A Montgomery, Minnesota, man is accused of taking an acquaintance hostage and then crashing her car in a river in Jordan, where he forced her to take off all her clothes so they could be "baptized."
Jared Herman, 38, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, both felonies, the Jordan Police Department says.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to the 500 block of Broadway Street South around 6:11 p.m. on June 2 after an SUV crashed into Sand Creek.
Police found the victim, naked, in the creek. She told police Herman had taken her hostage and made her crash the car.
In an interview later at the hospital, the victim said she'd known Herman for about a week and had been staying at his home for the last several days, noting he was becoming increasingly unstable, charges say. She said he hadn't slept or eaten much, used some marijuana and was drinking some alcohol. She noted he was making odd religious statements, and burned his cellphone in a fire pit and broke her phone.
Then on June 2, Herman demanded he drive her SUV, and she went with because they planned to take his dog for a walk, she told police, the complaint says. Once they got in the vehicle, she became increasingly concerned about his behavior. She told police he made comments about dating and marrying her and when she said they barely knew each other, he got upset and started damaging the inside of her vehicle, pulling off the rear-view mirror and wires and throwing them out the window.
He made comments about her possessions "binding" her and then threw her purse and duffel bag with her clothes out the window, charges state. She said she tried to compromise with him but he became more agitated.
Herman started taking his hands off the wheel, telling the victim he'd done this before and crashed two cars. He talked about Jesus and veered into oncoming traffic as they entered the City of Jordan, and she grabbed the wheel so they didn't crash, the complaint says.
Herman then asked, "What are you doing? God's got us! Don't you have faith?" She pleaded with Herman to stop, but he didn't, charges say.
He tried to drive into a tree, but she pulled the wheel and they narrowly missed crashing into a truck when she pulled the wheel again. Herman continued to make statements like "What are you doing? God's in control! We're going to Jesus! Trust in Jesus! We're doing this!"
Herman then let go of the wheel and when the victim tried to grab it, he batted her hands away, the complaint says. That's when they crashed over a drop-off and into the creek.
Herman said they'd be "baptized in the river Jordan" and he took off all his clothes, charges say. He then dunked his dog under the water in the creek and demanded the victim take off her clothes.
She said no and he ripped a necklace off her neck and she thought he was going to hurt her so she complied and took off her clothes, the complaint says. Herman told her to walk in front of him and she refused. He got mad and began yelling and approaching her, saying she "disobeyed" him and had "forsaken" him. He then walked away.
The victim told police she thought she was going to die.
Police found Herman in the middle of the creek east of the public works garage. He was naked, walking in the creek and yelling, making biblical references about being Moses, the complaint says.
Herman asked "who am I?" and when officers told him to lay on the ground, he raised his arms and yelled, "Just shoot me now," charges say.
Police used a Taser twice in order to subdue him and arrest him, the complaint states. He was put in an ambulance and the handcuffs were removed, but he screamed and grabbed and squeezed an officer's fingers. The officer broke Herman's grip and secured him in the ambulance.
He was taken to the hospital where a blood sample was taken. Additional charges "may" be filed after further investigation and results of his blood test, police said.
After he was discharged from the hospital, he was booked into the Scott County Jail.