Text message botches kidnapping attempt

A text message a man sent to his mom Monday led to police rescuing him from his alleged kidnappers.

  • Feb. 1, 2011 7:00 a.m.

A text message a man sent to his mom Monday led to police rescuing him from his alleged kidnappers.

Just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday, a man entered a home outside of Osoyoos and confronted two occupants before allegedly forcing one of the men into his vehicle after brandishing a can of bear spray. “The 20-year-old victim was able to contact his mother by text message advising he had been kidnapped and, a few moments later, another short message reading simply the word ‘Help,’” said Corp. Mike Field. 

“The distraught mother, who was in the Kelowna area at the time, contacted the Kelowna Operational Communications Center advising of the message received from her son and relaying a description of the vehicle and licence plate.”

At about 4 p.m., a pickup was pulled over near Cawston and a 49-year-old Vancouver man was taken into custody.

Police say the suspect is known to the victim and the incident is believed to be related to a failed business deal.

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