ST. CLOUD — Four adults were arrested after a group including father of four children showed up at a St. Cloud home early Wednesday and removed the children from their mother while brandishing a gun and stun gun, authorities said.
The children, who are between 18 months and 12 years old, were recovered safely several hours later in Grand Rapids, according to a St. Cloud Police Department statement. Four adults were arrested; one man has not been apprehended.
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According to the police, the biological father showed up at an apartment in the 300 block of Fourth Avenue South around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday with four adults.
He entered the residence with a handgun and removed the four children. A woman with him used a handheld stun-gun on the children's mother as the children were taken, according to the police department statement.
The father and children left in a vehicle to an unknown destination.
Around 6 a.m., the investigation led officers to a residence about 150 miles away in the 800 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue in Grand Rapids. The residence was surrounded by law enforcement and a negotiator was called in to speak with the suspect. The children were recovered without incident.
No direct threats were made about the children and no people were seriously injured during the incident, according to police.
According to the St. Cloud police department, charges in the case could include kidnapping, assault and burglary.
The Grand Rapids Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Itasca County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Minneapolis Police Department assisted with the investigation, according to the release.