Drive leads to charges of kidnapping, threats

A Brooklyn Park man is scheduled to appear in court Monday to face charges of keeping the mother of his three children captive in her car.

Chia Vang

A Brooklyn Park man kept the mother of his three children captive in a car for six to seven hours Wednesday, circling the Twin Cities while threatening to kill the crying woman and the couple's youngest child, authorities say.

At one point during the ordeal, the woman, looking frightened, pressed her face against the passenger-side window and mouthed "Help me!" to a driver in another vehicle, according to charges filed Friday against Chia Vang, 27.

He is scheduled to appear Monday in Ramsey County District Court -- charged with one count of kidnapping, two counts of terroristic threats and one count of methamphetamine possession.

The victim, identified as M.V., told police that Vang was her ex-boyfriend, while he said that they were married in the Hmong cultural tradition.

According to the charges, M.V., had been staying in domestic-abuse shelters after Vang allegedly head-butted and choked her in their Brooklyn Park home last week.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old woman asked her nephew to pick her up to run errands, and as they rode with the couple's two oldest children, they noticed Vang following them in her car. He had learned of her whereabouts by looking at the caller ID on the victim's mother's phone, he told police later.

The woman called 911 from a St. Paul market, and police arrived to speak with Vang. Police then sent him and the couple's youngest child away on foot after learning that an order for protection that the mother had sought was not yet valid, authorities say.

As the mother and her nephew waited for a locksmith to prepare a new ignition key for the car, Vang reappeared. He threw the couple's youngest child into the mother's car, blocked in the nephew's vehicle and forced M.V. into the car.

During the ensuing drive, he vowed that the family would die together and threatened to pick up the other two children to "kill them all in a car crash," the complaint states.

He eventually was arrested in Washington County. M.V. and the child were uninjured.

Later, Vang acknowledged that he'd made a mistake but also expressed confidence the couple would reunite.

"I'm going to get her back, but we just need to stay away from everybody and let me be with her," he allegedly said.

Anthony Lonetree • 612-875-0041

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