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Two who allegedly kidnapped women at gunpoint appear in Meadow Lake court

One woman allegedly dropped off in rural area while second woman escaped in Grande Prairie

MEADOW LAKE – Two women charged with kidnapping and firearms offences had appearances in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Monday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lana Aubichon and 28-year-old Janelle Chatelaine are accused of kidnapping two women in Meadow Lake.

Meadow Lake and Loon Lake RCMP responded to a report at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 15 that a woman was abducted at gunpoint at 1:15 a.m. from the Centre Street area in Meadow Lake and then dropped off in a rural area near Barthel. Police say she was robbed but not injured.

The woman told police that a second woman was abducted. The second woman was located later on Sept. 15 in Alberta. Grande Prairie RCMP received a call that a woman said she had escaped from abductors in Grande Prairie. The RCMP investigation determined that she was the second woman allegedly abducted by Aubichon and Chatelaine.

North Battleford RCMP General Investigation Section took over the investigation. They worked with Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section to arrest Aubichon and Chatelaine.

The two were charged with two counts of using a firearm in a kidnapping, two counts of using a firearm during a robbery, uttering threats, and possession of a weapon while prohibited.

They remain in custody. Aubichon appears in court next on Jan. 10, 2022.