2 Charged with kidnapping and ransom foiled by Ramsey County MPs – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two people are held in Ramsey County Jail after the sheriff’s office alleged they abducted a woman and tried to get ransom money from her friends and family.
According to the criminal complaint, 20-year-old Hailey Flynn, led by 37-year-old Jason Tucker, lured the 37-year-old victim out of her Oakdale home and took a ride on Monday. About a mile later, Tucker stepped out of the trunk and choked the victim and whipped him with the pistol.
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Investigators say Tucker believed the victim sold his car after it was rented and wanted $ 5,000 from her. He also stole $ 457 that the victim had in her possession. Tucker allegedly told the victim he wanted the money to move to Florida to “start a new life.”
Flynn was then dropped off at a Bloomington hotel while Tucker took sacrifices to a residence in St. Paul. The victim told investigators that Tucker threatened to kill her and started calling people on Facebook and sending them money.
She was then taken to the Bloomington hotel, where Flynn Tucker helped move the victim – whose face was covered in a T-shirt – to a room. The victim was then taken to the bathroom, where Tucker took her cell phone and started texting people, threatening to kill them if he didn’t get the money. The victim says she was kept in the bathroom overnight.
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The victim’s father called 911 Tuesday morning after saying a white man in a bulletproof vest showed up at his Little Canada home to inform him of the kidnapping. The man said he wasn’t involved and just wanted to help. He said the kidnapper wanted $ 20,000 or he would kill her. He stated that the victim borrowed Tucker’s car, which was then stolen. The father then called his daughter and heard a man in the background asking for money for her release. The father offered to pay $ 1,000.
Investigators traced the victim’s phone to the Bloomington Residence Inn area and then worked with her family to set up a fake ransom drop. Plainclothes MPs discovered the victim and Tucker in the parking lot and took him into custody. Tucker is said to have had a replica pistol, a silencer, and four jackknives with him. Blood was found in the passenger seat of his vehicle.
Just before law enforcement arrived at the scene, Tucker allegedly texted the victim’s father saying he had 25 minutes to get to the Mall of America with the money. Tucker then told the victim that if her father didn’t show up, he would execute her in the hotel parking lot.
Flynn was arrested with her father at another hotel in Bloomington. Flynn’s father told police Tucker used his daughter to get to the victim.
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Tucker and Flynn were both charged Thursday on one count each of kidnapping crimes. Both could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. It is not clear whether Flynn’s father is also being prosecuted.