April 21st, 2024

Alberta man charged after 911 call about kidnapping turned out to be fake

By The Canadian Press on March 4, 2024.

Lethbridge Police Service headquarters is shown in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Police in Lethbridge have charged a man with public mischief after a reported kidnapping turned out to be a hoax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Police in southern Alberta have charged a man with public mischief after a reported kidnapping turned out to be a hoax.

Lethbridge police say they received a 911 call Saturday about a hostage-taking and kidnapping.

The caller said a friend had just phoned to say he had been kidnapped and was trapped in the back of a moving vehicle.

The caller told dispatchers the kidnappers were armed with bear spray, knives and possibly a firearm.

Hours later, investigators located the friend in Calgary, who was safe and hadn’t been the victim of a crime.

Police say a 20-year-old man from Lethbridge was arrested and is scheduled to appear in court May 8.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2024.

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