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California flight school employees deny kidnapping student

RESCUE, California. – Lawyers for two Northern California flight school employees deny the accusations that their clients kidnapping of a student pilot and tried to send him back to his native China.

The police in Redding arrested flight instructor Jonathan McConkey and his assistant, Hoser, on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy. Investigators say the pair attacked Tianshu Shi in his apartment last week and brought him with violence to the airport from the city centre.

Lawyers for McConkey and Hoser said in a joint statement Tuesday that their clients “vigorously deny the allegations and intend to prove their innocence.”

The two were released after posting bail. No court date was immediately set.

Their employer, IASCO Flight Training, have not returned phone messages seeking comment.

Shi, an intern in the U.S. on a student visa, injuries incurred.

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