The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, along with Benton County and Crow Wing County sheriff’s offices and the Isle Police Department, have apprehended Kim Thompson, 62, of Isle, who has been on the run for several months. His wife Wendy Thompson, 57, and daughter Jubilee Thompson, 25, have also been taken into custody. Thompson was apprehended at his residence on 320th Street south of Isle.
Thompson was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (two counts) and criminal sexual conduct in the third degree (two counts) on January 17, 2019. Thompson’s original charges included nine counts of felony criminal sexual conduct of varying degrees and one count of kidnapping of a family member, but the other counts were dismissed before trial.
“We developed and executed a plan and obtained a search warrant for his residence,” said Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge.
The swat team from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the other three agencies, executed the plan this morning, July 31, at 7:29 a.m.
Lorge said Mille Lacs County investigators have been surveilling the Thompson residence after Thompson failed to appear in court at the end of March. Investigators had spotted Thompson during surveillance and then obtained a warrant to search his residence this morning.
When law enforcement went in, Sheriff Lorge said, Thompson went running from the house but was surrounded by a number of officers and was then placed under arrest without incident. His wife and daughter were also taken into custody without incident.
“This is a win for the public that we can put this one to rest. There’s a lot of relief, and the neighbors were very much relieved as well,” said Sheriff Lorge. “A comment was made by a neighbor that his child will now sleep better at night and they are relieved he’s in custody.
Sheriff Lorge said they are very happy with the outcome and in particular that no injuries occurred to officers or Thompson’s family. “We delivered this tactically to make sure everyone was going to be safe. We knew his family was very supportive of him. Everyone went peacefully,” Lorge added.
According to the original complaint against Thompson:
On or about Sept. 23, 2016, the female victim who lived with Kim Thompson contacted law enforcement to file a report against Thompson stating that Thompson had molested and sexually assaulted her as a young girl from about May of 2003 to January of 2009.
When the victim was 18 years old, she stated she had an altercation regarding a male she had been dating and said Thompson punched her, hit her in the face, pulled her by the hair, and threatened to disfigure her face. He then locked her in the car outside making her sleep in the car with the outside temperatures around 40 degrees, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that on the second day, Thompson brought the car into the garage and forced the victim to stay there and eventually brought her inside and locked her in a sunroom where he barricaded the door and kept her for about one month.