UPDATE: Kidnapping suspect caught

Police were urgently asking for assistance to locate a woman kidnapped from University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George.

  • Mar. 20, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Lash Leroux

Lash Leroux

UPDATE

Police have one person in custody and the victim has been returned to the hospital following a kidnapping in Prince George Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 7 p.m., a member of the Prince George RCMP’s General Duty section located the suspect vehicle on the 1300 block of Irwin Street in Prince George. Other officers attended the residence and entry was gained. The suspect, Lash Leroux, was located and arrested without incident. The victim was located in the residence and was transported back to the University Hospital of Northern BC by the BC Ambulance Service. It is not yet known if she suffered any injuries as a result of this incident.

Investigators will be requesting that Leroux be remanded in custody until court Monday. This investigation is continuing.

 

 

Police are urgently asking for the public’s assistance to locate a female kidnapped from University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George.

Just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, Prince George RCMP received a report of a possible kidnapping. Police were advised that an adult male was seen pushing an adult female in a wheelchair out of the hospital and forcing her into a vehicle against her will.

A 50-year-old female Prince George resident is unaccounted for. She was not discharged and is in need of medication.

The investigation has led officers to believe that the suspect is Lash Leroux. Leroux is a Prince George resident and described as:

· 44 years old

· 178 cm (5’10”)

· 82 kg (181 lbs)

· Brown eyes

· Brown hair

Laroux is considered VIOLENT and should not be approached. The suspect and victim are known to each other. The vehicle is described as a late 80s or early 90s red Honda hatchback bearing B.C. licence plate 425 FRH, which has been reported stolen. Police are asking anyone that locates the suspect or the vehicle to call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach the suspect. If you have any information, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.