Sioux Falls man pleads guilty to kidnapping after forcing woman into trunk of car

Published: Aug. 2, 2017 at 1:59 PM CDT
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Authorities say a Sioux Falls man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping after he forced his ex-girlfriend into the trunk of her car and drove across state lines last year.

According to U.S. Attorney Attorney Randolph J. Seiler, 61-year-old Jon Henri Bryant, Sr., appeared in federal court Tuesday and faces life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund when convicted.

Restitution may also be ordered.

According to court documents, Bryant, Sr. hid in his ex-girlfriend’s garage on October 25, 2016, and waited for her. He then assaulted her, forced her into the trunk of her car and drove to Minnesota.

The victim called police from inside the trunk.

When Bryant, Sr. noticed what she was doing, he pulled over and tried to stop her.

Police were able to track him as he took the woman to an abandoned barn near Garretson, South Dakota, where they arrested him.

Bryant Sr. kidnapped her because he was upset the victim had a new boyfriend, according to court documents.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 23, 2017.