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Kidnapping, other charges filed in Cottonwood County

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WINDOM -- A 26-year-old Jackson man is facing charges of kidnapping, burglary and child endangerment after holding a woman against her will and leaving a 1-year-old child alone.

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Adam William Gorden was charged Monday with kidnapping, first-degree burglary, felony domestic assault, false imprisonment, child neglect and child endangerment -- with a combined maximum penalty of 70 years incarceration and/or $106,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman contacted authorities and told them her friend had left a bar with Gorden, then had called another friend to be picked up at his home in Jackson the following morning. The woman reported to authorities that her friend's face had been swollen and she was concerned because her friend was not answering her phone.

Several months ago, the woman reported, Gorden had held her friend against her will and smashed her cell phone when she tried to call for help.

Authorities went to the woman's apartment, and after repeated knocking on the door, Gorden opened the back patio door. A deputy asked to speak to the woman alone, but she was hesitant to answer any questions. The deputy could see a bump on her right temple, numerous scratches on her face and arms and a fresh abrasion on her ankle.

She said she got the abrasion on her ankle when she tried to jump out of Gorden's moving vehicle because he wouldn't bring her home. When asked why she let him into her apartment if she wanted to be away from him, she replied she did not let him into her apartment.

When the deputy asked Gorden how he got in, he said the woman let him in. He allegedly said he did not know how the woman got the bumps, bruises and abrasions. Gorden was arrested and initially non-compliant with the deputy's orders, but eventually handcuffed and brought to the law enforcement center.

After Gorden was gone, the woman was more willing to answer the deputy's questions. She allegedly said Gorden sent her a text massage to come out and talk to him the night before, so she got in his car and they went for a drive. He allegedly talked about "us," but the woman told him there was no "us." He reportedly got angry and started to grab at her, scratching her face and arms. She asked him to bring her back to her car, but when he didn't, she jumped out of the vehicle.

She told authorities she kicked and tried to get away, but he grabbed her and threw her back into the car, which is how she got the bump on her head. She allegedly told authorities he brought her back to his house in Jackson, but when he left later to take a walk, she went to a gas station and called a friend. Her keys, wallet and cell phone were locked in Gorden's car, she said.

Gorden than sent a text message to her friend, telling her to drop the woman off at her car and he would bring her belongings. They found her car keys on the door of the gas tank, but her wallet and phone were still missing.

The friend brought the woman back to her apartment, and after searching it and not finding Gorden inside, the woman told her friend it was OK for her to leave.

She locked her apartment door as her friend left. Moments later, Gorden came in through the patio door, which she told authorities she knew she had locked. She said she suspected Gorden had let himself in the apartment and removed the wooden bar that kept the door shut.

The deputy spoke with the woman's friend, who said she believed Gorden had sat in a nearby parking lot and watched them find the keys to the woman's car. She also stated when they arrived at the woman's apartment, her wallet and cell phone were on the counter and Gorden's 1-year-old daughter was sitting on the floor of the apartment all alone.

According to Gorden's criminal history, he was convicted of domestic assault on Cottonwood County three times in 2005.

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