Four suspects were arrested this week in the kidnapping of former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill.
The incident took place on April 14 in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne, but MacGill, who was eventually released, only reported it a week later, BBC reported, citing New South Wales Police. A two-week-long investigation was launched and the arrests were made on Wednesday, following raids across Sydney.
On the night of the kidnapping, MacGill was confronted by a 46-year-old man he knew, according to the report. Two other men then allegedly appeared and forced him into a car and drove him to a remote site on the outskirts of the city. When there, he was allegedly assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by a "criminal gang," BBC noted. An hour later, MacGill was released in the southwest suburb of Belmore.
Police believe the scheme was financially motivated, although no money was handed over or obtained during the attack. MacGill reported it days later because he was concerned about his family.
"To be standing on a street, to be dragged into a car, driven to a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time, and then dumped, I think you would be pretty worried," said detective Anthony Holton.
"I know it is only an hour that he was held, but it would have been a horribly frightful hour to endure through," he added.
Holton explained that MacGill was treated as a "victim of a targeted kidnapping" and that the ordeal was "not involved in any back story that leads to him having a personal debt to other people."
MacGill sustained minor injuries but didn't require medical care, police stated.
MacGill played 44 Tests for Australia from 1998 to 2010. During that time he picked up 208 wickets. At one point he was ranked the world's second-best bowler, but was overshadowed by teammate Shane Warne. He now works as the general manager of a restaurant in the northern suburbs of Sydney. MacGill spoke of his retirement in a 2019 interview with Sportskeeda.
"Cricket is a hard game to stop playing because you've spent a lot of time in it. When I was playing, it was not a job, it was something I enjoyed doing, and because I was good at it, I enjoyed it even more," he said. "Because you spend so much time doing it, when you finish, you don't know what you have to do with yourself. I was just a little bit surprised at how much time I had. It kind of was a little bit difficult," he continued, adding, "I enjoy food and I enjoy wine, and this (restaurant), and I am busier than I have ever been."
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