5 arrested in connection to alleged hostage taking over unpaid debt in Oshawa

Mar 29 2019, 1:23 pm

A man and a woman are safe after allegedly being held against their will overnight in Oshawa on Wednesday.

Durham Regional Police say five suspects are now facing numerous charges in connection to the hostage situation that was over an unpaid debt.

On March 27, police say a 34-year old man contacted them and said he and his girlfriend had been held overnight against their will at a residence on Toronto Avenue in Oshawa.

Police say the male victim was eventually released and was able to contact authorities.

Officers from the Tactical Support Unit and the K-9 Unit surrounded the residence and were able to get into contact with all those inside.

Four suspects were arrested at the residence and officers found a female victim inside, suffering from minor injuries.

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Police say a fifth suspect was later located in a vehicle by officers in the Whitby area around 1 am. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the suspect tried to flee from the scene and attempted to drive onto Highway 401 in the wrong direction.

During the attempted escape, the suspect used his vehicle to ram a police car into a ditch and one officer suffered minor injuries. The suspect was arrested and charged.

Faarsan Ibrahim, 21, was then arrested and charged with two counts of forcible confinement, fleeing from police, dangerous operation, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest and possession of a schedule 1 substance for trafficking (methamphetamine).

The four other suspects, Hassan Saeed, 26, Tina Baker, 40, Rashid Plummer, 25, and Heidi Bendoratis, 40, were also charged with two counts of forcible confinement along with numerous other charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central East Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext 2732 or anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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