Oldham kidnapping victim left terrified after being shot with stun gun, hooded, tied-up and bundled into back of car

By Danielle Wainwright

A shock Oldham kidnapping victim has been left terrified after being shot with a stun gun, hooded, tied-up and bundled into the back of a car.

Despite being suddenly caught up in something like a movie, the 35-year-old man managed to struggle against his captors – and escaped from the moving car.

He was returning to his car on Cranbrook Street at about 6pm on March 11 when he was approached by two men demanding his car keys.

One of the offenders then produced a stun gun which was pressed against the victim’s leg and activated. The man was then forcibly bundled into his own car and the thieves stole his car keys before driving off.

After a short tussle in the back during which one of the offenders put a hood over the victim’s head and tried to tie him up, the man managed to escape from the car on Greenacres Road, injuring himself as he fell from the moving car.

Detective Constable Mike Patterson said: “Whomever the culprits are, the fact they have access to a stun gun which can be used to immobilise and injure people means they are clearly a danger to the public and we need to catch them as soon as possible.

“Not content with using a firearm, they also forced the victim into his own car, put a hood over his head and drove off – subjecting him to the maximum amount of fear and intimidation. As a result, the victim is badly shaken up.”

The car was later found abandoned on Spencer Street in Oldham and police are now appealing to anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The offenders were said to be Asian, between 5ft 8in and 6ft tall, wearing dark clothes and a mixture of hoods and scarves to cover their face. They spoke in a mixture of English and Punjabi with a Patwari accent.

DC Patterson said: “If you witnessed the incident itself, or have information about the whereabouts of the black Vauxhall Astra before it was dumped, or you suspect who may have been involved, then please call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oldham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 8927 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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