Police: Minnetonka Man Kidnaps Ex-Girlfriend at Gunpoint, Public Help Sought

December 22, 2017 10:18 PM

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding two people involved in a kidnapping Thursday in Minnetonka.

According to the Minnetonka Police Department, witnesses saw Jahon Douglas kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Nicole Smith at gunpoint at about 4 p.m. near the 10000 block of Bren Road in Minnetonka.


Capt. Shelley Petersen, with the Minnetonka Police Department's investigative unit, described the relationship between the two as "on again, off again," at a press conference Friday morning. Court records show Douglas does have a history of domestic violence, but not with Smith.

"Their health and well-being is our top concern," Petersen said.

She said the incident Thursday was called in by a witness, described as an associate of the victim.

Witnesses said Douglas fled the scene in a silver four-door 2001 Pontiac Bonneville, according to police. Previously, authorities said the vehicle was a Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle's license plate number is 947-WWM

Police said the gun with which Douglas kidnapped Smith was not recovered. They said it is likely Douglas is armed and that he is dangerous.

"We would caution the public to use caution," Petersen said. "The weapon has not been recovered."

RAW VIDEO: Minnetonka Police Capt. Discusses Kidnapping Incident

A woman who used to live by Smith in Anoka is trying to process everything because she calls the 37-year-old mother of three a friend.

"Very sad, I hope the kids are okay and I hope that they find her. It's just sad, and a tragedy that it happened to her," said Crystal Howe, who used to live by Smith. 

"I'm worried about him, I'm worried about both of them," said Ed Reed, Douglas' friend. 

Douglas' close friend and brother are also surprised by his actions, and say his cell phone is off. 

"This is uncharacteristic of my brother, he's not a bad guy so this is definitely a shock to me and the family. We just want everything to resolve safely," said Fred Douglas, Jahon's brother. "We've looked everywhere we thought he could be, and to no avail we can't find him."

Douglas admits his brother has been struggling lately. 

"He's got MS, he's dealing with a little depression so it's not her, he's not an angry guy," Douglas said. 

Douglas is 37 years old and a Burnsville resident, according to a police release. Smith is also 37 and a resident of Anoka.

Authorities are continuing to investigate, using area video surveillance, squad car video and Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras.

Anyone with information regarding the two are asked to call 911.



Rebecca Omastiak

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