Italian Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of British Model

Lena Tucker
August 6, 2017

A British model was kidnapped in Milan and detained for six days as her captor tried to auction her off online, Italian police have said.

She was subsequently drugged, forced into a suitcase and driven away to a house outside the city, where she was handcuffed and held captive.

She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, then placed in a auto boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.

Following Herba's sentencing, police in Italy revealed the woman was attacked and chloroformed (the drug has anaesthetic qualities and can be used to knock people out) by two men in Milan on July 11 as she attended a photo shoot, which police believe was a setup staged by her captors.

Her kidnapper allegedly threatened to auction her on the internet while trying to extort €300,000 (£270,000) from her agent. In the meantime, the staff at the consulate had phoned the police to say a man had called them to say he was dropping off a British woman he had "found".

Police say it is unclear whether he had really abducted the victims or invented them for the auction.

The woman was released when the man discovered she had a child, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, but police said it was unclear why she was freed.

The 20-year-old was kept chained to a wooden dresser in the farmhouse.

"His version of events is barely credible but clearly he does not deny that he was with her for the time she was missing", Storari said.

Milan police officer Lorenzo Bucossi told reporters the group the suspect was allegedly working for offered "mercenary services" on the dark web.

It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.

The Foreign Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the woman in Italy and is also cooperating with local authorities.

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