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Markham kidnap victim found safe in Gravenhurst

Lu walked up to a Doe Lake Road home asking for help Tuesday night; suspect arrested in Toronto has been released unconditionally
2019-03-23 kidnapped Wanzhen Lu
Photo supplied by York Regional Police


Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Crimes Bureau with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have located 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu in good health.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, shortly before 9 p.m., a man walked up to a residence on Doe Lake Road in the Town of Gravenhurst, looking for help. The homeowner called police and officers with the OPP attended and identified the man as 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu. He was suffering from minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Investigators have been in close contact with Mr. Lu’s family and have provided them with the updated information.

This investigation is still ongoing. York Regional Police will continue to dedicate significant resources to find the four suspects responsible for the kidnapping, as they are still at large.

We strongly recommend that the suspects involved in this kidnapping seek legal counsel and turn themselves in.

The 35-year-old man from the City of Toronto that was arrested as part of this ongoing investigation has been released unconditionally.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, shortly before 6 p.m., the victim and his friend were in an underground parking garage at a condominium building located at 15 Water Walk Drive, which is in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road. Three men, one of whom was armed with a conductive energy weapon, exited a van and grabbed the victim. The victim was resisting and was shocked by the suspects. The suspects forced the victim into the van and fled.

Suspect 1

  • Male, wearing a mask, blue pants, black jacket,

Suspect 2

  • Male, dark skin
  • 6’1”
  • Wearing black Canada Goose jacket

Suspect 3

  • Male, dark skin
  • 6’2”, heavier build
  • Wearing dark blue jeans with a black jacket

Suspect 4

  • Male
  • Green/yellow jacket with a hood