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Fourth suspect wanted in Quinte West kidnapping investigation

Photo via OPP

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has taken legal action against three individuals and is now pursuing a warrant for an additional suspect in relation to an ongoing kidnapping investigation.

Following a motor vehicle collision on Meyers Creek Road, Quinte West, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, officers responded to the scene. Subsequent investigation uncovered that one of the vehicle occupants had been forcibly confined by a group of individuals, who absconded from the crash site.

In response, the OPP mobilized various specialized units, including the Emergency Response Team, Tactics and Rescue Unit, Canine Unit, and Aviation Services, to aid in the pursuit. As a result, three individuals were apprehended, while a warrant was issued for an additional accused person.

Michael Goddard, aged 35 from Quinte West, faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, forcible confinement, unauthorized possession of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and various firearm-related offences.

Adam McNight, aged 31 from Central Hastings, is charged with similar offences, including kidnapping, forcible confinement, unauthorized possession of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and contravention of firearm possession regulations.

Joshua Pero, aged 32 from Stone Mills, is confronted with charges that include kidnapping, forcible confinement, unauthorized possession of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, along with multiple firearm-related charges and additional offences like obstructing a peace officer and possession of controlled substances.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Jessie Draker, aged 42 from Belleville, is currently sought on charges mirroring those of the other accused individuals.

The three detained suspects are being held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jessie Draker to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), with the potential for a cash reward for valuable information.

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