Four Red Deer men face kidnapping, extortion charges
Four men face kidnapping, extortion and a host of other charges following an abduction and confinement earlier this month.
Sylvan Lake RCMP received a call at 6 p.m. on March 4, learning suspects had demanded an undisclosed amount of money for a man’s safe release.
The following day at 5 p.m., the man escaped his captors and called RCMP. He was taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.
Because the man was confined in the city, Red Deer RCMP general investigation service took over the complex case, executing numerous search warrants.
Gregory Roberts, 26, Scott Hebert, 32, and Logan Mitchell, 18, all of Red Deer, and Thomas Larkin of Nova Scotia, face kidnapping and extortion charges. Roberts, Hebert and Mitchell also face counts of forcible confinement.
Roberts, Larkin and Hebert are also charged with assault and assault with a weapon.
Roberts faces separate charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance. He also had 21 outstanding warrants against him.
Larkin is charged separately with robbery and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
All four men are in custody with Larkin in court Tuesday, Roberts and Mitchell Wednesday and Hebert on Friday.