Two people were charged Wednesday in the kidnapping and shooting of a woman, which was possibly in retaliation for a Nov. 27 slaying in northeast Minneapolis.
Patrice Thomas, 30, and Andre Jackson, 31, both of Crystal, were each charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault, according to criminal complaints filed in Hennepin County District Court.
The two were arrested earlier this week and remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail, with an arraignment set for Thursday.
Police say they were called after 5 p.m. Sunday to a residence on Emerson Avenue N., where they found the victim with a gunshot wound to her left shoulder and visible injuries to her face and head, the complaints read. She and a male companion told police they had been walking in the area of Emerson and West Broadway earlier that day when they noticed they were being followed by a blue Dodge Durango, according to prosecutors.
The victim told detectives that the sight of the SUV made her nervous because she feared retaliation for an unspecified earlier incident.
While police haven’t yet ruled out gang activity or a domestic dispute as a motive, they are also looking into the possibility that the incident was connected to the Nov. 27 slaying of Patrick Thomas. Court records show the two defendants shared an address, in the 6400 block of 36th Avenue N. in Crystal, with Patrick Thomas, 37, who was found stabbed to death at a home on NE. Grand Street. No arrests have yet been announced in his slaying.
Fearing for her safety, the victim in the kidnapping case walked to the parking lot of a nearby McDonald’s restaurant when the Durango pulled up and the two defendants jumped out and confronted her, prosecutors said. Jackson allegedly began punching the victim, as Thomas egged him on, before the two of them dragged her into the SUV and sped off, charges said. A part of the kidnapping was captured on surveillance camera, police said.
As they drove, Thomas allegedly handed a gun to Jackson, who began to pistol-whip the victim in the face and head. The beating continued for a short time before the victim jumped out of the moving SUV, according to authorities.
As the victim made her escape, Jackson allegedly fired one shot, hitting her in the shoulder.
In a later interview, the victim recalled Thomas telling Jackson that he had to shoot her, according to court documents.