Real estate agents found a man unconscious and bound in a property’s shed while they were there conducting a routine inspection, police say.
The group of three located the 36-year-old in a shed on a property at Shanes Park, near Blacktown, in western Sydney, about 10.30am on November 26 last year, police said.
He was believed to have been assaulted with a firearm by two men the previous day after being kidnapped and taken to a workshop in St Marys, also in western Sydney.
The real estate agents contacted emergency services after finding the man, and he was taken to hospital in a critical condition and treated for a fractured skull and severe injuries to his head and body.
He has since been released from hospital.
The State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, with assistance from Nepean Police Area Command, commenced an investigation under Strike Force Methuen.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives executed two search warrants at homes at Plumpton and Mt Druitt from 6am Tuesday morning.
During the searches, officers seized a number of items which will undergo further examination.
A 36-year-old man was arrested at the Plumpton home and taken to Mt Druitt police station, where he was charged with taking/detain in company with intent to get advantage, occasioning actual bodily harm, reckless grievous bodily harm in company and using an unauthorised pistol.
Police will allege in court the man was involved in the serious assault and kidnapping.
It will be further alleged the man was involved in demanding payment of $4 million for the release of the victim, however this was not paid.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Tuesday.
Investigations under Strike Force Methuen are continuing
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Methuen detectives to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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