Man Who Abducted Woman in Fergus Falls is Registered Sex Offender

July 23, 2018 05:17 PM

 UPDATE: Family Reacts after Woman Abducted by Convicted Felon in Fergus Falls

A woman was abducted in the Fergus Falls area Sunday afternoon, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. She was later found safe and the suspect is now in custody.


At approximately 2 p.m., Otter Tail County received a report of an abduction of an adult female in rural Fergus Falls. The report indicated that a firearm was involved in the incident. 

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The woman, who is not being identified at this time, said the suspect came to her home near Fergus Falls on Saturday, looking for a gas can. She said her husband provided him with one. On Sunday, the victim's husband left the home, leaving the victim there with her four children. 

The suspect, later identified as Anthony Dale Randklev, 39, then came back to and into the victim's home. According to the woman, Randklev was wearing a mask and carrying a gun when he forcefully took her with the kids in the same room. The kids then called their dad, who called 911.

The Otter Tail Sheriff's Office then put out an alert for the suspect's vehicle, which was a silver pickup truck with a tonneau cover. Hours later, the suspect's vehicle was spotted, according to Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter. 

A pursuit was then initiated on Highway 59, in northern Otter Tail County by multiple agencies and resources. Officers tried a PIT maneuver twice, along with stop strips, but had no luck in stopping Randklev.

According to Schlueter, the pursuit lasted from 10 to 12 minutes and ended in a field south of Erhard. Officers fired their guns at Randklev. He was not hit, and it is unclear at this time if Randklev returned fire. The victim was inside the vehicle during this incident, and law enforcement was successful in removing her safely. 

A gun was also recovered at the scene, and at this time it is believed to be Randklev's. 

According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Randklev is a registered sex offender. He also has had a history of engaging in sexual contact with adult females and holding them against their wills, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He has done this by gaining access to his victim by being invited to their home, and then Randklev would force her to accompany him to another location. His public registered report says he has gained compliance with the victim through threats and physical force. 

According to Randklev's criminal record, he has been convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon (twice), fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, kidnapping, disorderly conduct, fourth-degree damage to property, domestic assault and second-degree drug sale charges. 


Tommy Wiita

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