Two suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to a kidnapping for ransom case that happened in Little Canada on May 12, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Jason Tucker and Hailey Flynn are charged with kidnapping in connection to the case, a news release says. The adult victim was reunited with her family after being kidnapped, pistol-whipped and held in a hotel bathroom while the suspects demanded ransom money from the victim's friends and family, a news release says.
On May 12, the sheriff's office was dispatched to a home in Little Canada to speak with a concerned parent, who reported a person wearing a bulletproof vest had come into their home and showed a photo of their daughter with a black swollen eye, the release said.
The suspect told the parents their adult daughter had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom, the release said. Friends and family members had also received messages from the victim saying she was in trouble and needed $5,000.
Deputies used technology and search warrants to identify the area where the victim's cell phone was located. Deputies and officers with the Bloomington Police Department dressed in plainclothes and responded to the area, while a team worked with the victim's family to negotiate with the suspects, the release noted.
The victim was rescued when one of the suspects left the Bloomington hotel with the victim to retrieve the ransom payment, the release states. The victim was evaluated but did not require hospitalization.
It was later learned the victim was pistol-whipped the day before, was taken to a home in St. Paul and then to the hotel in Bloomington, the release said. She was held in the bathroom of a hotel room overnight and threatened at gunpoint while the suspects demanded money from her family and friends.