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Man arrested after dating site abduction

August 19, 2016 5:03 P.M.


One man is in custody after a woman was apparently held against her will last weekend in Peachland.

Police were called Saturday morning to investigate a report of forcible confinement, which happened the previous evening.

The victim in the case apparently met a man through an online dating site. They had met a few times in person prior to the incident.

During the meeting Friday night, the suspect allegedly confined the woman to a vehicle and drove her around for several hours before releasing her.

She received non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.

"The ongoing police investigation followed several leads, as investigators worked tirelessly to positively identify, locate and arrest their suspect," said Const. Jesse O'Donaghey. 

"On Aug. 18 at 10:28 a.m., with the assistance of Southeast District RCMP Air Services' fixed wing aircraft, the man was arrested without incident when police located him in his vehicle in Peachland."

The unidentified 36-year-old man faces charges of forcible confinement, assault and uttering threats.

He remains in custody with a court appearance expected sometime this afternoon.

The man was driving a silver 2000 Dodge Durango bearing Alberta licence plates and alleged to have travelled in the Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country areas over the course of several hours during the alleged incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious involving such a vehicle is asked to call Const. Denise Bendfeld of the West Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section (GIS) at 250-768-2880.

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