Police: Father Kidnapped Woman Who Escaped, Ran Off Naked

PORTAGE, Ind. (CBS) — Prosecutors in Northwest Indiana say it will be some time before they get to the bottom of a bizarre crime yesterday involving a father and daughter.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the case started with a report that a naked woman was running down U.S. 20 near Indiana Highway 249 in Portage, Ind.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

She ran into a liquor store and begged the clerk for help, saying she had been assaulted in a nearby motel.

Just then, a man came in and said he was her father, and that she was on drugs.

He dragged the woman to his car, but police blocked his exit.

In the car, police found the 21-year-old woman naked and bruised, with rope on her ankles.

Police say the man, identified as Martin Jonassen, 55, had kidnapped his daughter from Missouri, and they spent the weekend on the road. Then she escaped from the motel on Monday.

Jonassen was booked into the Porter County Jail on charges of criminal confinement and battery, while his daughter was hospitalized and a test was done to determine if there was a sexual assault.

A source says Jonassen has been uncooperative, so the motive is unknown, but more charges are expected.

  • JP

    This is tragic … but your web editors need to get a little more careful on what you publish. It read ” while his daughter was hospitalized and a sexual assault has been performed.” sounds like she was assaulted in the hospital – you are missing the word “examination” or something to that effect.

  • rick

    censor test

  • GO Southside

    Read it carefully or grab a dictionary or a Thesaurus, to help you out.

    “while his daughter was hospitalized and a tests was done to determine if there was a sexual assault”.

    Not sure of you read what you saw.

  • Lakisha

    Every time I look up it’s always something so tried of all this mess this world is in such trouble wow ….

  • Phillip S

    This is one of the most Horrific tragedies, of folks I personally know. I grew up with the girl;s mother and am so decimated at the damage to this family. How a man can be so oblivious to the feelings and person of His children, without regard and respect for his own family staggers my mind.
    I groan and morn for the pain of this lovely family.

  • My Opinion

    This man is truly a sociopath! He is unable to realize that he is mentally ill, and unwilling to get help, so prison is really the place he needs to be. I know his wife’s family quite well, this is truly a tragic situation!

  • zarathrusta

    At least in Chicago you can be kidnapped by a stranger.

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