Matter of $50

Ronald Louis Watts


A couple was allegedly held against their will in a Mora apartment for approximately 2 hours while their acquaintance demanded they pay a debt of $50. 

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Kanabec County Attorney’s Office, Ronald Louis Watts, 30, of Mora was visited by a man and woman midday on July 1. 

According to what the victims told deputies at the scene, the couple had gone to Watts’ apartment to tell him they did not have the $50 which they owed him. Watts told them they would not be allowed to leave until he was given the money. 

Watts allegedly loaded several firearms and held a firearm in his lap and told the couple the apartment was locked so police could not come in, nor could they leave. 

Watts allegedly allowed the couple to keep their phones on them so they could find a way to get his money. The couple used the phones to contact family, who contacted law enforcement. 

When deputies of the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the couple was able to leave the apartment. Deputies observed a shotgun shell inside the apartment. 

As a previously convicted felon, Watts is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition. Watts’ criminal history includes convictions for first degree aggravated robbery, motor vehicle theft, terroristic threats and third degree burglary. 

County investigators executed a search warrant of the apartment which revealed a false compartment inside a closet. In the compartment was a homemade methamphetamine smoking device and .22 ammunition. Deputies also found: 

A 12 gauge pump action shotgun with a barrel shorter than the allowed 18 inch barrel

A semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun

A loaded 20-gauge single shot shotgun with a barrel shorter than the allowed 18 inch barrel

A .22 short semi-automatic pistol

17 grams of green leafy substance

$105 in cash

 Watts was charged July 3 with two felony counts of kidnapping. Each offense carries a maximum sentence of 40 years and $50,000 fine. He was also charged with two felony counts of threats of violence, six felony counts of possession of ammunition/firearms with a crime of violence conviction on his record; and two felony counts for possession of short-barreled shotguns. 


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