A man allegedly abducted at knifepoint in southwestern NSW was able to escape after police spotted one of his captors talking on a mobile phone while driving.
Police say Albury highway patrol officers stopped a red Ford Falcon in Corowa on Monday evening after noticing the driver talking on his phone.
As police spoke to the driver, another man sprinted from the back of the Ford and jumped in the back of the police car.
The 41-year-old man told police he had been abducted from his Corowa home at knifepoint about four hours earlier, before being forced to withdraw cash from an ATM and having his car stolen.
The driver of the Ford, a 29-year-old Lavington man, and a 31-year-old female passenger were arrested and charged with numerous offences, including taking or detaining person in company with intent to obtain advantage.
A third person, a 36-year-old man, was also later arrested and charged with detaining the same victim for advantage.
All three have been refused bail to appear in Albury Local Court on Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.