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Police find kidnapped woman inside Minnesota motel room

WOODBURY, Minn. — When police kicked open the door to a Woodbury motel room on Saturday morning, they found a bruised, malnourished and terrified young woman, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Police arrested the man who tried to flee the room, Mark Steven Wallace, 54, of Andover, Minn., and he was charged with kidnapping and stalking.

The complaint said Wallace used threats and physical abuse to control the victim, a 20-year-old woman identified as A.S., who began living with Wallace because she did not have a permanent home.

Police found Wallace and A.S. at the Key Inn Motel, 1806 Wooddale Drive, after checking the license plate number of a vehicle in the motel parking lot. The plate number triggered an alert to check on the safety and welfare of A.S., who had a domestic abuse no-contact order against Wallace.