Three Britons arrested for kidnapping after couple held hostage in Marbella home for two days
- The trio, labeled ‘extremely dangerous’ by British police, detained the pair over a ‘drug debt’
- One of the couples warned a friend via WhatsApp when the ‘kidnappers’ fell asleep
- During a house search, police found a loaded gun hidden in an air conditioner
Three British men have been arrested in the Costa del Sol after allegedly kidnapping a couple for two days over drug debt.
The trio, known to British police who labeled them ‘very dangerous’, held the couple against their will at their home in the holiday resort of Marbella when officers stormed the property.
A friend of the couple raised the alarm after one of them sent a WhatsApp message asking for help when one of his captors fell asleep.
The trio held the couple against their will at their home in the holiday resort of Marbella (pictured)
According to local reports, the alleged kidnappers tried to escape through a terrace, but were intercepted and arrested.
Police found a loaded gun hidden in an air conditioning unit during a search of the property.
Two of the three Britons were said to have been on the run, although it was not immediately clear whether they were wanted by police in Spain or the UK.
None of the suspects, who are expected to be remanded in custody after appearing in court, have been named.
The victims’ kidnapping trial began on September 7 and was ended by police two days later.
It would be related to a drug debt the male victim had with the criminal gang to which his alleged kidnappers belonged or for which he worked.
The unnamed couple were kidnapped after going to a restaurant to meet a friend who never showed up but asked them to pick up two people who turned out to be part of the kidnapping gang.
A friend of the couple raised the alarm after one of them sent a WhatsApp message asking for help when one of his captors fell asleep (file image)
One of the two Britons is said to have produced a firearm and tied up the victims before taking them to a vacant lot where they spent several hours.
They were taken to their own home and held there against their will after they captured the third member of the alleged kidnapping gang.
The respected newspaper Sur in Malaga said the three Britons were known as ‘violent’ drug traffickers and were considered ‘very dangerous’ by British police.
It was not immediately clear today whether they have already appeared in court and have been remanded in custody as expected.
The nationalities of their two alleged victims have not been disclosed and no official comment has yet been made from the National Police in Malaga.