Police arrest 1962-born man over kidnap, extortion and murder plot

The police have arrested a criminal who had planned to kidnap a bailiff, extort an amount of €350,000 from him and then kill him, the State Police told the press February 19.

The police say they were tipped off in January over a plot to kidnap a court employee. In February, the State Police and the anti-terrorism unit Omega detained the plotter; the person was arrested over the course of planning the crime, while the court bailiff was kept in the dark over the events.

Police rep Romāns Jašins told the press that under the plot the bailiff would have been kidnapped and kept in a basement 80 km outside of Rīga. The plan had been to make their victim pay them €350,000 via electronic payments and then to kill him.

The police say they have enough evidence and now the suspect is behind bars. The police think that the arrested suspect is not the only person to have been involved in the plot. While the bailiff is not an acquaintance of the criminal, there had been a relationship of a professional nature between them. The money that was to be extorted from the bailiff had come into his disposal due to the nature of his work. 

The arrested person was a 1962-born who had earlier attracted police attention. Jašins told the press that it's very difficult to prove crimes like these, therefore the Omega counter-terrorism squad detained the suspect at his home at a time when he had been planning the crime. 

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