FDL Kidnapping Suspect Arraigned

The 20-year-old Fond du Lac man who allegedly abducted his girlfriend’s children from a babysitter’s home in Fond du Lac Thursday pled not guilty to three kidnapping charges. Tou Thao was arraigned in Fond du Lac County Court after being bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing. Charges stem from an incident on October 1st of last year. It began in Oshkosh when Thao punched his girlfriend while they were sitting in her parked car. She got out of the SUV and he took it. It was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a parked car in Oshkosh and then he headed to Fond du Lac where he allegedly took the women’s children. He was captured after a traffic crash in the Village of Menomonee Falls while police were pursuing him. The children were treated at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee after the crash. This past March Thao was sentenced in Waukesha County on drunken driving and 1st degree reckless injury charges for the car chase. He’s serving a 2 ½ year prison sentence at Fox Lake Correctional.