A group of accused kidnappers allegedly threatened their victim would end up “in pieces” before forcibly removing his teeth at a home in Sydney’s southwest, a sickening text message allegedly reveals.
Peter Vuong, 26, was allegedly snatched from his bed inside his Smithfield home by six masked men armed with sledgehammers and firearms last Thursday before police stormed a Belmore home on Tuesday where he’d been allegedly tortured and held captive for five days.
Police allege a text message was sent to associates of Mr Vuong demanding $5 million and a large quantity of drugs, or else they’d cut “his body in pieces”. It’s understood Mr Vuong is not known to police but was allegedly taken in an effort to “extort a large sum of money from this man and from this man’s associates”.
“We set a price 5mil ($5 million) … if you cant meet up 2 our requirements we cut ur boy up bit by bit until you give us what we want,” one of the accused sent on an encrypted device, 9News reported.
“Want his body in pieces? Get the 5mil ready. You have 24h to cough up something nice. We waiting, times ticking.”
Victim kidnapped from Sydney home
NSW Police said Tactical Operations Unit officers raided the house on Tuesday at 6pm where Mr Vuong was being held. He was reportedly found by officers bound and blindfolded on a bed.
The men grabbed their victim about 5.20am last Thursday, forcing him into a vehicle, police said on Wednesday. Mr Vuong was allegedly dragged down the stairs and thrown over a gate in front of his girlfriend.
“The six males were wearing dark clothing, face coverings, gloves — armed with a sledgehammer and a firearm,” Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Joe Doueihi, said. “This is a very serious crime. The level of violence displayed was extreme.”
Mr Vuong’s teeth were reportedly found in the lounge room with a set of bloody pliers. Police also found Kentucky Fried Chicken wrappers next to the bed, and a gun was also allegedly shoved down the throat of Mr Vuong and photos of his torture were sent to associates, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Six men arrested and charged
Six men have since been charged with a string of serious offences including kidnapping for ransom, actual bodily harm, demanding property with menaces and participating in a criminal group.
A 19-year-old man was arrested inside the home and three 20-year-olds were arrested nearby shortly after. A further two men – aged 19, and 21 – were arrested overnight at Mays Hill.
Five of the men were also charged with possessing and unauthorised a pistol. All of the men were refused bail and appeared at Parramatta and Bankstown courts on Wednesday.
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