Kidnap plot foiled
A 38-year-old wheelchair-confined Prince George man was freed from his captors by police after they got a tip he was being held against his will.
Cpl. Craig Douglass, media liaison for the Prince George RCMP, said the pair involved in the kidnapping were trying to force the man, who was not physically harmed during the incident, to recant an earlier statement.
“The suspects got together and confronted the person in the wheelchair who provided information to the police about another file in which the son is the accused. They were holding him so he could recant his statement on Monday,” he said.
After receiving the tip on Feb. 3, police attended the residence on the 7300 block of Thompson Drive and found 39-year-old Grace Ingrid Heidemann with the victim and took her into custody.
Further investigation led officers to believe that Edward Thomas Harris, 28, had threatened the victim in order to get him to recant a statement against Eric Heidemann, the woman’s 22-year-old son.
Provincial Crown counsel approved charges of forcible confinement, kidnapping, intimidation of a justice system participant and utter threats against both Grace Heidemann and Harris.
Both were remanded into custody until a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 7.