Man arrested after kidnapping 5 siblings, forcing them out of Newport home

The ordeal happened on Wednesday evening.
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A man is in custody after a terrifying incident on Wednesday in which he broke into a house and forced five children to leave the building with him.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office told BMTN that the attempted kidnapping happened on the 600 block of 5th Street in Newport, Minnesota at around 5 p.m.

The 36-year-old suspect, from St. Paul, broke into two homes after arriving on the street in a stolen vehicle.

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In one of the homes he found five siblings aged 1 to 14, and forced them out of their home to a yard across the street.

The suspect, who is believed to have been under the influence of a chemical substance, was "talking about murderers and robbers," according to witnesses who saw the scene unfold and called police.

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Family members told KARE 11 that he "dragged" two of the siblings, girls aged 10 and 12, into the street.

Once outside, neighbors confronted the suspect and the children were able to run back into their house, where they locked the doors.

Police arrived on the scene and took him into custody, booking him into Washington County jail on 5 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of 1st degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

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