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Sedona Press Release

Police were called to an incident on Sedona Road last Friday afternoon. We are told that approximately 2pm a caller phoned 911 and informed them a potential kidnapping was taking place. Officers were on scene with a few minutes, but were unable to locate anyone.

"On searching the scene, we found evidence to confirm the witness's report that a kidnapping had taken place." Deputy Chief Brentt informed us.

"A young male was in his car outside a house, while chatting with the witness, another male came along there was an altercation and the victim was forcefully removed from the location. Suspect was described white, tall over 6" and red brown hair and wild eyes. We were extremely concerned about the younger males welfare and units were sent out all over the city trying to locate him."

We were told that there has been a lot of suspicious activity around the house and the immediate area where he was taken from over the previous couple of days. "Its not an area we get called out to often" Deputy Chief Brentt commented "But this has been twice in 2 days there has also been some strange vehicles in and around the area."

Later the same evening, a potential suspect was identified and it was discovered he was fitted with and electronic monitoring system, officers on site of the kidnapping, were able to obtain a trace on this signal and a team of tactical Officers from SRPD were then dispatched to the National Forest, where we understand both victim and our suspect were later located. "The team got a visual on both victim and suspect around 7.30pm" Deputy Chief Brentt told us " the suspect had the victim held hostage, which we had anticipated might be the potential motive, hence the reason we sent tactical officers out. The suspect made demands to the team, who attempted to negotiate for a while, hoping to bring the situation to a swift and safe conclusion and while a sniper got into position. After it become apparent the negations were not working and the situation had escalated to put the victims life into immediate danger, the sniper fired a single bullet at suspect. The bullet missed and the suspect then began to throw smoke grenades at the officers, temporarily blinding one of them when it exploded in his face. The suspect then got hold of the sniper and battered her several times against the ground, fortunately the helmets our tactical teams wear are very robust and able to take a significant impact, thus the officer only sustained minor injuries. A Stun grenade was then deployed by the team, this allowed them to reach the suspect who was eventually tazed, secured and transported to jail. EMT's were called and victim was taken to SRGH."

We have yet to obtain an update on the condition of the victim. "At this point we are uncertain if the vehicles and persons seen in the area on the previous days are connected with this incident. We are asking anyone who was around Sedona Drive last Friday afternoon or might have footage of the events that day or in the previous couple of days or who might have any other relevant information to call our non emergency line as soon as possible" the Deputy Chief added.

SRPD is releasing no names or further details at this time.

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