POLICE | Second man charged at Liverpool over alleged Merrylands kidnapping and a third still on the run

A second man has been charged at Liverpool as investigations continue into last year's alleged kidnapping of a man at Merrylands. The first man is before the courts, a third is still on the run.

Strike Force Hackett was formed by the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor to investigate the July 26 kidnapping of the man, 44.

A Sefton man, 37, previously charged with taking or detaining a person in company to obtain advantage and participating in a criminal group, is due in Burwood court on Wednesday, March 27.

Police say he's one of three people who punched the man to the ground on Daphne Street at Merrylands before taking him against his will to the backyard of a home on Blackwood Road and threatening him.

After more inquiries, strike-force detectives, aided by the public order and riot squad, arrested a man, 26, at a Moorebank home just after 8.30am yesterday, Thursday.

He was taken to Liverpool police station and charged with taking or detaining a person in company to obtain advantage, participating in a criminal group and having a prohibited drug.

He was refused bail in Liverpool court and given strict conditional bail to be in Parramatta court on May 8.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace, said investigators were still seeking a third man. “Our current inquiries are focused on locating Bilal Haouchar, 33, who's wanted on two outstanding warrants, including an arrest warrant for kidnapping and breaching a community order,” she said.

“Strike Force Hackett detectives believe Mr Haouchar is overseas and will continue working closely with interstate and federal law-enforcement agencies to find him. Anyone who knows him or who has information that may be relevant to our inquiries is urged to make contact with investigators."

Investigations under Strike Force Hackett continue.

  • Any information that may help Strike Force Hackett detectives to CrimeStoppers, 1800 333 000. Information treated in strict confidence. You're reminded not to report crime via police social-media pages.

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