Prosecutors: Itasca Co. Kidnapper Wanted to Talk with Ex about 'Being a Good Parent'

Updated: 07/29/2014 12:06 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 11:53 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A Grand Rapids man accused of kidnapping multiple people and leading police on a chase in Itasca County made a court appearance Monday.

Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions for 18-year-old Rodney Jacob LaBrosse.

According to the criminal complaint, LaBrosee kidnapped a friend at knifepoint Thursday, July 24, and forced her to drive to his ex-girlfriend’s house. On threat of death, he then allegedly forced his friend to get his ex-girlfriend and their baby into the vehicle while he hid in the woods.

When LaBrosse got back into the vehicle, he allegedly put his ex-girlfriend in a choke hold; police say she had marks on her neck that were consistent with strangulation.

LaBrosse eventually released his ex-girlfriend and the baby at the Swan Lake Public Water Access and later kicked his friend out of the car at a home near Highway 65 and County Road 560.

When he noticed cops were following him, LaBrosse allegedly led officers on a 5-mile chase before surrendering.

LaBrosse told investigators that he is on probation and that he left the Alternative Learning Center without permission because he wanted to make sure their son was being taken care of, and he wanted to talk to his child’s mother about being a good parent.

LaBrosse has been charged with second-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, fleeing a peace officer, interference with an emergency call, and four counts of kidnapping.

Photo: Itasca County Courthouse
Courtesy: Itasca County

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