16-year-old boy in Markham charged after allegedly faking his own kidnapping – Global News

16-year-old boy in Markham charged after allegedly faking his own kidnapping - Global News
International student accused of staging his own kidnapping in Markham
A 16-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham, York police say.

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

Chinese international student allegedly staged his own kidnapping in Markham

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.

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.

YRP: Teen in Markham staged kidnapping to get money from parents

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

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

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.

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.

Police have identified a 14-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed outside his Hamilton, Ont. high school on Monday afternoon in front of his mother.

“Staging an incident that results in the use of police resources when there was no such incident is a criminal offence,” a statement from police read. “It also needlessly ties up valuable police resources that are required to deal with actual emergencies.”

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.

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

York police say any report of kidnapping is taken very seriously. They use all available resources to ensure the victim is found as quickly as possible and in the best possible condition. Staging an incident that uses these resources when there was no such incident is a criminal offence.

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.

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.

When officers arrived, they were shown a video of the supposed victim, a 16-year-old student who’d recently arrived in Canada from 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.

On Friday, September 27, shortly after midnight, York police went to a home on Huntington Park Drive for a report of a kidnapping.

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

Officers say the student had staged the kidnapping in an effort to get attention and cash from his parents.

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.