Police probing alleged kidnapping
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.