York Region police have made an arrest in the weekend kidnapping of a 22-year-old student in Markham but say they have not been able to find the victim.
Police said that Wanzhen Lu, an international Chinese student, was abducted Saturday shortly before 6 p.m. when he and a female friend were walking in an underground parking garage of his condominium at 15 Water Walk Dr., near Hwy. 7 and Birchmount Rd.
Three men, one of whom was armed with a “conductive energy weapon,” left a van and grabbed Lu, police said. When Lu tried to resist, they used the weapon on him before forcing him into the van and fleeing the scene, police said.
On Monday, police recovered the black Dodge Caravan they said they believe was used to abduct Lu.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, York Region investigators arrested a 35-year-old Toronto man. Police said they aren’t releasing the suspect’s name, because he hasn’t been charged.
Police said in a statement that they were “dedicating every available resource to this investigation as (they) continue to fear for the well-being of Mr. Lu.”
The Homicide and Missing Person unit is leading the investigation, with additional investigators being brought in from other specialty units, including Organized Crime and Intelligence Services.
The investigation is also supported by the Special Services, Emergency Response, Canine, Air Support and the Forensic Identification Units, whose members have been working “around the clock” since Lu was kidnapped.
Police are urging the suspects to turn themselves in.
The first suspect is described as wearing a mask, blue pants and a black jacket. The second is described as 6-foot-1 with dark skin, wearing a black Canada Goose jacket. The third suspect also has dark skin, 6-foot-2 with a heavier build, wearing dark blue jeans and a black jacket. The fourth suspect was wearing a green and yellow jacket with a hood.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact police immediately at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7865.
Emerald Bensadoun is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @twerk_vonnegut