Volume 95, Issue 24

Tuesday, October 16, 2001
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The world at war

BOG candidates speak to the masses

Experts say no need for Anthrax paranoia

Techies get university of their own

Kidnappings and flaming tires cap week of crime

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Editor's Note

UWO United Way kicks-off

Kidnappings and flaming tires cap week of crime

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

A man was kidnapped at gun point in Waterloo, forced into the trunk of a car, then brought to London where he was held in an apartment on Connaught Avenue this weekend, London Police said.

The 21-year-old Waterloo native was able to escape and phone police from another apartment.

"He was kept [Saturday] overnight and escaped Sunday morning," said Constable Ryan Holland of the London Police Department.

Three men were arrested inside the apartment building after they attempted escape.

Details of why the kidnapping occurred have not been released.

Charged with conspiracy, forcible confinement and extortion are 21-year-old Bashir Nur, 20-year-old Andrew Brown and 18-year-old Irshad Ahmed.

Brown and Ahmed were also charged with uttering a death threat while Ahmed alone was charged with pointing a firearm.

A fourth suspect (pictured) is being sought in the case.

Suspect: Mohamed Abdul Omar

Yesterday morning, five males ran out of luck when, after robbing the Labatt Retail store at Huron and Richmond streets, their getaway plans were stalled by a car that failed to start.

Labatt security were able to apprehend the offenders and recover the stolen property.

Charged in the incident is Adam Rowley, 19, Andrew Hartin, 25 and Philip Sheldrick, 22. A 16 and 17-year-old were also charged.

Last Friday LPD seized 189 marijuana plants with a street value of $189,000 and $1,000 in growing equipment from an address on Briarhill Avenue.

James McGrath, 35, was charged with unlawfully producing a controlled substance.

Last Thursday at The Pit Stop, a male tried to motivate customers of the variety store to shoplift.

"An officer asked him to leave and he did,"said Inspector Bob Earle of the University Police Department.

An accident at the intersection outside of Talbot College occurred last Friday when a car and bike collided. The biker was taken to hospital for minor injuries and released. No charges were laid in the incident.

Also, for the third time in two weeks, the tire of a London Transit bus caught on fire near Alumni Hall.

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