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Police arrest Indiana homicide, kidnapping suspect in northern Minnesota

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An Indiana man suspected of killing another man then kidnapping his estranged wife and three children was arrested in northern Minnesota, Hermantown police said.

Hermantown police arrested the 26-year-old suspect Monday in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart after the woman fled the vehicle to call for help from a nearby car dealership, police said.

"This young gal showed tremendous courage in fleeing from the vehicle at the opportunity she was given, knowing that her children were still in the custody of this individual," Hermantown Police Deputy Chief Shawn Padden said, according to WTHR.

She said he was trying to get to Canada.

Hermantown Police Chief Jim Crase said they "had run out of cash and the intent was to go in and shoplift some merchandise and then try to return it for gift cards to be able to buy additional fuel to continue their trek," according to Northland's NewsCenter.

The children – 3-year-old twins and a 1 year old – were found unharmed in the suspect's company. They are now in protective custody with the Hermantown police, The Indy Channel reports.

The woman told authorities the suspect had broken into her home in Anderson, Indiana, Sunday night and killed another man before forcing her and her children to leave with him.

Police in Indiana found the victim in the woman's home. His body was wrapped in a quilt and had several stab wounds to the chest, Northland's NewsCenter reports. The victim was identified as 25-year-old Cody Gay of Indianapolis, reports note.

The suspect was arrested in April on charges of criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation and domestic battery against his estranged wife. As a result, the suspect had a court-issued protective order in place, so he was not supposed to have any contact with her, reports note.

The suspect was being held at the St. Louis County Jail and is expected to be brought back to Indiana to face charges.

Anderson, Indiana, is located about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis, and is about a 700-mile drive from Hermantown.

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