Man faces charges in connection with Calgary kidnapping investigation

Calgary police have charged a 23-year-old man with kidnapping as part of an investigation last May.

Police say a woman was taken against her will from her workplace in southeast Calgary shortly after 6 p.m. on May 2. The woman was about to get into her car when she was approached by an unknown person and forced into a vehicle.

Police said the woman was found several days later and safely removed from an Airbnb in Citadel Estates Heights Northwest where she had been detained.

Investigators have released a photo of the Airbnb property involved in the investigation and are appealing to the public for any information on movements in and out of the home at the time of the offense. Calgary police say the homeowners were not involved and are cooperating with police.

The woman was released on a rural road east of Calgary on May 4. Police say she is physically unharmed.

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“Targeted kidnappings are often a*sociated with organized crime and this is believed to be one of those incidents,” the Calgary Police Service said in a news release. “Investigators believe several individuals from the Calgary area conspired to commit this act of violence.”

Police continue to investigate whether other people were involved in the incident.

“Violent events and organized crime activity have no place in our city. This activity endangers friends, families, neighborhoods and innocent bystanders. Our dedicated investigators will get to the bottom of these incidents and hold people accountable,” said Staff Sgt. Roland Stewart of the Organized Crime and Offender Management Section.

Police charged Raejean Charles Sydey Hudson with one count of kidnapping Monday.

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