Three charges with extortion, kidnapping in Cowichan

Three suspects, including a prolific offender, are facing serious charges after a home invasion in a Duncan residence on Dec. 16.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to a residence on Marsh Road around 4:15 p.m. that day, but were quickly rerouted to a home on Cowichan Lake Road. On their way to the second location, they located the first victim, a 41-year-old man, and when they arrived, the found the second victim, a 33-year-old woman.

The couple, both from Duncan, had been assaulted and held against their will, and had suffered some injuries, but not enough to require medical treatment.

Among the four suspects was designated prolific offender Margaret Conrad, 36, who faces two counts of breaking and entering and committing an offence, and one each of breaking and entering with intent, kidnapping with intent to confine, extortion, armed robbery, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. Conrad remains in custody at a women’s detention centre on the Lower Mainland.

Also charged was 20-year-old Tyler Wickes, who faces two counts of breaking and entering and committing an offence, and one each of breaking and entering with intent, kidnapping with intent to confine, and extortion. Wickes was released from the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre just two days before the incident, having served time for robbery. He was sent back to VIRCC to wait for his next court appearance.

Katrina Kuwert, 29, also faces charges of kidnapping with intent to confine, extortion, and assault. She was released from custody and will make her next court appearance on Jan. 6.

A fourth suspect was released without charges.

“Through our investigation, we believe that Conrad, Wickes, and Kuwert targeted this couple,” Const. Scott Harder of the detachment’s General Investigation Section said. “There is no reason for the general public to fear for their safety.”

Just Posted

J.H. Whittome’ is still with us as a downtown landmark

From one angle, Whittome history is Duncan history

Richard Peter pivots to para badminton

Duncan’s Paralympic champ making Parapan Am debut in new sport

New owner, new era for junior B Islanders

Carl Ollech takes the reins at Kerry Park

Shirley Skolos, former Citizen publisher, dies after battle with cancer

Well known for her enthusiasm and energy, Skolos succumbed early Aug. 21

Fire damages Vancouver Island medical marijuana facility

Fire broke out at an industrial facility at the corner of Drinkwater… Continue reading

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Retired Vancouver Island teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Patrick Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Most Read