Fergus Falls Woman Safe, Pelican Rapids Man in Custody Following Sunday Kidnapping
Carol McCarthy | Jul 23, 2018 AT 12:04 pm
FERGUS FALLS, MINN. - More information on the kidnapping of a Fergus Falls woman is being released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office today. Just before 2:00 pm Sunday Amber Simonson was abducted by gunpoint from her home by 39 year old Anthony Randklev of Pelican Rapids.
The Sheriff's Office report states Randklev entered the home through an unlocked door, told Simonson's four children, all under the age of 10, to stay where they were and then forced Simonson to leave in his pickup. As soon as he left, the oldest child called his dad, who called 9-1-1. The children were able to provide authorities with information on his pick up. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, Randklev's vehicle was later spotted by a member of the Pelican Rapids Fire Department on a county road east of Erhard and a brief high-speed chase through Pelican Rapids south on Highway 59 ended in a field near Erhard. The Sheriff's office says shots were fired during the final stages of the pursuit and that is under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Simonson was in the truck she was not injured during the pursuit, she was taken to Sanford Hospital in Fargo to be reunited with family and receive medical attention. Authorities are still actively investigating the time period between the kidnapping and the pursuit.
Randklev is a registered sex offender for the kidnapping and rape of a woman in 2008 and he awaits charges in Otter Tail County.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was assisted by multiple agencies Sunday: Police Departments from Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota State Patrol troopers and helicopter, DNR, Minnesota Department of Corrections, MN BCA, West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and many tips from the public. The Sheriff's Office says a request was also made of the Fergus Falls Fire Department and Pelican Rapids Fire Department for assistance in locating the suspect vehicle.