Sunday 17 December 2017

Man accused of kidnapping British model and threatening to auction her for $300k arrested

Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS
Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS
A screenshot of an internet page on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, shows a balaclava purchase. Handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS

Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of abducting a British model in Milan and threatening to auction her online unless a ransom of $300,000 was paid.

Police said in a statement the 20-year-old Briton had arrived in Milan on July 10 for an alleged photo shooting arranged through her agent.

But when she reached the studio the next day she was assaulted and drugged, then placed in a car boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.

Herba freed her on July 17 and accompanied her to the British consulate in Milan where, according to newspaper Corriere della Sera, he was arrested by police who had been alerted by the model's agent and were investigating the kidnapping.

Photo released by police of the place where a man identified as identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen with British residency, held a young British model, who thought she was coming to Milan for a photo shoot, but instead was drugged, hustled away in a suitcase and handcuffed in a house in northern Italy before being released, Milan police said Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Italian Police Photo via AP)
Photo released by police of the place where a man identified as identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen with British residency, held a young British model, who thought she was coming to Milan for a photo shoot, but instead was drugged, hustled away in a suitcase and handcuffed in a house in northern Italy before being released, Milan police said Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Italian Police Photo via AP)

During her detention, Herba had demanded the agent pay $300,000 to avoid the model being sold online though no ransom appears to have been paid, police said.

A fake identity card with a different name belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British mode. The text on right read,
A fake identity card with a different name belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British mode. The text on right read, "Purchased on the Internet. Fake identity card." Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS

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