According to York Regional Police, 22-year-old Markam man Wanzhen Lu went missing Saturday night after a violently armed kidnapping. Since the incident, Police have released photos of the suspects and vehicle in attempts to find Lu's whereabouts. York Regional Police have now confirmed that the van that was wanted in connection to the violent kidnapping has been found, yet Lu is still missing.
According to a York Police press release, Lu was kidnapped shortly before 6 PM on Saturday from an underground parking garage in Markham. Three men were seen through surveillance footage exiting the van and grabbing the victim. When the victim attempted to escape from the suspects he was shocked before being pulled into the van.
A female, who was with Lu at the time of the kidnapping was unharmed. She immediately informed the condo's security who called 911. Since the kidnapping, York Regional police have released footage of both the van and the suspects that were part of the armed kidnapping.
Earlier today, Const. Andy Pattenden attended a press conference for the kidnapping. Pattenden informed the audience that the vehicle that was used in the kidnapping of Lu was found in the City of Toronto on Sunday night.
Pattenden told CTV News that the security footage that had been located after the kidnapping was key in helping the police piece together what had happened during the moments that Lu was kidnapped.
After receiving multiple tips from the public after the photos had been released, police were able to find the vehicle. However, the vehicle was found with no plates, and the stolen plates that were used during the kidnapping are still missing.
Police are still warning that the suspects are still at large and are hoping that more tips from the public will be able to help them find the whereabouts of Lu.
York Regional Police have released photos of what the four suspects involved in this case look like, as well as a photo of the missing victim Lu. These photos can be viewed here.
If you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7541. If you spot the victims, police are warning the public not to approach them and to call 911 immediately.