A Wisconsin man has been charged with burglary and attempted kidnapping in an incident involving his ex-wife, who lives in Shoreview, Minnesota.
Nathan James Homme, 39, of Altoona, Wisconsin, is facing charges of first-degree burglary and attempted kidnapping after allegedly breaking into his ex's home and detailing plans to kidnap her.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, issues between Homme and his former wife started in February 2017 when the woman's storm door window at her Minneapolis home was smashed by a rock.
Two days later her home was vandalized with spray-paint, and the next day a toothpick was superglued into a door lock.
The woman, who hasn't been identified, provided investigators with security footage of a man she believed to be Homme spreading salt on her grass and plants.
More recently, on March 13 at approximately 2:30 a.m., deputies were sent to the woman's Shoreview home because she thought Homme tried to break in through the garage.
Security cameras showed a white man enter the garage and crawl back outside three minutes later, the woman having rigged the garage door keypad so it would only open a little bit.
Police obtained a search warrant on March 19 to gain access to Homme's vehicle and apartment, where they found his cellphone had pinged cell towers in the area of his ex-wife's home between 1:25 a.m. and 2:21 a.m. the night of the break in, prompting his arrest.
Deputies found clothing and shoes similar to what the man in the security video was wearing, in addition to two recently purchased shotguns, a loaded handgun, stun gun and a "kidnapping kit."
Inside a large gray box was a rope, binoculars, latex gloves, duct tape, lantern, handcuffs, face mask, blindfold, garbage bags, screwdriver, choke tube for a shotgun, gun lock, holster and band-aids. They also found two GPS tracker boxes and a fish magnet, which police say is commonly used to attached GPS trackers to vehicles.
On March 21, deputies found a GPS tracker on the woman's vehicle, and the serial number matched one of the boxes found in Homme's apartment.
A notebook inside his apartment also revealed maps and an outline of a kidnapping plan, which is described in the complaint as follows:
"1. First stop-box, hockey bag, duct tape, hand cuff, blow torch, nails, garbage bags, my fresh clothes
2. House-code, shoes off, bedroom blitz, dt gag, handcuff, legs, hood + pillow, h-bag. Security — how many camera’s (sic). What service, login, disable + erase.
3. Box her in truck. Drive Element to Wilson P. Put box in trunk. Drop off Element. Double back to WP. (Illegible) Change clothes."
Homme is also accused of drawing maps of the woman's home and of the Superior Landfill in Superior, Wisconsin.
The woman told investigators that she's afraid the situation with Homme could escalate and end in a murder-suicide involving her and her children.
If convicted, Homme faces up to 20 years in prison for the burglary charge and 10 years for the attempted kidnapping charge.