Man kidnapped from GR escapes; 4 arrested

Grand Rapids police on scene where two people were taken into custody in a kidnapping on June 30, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was reportedly kidnapped from Grand Rapids on Thursday has escaped and police say all four suspects suspects in the case are in custody.

The 53-year-old Grand Rapids man, whose name wasn’t released, was able to escape his kidnappers in the 800 block of E. Center Street in Ithaca, which is located south of Alma in Mid-Michigan, according to the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office. He flagged down a driver who called 911 around 7 a.m. Friday.

It’s unclear why the Grand Rapids man was taken there.

The incident started shortly after midnight, when the suspects came to the victim’s house — located in the 800 block of Alexander Street SE — bound him with duct tape and assaulted him, Grand Rapids police said.

Gratiot County Sheriff Doug Wright told the Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant the four suspects then forced the victim into his own vehicle — a Dodge Durango — driving him to ATMs and forcing him to withdraw cash.

Grand Rapids police spotted the vehicle Friday morning on Rumsey Street SW. When officers approached the vehicle, two suspects ran to an abandoned building on Rumsey Street SW. The suspects — a 24-year-old man and 19-year-old who both are related to the victim — were arrested a short time later, police said.

“One of our sergeants spotted the vehicle, two occupants fled,” said GRPD Sgt. Vincent Riley. “We caught them after a short foot chase.”

Police say the two other male suspects, ages 19 and 20-years-old, were found sitting in their vehicle in the 500 block of Worden Street SE around 6:32 p.m. Friday. Police arrested them without incident.

A motive in the kidnapping is unclear, however, the victim appears to be OK.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team at 616.456.3604 or 616.774.2340 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

–24 Hour News 8’s Joe LaFurgey contributed to this story.