Arrest Made in Grand Forks-E. Grand Forks Kidnapping Case

Russell Jerome Fahlstrom
Russell Jerome Fahlstrom

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN ( – In a shocking turn of events, a kidnapping case that began in Grand Forks late Friday afternoon culminated in a dramatic arrest in East Grand Forks. Russell Jerome Fahlstrom, a 29-year-old from Laporte, Minnesota, is now in custody facing charges of kidnapping with intent to commit great bodily harm or terrorize.

  1. Initial Incident: The ordeal commenced at the Valider in Grand Forks, adjacent to the mission, where Fahlstrom allegedly approached the victim’s vehicle, feigning possession of a firearm, and demanded a ride.
  2. Terrifying Encounter: The victim recounted the harrowing experience, detailing Fahlstrom’s attempt to coerce him into driving to Halstad while brandishing what he claimed was a .38 caliber weapon. The victim’s quick thinking and a call to his fiancĂ©e averted a potential tragedy.
  3. Safe Resolution: Upon arriving home in East Grand Forks, the victim sought refuge and contacted law enforcement, leading to Fahlstrom’s apprehension. Despite a tense standoff, authorities confirmed Fahlstrom’s weapon claims were unfounded, although they did discover knives in his possession.
  4. Ongoing Investigation: Fahlstrom remains in custody pending formal charges. Authorities are diligently piecing together the sequence of events, aiming for justice in this disturbing case.

This incident underscores the importance of vigilance and swift action in facing danger. Updates on the case are anticipated following Monday’s expected formal charges.

I’m Neil Berg reporting for

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