The two victims are aged 11 and 17.

The 36-year-old suspect, known to the courts, admitted during his police custody "having kidnapped these two young girls by having acted under the influence of impulses and premonitions".

A 36-year-old man has been indicted for having kidnapped under threat and then drugged before releasing them, a 17-year-old teenager then an 11-year-old girl in Charente-Maritime, Saintes prosecutor Nicolas Septe announced on Friday.

The man, known to justice for acts of aggravated violence in 2007 and 2009, admitted during his custody "having kidnapped these two young girls by having acted under the influence of impulses and premonitions", specifies the prosecutor in a press release.


On September 10, the mother of an 11-year-old girl reported her disappearance as she returned from her college in Royan.

Shortly after, the girl was walking home, having been dropped off not far from there by her captor, "greatly shocked and apparently under the influence of drugs".

She then recounted "having been kidnapped by a man at the threat of a weapon (a revolver or a pistol) then having been obliged to take medication" before being escorted back to her home, specifies the prosecutor.


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Another young girl kidnapped and sedated

Royan investigators then made the link with a similar case in a neighboring town: the kidnapping on August 26 of a 17-year-old girl in Saint-Palais Sur Mer, also threatened by her kidnapper, at the using a knife, then sedated and finally released a few hours later "without having suffered any violence other than that linked to her kidnapping and sequestration".

The judicial police of La Rochelle Orléans was then seized by the prosecution, then the central office for the fight against violence against people.

The description of the kidnapper by the two victims allowed the realization of a composite portrait.

The suspect remanded in custody

A judicial information of the count of kidnapping and sequestration of several people and administration of harmful substance on a minor of 15 years, was opened by the prosecutor's office of Saintes on September 14.

"The same evening a suspect was apprehended and placed in police custody".

A search of his home allowed "to formally establish his involvement in the two kidnappings" and the man, having admitted the facts, was indicted Thursday evening and remanded in custody.

"Other investigations will remain necessary to establish precisely the motive of these kidnappings", estimates the prosecutor.