Italian Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of British Model

The woman was held for six days in Milan Italy

The woman was held for six days in Milan Italy

A Polish man has been jailed in the kidnapping of a British model held captive in northern Italy for six days last month, police said Saturday.

A statement from the police said the 20-year-old Briton had arrived in Milan on July 10 for a reported photo shooting arranged through her agent.

The British Foreign Office said only that it is providing consular support to a British woman in Milan and that it is in touch with local authorities.

The kidnapper was captured by police as he was accompanying the model to the British Consulate in Milan, according to the Telegraph.

Detectives are unclear as to whether Herba was serious about auctioning his victim or if it was simply a threat meant to extort 300,000 euros in Bitcoin from the model's agent and family.

The websites for the auctions included a description of the victim and a starting price but police said it was still unclear whether the suspect had made them up.

Herba allegedly offered the model's freedom in exchange for about USD$60,000 (A$75,000) and threatened to kill her if she told police.

He had told the model that he could not go on holding her because she was a mother of a young child and such abductions were prohibited by "Black Death", a nefarious web-based group he claimed to belong to.

The woman, who has not been named, was allegedly kidnapped by two men on 11 July as she turned up for a fake photo shoot.

When she awoke the next day, she found herself handcuffed to a wooden chest in an isolated hut near Turin.

He has been charged with kidnapping for the purposes of extortion.

Police say they are still unclear whether the kidnappers were running an online scam to con "buyers" out of money or whether they actually meant to sell her on.

The agent then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a £50,000 ransom with them which he expected to receive at the Consulate.

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