KIDNAPPING

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…

Fargo Police Investigating Kidnapping

THE WOMAN WAS FOUND EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON

BARNES COUNTY, N.D. — Fargo Police is investigating the kidnapping of a woman who was found earlier this afternoon. Officers say 33–year–old Kristin Hettervig told her brother she was kidnapped by her ex–boyfriend, 41–year–old Matthew Hanson. Police asked for the public’s help in finding the white pick–up they may have been traveling in. Hettervig and Hanson were found in Rural…

“I still don’t know if that’s justice”: William Hoehn Resentenced to 20 Years in Prison

The North Dakota Supreme Court appealed a district judge's previous ruling because they said it didn't match up with Hoehn's previous convictions

FARGO, N.D. — William Hoehn was back at the Cass County Courthouse for resentencing in connection with Savanna Greywind’s kidnapping and murder. This comes after the North Dakota Supreme Court overturned his life sentence. Hoehn may not be spending life in prison but he will spend the next 20 years behind bars, after Judge Tom Olson went with the maximum…

North Dakota Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Appeal For William Hoehn

the Fargo man pleaded guilty to charges he conspired to kidnap Savanna Greywind's baby

BISMARCK, ND — A lawyer for the Fargo man who pleaded guilty to charges he conspired to kidnap Savanna Greywind’s baby, tells the North Dakota Supreme Court why he is appealing his life sentence. Hoehn’s attorney, Kiara Costa Kraus-Parr, told the court, “The child was healthy, the child was given food, clothing, diaper changes, diapers, it was cared for. So, nothing in…

Accused Closs Kidnapper Has Bail Set At $5 Million

Jake Patterson appeared in court via video feed from the Barron County Jail.

BARRON, WI — A Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents sat impassively as a judge set his bail at $5 million. Prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Jake Patterson with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary. Patterson appeared in court via video feed from the Barron County…

Man Accused Of Kidnapping Wisconsin Teen And Killing Her Parents Expected In Court

21-year-old Jake Patterson will make his first court appearance Monday in Wisconsin

GORDON, WI — As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the nearly three months she was in captivity. 21-year-old Jake Patterson will make his first court appearance Monday in Wisconsin. He is accused of shooting and killing Jayme’s parents before abducting the 13-year-old from her northwestern Wisconsin home…

Federal Charges Added Against Kidnapping And Sexual Assault Suspect

The convicted felon had a 12-gauge shotgun during the crime

FERGUS FALLS, MN — A federal indictment has charged 39-year-old Anthony Randklev of Pelican Rapids with illegally possessing a firearm. The charge is the result of a July 22 incident in which Randklev is already charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a rural Fergus Falls woman. The convicted felon had a 12-gauge shotgun during the crime. He faces a mandatory minimum…

Moorhead Mom Accused Of Kidnapping Kids Reaches Plea Deal

Thirty-nine-year-old Izetta Cooley pleaded guilty to one count of depriving someone of custody rights in Mower County and two felony kidnapping charges were dropped.

Izetta CooleyAustin, MN (KFGO/Learfield) – A Moorhead woman charged with kidnapping her kids last month is agreeing to a deal with prosecutors. Thirty-nine-year-old Izetta Cooley pleaded guilty to one count of depriving someone of custody rights in Mower County and two felony kidnapping charges were dropped. Authorities say Cooley violated a no-contact order and took four of her five children…