Alberta man behind dangerous Peachland date pleads guilty

"A woman reported an online date that led to a meet-up in Peachland had gone terribly awry ..."

RCMP were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 97 in Kelowna.

The Alberta man who took a women he met online for a harrowing date last summer, pleaded guilty last Friday to two of four charges relating to the incident.

Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, pleaded guilty to forcible confinement without lawful authority and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.  A kidnapping charge has been stayed. He will be back in court Dec. 13 in the lead up to sentencing.

Dufour was brought to the attention of West Kelowna Mounties Aug. 13   at 8:39 a.m., when a woman called to say an online date that led to a meet-up in Peachland had gone terribly awry— she had been held against her will and injured.

“The suspect allegedly confined the woman to a vehicle and drove her around the area for several hours before eventually releasing her,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, at the time.

The victim, an adult woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident.

Dufour was arrested with the assistance of Southeast District RCMP Air Services’ fixed wing aircraft,  in his vehicle in Peachland.