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OPP investigating violent alleged kidnapping in Nipigon

Police say the victim was abducted, forcibly confined and assaulted with a firearm and left with significant injuries.
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Courtesy OPP.

NIPIGON — Police in Nipigon are investigating an alleged kidnapping that left one man with serious injuries last Monday.

Andrew Otway, 29, of Thunder Bay and Billy John Thompson, 32, have both been arrested and are facing a string of charges in connection to the Sept. 14 incident.

Police say it all started after officers from the Nipigon OPP detachment were dispatched on Sept. 14 after receiving reports of a man who had been abducted, forcibly confined and assaulted with a firearm in the small town outside of Thunder Bay.

Police say the male victim escaped his captors and received assistance from a witness who contacted police. The victim was transported to hospital with serious injuries, according to a news release issued by OPP on Monday, Sept. 21.

Police say four suspects have been identified and two have been arrested.

Otway’s charges include kidnapping while using certain firearms, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and a variety of related offences.

Thompson has been charged with kidnapping while using certain firearms, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a variety of firearm related offences.

Both men appeared in court on Sept. 15 and remain in custody.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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