UPDATE: Man Suspected Of Kidnapping Tuesday Morning Identified

Woman called 911 from car trunk to report the crime

UPDATE: Sioux Falls Police have identified a man suspecting of kidnapping a woman who called 911 from the trunk of a car and stayed on the line during a police pursuit.

Authorities say Jon Henri Bryant, Sr., 60, of Sioux Falls was in his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend’s garage on the 2700 Block of East 12th Street in Sioux Falls when he put her in the trunk of her Oldsmobile Alero Tuesday morning.

While Bryant was driving the car, the woman called 911 from the trunk to speak with dispatchers around 8:30 a.m. The car left Sioux Falls, went to southwest Minnesota, and back to South Dakota, stopping at an abandoned farm at 488th Avenue and 257th Street, 10 miles northeast of Brandon.

Bryant had punched the woman and strangled her. She sustained minor injuries.

At 9:10 a.m., law enforcement located the car, the woman and Bryant.

Bryant has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, aggravated assault, third-degree burglary, grand theft, second-degree robbery, stalking, simple assault, and interference with emergency communication.

PREVIOUS STORY: A man suspected of kidnapping a woman, stuffing her into the trunk of a car has been arrested after a pursuit Tuesday morning.

According to Officer Sam Clemens, a woman inside the trunk of a gray Oldsmobile Alero called 911 to report that she had been kidnapped. Clemens says authorities believe she was abducted near the 2700 block of East 12th Street in Sioux Falls. She stayed on the line with dispatchers and gave details regarding the description of the car, and the man suspected of kidnapping her. 

Authorities say that there is a connection between the man and the woman, but it is unknown what their relationship is at this time.

Authorities were able to get the license plate number of the vehicle and track it down.

“We were able to quickly establish communications and pout out the information to all of the deputies and troopers,” says Captain Mike Walsh with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle was located outside of city limits, at a farm yard near the intersection of 488th Avenue and 257th Street at a farm southeast of Garrestson. The man disabled the vehicle by driving off a gravel road into a alfalfa field.

Clemens says that more details regarding charges and the arrest are to be expected later Tuesday.