Man Arrested Over British Model Kidnapped in Italy

August 6, 2017 Updated: August 6, 2017

Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of abducting a British model in Milan and threatening to auction her online unless a ransom of $300,000 was paid.

Items found at a fake studio where a British model was kidnapped are seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
Items found at a fake studio where a British model was kidnapped are seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

Handcuffs used to keep a kidnapped British model prisoner is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
Handcuffs used to keep a kidnapped British model prisoner is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

Police said in a statement the 20-year-old Briton had arrived in Milan on July 10 for an alleged photo shooting arranged through her agent.

But when she reached the studio the next day she was assaulted and drugged, then placed in a car boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.

A vehicle used in the kidnapping of a British model is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
A vehicle used in the kidnapping of a British model is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

A fake studio where a British model was kidnapped is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
A fake studio where a British model was kidnapped is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

Herba freed her on July 17 and accompanied her to the British consulate in Milan where, according to newspaper Corriere della Sera, he was arrested by police who had been alerted by the model‘s agent and were investigating the kidnapping.

During her detention, Herba had demanded the agent pay $300,000 to avoid the model being sold online though no ransom appears to have been paid, police said.

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The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

The exterior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
The exterior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

A screenshot of a document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, shows information on the kidnapping and auctioning of girls, in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
A screenshot of a document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, shows information on the kidnapping and auctioning of girls, in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

A flyer for the "Black Death Group", which police say was found in a shop used as a pretend photographer's studio in Milan, where a British model was kidnapped, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. The information on left, provided by Italian Police, reads, "During the kidnapping, Herba, using encrypted accounts, asked the model's agent to pay $300,000 to avoid auctioning her online. Herba pretended to be a member of the 'Black Death Group', an organisation of the deep web." Herba refers to arrested suspect Lukasz Pawel Herba.  (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
A flyer for the “Black Death Group”, which police say was found in a shop used as a pretend photographer’s studio in Milan, where a British model was kidnapped, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. The information on left, provided by Italian Police, reads, “During the kidnapping, Herba, using encrypted accounts, asked the model’s agent to pay $300,000 to avoid auctioning her online. Herba pretended to be a member of the ‘Black Death Group’, an organisation of the deep web.” Herba refers to arrested suspect Lukasz Pawel Herba. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)

 

A screenshot of a "Black Death Group" document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)
A screenshot of a “Black Death Group” document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. (Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS)