Man Charged with Terrorizing After Allegedly Forcing Victim to Drive Across State Lines

Russell Fahlstrom
Russell Fahlstrom

GRAND FORKS, ND ( – A shocking update has emerged in the case involving a man who allegedly forced a victim to drive from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, last Friday. Russell Fahlstrom, 29, of Leport, Minnesota, has now been charged with terrorizing in North Dakota, shedding light on the harrowing ordeal.

Last Friday evening’s incident, which sent ripples of fear through the community, culminated in Fahlstrom’s arrest in East Grand Forks. Initially detained on suspicion of kidnapping, Fahlstrom was subsequently released from jail in Polk County on Wednesday pending further review of potential charges on the Minnesota side of the river.

However, developments on the North Dakota side have taken a decisive turn. Fahlstrom now faces felony terrorizing charges stemming from the events that unfolded at the Valley Dairy on South Fifth Street in Grand Forks.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim recounted a chilling encounter with Fahlstrom, during which he was allegedly coerced into providing transportation. The victim reported that Fahlstrom, armed with what appeared to be a gun, threatened him, instilling a profound fear for his life. Faced with this terrifying situation, the victim complied with Fahlstrom’s demands, allowing him into the vehicle.

The victim, quick-thinking and resourceful, managed to alert his girlfriend to the unfolding danger, discreetly signaling for help. With the assistance of law enforcement, the victim’s ordeal came to an end when East Grand Forks Police apprehended Fahlstrom upon his arrival at the victim’s residence.

While charges in East Grand Forks are still pending, Fahlstrom’s legal troubles continue to mount. In addition to the terrorizing charge in Grand Forks, he faces a pending burglary charge in Cookton, Minnesota, for an alleged break-in at Cathedral Church.

The arrest and subsequent charges serve as a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilance and quick action in the face of danger. As the legal proceedings unfold, authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity promptly.

I’m Neil Berg reporting for

1 comment

  1. well, at least he was nice enough to let his victim stop by the house… [lol]. Good on the guy & his wife for being able to deal & not get hurt until backup came.

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