the motel room

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — A woman and her brother wanted in Wisconsin for allegedly kidnapping her toddler son are arrested in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Authorities say 34-year-old Jessica Cleasby and 52-year-old Jamey Cleasby were arrested without incident Saturday night after their vehicle was found at a motel. Jessica’s 1-year-old son was found unharmed in the motel room. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s…

Bismarck Man Accused of Kidnapping, Terrorizing

Police say the incident was the result of a dispute between two men.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A Bismarck man is accused of forcing his way into an apartment, holding another man at gunpoint and firing several shots. Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Williams is charged with kidnapping, terrorizing and reckless endangerment. Police say the incident early Thursday was the result of a dispute between the two men. Authorities say Williams fired one shot into the wall in the…