Man Uses Nail Clippers to Free Kidnap Victim

Dog walker in Toronto comes across bound woman pleading for help
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2015 6:18 PM CDT
Man Uses Nail Clippers to Free Kidnap Victim
File photo of a Toronto police officer.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

It's not every kidnap story that ends with a mild-mannered dog walker freeing the victim with his trusty nail clippers, but such is the case in Toronto. Police say that Peter Hamilton was taking his yellow Lab for a walk on Sunday morning when he heard a woman's cries for help, reports the CBC. She had made it out onto the porch of a home but was bound with duct tape and cloth, shaking, bruised all over, and naked from the waist down. "She said, 'I've been kidnapped and I've been held for five days in this house,'" recalls Hamilton. What's more, she told him her abductor was still inside. Hamilton had left his phone home, but he knew he could neither carry the woman nor leave her there. So he set about trying to free her from the restraints with his only tool, a pair of nail clippers.

"I knew there was an element of danger," the tech manager for a media company tells the Hamilton Spectator. "But I just felt that I could not leave this woman alone." He was right about the danger: As he worked on the restraints, the alleged abductor appeared at the door, took in the situation—and then, to Hamilton's relief, fled from the home. Police later arrested Rejean Hermel Perron, 43, and charged him kidnapping, forcible confinement, and assault. They say he kept the 27-year-old woman against her will for five days, subjecting her to "ritualistic" sexual abuse that suggests she wasn't his first victim, reports the National Post. Authorities say she is a sex worker who initially agreed to come to Perron's residence, but felt uncomfortable upon arriving and didn't want to go inside. Perron then forced her in at gunpoint, say police. She is out of the hospital and recovering. (In the US, a pair of young heroes stopped a kidnapping in its tracks.)

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