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(Posted 3:30 p.m., Jan. 29)
Local man faces multiple charges in abduction of Orléans teen

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 21-year-old male was to be formally charged with kidnapping today after he abducted his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend from her Orléans home at knife point and took off in her father's BMW.

The incident occurred on Fortun Drive shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday and ended six hours later when police forced the vehicle to a stop on Hwy. 416 near Fallowfield Road. A male suspect was taken into custody at the scene and the victim, identified as Harmony Nhin, was returned to her home.

Andrew Bettencourt faces multiple charges including kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, theft, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police and assault.

Evidence on two Facebook pages bearing the same names as Bettencourt and Nhin suggests the pair were in a relationship as long ago as last April. The Facebook page bearing Nhin's name indicates her relationship status was changed to “single” last week.

According to multiple reports, Bettencourt and Nhin were embroiled in an argument outside the victim's house when Bettencourt pulled out a knife and ordered Nhin into her father's 2000 BMW 328i.

Witnesses to the incident called 9-1-1, which touched off an all points bulletin among local police services. Shortly afterwards the car was spotted by an OPP officer as it was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 417 near Casselman.

The suspect refused to pull over and a short high speed chase ensued before it was abandoned for safety reasons.

It was several hours later before the car was spotted by an OPP officer as it traveled north along Hwy. 416 near Kemptville. The officer tailed the vehicle until sufficient back up joined the chase and and boxed the BMW in before forcing it to a stop near Fallowfield Road.

According to the Ottawa Sun, the victim's father is a member of the Ottawa Police Service.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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