Kidnapping of an American couple: a fifth arrest

Kidnapping of an American couple: a fifth arrest

James Helm Sr, 76, and his wife Sandra Helm, 70, of Moira, New York, were discovered at a residence on rue Grande-Allée in Magog on Tuesday.

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René-Charles Quirion La Tribune Another individual was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of the American couple who were found at Lake Lovering, in Magog, this week.

The 52-year-old man was arrested on Chemin des Outardes in Hinchinbrooke, Montérégie, while he was in his vehicle. It is the tactical intervention group of the Sûreté du Québec which carried out this intervention around 11 p.m. Thursday evening.

James Helm Sr, 76, and his wife Sandra Helm, 70, of Moira, New York, were discovered at a residence on rue Grande-Allée in Magog on Tuesday.

Four individuals were charged on Wednesday in this kidnapping, forcible confinement and extortion case at the Montreal courthouse. The individual arrested Thursday could join them.

In addition to these charges, Franco D'Onofino, 55, and George Dritsas, 75, of 270 rue Grande-Allée in Magog were charged along with Taylor Laurence Martin, Akwesasne, 31, and Kosnas Dritsas, 49, from Montreal, for having conspired with each other to commit these crimes.

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The accused remain in detention at least until the case is returned on October 6.

Personal Crime Investigators are conducting this investigation in collaboration with other police forces in Canada and the United States.

The US Federal Police (FBI), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the New York State Police, Akwesasne Mohawk Police and various municipal police forces are participating in this cross-border investigation.

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