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RCMP in Kamloops, B.C., say robbery and kidnap victim was found safe


KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Mounties say a woman was found unharmed after she was kidnapped following a robbery in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday.

Police say the woman and two men were robbed by two men carrying firearms before the alleged kidnapping.

They say the woman was found unharmed on Friday in a vehicle that was taken from one of the robbery victims as it travelled from Kelowna to Kamloops.

A male and a female were arrested after the vehicle was stopped by police, who also took one of the robbery suspects into custody in Kelowna.

The RCMP say they are trying to find the second man they believe was involved in the robbery.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says police were not able to release information about the case as it unfolded because of concerns for the safety of the woman they believe was taken against her will.

“First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped,” she says in a news release. “The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized. Officers knew that the suspects were armed. It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life.”

The RCMP said they will forward information to the British Columbia Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

“It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade,” police said in the news release.

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