RCMP in central Alberta lay kidnapping, assault charges

A male victim was left with serious injuries

(Advocate file photo/ Blotter bug).

(Advocate file photo/ Blotter bug).

Wetaskiwin RCMP have laid kidnapping charges against two people following an incident at the Bear Hills Truck Stop.

The incident left a male victim with serious injuries.

At 12:04 p.m. on Jan. 8, the Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a kidnapping in progress at the truck stop, west of Wetaskiwin. Witnesses reported that a man had been beaten and dragged into an SUV, which drove away.

Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis RCMP members responded and located the suspect vehicle eastbound on Highway 611.

A traffic stop was attempted, but the suspect vehicle failed to stop. After a pursuit, a tire deflation device was successsfully deployed near Range Road 230 and Township Road 254. The vehicle entered the ditch and two occupants were taken into custody without further incident.

The adult male victim, who was thrown out of the vehicle prior to the pursuit, was transported to the hospital. He was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries that were incurred when he was assaulted and bear sprayed.

Investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle was stolen from Wetaskiwin.

Curtis Raine, 31, and Sara Lightning, 23, are both charged with kidnapping, extortion, aggravated assault, and flight from police officer and other charges. Raine is in custody and Lightning was released from custody. Both are scheduled to appear on Jan. 14 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court.

The RCMP determined this was a targeted attack.



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