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Minnesota Man Arrested After Woman Texted Employer She Can’t Make It Into Work Because Her Ex Was Holding Her Hostage: Police

Man Held Ex Hostage in Her North Dakota Home, Freed After Texting Work
Source: Cass County Jail; Unsplash

Anthony Peterson was reportedly asleep on the couch while holding a gun when police arrived on the scene, officials said.

Apr. 18 2024, Published 12:03 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man has been arrested after he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend hostage inside her own home in North Dakota, according to authorities.

Around 5 a.m. on April 8, officers responded to a home in Fargo after a female victim texted her employer and said “she would not be able to come to work because she was being held hostage by her ex-boyfriend,” according to the Fargo Police Department.

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After receiving the text, the victim’s employer immediately contacted police.

Once at the scene, the victim answered the door, and officials safely removed her from the home, authorities said.

She told police her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Peterson, allegedly held her hostage at gunpoint inside her home. He reportedly had forced her to stay inside the home since April 5.

While police were talking to the victim, they observed Peterson sleeping on the couch with a handgun, authorities said.

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Officers later learned that Peterson allegedly stole the gun, and he wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm.

Peterson was arrested and charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm, felonious restraint, terrorizing — with a dangerous weapon, and possession of stolen property, officials said.

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In a statement from police, they said, "The officers demonstrated the department core value of guardianship. Through their swift and meticulous actions on-scene, they were able to end a tense situation while maintaining safety for all parties involved."


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