OPP release names of 3 area residents charged in Quinte West kidnapping investigation

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The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged three individuals in connection to a kidnapping investigation. 

On Nov. 22, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on Meyers Creek Road, Quinte West.

“The investigation revealed that one of the vehicle occupants had been forcibly confined against their will by a group of individuals, who fled the scene at the time of the collision,” reads a press release from OPP.

The OPP’s Emergency Response Team, Tactics and Rescue Unit, Canine Unit as well as Aviation Services were dispatched to assist in the search. Three people have been taken into custody.

Police say there is no risk to public safety. 

Michael Goddard, 35 years old from Quinte West, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Adam McNight, 31 years old, from Central Hastings, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Joshua Pero, 32 years old, from Stone Mills, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Assault with a weapon

Charges have not been proven in court.

The accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. The Quinte West Criminal Investigations Unit is continuing the investigation.

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