B.C.'s alleged child abductor faces charges at courthouse

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Early Wednesday morning the man accused of kidnapping three-year-old Kienan Hebert arrived at court in Cranbrook, B.C.

Randall Peter Hopley, 46, a convicted sex offender, was seen entering court from an RCMP vehicle at 8 am PT, to face the kidnapping charges set after a Sparwood toddler went missing from his bedroom last Tuesday night.

An Amber Alert had been immediately issued for the boy identifying Hopley as the suspect, and by Sunday, little Kienan was returned to his family unharmed. RCMP’s Cpl. Dan Moskaluk told The Star that Kienan’s parents were in complete joy upon seeing their son again, repeating, “‘this is just wonderful. It’s him, it’s him.’”

Hopley was arrested on Tuesday morning with the aid of police dogs as he fled from an abandoned cabin at a bible camp located in the Crowsnest Lake area in Alberta along the B.C. border.

Hopley is said to have already been in breach of probation twice; one of the offences occurring last Wednesday and the other on Monday.


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Timeline of events in the kienan herbert case. (2011, September 11). thestar.com, Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1052140