WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man has admitted to pretending to be a police officer as part of a bizarre plot to kidnap a young teenager and hold him for ransom in January 2014.
Harpreet Kanda, then 19, pleaded guilty to a trio of charges in court on Monday at the Law Courts, including: uttering threats, impersonating an officer and sending false messages.
In an agreed statement of facts, Kanda who knew the child’s family, told the 14 year old he was a suspect in an ongoing investigation.
Court heard Kanda convinced the boy and his family that he was police officer months prior to the incident.
Kanda brought the boy to a downtown hotel, took away his phone and told him to stay in the room. Meanwhile, a ransom note was left for the boy’s parents explaining their son had been kidnapped and he would be killed if the money wasn’t paid.
Kanda then returned to the boy’s home and despite thinking Kanda was a police officer, Winnipeg Police were called by the family.
When the real police officers showed up, Kanda’s story began to unravel. He was arrested for impersonation.
As for the boy, he left the hotel room, looking for help and called home.
Kanda was then slapped with more charges including kidnapping, extortion and weapon offences.
Those charges were stayed on Monday, while Kanda pleaded guilty to three other charges that could land him behind bars for five years.
A judge will sentence him in January.
– With files from Global News Winnipeg