2 Men Charged in Abduction of Verizon Store Manager

Updated: 09/13/2013 4:56 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Ronald Jermaine Jackson (left) and William Charles Graham.
Ronald Jermaine Jackson (left) and William Charles Graham.
Photo: Photos: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Two men have been charged in an abduction of a Verizon store manager while he was arriving home in Loretto.

William Charles Graham, 30, of New Hope, and Ronald Jermaine Jackson, 29, of Richfield, were charged each with felony kidnapping, according to a Hennepin County criminal complaint released Friday.

A woman called police around 9:21 p.m. to report that her 37-year-old husband came home, parked his vehicle in the driveway - but never entered their home, the complaint said. The woman also noticed a red vehicle in the neighbor's driveway and heard some commotion.

She then heard the red vehicle's trunk slam shut and take off eastbound on Chippewa Road, the complaint said. The woman told police that she believed her husband went to the red car.

The neighbor also told police that he saw the vehicle, which was a Dodge Charger, pull into his driveway for a few minutes before driving off.

Police located the vehicle at 9:48 p.m. parked north of Highway 55 on Pioneer Trail, which is within close proximity to the victim's home, the complaint said. Two men were outside the vehicle. Police told the men to put their hands up, but the men didn't comply.

The men complied when police asked them a second time, but the men fled on foot when a pounding sound came from the trunk of the suspect vehicle, the complaint said.

Police found the victim inside the trunk and recovered a BB gun lying in the ditch to the rear of the suspect vehicle.

The man told police that he worked at a Verizon store in Minneapolis, police said.

He had returned home from work when he saw a red vehicle pull into his neighbor's driveway very fast, according to the complaint. Graham, who was wearing a white surgical mask and holding a gun, then approached him and ordered him to get out of the car.

Graham told the man to get in the red vehicle then tied his hands behind his back with a zip tie, the complaint said. They then pushed him into the trunk and drove away.

During the ride, Graham asked the man about working at the Verizon store and the amount of money that the store had inside, the complaint said. He also asked about the store keys. The men searched the victim's pants and found his car keys, which had the store's keys.

Police and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter eventually tracked the suspects down in a field in Corcoran and arrested them around 1 a.m. Officers also found a roll of duct tape and zip ties in the vehicle.

The victim was not hurt, but a sheriff's deputy suffered injuries.

Medina Police originally said the victim and suspects didn't know each other, but have since said the incident doesn't appear to be random.

Both men will make their first appearance Monday. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is seeking bail of $500,000 each. Graham is scheduled to go on trial for a similar kidnapping case involving a T-Mobile employee, the complaint states. In that case, he's charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and kidnapping.