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Arrests made in kidnapping and extortion incident in Penticton

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October 20, 2015 - 1:33 PM

PENTICTON - A call from an upset grandmother tipped police off to a kidnapping in Penticton this past weekend.

Police received a call from the victim's grandmother early Sunday, Oct. 18, who said her grandson and his dog were going to be shot by a kidnapper if he didn’t pay the man money, according to RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth.

Police were alerted to search for a blue SUV, which they located outside an apartment building at 150 Skaha Pl. They found the victim inside the vehicle, along with three other men, who were arrested. Police also seized a handgun and a rifle.

The victim knew his captors and police believe the incident was targeted and drug related.

One male has since appeared in court, facing recommended charges of kidnapping with a restricted firearm, extortion, uttering threats, unauthorized possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, using a firearm to commit an offence, using firearm contrary to an order, assault with a weapon and breach. The man will reappear in court Oct. 28 for arraignment.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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