Inuvik man facing kidnapping charges

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**Warning: This story has details of violence**

Kelly MacKenzie Ovayuak is facing several charges related to an alleged kidnapping in Inuvik.

In a news release, Inuvik RCMP says officers responded to a call of a woman being abducted in the early morning on Saturday, April 2.

“The woman was reported to have been forcibly taken to a vehicle and driven off,” reads the release. Inuvik RCMP notified the detachments in Tuktoyaktuk and Fort McPherson of the incident.

RCMP says officers from Tuktoyaktuk identified the vehicle on the Inuvik-Tuk highway and tried to stop it, but the driver continued. Police say they chased the vehicle and called for a “tire deflation device”. Afterwards, officers arrested Ovayuak and the woman was taken to the Tuktoyaktuk health centre.

Ovayuak is facing seven charges related to the incident, including aggravated assault, kidnapping, break and enter, and impaired driving among others.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday, April 8 in Yellowknife.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to