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4 kidnapped children found safe in Grand Rapids, 4 people arrested

GRAND RAPIDS, MN — Four children are in protective custody after being found safe in Grand Raids early Wednesday morning.

According to St. Cloud Police, officers were called to an apartment on the 300 block of 4th Avenue South just before 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

When they arrived, officers found that the childrens’ biological father, who shares custody of the kids, who range in age from 18 months to 12 years old, had arrived at the children’s mothers apartment with four other adults.

Police say the father entered the home while displaying a handgun, and removed all four of the children from the home, and at one point, a female accomplice used a handheld taser on the mother as the children were being taken.

While investigating the incident, officers were led to Grand Rapids, where a suspect vehicle was found outside a home on the 800 block of Northwest 5th Avenue.

Officials from multiple agencies, including the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, surrounded the home while a negotiator from St. Cloud called inside the home and spoke with the suspect.

All four children were safely taken into protective custody shortly after without incident.

Police say the father of the children, as well as two others involved in the alleged kidnapping, were arrested at the scene, and the woman responsible for allegedly tasing the mother was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Minneapolis.

One of the men suspected to be involved in the incident has yet to be located.

According to St. Cloud Police, all of the suspects will be taken to the Stearns County Jail, where formal charges relating to kidnapping, assault and burglary are pending.

Police say the children will be in protective care until they can be reunited with their mother.

Krystal Frasier

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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