Two facing kidnapping and assault charges

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– Two Bemidji men are facing kidnapping and assault charges after allegedly holding a man captive for eight hours in a mobile home park.

According to the criminal complaint, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Grass Lake Mobile Home Park to a report of an adult male running with his hands restrained behind his back.

The victim, identified in court documents as “J.H.,” said he had been held against his will from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. last Friday, and was assaulted by two males at a residence in the mobile home park. “J.H.” stated that he met a woman, identified as “Randi” in the movie theater parking lot with a female friend, identified as “M.S.” 

The group went to the mobile home residence where 19-year-old Edward Jenkins-Whitefeather and another man, later identified as Anthony Wittner, were accusing J.H. of falsely representing himself as a Gangster Disciple gang member.

Anthony Wittner. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail
Edward Jenkins-Whitefeather. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail

Jenkins-Whitefeather used a sword to strike M.S. across her hands and abdomen.

M.S. was reportedly taken to the hospital by “Randi” but ultimately transported to the Fargo hospital for her injuries.

Jenkins-Whitefeather allegedly stabbed and cut J.H. with a knife while Wittner held him at gunpoint.

Unconditional bail for Jenkins-Whitefeather was set at $75,000 in a court hearing Monday, and he will make his next court appearance next Monday. He is currently in custody as of this morning.

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