The bloodied face of a blindfolded man was sent to his family on the night he was allegedly kidnapped along with a demand for £55m in ransom money.
Police allege former Lone Wolf biker Dillon Mancuso was kidnapped at gunpoint from a home in Bringelly, New South Wales, Australia, on Tuesday morning before he was bundled into a car and taken to an industrial building near Bankstown where he was held captive for around six hours.
A photo, said to have been sent to his family, shows Mr Mancuso with duct tape over his eyes and mouth, blood streaming down his face from his mouth and nose, and significant swelling on his lip, the Daily Telegraph reports..
In a text message which accompanied the gruesome photo was the greeting "hello brother" with three smiley-face emojis.
It goes on to tell recipients: "Send to his friends who value his life and will negotiate."
As officers negotiated with the men, the warehouse was allegedly set on fire by the group inside.
Heavily armed police then stormed the building about 1pm, bringing the ordeal, which started at 3am, to an end.
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Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to the scene to help extinguish the blaze.
Mr Mancuso, 37, was released into custody and taken to hospital with injuries to his head and face.
11 men and a teenager have been charged with kidnapping and a string of other offences, according to reports.
Mancuso was later filmed at the scene calmly resting on a police vehicle wearing just his white underwear following the horrific ordeal.
He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his head, face and ribs, where he remains under police custody.
A nearby office worker at an adjacent warehouse described the dramatic raid.
"I looked out the window and three cop cars were blocking the driveway and calling for the people in the unit to come out," the witness told Daily Mail Australia.
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"We sort of saw it coming. Those guys had been rolling around for a few months bringing in motorbikes and exotic cars and making a lot of noise."
Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis, robbery and serious crime squad commander, said: "At this stage it appears there are some organised crime and bikie-related links".
He added the abducted man was lucky to be alive.
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"The level of violence towards the alleged victim was quite severe and concerning. We believe it was completely targeted," he said.
"The incident was exceptionally dangerous and could have been even more severe, or even fatal."
Inquiries into the incident are continuing.
Mancuso is facing charges including dealing with proceeds of crime after Federal Police seized more than $1 million cash and three luxury cars valued at more than $100,000 each last year.
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