RCMP seek man in kidnapping investigation

RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating Darren Guntel, 48, after an investigation identified him as the person...

Darren Guntel

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Darren Guntel, 48, after an investigation identified him as the person behind the break-and-enter, kidnapping and robbery of an elderly Drumheller woman.

In early July, the victim’s home was allegedly broken into by Guntel, who then took her to a bank so she could withdraw money. She was then forced to drive Guntel to a neighbouring community before she was released.

The victim came forward to police on Oct. 18, identifying Guntel as the kidnapper. According to the victim, Guntel had previously done yard work for her, which was how she knew him.

Charges of break and enter, kidnapping, extortion, and robbery have been laid against Guntel, and warrants were issued for his arrest.

Police are also investigating whether Guntel has been involved in similar crimes, and asks anyone who has been a victim to come forward.

Anyone with information about Guntel’s whereabouts or criminal activity are asked to phone Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630, or anonymously phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Police caution people to not approach Guntel.

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