Grand Rapids Teen Accused of Kidnapping Friend, Ex-Girlfriend

Updated: 07/29/2014 11:48 AM
Created: 07/29/2014 11:47 AM

A Grand Rapids 18-year-old faces seven felony charges after allegedly forcing a friend to drive him to the home of an ex-girlfriend with whom he has a three-month-old child, and then kidnapping and choking the ex-girlfriend.

The incident happened last Thursday in the Swan Lake area of eastern Itasca County.  According to a criminal complaint, Rodney Jacob LaBrosse got a female friend to buy a folding knife for him and then used the knife to force her to drive him to his ex-girlfriend's house.

LaBrosse allegedly hid in the woods while the friend got the ex-girlfriend and her infant child to get into a vehicle.  The complaint says he then got into the vehicle, prevented the ex-girlfriend from leaving, and choked the ex-girlfriend.

The two women and the infant were eventually let out of the vehicle.  LaBrosse then allegedly led police on a five-mile pursuit until surrendering.

Felony charges against LaBrosse include second-degree assault, four counts of kidnapping, domestic assault by strangulation, and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.  He's also charged with interference with an emergency call, which is a gross misdemeanor.

At a court appearance Monday, a judge set bail for LaBrosse at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions.  He was still in the Itasca County Jail as of Tuesday morning.  He is set to appear in court again on Aug. 4.

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