American Citizen Abducted in Nepal is Released
John Robert Schrumpf, in his mid-20s, had been living in Nepal for the last few months as a volunteer with a non-governmental organization, report All Headline News and The Himalayan Times.
According to Nepalese news reports, he was taken forcibly from his room at the Hotel Dream Home in the capital city of Kathmandu Sunday morning.
Hotel Dream Home is located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu, a popular tourist area.
Two unidentified persons posing as Nepali Army personnel reportedly broke into the hotel around 2 AM. Under the guise of carrying out security checks, they took Schrumpf away, allegedly on illegal-drug related charges.
According to Nepalnews.com, Schrumpf was forced to withdraw money with his ATM card and taken to Tara Casino. By another account, he was forced to call his parents in the U.S. for money to pay a ransom of 40,000 Nepalese rupees (approximately $558).
Schrumpf was released at around 5:30 PM Sunday, after approximately 15 hours of captivity, and handed over to officials at the U.S. embassy. He had already planned to return to the U.S. Tuesday.
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