Chloe Ayling kidnap arrest: Brother of suspect arrested

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Italian police said they had arrested the alleged kidnapper Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, and he had confessed to being involved in a plot.

He is the brother of chief suspect of Lukasz Pawel Herba, and was detained on a European Arrest Warrant in Tividale, West Midlands.

Ayling says she was lured to Milan last month for a fake photo shoot, then drugged, stuffed into a suitcase and held at a rural house by criminals who threatened to auction her online.

The arrest comes after Miss Ayling said she is going back into hiding after a whirlwind week in the spotlight - but says she will return with a book about her experience.

Ayling told police that when she arrived at the studio for the Milan photo shoot, she was drugged, gagged, bound, stuffed into a bag, put into the boot of a auto and driven to a village near Turin in northwest Italy.

The 20-year-old said she was injected with ketamine after being lured to a fake modelling shoot before being bundled into the boot of a auto and told she was going to be sold as a sex slave.

Lukasz Herba told police he freed her and handed her to the British consulate after the group became aware she had a young child, according to documents outlining his testimony. He said he was paid £500,000, found out the Romanians meant to kidnap her, and backed out of the plan. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 August.

"The National Crime Agency and EMSOU are providing specialist support to the Italian Polizia di Stato as part of this ongoing investigation".

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