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.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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