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Man allegedly abducted from Bradford home escaped, called police

Victim tells officers two suspects assaulted him inside Bradford home, then took him to a residence in King Township, where the beating continued
A police investigation linked to an alleged kidnapping unfolding at a residence on Highway 11 in Bradford earlier this week. | Paul Novosad for Bradford Today

A man reported missing earlier this week is claiming to have been kidnapped and repeatedly beaten by two people.

South Simcoe police officers attended a home in Bradford on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at about 10:50 a.m., after a 32-year-old man was reported missing. He had failed to return to the residence the night before. 

Officers were subsequently contacted by York Regional Police regarding an assault and kidnapping reported by the missing man. 

The victim told police he had attended an address in Bradford on Nov. 13 to meet with a friend. Sometime later, two suspects arrived at the address and allegedly began assaulting him inside the home.

Police say the man was kidnapped and taken to a residence in King Township, where he was apparently held against his will and the assault continued. 

On Tuesday, the victim was able to escape the residence and seek assistance from York police, who attended the scene and arrested two suspects.

The victim was transported to hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation by South Simcoe police, in collaboration with York Region officers, resulted in the execution of search warrants at residences in Bradford and King.

As a result, Ryan Kempton, 46, of no fixed address, has been charged with forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and robbery with a firearm.

Toronto resident Targe Mooroe, 25, faces multiple charges including kidnapping while using a firearm, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, robbery with a firearm, uttering threats, two counts of firearm or weapon possession contrary to prohibition order, and five counts of failure to comply with judicial release.

The accused were held for bail hearings.

None of the allegations have been tested in court. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact Det. Const. Ashley Keveza at 905-775-3311, ext. 1042, or [email protected], or Det. Sgt. Ben Irwin at 905-775-3311, ext. 1040, or [email protected].

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Chris Simon is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications throughout Simcoe County and York Region. He is the current Editor of BradfordToday and InnisfilToday and has about two decades of experience in the sector
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