Chinese international student allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham – CTV News

Chinese international student allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham - CTV News
International student accused of staging his own kidnapping in Markham
TORONTO – A 16-year-old international student from China allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham last month.

York Regional Police said officers were called to a residence on Huntington Park Drive on Sept. 27 just after midnight for a report of a kidnapping.

The police resources involved in these investigations are significant.- York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden Anyone with information about the case is asked to call York police or Crime Stoppers.Pattenden said the case "isn't the first" the force has seen where a kidnapping has been staged in an attempt to get money from people living overseas, something that puts a strain on police resources. 

When officers arrived they were shown a video of the supposed victim, a 16-year-old student who recently arrived in Canada from China, investigators said in a news release issued on Tuesday.

The video, which was sent to his parents in China via a social media application, showed the student bound, gagged and wearing a blindfold.

According to York Regional Police, officers were called to a home on Huntington Park Drive in Markham shortly after midnight on Sept. 27. Officers were shown a video of the teen that police say was sent to his parents in China via the social media app WeChat.

The video was sent with a text message demanding the students parents pay $1 million for his release, police said.

Less than two hours after they were called, police found the student at a restaurant in the Valleymede Road and Highway 7 area of Richmond Hill. He was waiting for the money transfer but "instead ended up dealing with our officers," Pattenden said.

About one hour after the initial call to police was made, the student was spotted inside a restaurant in the area of Valleymede Road and Highway 7 in Richmond Hill, according to investigators.

Further investigation revealed that the student had staged the kidnapping in an effort to get attention and cash from his parents, police said.

Significant frontline police and investigative resources were engaged in this investigation, officers said. Staging an incident that results in the use of police resources when there was no such incident is a criminal offence.

It also needlessly ties up valuable police resources that are required to deal with actual emergencies.

Three other men are facing numerous charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and assault, while another suspect remains at large.

Police say two teenagers will be charged with first-degree murder after a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed outside his Hamilton, Ont. school on Monday afternoon in front of his mother.

A 16-year-old international student from China allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham last month.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7241 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

York Regional Police said officers were called to a residence on Huntington Park Drive on Sept. 27 just after midnight for a report of a kidnapping.

Upon further investigation, officers determined the boy had faked his own kidnapping in an effort to get attention and money from his parents.

When officers arrived they were shown a video of the supposed victim, a 16-year-old student who recently arrived in Canada from China, investigators said in a news release issued on Tuesday.

Police said the video, which reportedly showed the boy bound, gagged and wearing a blindfold, was sent to the boy’s parents in China.

The video, which was sent to his parents in China via a social media application, showed the student bound, gagged and wearing a blindfold.

Officers arrived at the scene and were shown a video of the apparent victim, a boy who had only recently arrived in Canada from China.

The video was sent with a text message demanding the students parents pay $1 million for his release, police said.

Police said officers responded to a home on Huntington Park Drive on Sept. 27 just after midnight for a report of a kidnapping.

About one hour after the initial call to police was made, the student was spotted inside a restaurant in the area of Valleymede Road and Highway 7 in Richmond Hill, according to investigators.

At around 1:30 a.m., officers found the boy in a restaurant in the area of Valleymede Road and Highway 7 in Richmond Hill.

Further investigation revealed that the student had staged the kidnapping in an effort to get attention and cash from his parents, police said.

Investigators said the video was sent with a ransom demand of $1 million for the alleged victim’s release.

Significant frontline police and investigative resources were engaged in this investigation, officers said. Staging an incident that results in the use of police resources when there was no such incident is a criminal offence.

It also needlessly ties up valuable police resources that are required to deal with actual emergencies.