A man, 21, allegedly forced a tearful 15-year-old girl into his car on Saturday and screamed, 'you will never see your parents again!' in attempt to force her to be his teen bride.
Kong Meng Xiong, 21, of St. Paul, Minnesota has been charged with kidnapping, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment.
Xiong and his parents say they wanted the girl and Xiong to marry in the Hmong tradition.
The girl, who has not been identified because she is a minor, told police that Xiong was her 'boyfriend' and that they got into a physical argument over the prospect of marriage on Saturday night.
Xiong allegedly threw the girl's iPad against a wall at her family's home and then ripped her sweatpants as he dragged her into his car.
Her parents were not home at the time.
The girl told police that she managed to escape but that Xiong took hold of her a second time, forced her into his car, and took her to his family's home.
When the girl's parents returned home from work at around noon on Sunday, they learned of the kidnapping from their oldest son.
The girl's parents called Xiong's parents and demanded that they give them their daughter back.
The girl's older brother later drove to the Xiong's home where they willingly let the girl go home.
The girl told police that she and Xiong had been 'dating' in January and first had sex when she was just 14-years-old.
The victim's father told police that Xiong asked him to marry his daughter on multiple occasions but that he said no because of their large age difference.
Xiong admitted to kidnapping the girl and said that she tried to escape from him on Highway 26.
This is not Xiong's first brush with the law.
In 2009 Xiong was tried in juvenile court or sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl when he was 15.
He pleaded guilty.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said about the case, 'This is a very disturbing case involving the victimization of a 15-year-old girl that cannot be tolerated in our community.
'Women and girls are not property, they are human beings who have every right to be free from violence and to live according to how they choose for themselves.
'We allege that the defendant has sexually exploited a minor who cannot legally consent to sex, and has taken violent actions to kidnap and hold the victim against her will.'
According to Hmongculture.net, the Hmong are an ethnic group that come from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
In the late 1980s many Hmong people came to the United States after being sponsored by the Lutheran church. The majority relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota and Fresno, California.
In traditional Hmong marriages the man generally asks permission from the girl's family to wed her.
If that method fails, there is a tradition of 'bride-napping' in Hmong culture in which the man may literally drag his bride to his house when her parents are not home.
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