Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A Rochester man who was kidnapped and had his car stolen almost two weeks ago recovers his vehicle and the alleged criminal is behind bars.
The 26-year-old victim called the police on the night of April 22 to report the incident.
Police Captain Casey Moilanen says the victim was confronted with the suspect in block 10 of 7th Ave SW. The victim said the suspect had aimed a gun at him and demanded his wallet, his phone and his keys. He then told the victim to get into the passenger seat of his car. The suspect then drove the victim’s car a few blocks away and, after returning the man’s wallet, told him to get out. A woman standing nearby entered and the suspect left with the victim’s car.
Moilanen said the victim’s phone was later found in a ditch and that a patrol officer also spotted the victim’s car in a nearby housing complex on May 1.
The vehicle was placed under surveillance and a man, woman and children entered on Monday and left. He was followed to the Crossroads shopping center and the driver was arrested. He was identified as Chauncey William of Rochester, 19 years old. He faces possible charges of kidnapping, theft and driving without a valid license.