Arrest Made in Grisly Kidnapping of British Model
He's accused of sticking woman in a suitcase, auctioning her online
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2017 2:40 PM CDT
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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 kidnapped.   (Italian Police Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – A 30-year-old man has been arrested in the alleged kidnapping of 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. Police released a mugshot of the suspect whom they identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen with British residency. He was jailed for investigation of suspected kidnapping for extortion purposes, police said. Per the AP, a statement from Milan police headquarters detailed the woman's ordeal. "Attacked, drugged, handcuffed, and closed inside a suitcase, that's how a 20-year-old English model was kidnapped on July 11 in Milan to be sold to the best offer on pornography sites," on the internet, the statement said.

A photographer had booked the session through the model's agent, but as soon as she stepped inside the Milan apartment for the appointment, she was attacked by two men. "The kidnappers loaded the suitcase with the girl [inside] into a car trunk" and drove to a rural home in a hamlet outside Turin, the statement said. In the house, "the model was kept handcuffed to a wooden dresser in a bedroom" until she was released on July 17. The suspect was arrested on July 18, the day after he allegedly released the woman and dropped her off at the British consulate in Milan. Police suspect the Polish man advertised the "sale" of the woman online, while at the same time demanding ransom from the woman's agent of $300,000. An investigation is being conducted in Poland and Britain as well as in Italy.

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