BLACKDUCK, Minn. -A northern Minnesota man was charged with felony false imprisonment Tuesday after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will.
Joshua Malcom Smith, 31, of Blackduck was arrested Friday evening after Beltrami County deputies received a call from the victim's family, who reported the alleged abduction. When they arrived at Smith's house in Blackduck, about 30 miles northeast of Bemidji, the deputies found the woman walking away from the home, according to a news release.
According to a criminal complaint, Smith and his ex-girlfriend had met in International Falls, Minn., earlier Friday to exchange property. The victim agreed to go with Smith to get the property, but he began driving south on Koochiching County Road 9.
The victim tried to get Smith to pull over and grabbed the steering wheel, but Smith pushed her onto the floor and put plastic cuffs on her wrists. After 15 or 20 minutes the victim's hands started to turn purple, so Smith took off the cuffs. He then took out a handgun and threatened to shoot himself. When Smith and the victim arrived at his Blackduck home, he took her cell phone and continued to show the gun and threaten to kill himself. Smith eventually decided to let the victim go and returned her cell phone. She met law enforcement a short time later as they arrived at Smith's home.
Smith claimed the victim willingly rode with him to his home.