A group of five who kidnapped three parties and crashed their gondola believed they were escaping the end of the world and faced imminent danger
Three people who were arrested naked by Canadian police after abduct their neighbours and crashing their gondola into another vehicle were Jehovah’s Observers who believed that they were escaping the end of the world, according to court documents.
In a plea document obtained by the Canadian Press, two women and a man admitted to kidnapping three parties in the western province of Alberta last year, which brought a degree of lucidity to the bizarre incident last November. One of the women too pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched their investigation after they were called to the scene of a vehicle clang in an industrial park in Nisku, south of Edmonton.
They arrived to find a lily-white BMW that had collided with a truck; inside were five people- four members of them naked- despite the centimetres of snowfall on the field and temperatures that poised around -1 0C( 14 F ).
According to the plea document, the chapter had begun several days earlier, when one of the women took her her two teenage daughters to visit her 27 -year old-fashioned nephew and his 30 -year old partner, who lived in Leduc, Alberta.
After three days at the house- during which the group barely ate- they came to believe that they had lived through the Great Tribulation, a period of suffering which some evangelical Christians believe heralds the second coming.
Believing they were in imminent danger, the group absconded the house- but in their haste , none of the family- except the mother- managed to get dressed, the document says.
” Four which find themselves naked were varying but they had to leave right away because it was unsafe, so they left without robes ,” the plea document said.
The group piled into a BMW SUV- which the mother drove through the garage doorway to make their escape- but then decided they needed to rescue the neighbours.
They obliged a serviceman into the trunk of their vehicle and realized his adult daughter and her baby ascent into the back seat.” They did so since they are believed that they were in danger, either from bad or wicked beings outside or from beasts ,” says the guilty plea.
The BMW then raced down the superhighway, detonation through a red light as its occupants sung “Jehovah” over and over.
According to the document, the three neighbours managed to escape when the SUV slowed down and flagged down a overtake truck.
” It’s the midriff of the winter and beings running around with no shoes on – you stop to help them ,” Derek Scott, the truck’s driver, told CTV News last year.
The neighbours climbed aboard the truck- but their aid was short-lived: the SUV rammed Scott’s truck, and both vehicles ended up in a snow-filled ditch.
When police responded to the accident, they faced a group who” exposed extreme forte” and refused to leave the vehicle. Harmonizing to the court document, one of the teenages imagine the officers were” were monsters who would kill them “.
Police eventually resorted to using a combination of pepper spay and tasers to subjugate and arrest the passengers.
At the time, police believed narcotics or alcohol might have been a factor in the incident. The father of the two teens- who wasn’t present during the incident- told researchers that he horror the group might have ingested a hallucinogenic tea.
But according to the Canadian Press, the plea document forms no mention of drugs or alcohol.
The two teens who were present during the abduction were not charged.
* This article was amended on 26 September 2018. An earlier version converted 10 C below 0 to 50 F. 10 C is similar to 50 F, -1 0C is 14 F. This has been corrected.