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Fifth suspect charged in alleged attack on Elnaz Hajtamiri, who was later abducted

Elnaz Hajtamiri is shown in an Ontario Provincial Police handout photo. A fifth suspect has been charged in an alleged attack on the 37-year-old woman who was abducted from a home in an Ontario town.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OPP **MANDATORY CREDIT**

A fifth suspect has been charged in an alleged attack on a 37-year-old woman who was abducted weeks later from a home in an Ontario town. 

York Regional Police say Elnaz Hajtamiri was violently assaulted with a frying pan in an underground parking lot in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Dec. 20, 2021. 

Police say a 25-year-old man from British Columbia has been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, becoming the fifth person charged in the attack – Hajtamiri's ex-boyfriend is among the other suspects. 

Hajtimiri has not been seen since police say she was abducted from a relative's  home in Wasaga Beach, Ont., on Jan 12, 2022, by three suspects armed with a gun, wearing imitation police gear and disguised in balaclavas.

Her family says she was hiding out there after alleged threats from her ex-boyfriend escalated. 

A $100,000 reward has been issued for information leading to her whereabout as police continue their search for her and the suspects in her abduction.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2023. 

The Canadian Press

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