Sheriff: Wrenshall Man Tied Juvenile to Chair, Beat Him

Scott Lindgren Photo: Carlton County Sheriff's Office
Scott Lindgren

May 18, 2017 03:29 PM

A Wrenshall man is facing seven felony counts in connection with the Sunday kidnapping and assault of a 17-year-old male in Carlton County.

Twenty-one-year-old Scott Kendrick Lindgren was charged Thursday with two counts of kidnapping, three counts of assault, a count of threat of violence and a count of false imprisonment. The charges carry a maximum combined 100 years in prison and/or $154,000 in fines.


According to the criminal complaint, sheriff's deputies had received a call of a juvenile male being held by Lindgren against his will at Lindgren's house. Upon arrival, deputies found Lindgren, his girlfriend and the juvenile in a vehicle about to leave. The juvenile was "in horrible shape, injured, and needing medical attention," the complaint stated.

Deputies learned Lindgren had summoned the 17-year-old to his house late Sunday, about midnight. There, Lindgren and others tied the victim to a chair and pistol-whipped him, pointed a .45-caliber pistol at him, racked the pistol to eject a bullet, and dry-fired the gun in his presence. 

The complaint states Lindgren had sent a Snapchat showing the victim tied to a chair with a black bag over his head and with blood visible. 

The victim told investigators he had been tied up to the chair at Lindgren's for an extended period, and that he was assaulted throughout the evening. He said he was pistol-whipped on the top of the head and that Lindgren carved the word "snitch" into his chest with a sharp object, the complaint states. 

Investigators said the victim required immediate medical attention for injuries to the head and brain. They confirmed the word "snitch" had been etched into his chest, and noted "many visible injuries to his face and body, including a large bur to the back of his neck."


Michael Oakes

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