Prince George RCMP arrest Lash Leroux after hospital kidnapping
50-year-old patient seen being pushed out of hospital in wheelchair and forced into car
Prince George RCMP have arrested 44-year-old Lash Leroux after a woman was seen being pushed out of University Hospital of Northern B.C. in a wheelchair and forced into a car against her will.
Police urgently sent out a request for public tips in finding Leroux on Sunday. Police said he was considered violent.
The release asked anyone who saw him or a late 80s or early 90s red Honda hatchback bearing B.C. licence plates 425 FRH, which had been reported as stolen, to call 911.
Police say the suspected abduction happened around 1 p.m. PT from the University Hospital of Northern BC on Edmonton Street in Prince George.
"Police were advised that an adult male was seen pushing an adult female in a wheelchair out of the hospital and forcing her into a vehicle against her will," said a release at the time.
Upon checking with the hospital, investigators found that a 50-year-old female Prince George resident was unaccounted for and said the woman was in need of medication.
Suspect and victim know each other
Police say the suspect and victim are known to each other.
At approximately 7 p.m. PT, an officer found the vehicle in the 1300 block of Irwin Street.
When other officers arrived, they entered the residence. Police said they arrested Leroux without incident.
"The victim was located in the residence and was transported back to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. by the B.C. Ambulance Service," said a release.
"It is not yet known if she suffered any injuries as a result of this incident."
Leroux will appear in court on Monday.
Prince George RCMP is asking anyone with information about the incident to call (250) 561-3300.