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Grand Rapids man accused of kidnapping, assault, fleeing police

A Grand Rapids man is accused of holding a knife to a friend’s throat and forcing her to help him abduct his ex-girlfriend and their infant son before leading police on a five-mile chase.

Rodney Jacob LaBrosse, 18, appeared Monday in State District Court in Grand Rapids on eight charges following the July 24 incident. He’s charged with four counts of kidnapping, and one count each of second-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and interference with an emergency call.

LaBrosse’s bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 4.

According to the criminal complaint:

A woman, identified by initials K.M.G., told an investigator that she was driving with LaBrosse when they stopped at the Swan Lake Truck Stop and he had her purchase a folding knife for him. He then put the knife to her throat and told her to drive to the residence of his ex-girlfriend.

LaBrosse got out of the vehicle before they reached the house. K.M.G. told police that he threatened to kill her if she did not pick up his ex-girlfriend and infant son. She did so, and he emerged from the woods, re-entering the car in the back seat.

K.M.G. stated that the woman attempted to exit the vehicle, but LaBrosse locked the doors and put her in a chokehold. The alleged victim tried to make phone calls, but LaBrosse prevented her. The woman was later seen to have marks on her neck consistent with strangulation.

K.M.G. said she drove to the Swan Lake Public Water Access, where LaBrosse released the ex-girlfriend and child. She then drove to a residence near Highway 65 and County Road 560, where he kicked her out.

Police received a report of an abduction and found a car matching the description in the area. Deputies activated their emergency signals and pursued the car, which continued to accelerate at high speeds. The chase continued for about five miles before the driver pulled over.

The driver was identified as LaBrosse. He gave a statement to an investigator, stating that he was on probation and left the Alternative Learning Center without permission. LaBrosse stated that he took $500 out of his checking account because he wanted to make sure that his son was being taken care of, and wanted to speak with his son’s mother.

He acknowledged having K.M.G. buy the knife, but said it was only because it “looked cool.” He admitted that he got out of the car before reaching the ex-girlfriend’s house, and later jumping into the car.

LaBrosse said an argument broke out at that time and he kept pulling his ex-girlfriend into the vehicle and blocking the door. He stated that the argument was not solving their problems, so he let her and their son out of the vehicle.

He told police that he drove away when he first saw the cops because he did not want to get arrested. He said he later pulled over because he knew there would be more squad cars chasing him and he could not get away.

LaBrosse was arrested and booked at the Itasca County Jail.