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Man jailed following hostage situation

'Snitch' carved into victim's chest, suspect's house burns


Scott Lindgren

According to a press release from Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake, Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, Wrenshall, was charged with seven felonies last week following an incident in which he held a teen hostage.

Sheriff Lake wrote the Carlton County Sheriff's Office received a call May 15 and the caller reported a juvenile male was being held hostage and "in really bad shape, tied to a chair and getting his head stomped on" at a residence on County Road 18 in Wrenshall.

"Carlton County Sheriff's deputies responded to that address and located a vehicle driven by Scott Lindgren," wrote Sheriff Lake in the press release. "He was attempting to leave the driveway of the residence, with his girlfriend in the car, as well as what was later identified as the 17-year-old male juvenile victim from Duluth. Deputies could see a serious injury to the victim's head, as well as other visible injuries to his face and neck, requiring medical attention.

"Lindgren was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Carlton County Jail." He was formally charged with kidnapping, first degree assault, second degree assault, third degree assault, threats of violence, intent to terrorize and false imprisonment, all felonies. Bail was set at $25,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim had been tied to a chair, hit in the head with a .45 caliber pistol and had the word "snitch" carved on his chest with an unknown object. Several people were sent an image of the juvenile victim tied to a chair via Snapchat. His head was covered with a bag and blood was visible.

"Investigation into this incident continues. We believe that other people may have been witness to this incident and may have participated in the assault," the release continues. Anyone with information regarding the events of this incident are encouraged to contact the Carlton County Sheriff's Office at (218) 384-3236.

Lindgren was due in court on Monday, May 22.

The victim has been released from the hospital, however, the sheriff's office reports they do not have any further details of his medical condition or prognosis.

Residence burns

According to a press release from Sheriff Lake, Lindgren's home burned early Monday morning. Several calls to Carlton County dispatch were made reporting the fire around 1:15 a.m.

Deputies responded with the Wrenshall Fire Department and arrived to find the two-story residence fully engulfed.

The Wrenshall Fire Department was assisted by the Carlton, Esko, Blackhoof and Mahtowa fire departments, and the fire was put under control. Wrenshall Fire Chief Randy Wolf said the home was vacant when the fire broke out.

The house fire remains under investigation by the state fire marshall.


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