An undisclosed ransom demand was made during the kidnapping of 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu last month, York Regional Police have confirmed.
However, police have not disclosed the amount of the ransom.
Additionally, a second arrest has been made in connection to the alleged armed kidnapping of the Chinese international student, police say.
On Tuesday, April 2, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Brampton and a 33-year-old was arrested.
He will be appearing before the Ontario Court Justice in Newmarket on Wednesday, April 3, and his name will be released once he has appeared and the charges have been laid.
UPDATE – 2nd suspect in ongoing armed kidnapping investigation was arrested yesterday when a search warrant was executed in Brampton. The 33-year-old that was arrested will be appearing in Newmarket Court at 50 Eagle Street this morning for a bail hearing. https://t.co/X0IwIknPja pic.twitter.com/bPlfKY5ncY
— York Regional Police (@YRP) April 3, 2019
This development comes after the first suspect, 37-year-old Abdullahi Adan of Toronto, turned himself in to authorities overnight on Monday, April 1, after a Canada-wide warrant was issued for him.
Adan has been held in custody and will be appearing again before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Friday, April 5 for a bail hearing.
- Suspect involved in alleged armed kidnapping of Wanzhen Lu turns himself in
- 22-year-old kidnapping victim located as suspects remain at large
- One arrest made in connection to armed kidnapping of 22-year-old
On Saturday, March 23, shortly before 6 pm, Lu and his friend were in an underground parking garage at a condominium building located at 15 Water Walk Drive, which is in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road.
Three men, one of whom was armed with a taser, exited a van and grabbed Lu, who resisted and was shocked by the suspects. The suspects allegedly forced Lu into the van and fled.
The vehicle involved in the kidnapping was located on March 25 thanks to tips from members of the public.
According to York Regional Police, on Tuesday, March 26, shortly before 9 pm, a man walked up to a residence looking for help on Doe Lake Road in the Town of Gravenhurst.
The homeowner called police and officers with the OPP attended and identified the man as 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu. Police say Lu was suffering from minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Lu has since been reunited with his family, police say.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing as suspects are still at large and are considered armed and dangerous.
Police have also said they recommend the suspects involved seek legal counsel and turn themselves in.
The remaining suspects are described as:
- Suspect 1: Male, wearing a mask, blue pants, and black jacket.
- Suspect 2: Male, dark skin, 6’1”, and wearing black Canada Goose jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau immediately at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541. If you spot the suspects, do not approach them, call 9-1-1 immediately.