Po­lice prob­ing al­leged kid­nap­ping

Lethbridge Herald - - ODDS & ENDS - J.W. Sch­narr jwschnarr@leth­bridge­herald.com

The Leth­bridge Po­lice Ser­vice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­leged kid­nap­ping and home in­va­sion.

Po­lice say the in­ci­dent in­volved a group of men who en­tered a north­side home, as­saulted and kid­napped a 28-year-old male, and then forced him to par­tic­i­pate in a home in­va­sion at a west­side res­i­dence.

On Sun­day, po­lice say five men en­tered a home along 1200 block of 22 Street North in search of an­other man. They did not find the per­son they were look­ing for, but found an ac­quain­tance who they in­ter­ro­gated.

The man was al­legedly as­saulted and forced out of the home and into a ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle was driven to a sec­ond res­i­dence along Jerry Potts Boule­vard West where the group forced the vic­tim to knock on the door of the home.

When it was opened, the group rushed in­side. One of the as­sailants grabbed a fe­male oc­cu­pant by the throat and forced her into a wall, while an­other as­sailant armed with a baseball bat searched the home, po­lice say.

When they did not find the man they were look­ing, for the group fled and re­turned to the home on the north­side. A short time later, the vic­tim was able to es­cape.

The sus­pects are de­scribed by po­lice as four black men and one Cau­casian man. All of the black men are de­scribed by po­lice as hav­ing ac­cents and one may have been wear­ing all black cloth­ing and a black hat. He had short fa­cial hair and dread­locks.

The Cau­casian is de­scribed as hav­ing a “Euro­pean-sound­ing” ac­cent, dark hair, “chin-strap” beard, and may have been wear­ing a white, pos­si­bly longsleeved shirt.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice at 403328-4444 or Crime Stop­pers 1800-222-8477.

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