Arrest made in cattle auctioneer’s alleged abduction

Charges including abduction and extortion have been laid against a man from the same Alberta community as his alleged target, prominent livestock auctioneer Blair Vold.

Larry Hugh McClelland, 49, of Ponoka was arrested “without incident” at the community’s RCMP detachment late Wednesday night after turning himself in, the Mounties said in a release Thursday.

McClelland was then remanded in custody and will appear in Provincial Court in Ponoka on Sept. 30 on charges of abduction, forcible confinement, extortion, uttering threats, mischief under $5,000 and various related gun offenses including possession of a restricted firearm.

According to Thursday’s release from Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm, tips came to RCMP after security photos of a man allegedly trying to use Vold’s bank cards in Lacombe and Wetaskiwin were published this week.

Based on those tips, RCMP phoned their suspect and asked him to turn himself in and he obliged, Chisholm told Deborah Tetley of the Calgary Herald in an article Thursday.

Chisholm also told the Herald there was “no connection” between the two men and it doesn’t appear that Vold knew the suspect.

Vold was allegedly taken from near his rural residence southwest of Ponoka at about 9 a.m. Sept. 15, then forced into a vehicle and driven to Lacombe.

However, the owner of Vold Jones and Vold Auction Co. was able to escape uninjured and summon police while his alleged captor “was inside the bank attempting to (withdraw) money,” RCMP said later that day.

“It is believed that this was not a random incident and the victim was targeted by the suspect,” the Mounties said at that time.

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