Police: Anderson man caught in Minnesota after kidnapping wife, 3 children

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UPDATE (June 1, 2017) - Mark Emerson was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 86 years and 9 months to be executed in the state penal system.

ANDERSON, Ind. (June 23, 2015) – Police in Minnesota caught an Anderson resident accused of killing another man before kidnapping his estranged wife and three children.

On Monday, police in Anderson received a call from police in Hermantown, Minn., who said Mark Emerson, 26, had forced his 23-year-old wife and three children to travel with him from Anderson to Minnesota. During the trip, he went inside a Walmart store, giving his wife the chance to call 911.

The woman said Mark Emerson broke into her home in the 2100 block of Lafayette Street Sunday, where he confronted a man and killed him. She said he then forced her and the three children—3-year-old twin girls and a 1-year-old girl—to leave the home. He planned to go to Canada, police believe.

Anderson police went to the home on Lafayette Street in Anderson, where they found a man wrapped in a quilt. The victim was identified as 25-year-old Cody Gay. Police say he was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

Police were continuing to investigate the man’s relationship with Emerson and his wife. Court records show Emerson's estranged wife and Gay were in a relationship. Emerson found the two and stabbed the victim multiple times.

In April, Emerson was arrested on charges of criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation and domestic battery against his wife. That incident occurred at the Lafayette Street home, police said. Emerson had a court-issued protective order barring him from contacting his wife. The order was a condition of his release from the Madison County Jail. The case is still pending in court. Police say Emerson ignored the protective order.

"In this particular case, that didn’t stop him and he made the decision to approach her resident and break in and instigate this confrontation with the victim," said Anderson Police Sgt. Chad Boynton.

Investigators in Anderson are collaborating with police in Minnesota to determine charges in the case and arrange for Emerson’s potential extradition to Indiana. Emerson has been charged with the murder of Gay.

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