Prince George RCMP say the man suspected of kidnapping a 50-year-old woman from an area hospital has been arrested, and the victim is safe.
Police say they were called to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. around one pm today to reports a man was seen pushing a woman out of the building in a wheelchair and forcing her into a car against her will.
A check with the hospital revealed a 50-year-old woman was missing.
RCMP identified 44-year-old Prince George resident Lash Leroux as the suspect, and warned the public that he was considered violent.
Police had a good description of the Leroux’s car, a red Honda with stolen plates, and an officer spotted it outside a home around seven this evening.
Investigators were then able to arrest Leroux without incident.
The victim, who has not been identified, was returned to the hospital, though it’s not clear whether she was hurt in the kidnapping.
Police say the two knew each other, though did not elaborate on their relationship.
Leroux appears to be well known to authorities in B.C. Court records show a man with the same name and age with convictions for resisting arrest, being unlawfully at large, and breaching release conditions going back to 2014.
He is due to appear in court tomorrow.