by Dennis Dalman
Sartell police investigators are still trying to piece together information about the alleged abduction of a woman in Sartell on Feb. 12.
Police have reviewed surveillance videos from businesses along the routes where the woman and her two captors had driven, but they were unable to establish any good leads.
The 56-year-old woman, whose name and city of residence have not been released, said she was abducted in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in Sartell at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 12 after she got into her car. A masked man hiding in the back seat sprang up and ordered the woman to drive. After driving around, he ordered her to go to another location where another masked man got into the car. They demanded money from the woman. At one point, she said, one of the men choked her until she lost consciousness. After nearly four hours of more driving around in the St. Cloud area, the men forced her from her car by the Coborn’s Super Store in Sauk Rapids, then they took off in the car. The vehicle was later found by Sauk Rapids police with much of the insides burned out.
After the men pushed her from the car shortly before 2 a.m. Feb. 13, the woman fled into the Coborn’s store where she called police. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, treated for injuries and released.
Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes has been reluctant to release any more information about the alleged abduction until more facts of the case can be pinned down.
Anyone who knows anything about the incident should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.