Lethbridge Police investigate kidnapping from McDonald’s parking lot

LETHBRDIGE – Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly kidnapped a man, forced him to go to an ATM, withdraw cash, drive the suspect to a Supervised Consumption Site and then to the Blood Reserve.

Just before midnight on October 20, 2019  a man was parked in his personal vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot located at 444 Mayor Magrath Drive N.

A man, not known to the victim, approached the victim’s vehicle brandishing a weapon described as a large machete. The suspect got into the victim’s vehicle and then forced the victim to drive to locations in Lethbridge while the suspect remained in the vehicle and threatened the victim with the weapon.

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The victim was forced to drive to a bank ATM where he was forced to withdraw cash from his own account, and also drive to the Supervised Consumption Site where the suspect spoke with a person who has been identified but not yet located or spoken to by investigators. 

The suspect then forced the victim to drive out to the Blood Reserve where the victim was let out of the vehicle and the suspect stole the victim’s vehicle leaving the victim on the side of the road. 

The victim flagged down a passerby who stopped to assist, at which time the suspect returned to the area in the victim’s vehicle and began to chase the victim and passerby who had stopped. 

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The victim and passerby fled in the passerby’s vehicle and while being chased they were able to call 911. 

Multiple southern AB police agencies responded and later intercepted the victim’s vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed on the Blood Reserve.  After the pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was located abandoned in Fort MacLeod and the whereabouts of the suspect is unknown at this time.

The victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

The suspect is described as an Aboriginal male, with a thin build in his late 20’s. 

Police are also investigating a weapons complaint involving a machete, which occurred in the 2100 block of 5th Avenue North and at the same time frame. Police say this incident and the kidnapping may be related.

The investigation is on-going and police say further information will be released when it becomes known.  

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