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Trio charged after botched kidnapping

Police quickly made three arrests, and are searching for a fourth suspect, following an attempted kidnapping Tuesday morning on Eckersley Road, near Cooney and Granville.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said police were called to a report of an attempted robbery on the 6800 block of Eckersley Road, where a man had been beaten and the suspects were seen fleeing in a white vehicle. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, and was subsequently released.

Thanks to the eagle eyes of the Vancouver Police Department, the vehicle involved in the Richmond assault was located, and three men inside were arrested.

Charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping with intent to hold for ransom, use of an imitation firearm and robbery are Thomas Vu, 20, Xiaoxi Yang, 30, and Isaac Lee, 23.

Ashton said that investigators are now looking for a fourth suspect after speaking to witnesses.

Anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

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