Chinese student kidnapping: Suspect turns himself in to police

Jackie Dunham, Staff

Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019 8:47AM EDT

Last Updated Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:06AM EDT

One of the four men suspected of kidnapping a Chinese national in the Toronto area last month has turned himself in to police.

Abdullahi Adan, 37, surrendered to police overnight after York Regional Police issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest on Monday. He is the first of four suspects identified by police.

Adan is facing four criminal charges including kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and assault.

Police said 22-year-old student Wanzhen Lu was violently abducted in the underground parking garage of his condo building in Markham, Ont. on the evening of March 23. Lu and a female friend were in the parking garage when four men pulled up in a black Dodge Caravan, according to police.

Investigators said surveillance video taken from the garage showed one of the men shock Lu with a “conductive energy weapon” before he was forced into the van by three of the suspects.

Lu’s friend was unharmed.

Three days later, the case took a turn when Lu was found alive in Gravenhurst, Ont., a town in Ontario’s cottage country located approximately 160 kilometres north of where the student disappeared. He suffered only minor injuries in the incident. He has since been reunited with his family.

York Regional Police said the investigation is ongoing and they’re still searching for three remaining suspects who are considered armed and dangerous. Although their names have not been released, police have circulated surveillance images of the men.

“It is only a matter of time before they are identified. Do what Mr. Adan did. Seek legal counsel and turn yourself in right away,” Const. Andy Pattenden told CP24 on Tuesday.

Pattenden also appealed to the public for help in identifying the suspects.

“Somebody is going to recognize who they are. We need you to call us. Let us know their names so that we can close in on them and get these three suspects in custody as well,” he said.

One of the male suspects is described as wearing a mask, blue pants, and a black jacket. Another suspect is described as a 6’1” tall dark-skinned male who was wearing a black Canada Goose jacket at the time of the incident. The final suspect is also male and he was wearing a green or yellow jacket with a hood.

Police said Adan is set to appear in court in Newmarket, Ont. for a bail hearing on Tuesday morning.

With files from CP24

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