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Woman reports being kidnapped, taken to Cannon Falls

One person is in custody after a driver leads multiple law enforcement agencies in an on-and-off chase Saturday.

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CANNON FALLS, Minn. — A Minneapolis man is in custody in Goodhue County after a woman reported being kidnapped Saturday.

According to a report from the Cannon Falls Police Department, police were called to Casey’s General Store in Cannon Falls when a woman in a bathroom there asked for police help because she had been kidnapped by the person who drove her there.

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A driver and passengers from both cars had non-life threatening injuries.

Police who responded to the call tried to stop a dark-colored sedan driven by a 25-year-old man from Minneapolis.

According to the report, the man fled from police and crashed into a Cannon Falls Police car. The officer in the vehicle was not injured and continued to pursue the driver north on U.S. Highway 52 into Dakota County.

Minnesota State Patrol and other agencies including Rice County Sheriff’s Office continued an on-and-off pursuit of the driver until he exited Interstate 35 into Faribault where a witness directed police to the sedan and driver.


The driver was taken into custody in Faribault and transferred to Goodhue County on pending charges of false imprisonment, fleeing in a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to the Cannon Falls Police, the woman reported that she got into the person’s car in downtown Minneapolis early in Saturday morning expecting a ride to a different location.

Instead, the driver refused to let the victim go, drove around the metro area and eventually into Cannon Falls.

Police are looking for witnesses in areas the woman may have been taken around sunrise Saturday including people who may have been at a body of water with a dock and parking lot within 15 minutes of Maple Grove.

Anyone with information is asked to call 507-263-2278.

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