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Minnesota man convicted of kidnapping child in Watertown

Peter Groenhoff was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping
Peter Groenhoff was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping.
Peter Groenhoff was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping.(KTVF)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 4:39 PM CST
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WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - The man accused of trying to kidnap a child while he was working at the Menards in Watertown has been convicted by a jury.

Thirty-nine-year-old Peter Groenhoff of Canby, Minnesota was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping Thursday. The charges stem from an incident in May of 2018.

Prosecutors say Groenhoff was working at Menards when he picked up a 4-year-old child and quickly walked away from the youngster’s family. The child’s father pursued Groenhoff and told him to stop, but Groenhoff continued on until he was caught in the employee break room. Police eventually arrived and arrested him.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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