Chinese Student Violently Kidnapped in Canada Found Safe

By Matthew Bossons, March 27, 2019

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A 22-year-old Chinese man who was kidnapped in the Canadian province of Ontario last week has been found “in good health,” according to a statement from the province’s York Regional Police.

The man, Lu Wanzhen, has been living in Canada as an international student, and studying business administration at Yorkville University, according to CBC. He was kidnapped last Saturday while walking through an underground parking lot beneath his condominium with a female friend. According to police, the kidnapping was “violent,” with Lu being electrocuted multiple times by a taser after resisting his three masked attackers.

After being shocked, Lu was then forced into a waiting black Dodge Caravan, which then promptly sped off. The whole incident reportedly left his female companion “traumatized” but unharmed.

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Surveillance footage of suspected kidnappers. Image via York Regional Police

The missing student resurfaced on Tuesday, March 26, at shortly before 9pm, according to a public notice released by local police. Lu allegedly approached a home in the town of Gravenhurst and asked for help. The homeowner contacted police who arrived and identified Lu. According to the release, “He was suffering from minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.”

The four individuals involved in the brazen kidnapping of Lu remain at large. Police earlier detained a 35-year-old man in connection to the case, although he was later released without charge.

It is presently unknown why Lu was targeted, but multiple news organizations have noted that he is known to cruise around in expensive cars, including a Lamborghini and a Rolls Royce, and that Chinese students in Canada have previously been targeted for extortion.

Lu’s parents flew to Toronto after receiving word of his kidnapping, and are reportedly relieved that he has been found safe.

[Cover image via York Regional Police]

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