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Burnsville man pleads guilty to violent kidnapping of Minneapolis woman

He admitted to taking a woman from Minneapolis in August 2017.
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Dontay Reese

A 37-year-old Burnsville man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Wednesday to carrying out a violent kidnapping.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dontay Lavarice Reese admitted to kidnapping a woman in downtown Minneapolis early in the morning of Aug. 6, 2017. 

Court documents say Reese met the woman, who has not been identified, that morning and offered her a ride home.

Once she was in his vehicle, he drove to Wisconsin and told her that he would take her "several states away" and force her to make money as a prostitute. 

The victim attempted to escape multiple times but each time was "violently restrained," the media release says. 

A family witnessed one of her attempted escapes and called 911. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded and found the woman running from a wooded area. Her wrists were tied and she was screaming for help. 

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Moments later, Reese followed out of the woods. He was completely naked and tried to cross an interstate on foot before being arrested. 

“The victim endured a terrifying experience, and has shown incredible courage throughout this process," said U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. "Because of her courage a violent offender is no longer in our community,” 

Reese will be sentenced on June 4. 

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