Chinese national, 22, still missing after violent Markham kidnapping: police – Global News

Chinese national, 22, still missing after violent Markham kidnapping: police - Global News
What we know about apparent armed kidnapping of Wanzhen Lu
York Regional Police are concerned for the safety of a man who was abducted by a group of masked men in a parking garage in Markham on Saturday evening.

RT YRP: ARMED KIDNAPPING – We need your help to locate 22yr-old Wanzhen LU, kidnapped by 3 masked men, one armed with a taser from an underground parking garage at 15 Water Walk Dr, Markham. Suspect van is black Dodge Caravan with stolen plate: CEAR350. … pic.twitter.com/37bFP0jhb8

The van was also in the underground parking garage, Const. Andy Pattenden told CP24 Saturday. Three men got out. One man remained in the van. The three men wearing black clothing with masks on as well – one of them armed with a Taser — grabbed our victim, loaded him in that van and drove out of here. Thats the last we saw that van.

Police said 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu was kidnapped by three men and shocked by a stun gun multiple times before being forced into a black Dodge Caravan in the underground parking garage of his condo building located at 15 Water Walk Drive.

Wanzhen Lu, 22, was with a female friend in the underground parking garage of a condo tower at 15 Water Walk Drive, in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road, shortly before 6 p.m. The two had just arrived in a vehicle and were heading to the elevators.

Const. Andy Pattenden told media that Lu was walking with a female friend around 6 p.m. when a van with a licence plate stolen from Peel Region in early March pulled up behind them. Three men got out and ambushed Lu, dragging him into the van. The fourth suspect was said to be the driver.

Local authorities have been in touch with the Chinese consulate in connection with the case and Pattenden said a team of investigators worked through the night to try and gather as much information as possible to help locate Lu.

“It’s a little concerning,” said Nelson Long, who lived in the building where Lu was abducted. “I don’t know how a car full of people who may or may not live here got into the garage underground.”

Police described the incident as a “violent attack” and believe it was targeted as Lu’s friend and others in the parking garage were left unharmed.

Lu is described as an Asian male with short hair cropped at the sides. He wears dark-rimmed eyeglasses and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and white running shoes.

“I’m kind of scared to live in this building,” said Kruti Bave, a resident who had lived in the in the condo building for around a year. “I thought it was one of the [safer] spaces around, but right now, I’m feeling a little scared.”

York Regional Police have released images of three-men suspected to be involved in the armed kidnapping of 22-year-old man in Markham

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, around 6’1″ and he was wearing a black Canada Goose jacket.

York Regional Police have released suspect photos after a young man was kidnapped Saturday from the underground parking garage of the Markham condominium building where he lives.

The third suspect is described as a heavier built male around 6’2″ with dark skin and was wearing dark blue jeans with a black jacket.

WATCH BELOW: Police said at around 6 p.m., 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu was kidnapped from the underground parking garage of his condo building at 15 Water Walk Drive, near Highway 7 and Warden Avenue.

There was a significant level of violence involved in this kidnapping, Pattenden said Sunday, adding that Lu was taken 100 per cent against his will.

Pattenden said Lu, who was a Chinese national studying in Toronto, was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and white running shoes.

According to police, that was when three men got out of a van parked in the garage and approached Lu, a Chinese national who goes to school in Toronto.

The buildings security operations manager told Global News that the buildings owners, Times Property Management, have co-operated with the police.

The third suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who stands six-foot-two with a heavier build. He was wearing dark blue jeans with a black jacket.

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Police said that Lu was shocked with the energy weapon multiple times when he resisted the men and called the attack very brazen.

A 22-year-old Chinese international student has been missing since Saturday night after what police say appears to be a violent "armed kidnapping" in Markham, Ont.

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who stands around six feet tall. He was wearing a black Canada Goose jacket.

Wanzhen Lu and a female friend had just gotten out of their vehicle in an underground parking garage at a condo building in the city north of Toronto when a van pulled up behind them.

The motive for the kidnapping remains unclear. Pattenden said there has been no communication from the kidnappers so far.

York Regional Police are set to hold a 3 p.m. ET news conference about the case. You can watch it live in the player above.

Lu was forced into the van by three men, "100 per cent against his will" after he was shocked a number of times with a stun gun, according to Const. Andy Pattenden of York Regional Police. Lu has not been heard from since. The friend was not injured, but reportedly traumatized by what she saw and has been helping police in the investigation.

MARKHAM, Ont. — Police allege a Chinese national studying in Canada was shocked multiple times by a man with a stun gun in a violent kidnapping that took place in the underground parking garage of his condominium north of Toronto.

Family members are on their way to the Greater Toronto Area because they are concerned about his disappearance, Pattenden said Monday.

York regional police say Wanzhen Lu, 22, was walking with his friend at about 6 p.m. on Saturday toward the elevator when he was ambushed by a group of men who attacked and then dragged him into the van in Markham, Ont.

"I'm sure they are very concerned about the well-being of their family member here who has been taken," he said.

Pattenden says officers are concerned for Lus safety and want the public to call police or 911 if they see the van or if they have information.

Lu was returning with his friend to his condo at 15 Water Walk Dr., in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road, shortly before 6 p.m. ET on Saturday when the van appeared behind them. Pattenden has said Lu and his friend may have been walking towards the elevators of the garage.

Const. Andy Pattenden says the four suspects were in a black Dodge Caravan with stickers indicating that it is wheelchair accessible.

Three men, with hoods pulled tightly around their faces, got out of a black Dodge Caravan in the garage. Pattenden has said it's believed the van was already in the garage when Lu and his friend appeared.

There was a struggle, Lu resisted and the man shocked him a number of times with the Taser. Police will not say how many times. Lu was "dragged" into the van. Police will not comment on the extent of his injuries.

The van sped off in an unknown direction. It had no front licence plate. The back plate, which police say is stolen, is CEAR350. The van is wheelchair accessible and has stickers indicating its accessibility. Police described it as having "unique markings."

Police are focused on finding the van, but say members of the public should not fixate on the stolen licence plate because it could have been discarded by now. The look of the van is what is important, they said.

Officers from York police's major crimes bureau have interviewed witnesses in the building and canvassed the area for surveillance camera video. Video was obtained from the garage itself.

Police have released images of the three men who got out of the van and descriptions of all four suspects including the driver. They have also released a description and two images of the van itself.

Lu, an East Asian male, was said to be wearing glasses, a black hoodie, black jeans and white running shoes when he was abducted.

In a statement to CBC Toronto on Sunday, Consul Jinxuan Zhang said the consulate is maintaining close contact and communication with the police, and it has contacted Lu's parents.

A local resident said the garage is said to be three levels and serves two buildings in the condo complex.

They have not said whether a ransom has been demanded or whether those behind the abduction have made contact with Lu's family.

They have not said which school Lu is attending, how long he has been in Canada or where he is from in China. They have released no information about his parents.

Police have also not said whether Lu's disappearance is connected in any way with a ransom scam in which fraudsters have tried to get money from the families of young, vulnerable international students from China who are living in Canada — a scam that has targeted students in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary.

"At this point in time, our investigators have not provided us with any other information linking it to any other cases that they may be aware of. They are treating this as a unique situation," Pattenden said Monday. 

In 2017, at least three Chinese international students in the Toronto area fell victim to the ransom scam, which captured attention across the country.

"Based on what I've seen in the video, our victim here did not appear to want to go in that van. He was doing everything he could to resist going with these people that took him."