BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Friday, Redding authorities arrested two flight school staff members and charged them with kidnapping and conspiracy. According to the authorities, the two IASCO Flight Training employee kidnapped a Chinese exchange student and compelled him to leave the country as his English skills were not suitable for air traffic control.
Chinese Exchange Student Called Brother in Shanghai While Being Abducted
Corporal Rob Peterson of the Redding Police Department recently declared that Jonathan McConkey, IASCO Flight Training’s general manager, and Kelsi Hoser, his assistant, were caught on the 25th of May while they were attempting to book a flight for Tianshu Shi, a flight trainee.
Shi, who’s in the United States on a student visa, told the authorities that McConkey and his assistant told him that he’s not suitable for the air traffic controller he was training for because of his English skills.
Allegedly, on the 24th of May, McConkey and Hoser showed up at Shi’s rented apartment and told him that he must leave the country. Furthermore, McConkey pointed out that his failure to comply would lead to his arrest.
The two returned the following day to see if Shi finished packing his bags. An audio recording revealed that the two brought Shi’s passport and told him the US Government wants him out of the country.
After being taken into custody, McConkey and Hoser told the authorities that Shi was booted off the program in April but refused to leave the country.
When the Chinese exchange student failed to comply, the two shoved him. During the fall, Shi hit his head on a countertop. He later got in McConkey’s vehicle, who drove him to the airport.
While in the man’s car, Shi managed to contact his brother in Shanghai who, in turn, contacted one of Shi’s colleagues who alerted the authorities.
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