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<strong>Bail hearing set for suspected kidnapper</strong>


One of the two people suspected of kidnapping a woman in St. John’s over the weekend is looking to get out of jail soon.

Laura Dodge is led into Courtroom No. 7 at provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday so lawyers could schedule her bail hearing.

When Laura Dodge returned to provincial court today, her lawyer, Erin Breen, requested a bail hearing for the 23-year-old.

Breen and Crown prosecutor Jessica Gallant agreed to hold the hearing on July 25.

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Dodge has been behind bars since Saturday, after she and Tim Leonard Mackey, 26, allegedly held a woman against her will and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t give them money.

At 7 p.m., Dodge and Mackey reportedly lured the woman, who was an acquaintance, out of her home in the capital city. Once in the car, they allegedly refused to let her go until she gave them $500.

They are also said to have taken her personal items, including her purse.

While police have not released information about the incident, The Telegram has learned that when the woman called her mother to ask for the money, her mother grew suspicious, since her daughter wouldn’t answer questions about why she needed the money and declined requests to meet and talk about it.

Her mother told her she would drop the money off, but instead, she immediately called police, who arranged a fake meeting with the kidnappers.

When the pair showed up, officers arrested them.

Dodge and Mackey made brief appearances in provincial court Sunday and Tuesday.

Mackey has opted not to have a bail hearing yet and is due back in court July 18.

Dodge and Mackey are both charged with kidnapping, robbery, extortion and uttering threats.

Dodge is also charged with one other count of robbery, unlawful confinement and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

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