More details emerge about woman's abduction and rescue in Otter Tail County

The terrified mother was abducted in front of her four children.
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The terrifying abduction of a Fergus Falls area mother saw her taken out of her home at gunpoint in front of her children.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office have released more information about the Sunday incident, which saw a 39-year-old suspect break into the rural house wearing a mask and carrying a gun.

He abducted the 34-year-old at gunpoint while her four kids were in the same room. The children then called their father, who in turn called 911.

Police say the suspect had come round to the house on Saturday, looking for a gas can, which the woman's husband provided him with.

He returned the next day, while her husband was out and she was alone with her kids. KFGO reports he entered through an unlocked basement door.

An alert for the suspect's vehicle was issued, and shortly after a pursuit started on Hwy. 59 in northern Otter Tail County, which ended in a field near Erhard.

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Officers opened fire on the suspect, who wasn't hit but was eventually arrested. The victim was in the car while the shots were fired, and was safely rescued.

KSTP reports that the suspect is a registered sex offender who has a history of holding women against their will. A resident of Pelican Rapids, he was released from prison last year after serving time for kidnapping and assault.

The victim's family spoke to KVRR on Sunday evening, telling the station the incident has given the victim a new perspective on life.

"I want to tell you one thing she told me when I talked with her for a little bit and she said ‘Mom, god allowed this to happen to me for a reason’, she said ‘I’m going to use this,'" her mother and aunt said.

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