Two men in their 20s are in custody and another sought after a bizarre episode of violence and kidnapping at a Norwegian farm in rural Tolga, southwest of Røros. Police have been unusually secretive about the case, which set off a major armed manhunt during the New Year’s weekend.
The drama began early Sunday morning, when another young man and his parents were attacked in their rural home at Vingelen in Tolga. The young man, whom police say was shot and wounded during the attack, was then abducted by the intruders and remained missing until Sunday night. That’s when he asked a conductor on a train running from Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen to Lillehammer for help.
The sequence of events immediately following the abduction remained unclear, and police wouldn’t reveal the motivation for the attack. On Tuesday, however, they confirmed the 20-year-old victim had been shot and that debt may have motivated the attacks.
One of the alleged suspects turned himself in Tuesday morning while another man was arrested and charged Wednesday aafternoon. Both are in their 20s but police wouldn’t reveal any other information about them or their relation to the victim. One of them denies guilt in the case, claiming he simply wants to cooperate with police, while the other has admitted to the abduction. A third suspect was still being sought by police Wednesday evening.