ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A man was arrested Monday night in connection with the abduction of a 7-year-old girl Sunday night in St. Paul.

With help from Spring Lake Park Police and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, St. Paul Police arrested a 48-year-old man at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities say the man was found in his garage of his residence in the 500 block of 78th Ave. NE in Spring Lake Park hiding underneath his car. He is identified as John Craig Heuer.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, witnesses told police that the man identified as Heuer asked a girl if she wanted to see his puppy at a laundromat near Rice St. and Larpenteur Ave. in St. Paul. He allegedly took the girl into his vehicle and drove off. The girl’s sister ran to tell their parents. The abduction prompted an amber alert and subsequent search for the girl.

An hour-and-a-half later, she was found in a park in Spring Lake Park.

Heuer was arrested for criminal sexual conduct, and formal charges are expected to be filed in the next few days. He is currently being held in the Anoka County Jail.

“A very dangerous individual is off the street,” said St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. Smith added that this was a unique case where the original 911 call came in, and about a day later, police arrested the person they believe is responsible for the abduction.

The case remains under investigation by the St. Paul Police Department, Spring Lake Park Police and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (9)
  1. Dave Seavy says:

    As Lindy said – it was law enforcement that released the photo, and had they not done that, the outcome could have been much different. Do people even think before they post their “shame on you” nonsense?

  2. wootieup says:

    That’s actually not true…I saw her picture when the alert went out. And his name is mentioned a couple times in this article.

  3. Janice says:

    The guy who found her wandering around didnt even know there was an amber alert – he was just tuned in enough to realize that something seemed amiss with this little girl.

  4. jeff says:

    well congrats to whoever got the sob and what a sense of relief for the family.

  5. fred says:

    I hope this creep faces the hanging judge, instead of the bedwetting judge

  6. Nancy Aleshire says:

    From what I heard there were adults around when this creep approached the
    little girl. Why couldn’t they have stopped him or have taken the child aside for protection while the police were called. Was there any physical harm done to her–nothing was said.

  7. Dan says:

    He was drunk at the time he didn’t know what he was doing.

  8. dripable service says:

    May be this blogs greatest blog post on the web!

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