Early in the morning, special police forces arrested four men. They are accused of kidnapping and blackmailing a car dealer, among other things.
In a raid against clan crime, several apartments and companies in North Rhine-Westphalia were searched early Thursday morning. The objects in question are in Wuppertal, Solingen, Essen, Bielefeld and Dusseldorf, according to the State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) and the Dusseldorf public prosecutor’s office.Four men aged between 24 and 57 years were arrested by special police units, it was said. It could not be ruled out that the men had firearms. According to a spokesman for the State Office of Criminal Investigation, sniffer dogs were also used. They were to search for data media and drugs, among other things.The men arrested were said to have had warrants for their arrest on suspicion of kidnapping, grievous bodily harm and fraud.The accused allegedly belong to a family clan of Turkish-Arab origin. According to the spokesman for the State Office of Criminal Investigation this morning, the men were ” known to the police “, among other things because of various violent crimes. According to the spokesperson, the four accused will probably be brought before the judge on Thursday.
According to the State Office of Criminal Investigation and the public prosecutor’s office, the reason for the investigation against the men was the kidnapping of a Dutch car dealer several months ago. The man had wanted to buy a car from the accused. Instead of delivering the car as planned, the dealer had been cheated out of his down payment and then kidnapped to Solingen to blackmail further money. According to the State Office of Criminal Investigation and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the investigations are continuing.