Third person charged after kidnapping at Wagga Wagga

A third person has been charged following an alleged kidnapping in Wagga Wagga earlier this year.

About midnight on Friday 31 July 2020, a 29-year-old man attended a home on Hunter Street, Mount Austin, after being invited by a woman he met through a social media dating application.

On arrival, the man was allegedly threatened with a knife and robbed, before being forced into a car and taken to a second home.

Police have been told the man was kept in the home for approximately seven hours and forced to pay for petrol, before escaping on foot and fleeing to a nearby service station.

Officers from Riverina Police District were alerted a short time later and commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Strike Force Bock was established by Riverina detectives to investigate the alleged kidnapping.

So far during the investigation, an 18-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were arrested. The pair were charged and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 56-year-old man was arrested on Fitzhardinge Street, Wagga Wagga, about 10.45am today (Tuesday 27 October 2020).

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with detain person with intent to obtain advantage and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

The Mount Austin man was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

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