Grand Forks man arrested after suspected kidnapping

Police were called after reports of a man forcing a girl into his vehicle.

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A Grand Forks Police Department squad car, pictured at an incident in April 2021. Grand Forks Herald photo.
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A Grand Forks man has been arrested on charges of kidnapping.

According to the Grand Forks Police Department, Robert John Burr, 52, was arrested Thursday after police were sent to the 900 block of Belmont Road for a report of a child abduction. The call came at 4:27 p.m.

Police say it was determined an unknown male suspect had forced a juvenile female into his vehicle and driven off. The juvenile victim was located unharmed a short distance from the original location of the abduction. The victim, and some friends who witnessed the incident, were able to provide a suspect description and a description of his vehicle.

A subsequent investigation identified Burr as the suspect. He was located and arrested in Grand Forks without incident. One count of kidnapping, a class B felony, has been forwarded to the Grand Forks County States Attorney’s Office for consideration of formal charges.

Police say the investigation remains open and active and the GFPD urges anyone with information to contact the department by calling 701-787-8000 or by submitting a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook page or website.

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