Lethbridge, Alberta – Just before midnight on October 20, 2019 a male had been parked in his personal vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot located at 444 Mayor Magrath Drive N.
A male suspect, 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.
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 and 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. 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.
Victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
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 which occurred in the same time frame as the kidnapping with the possibility that the two incidents are related.
Investigation is on-going and further information will be released when it becomes known.
Lethbridge Police Service
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