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'Targeted abduction' foiled in Red Deer, according to RCMP

After being alerted by a concerned relative, police say they performed a high-risk takedown and arrested 39-year-old Brian Stephens.

Brian Stephens, 39, faces multiple charges after what police describe as a high-risk takedown

Red Deer RCMP say they performed a "high-risk takedown" after receiving a tip from a concerned relative about a possible abduction. (CBC)

Red Deer RCMP say they interrupted a targeted abduction on Feb. 7 after getting a tip from a concerned relative. 

Police say they received a call from someone in Edmonton who said they were concerned that a relative had possibly been abducted. 

RCMP labelled it a "targeted abduction," in a news release.

An investigation led officers to a house in the Highland Green neighbourhood in north Red Deer, according to the release. 

"While there, police intercepted a stolen vehicle and performed a high-risk takedown," reads the release. "Both the victim and suspect were unharmed and transported to the downtown RCMP detachment."

Brian Stephens, 39, faces multiple charges including possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a restricted firearm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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