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Woman assaulted before escaping captors in Salmon Arm

June 21, 2021 - 3:02 PM

A man and woman from Edmonton are in custody after a woman held against her will in Salmon Arm escaped on Sunday.

On June 20, around 2:40 p.m., Salmon Arm RCMP responded to reports of a distressed woman in the 400-block of 4 Avenue SE, according to an RCMP media release.

The 18-year-old victim had allegedly been assaulted, threatened and unlawfully confined by a man and a woman. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

"Our officers gathered information and evidence quickly, which ultimately led to the arrest of two prime suspects, who police believe were in the process of fleeing the area in a taxi cab," BC RCMP Southeast District spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in the release. "During the arrest procedure police officers recovered a .22 calibre rifle, and a significant amount of suspected stolen property."

A 39-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, both from Edmonton, were held in police custody. The woman was on house arrest in Alberta.

Among the stolen property seized by RCMP was a specialized tool set, hand-held GPS units and a collection of NHL hockey cards. All of the hockey cards were of the same player and estimated to be worth thousands of dollars.

Police are working to identify the rightful owners of the suspected stolen property.

Each suspect is facing multiple potential charges as the investigation continues.

If you witnessed this incident, and have not yet spoken to police or you might be able to claim some of the stolen property, you can call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044.

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