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Butler Michael Bloomberg rescued after ‘kidnapped by gunman who wanted to marry billionaire’s daughter’

MICHAEL Bloomberg’s housekeeper was rescued during a raid by a SWAT team after a gunman allegedly kidnapped her, who “wanted to marry the billionaire’s daughter”.

Joseph Beecher, 48, was arrested at the Stagecoach motel in Cheyenne, Wyomingafter armed police entered his room and proceeded to rescue the hostages.

Joseph Beecher faces multiple charges including kidnapping, felony threats and others, in both Colorado and Wyoming

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Joseph Beecher faces multiple charges including kidnapping, felony threats and others, in both Colorado and WyomingCredit: AP
The SWAT team can be seen around the inn room before storming into it

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The SWAT team can be seen around the inn room before storming into itSource: Cheyenne Police Department
Bloomberg's housekeeper, Amanda Edinger, is said to have been kidnapped

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Bloomberg’s housekeeper, Amanda Edinger, is said to have been kidnappedCredit: Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Beecher accused of storming with Bloomberg’s $44.8 million Colorado farm in Rio Blanco County and search New York City the mayor’s daughters before the alleged abduction of housekeeper Amanda Edinger.

Edinger claimed Beecher went to the ranch so he could “make an international scene” with Bloomberg, 79, or his daughters, according to an arrested affidavit.

Footage shows police surrounding the motel before storming into the motel and arresting Beecher.

Edinger, 46, was unharmed but claims Beecher kissed her forehead and told her she would die if she were a man.

She is now reunited with her family.

Beecher faces multiple charges including kidnapping, felony threats and other charges, in both Colorado and Wyoming.

He is currently being held without bail.

While Edinger was in custody, Beecher is said to have told her he had gone to Meeker Airport in July to find Bloomberg.

She also testified that he named his two adult daughters – Emma, ​​42, and Georgina, 39 – when he asked about their whereabouts.

The sheriff’s office in Rio Blanco County, where the ranch is located, said in a statement that Beecher had no connection to Bloombergs or the alleged victim.

It said his motives for coming to the ranch, purchased in April 2020 for $44.8 million, were under investigation.

Bloomberg is said to be cooperating with officials.

‘MY TRUCK THROUGH THE GATE’

Beecher, from Craig, Colorado, is said to have arrived at Bloomberg’s ranch around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and rammed his truck through security.

It is believed that once inside, he snuck behind Edinger while she was working in the farm’s service house.

It is reported that he pointed his “machine gun” at her and threatened to “shoot” [her] f ***** g face. ”

Beecher then allegedly forced her to leave with him and asked her to drive him 145 miles to Denver by her own pickup, according to an FBI affidavit.

They are believed to have made several stops in the Denver area before driving to Wyoming in the evening, according to KMGH.

Edinger told the FBI Beecher asked her to sleep next to him “with her head on his chest, her arms around between him and her legs on top of him”.

HOUSEKEEPER BOOKED ONLY THROUGH HER IPAD

Cheyenne police learned of the kidnapping around 11:15 p.m. and were able to track down Edinger’s iPad inside the motel.

They discovered Edinger’s truck in the parking lot.

Beecher was arrested Thursday with an AR-15 and a handgun, police said.

“I am very proud of my staff and the ability they have in working together and with State and Federal agencies,” said Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola.

“This group’s approach, quick action, experienced delegates and officers, has resulted in [the victim’s] safe recovery. It was a wonderful day.”

Bloomberg spokesman Ty Trippet expressed gratitude to law enforcement for their work.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Wyoming law enforcement, the FBI, and other individuals for their swift and heroic action in this case. in ensuring that no life was lost and that the victim was rescued and returned safely to her family,” he said in a statement.

Emma Bloomberg and her father visited Athens in 2002

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Emma Bloomberg and her father visited Athens in 2002Credit: AP: Associated Press
Michael Bloomberg, center, with daughter Georgina, right, and Diana Taylor in 2014

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Michael Bloomberg, center, with daughter Georgina, right, and Diana Taylor in 2014Credit: Getty

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