Man ac­cused in kid­nap­ping has trial date set

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL CRIME - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A man ac­cused of forc­ing an el­derly Drumheller woman to with­draw funds from her bank ac­count and then re­leas­ing her in a neigh­bor­ing com­mu­nity had a date set for trial.

Da ren Gun­tel, 48 ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Fri­day, Jan­uary 27.

The Mail re­ported in De­cem­ber that Drumheller RCMP had laid charges of kid­nap­ping, ex­tor­tion, rob­bery and break and en­ter.

It is al­leged that on Oc­to­ber 18, the po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint from an el­derly woman, that in early July, a male forced his way into the home de­mand­ing money. She was then forced to at­tend to a lo­cal bank, with­draw a small amount of cash, and drive to a neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity where she was re­leased. The male was known to the vic­tim as he has pre­vi­ously done yard work at her res­i­dence.

Gun­tel was re­cently ar­rested in Cal­gary and ap­peared in Drumheller court last week via closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion.

He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for Au­gust 25 in Drumheller. He con­sented to re­main in cus­tody.

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