Police investigating kidnapping, home invasion

Lethbridge Police are investigating an incident where a group of males entered a northside home, assaulted and kidnapped a 28-year-old man then forced him to participate in a home invasion at a westside residence.

On September 10, 2017 five males entered a home along 1200 block of 22 Street North in search of another male. The man they were looking for was not there but they began interrogating an acquaintance. The group subsequently assaulted the 28-year-old man then forced him outside into a vehicle. The vehicle was driven to a second residence along Jerry Potts Boulevard and upon arrival the group removed the victim and forced him to knock on the door to the home. When it was opened, the group rushed inside. One of the assailants grabbed a female occupant by the throat and forced her into a wall, while another assailant armed with a baseball bat searched the home. When they did not find the male they were looking for the group fled and returned to the home on the northside. A short time later the 28-year-old male was able to escape.

The suspects are described as four Black males and one Caucasian male. All of the Black males are described as having accents and one may have been wearing all black clothing and a black hat. He had short facial hair and dreadlocks. The Caucasian is described as having a “European-sounding” accent, dark hair, “chin-strap” beard and may have been wearing a white, possibly long-sleeved shirt.

Investigation in the matter is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.