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22-year-old kidnapped by masked men near Toronto: police

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm MST

MARKHAM (680 NEWS) — York Regional Police are searching for a 22-year-old man who was reportedly kidnapped from a parking garage in Markham, near Toronto, Ontario.

Police say Wanzhen Lu and his girlfriend were in the underground parking garage of a condominium building at 15 Water Walk Drive, in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road of Markham, around 6 p.m. on March 23.

Three masked men, one armed with a Taser-like weapon, exited a van and approached Lu, police said. A fourth suspect stayed in the van.

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Police say Lu was forced into the van, which then took off. His girlfriend was not harmed and immediately alerted condo security after the incident, who then called police.

“They took one person and not the other so we do believe this was targeted,” said Const. Andy Pattenden, who added investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

“He was taken one hundred per cent against his will,” Pattenden said.

Lu is a Chinese student studying in Canada and lived in the condo building where he was taken. Police have been in touch with his family in China and the Chinese consulate, and on Sunday released photos and descriptions of the suspects.

The first suspect was a male wearing a mask, blue pants and a black jacket. Another is described as a dark-skinned male, around six foot one, wearing a black Canada Goose jacket.

The third suspect was wearing dark blue jeans with a jacket and is described as a dark-skinned male with a heavier build, around six foot two. The last suspect was wearing a green and yellow jacket with a hood.

The van is described as a 2008 to 2010 black Dodge Caravan with no front license plate. The license plate on the back of the van is CEAR350. The Ontario plate was stolen on March 11, according to police. They say the plate may have been removed since the incident.

Lu was last seen wearing glasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and white running shoes. The photo below was taken the day of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.