Man charged for abducting and severing thumb of alleged drunk driver

Global News

EDMONTON — A 32-year-old man is facing multiple charges including kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with a violent abduction and beating in January.

Police said three suspects impersonating police officers went to a southwest Edmonton home and demanded a man come with them. They drove him to a nearby field and “severed an appendage,” before leaving him.

The victim, Richard Suter, is awaiting trial for the alleged drunk-driving death of a two-year-old boy in 2013. He described the January attack to Global News.

“I was told to get out of the car and kneel in the snowbank that was beside the car,” Suter said on Jan. 24. “They freed one of my hands, which I guess was my left hand, and cut my left thumb off with — I think it was a pair of pruning shears.


Suter said he was beaten and must have passed out because the…

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