York police searching for Toronto man wanted in bizarre Markham kidnapping

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York police searching for Toronto man wanted in bizarre Markham kidnapping


York Region police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for one of four suspects wanted in the armed kidnapping of a 22-year-old international student in Markham last month.

Chinese national Wanzhen Lu was abducted from an underground parking garage at a condo building at 15 Water Walk Dr., near Hwy. 7 and Warden Ave., shortly before 6 p.m. on March 23.

Abdullahi Adan, 37, of Toronto, seen here in a pair of police handout photos, faces multiple charges of assault and kidnapping.
Abdullahi Adan, 37, of Toronto, seen here in a pair of police handout photos, faces multiple charges of assault and kidnapping.  (York Regional Police)

He was found alive three days later at a home several hours north of Markham after a homeowner “noticed him at the end of his laneway” and called police.

Police say Lu and a female friend were in the parking garage when three men wearing hoods, including one who was armed with a Taser, exited a van and grabbed him.

Lu resisted, but was shocked by one of the suspects who then forced him in the van and fled, police said.

Lu was found after he asked for help at a home in Gravenhurst shorting before 9 p.m. on March 26. According to police, he had minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been reunited with family, police said.

Abdullahi Adan, 37, of Toronto, has been identified as one of four suspects in the kidnapping. He is described as six-foot-two with a heavier build, wearing dark blue jeans with a black jacket.

He is facing charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault, and assault with a weapon.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

Police have not yet identified three other suspects in the kidnapping.

One is described as male, as wearing a mask, blue pants and a black jacket.

The second is described as male, six-foot-one with dark skin, wearing a black Canada Goose jacket.

The third suspect is described as male, wearing a green and yellow jacket with a hood.

The suspects are all considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas





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