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Seven people charged following kidnapping, assault in Tobique First Nation: N.B. RCMP

The RCMP logo is seen on the shoulder of a superintendent during a news conference, Saturday, June 24, 2023 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld The RCMP logo is seen on the shoulder of a superintendent during a news conference, Saturday, June 24, 2023 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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RCMP say seven people have been arrested and charged in connection with a kidnapping and assault in Tobique First Nation, N.B.

According to a news release, members of the Tobique RCMP responded to a report of a kidnapping and assault in the community on the morning of April 29.

Police say a 54-year-old woman from Florenceville, N.B., was kidnapped at gun point, held against her will and assaulted. She was treated at hospital with significant, but non-life-threatening injuries, and has since been released.

RCMP says a search warrant was executed at a residence on Tobique First Nation on May 6.

Police say they have arrested seven individuals in connection with this incident.

Between May 6 and May 8, the following individuals appeared in Woodstock provincial court.

  • 34-year-old Jacob Perley, of Tobique First Nation
  • 27-year-old Preston Sockabasin, of Tobique First Nation
  • 33-year-old Adam Perley, of Tobique First Nation
  • 32-year-old Keagan Paul, of Tobique First Nation
  • 33-year-old Ashley Paul, of Tobique First Nation
  • 56-year-old Troy Pelkey of Tilley, N.B.
  • 36-year-old Sheena Sappier, of Tobique First Nation

In total, 62 charges were laid. These charges ranged and varied depending on the involvement of each individual, and include:

  • kidnapping
  • extortion
  • assault
  • assault causing bodily harm
  • administering a noxious substance
  • forcible confinement
  • possession of a prohibited firearm
  • pointing a firearm
  • careless use of a firearm

All individuals are in custody, and are scheduled to return to court separately, beginning May 16.

The investigation is ongoing.

For more New Brunswick news visit our dedicated provincial page.

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