Saturday, August 19, 2017

Police seek information on Nizhny Tagil kidnapping

Three strangers wearing camouflage and masks recently attacked a 51-year-old businessman in the Leninsky district of Nizhny Tagil.

The kidnappers took the man, who is the head of one of the Nizhny Tagil construction companies, to a nearby forest and demanded $12 million, E1.ru reports.

The press service SK TFR for the Sverdlovsk region reported that

After the initial demand, which the man said he did not have, the kidnappers were given $2,500 and $15,000 of equipment by the man's company.

The man was later found alive with a mask over his head near Nizhny Tagil.

Investigators have opened a criminal case looking into "extortion committed by a group of persons by prior agreement, in order to obtain property in especially large size" and "robbery committed a group of people on a large scale," E1.ru reports.

Because the kidnappers were dressed in camouflage, any information on the attackers may be relevant to law enforcement agencies.