Man with alleged ‘kidnapping kit’ charged with planning abduction


Nathan Homme

Ramsey County deputies arrested a Wisconsin man, who allegedly had a “kidnapping kit” and was making repeated visits to his ex-wife’s Shoreview home.

Nathan James Homme, 39, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with burglary and attempted kidnapping, both felonies, after his March 19 arrest. The maximum sentence for burglary is 20 years, a $35,000 fine or both, while for attempted kidnapping it’s 10 years, a $17,500 fine or both.

Homme’s former wife had received restraining orders against Homme in 2017 and 2018, and the woman reported several acts of vandalism to her Minneapolis and Shoreview homes, according to court documents. She believed Homme committed the vandalism.

On March 13, deputies responded to the woman’s Shoreview home for a reported burglary, and again she believed Homme was the suspect. Video footage at the home showed a man with a face mask getting into the garage, and cell phone records put him in the area during the burglary, court documents say.

After arresting Homme, deputies found a backpack with syringes and two veils inside. A locked case contained $5,300 and two receipts for shotguns.

A search of Homme’s Altoona, Wisconsin, home turned up a “kidnapping kit,” as described in charging documents. It included a box with rope, bicoculars, latex gloves, duct tape, tools, a blindfold and other items. A GPS tracker was found as well, and a corresponding transmitter was found on the woman’s car.

A notebook allegedly found in Homme’s kitchen outlined the items needed to kidnap, as well as where he’d take his victims and what he would say to them. There were maps of the woman’s home and a landfill in Superior, Wisconsin.

The woman had told law enforcement that she feared Homme’s actions were escalating into a potentially deadly situation, according to court documents.

Homme has yet to enter a plea. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 11.

 

—Matt Hudson

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