Accused in kidnapping remains in custody

An Innisfail man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman remains in custody pending a court appearance in Airdrie.

An Innisfail man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman remains in custody pending a court appearance in Airdrie.

The 55-year-old man, whose name cannot be released to protect the identity of his alleged victim, was arrested at the CrossIron Mills shopping centre at Balzac on March 28 after a woman passed a note to a stranger saying she was being abducted.

The Good Samaritan contacted police, who allege that the suspect continued to beat the woman and then assaulted a police officer in the moments leading to his arrest.

Already wanted on similar charges stemming from an incident alleged to have taken place in Vegreville a week earlier, the man was held in custody pending a court appearance in Vegreville provincial court.

RCMP alleged at the time of the suspect’s arrest that he and the woman had recently separated.

The Vegreville charges have now been withdrawn with the suspect to make his next appearance in Airdrie provincial court on May 10.

He is to enter pleas on charges of housebreaking with intent to commit a crime, sexual assault, choking with intent, unlawful confinement, kidnapping, threats causing death, assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, resisting a police officer, assaulting a police officer and breaching conditions of a recognizance.

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