Friends thwart alleged kidnapper

Andrew Tellijohn

and Kamariea Forcier

Hennepin County prosecutors charged a man Monday with attempted kidnapping, following his arrest last week outside the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
University Police arrested Tuan V. Vo, 24, Wednesday in the Humphrey Institute’s parking lot.
According to the complaint, the victim said her ex-boyfriend had followed her while she walked with friends from Anderson Hall to the Humphrey Institute. Then Vo allegedly grabbed the victim and told her to come with him. She refused, and Vo pulled on her arm.
When Vo and the victim were alone, he picked her up and carried her down the stairs. Vo then allegedly said to the victim, “I’m going to kidnap you tonight and make you die with me,” according to the complaint.
The victim’s friends came to her aid and began to leave with the victim. While walking back up the stairs, Vo allegedly mimicked a gun with his thumb and forefinger, pointed at the victim and said “bang bang,” the complaint states.
After his arrest, Vo admitted to University Police that he had lifted the victim, but said she liked it.
Vo is in custody of the Hennepin County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, University Police responded to several area crime calls.

ù Minneapolis police arrested a 43-year-old man who was reported peeping into Como area windows early Monday morning.
A neighbor reported the man to the police after she noticed him lurking around the victim’s house.
The victim said he and his girlfriend were getting ready for bed at the time.
“The shades were pulled and the windows were all fogged up anyway,” he said. “I don’t know what the hell he could see.”
This isn’t the first time the man has been caught peeping in the area, the victim said. He said that another neighbor had caught the same man looking in windows earlier this summer.

ù A University Hospital patient received a visitor Saturday evening who wanted more than just to chat.
While the patient was talking on the telephone, the visitor stole her black down coat and Liz Claiborne watch.
The items’ value was estimated at $136.