Teen Arrested in Brooklyn Park Attempted Kidnapping
Brooklyn Park police say the suspect behind two brazen incidents, including an attempted kidnapping, over the past month is a 15-year-old boy from Brooklyn Center. While charges haven’t been filed as of 4 p.m. on June 11, police say the teenager confessed to an attempted sexual assault on June 8, and a kidnapping and attempted sexual assault that occurred on May 12 at the Brooklyn Park ALDI grocery store.
“We’ve been putting a lot of resources in this,” said Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley. “We’ve been going to great lengths to try to find out who this young man was. To be able to have it resolved is a relief to us, and I know it’s a relief to the community.”
Brooklyn Park police say a 20-year old woman was in a park near 65th and Zane Friday at around 12:30 p.m. when someone attacked her and tried to sexually assault her.
The woman was able to fight off the suspect.
The woman’s uncle then arrived and chased after the teenager.
The suspect then broke into someone’s home while trying to escape, but the residents of the home chased him out.
The victim and her uncle then caught the suspect and detained him until police arrived.
Attempted Kidnapping Happened a Month Earlier
On May 12, police say the same person kidnapped a woman from an ALDI along Brooklyn Boulevard, forced her to drive to Brooklyn Center and attempted to rape her. But the victim was able to escape.
“We rarely see this kind of level of crime in Brooklyn Park, thankfully, let alone from a juvenile,” Deputy Chief Bruley said. “Makes it that much more different than other cases that we’ve had, that a young man at 15 years of age would be taking in this type of violent sexual assaults is very concerning, and we’re assuming that the courts will take it serious.”
Deputy Chief Bruley expects charges to be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Bruley says the courts treat juveniles differently than adults, so there will be a strong effort to rehabilitate the suspect and get him back into society.