Toronto Police has arrested four suspects and issued a warrant for another in connection with the abduction of a 14-year-old boy two months ago.
On March 4, the boy was forced into a vehicle in the Jane St. and Driftwood Ave. area while on his way to school. Toronto Police members found the missing boy in Brampton around 10:20 p.m. on March 5 after an exhaustive public search.
At a news conference outside police headquarters on May 14, Chief Mark Saunders said police allege that the boy was abducted as a pawn in relation to an illegal drug transaction that had gone wrong.
“The Service has confirmed that the young man was not and is not involved in any criminality whatsoever,” he said.
Saunders said the hard work of multiple Divisions and specialized teams within Toronto Police Service led to the arrests of the individuals that police allege are implicated in the boy’s abduction.
On May 12, Scott McManus, 37, and 25-year-old Liban Hussein of Toronto, Samir Abdelgadir, 38, of Mississauga and 30-year-old Hamed Shawnawaz of Brampton were arrested.
Solaiman Nassimi, 29, of no fixed place is wanted by police.
The accused face 30 charges, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, kidnapping for ransom, forcible confinement, uttering bodily harm and death threats, arson and possession for trafficking cocaine and marijuana.
Police also seized a kilo of cocaine, 70 pounds of marijuana, $130,000 in cash, body armour and multiple phones and electronic devices.
Saunders is urging the outstanding suspect to get a lawyer and surrender to police.
“We allege that he’s part of the abduction of this boy,” said the Chief. “The public and the media were extremely engaged over the nearly 48 hours when the boy was missing and when we were searching for him. We are again requesting their support to help us locate this outstanding suspect.”
Saunders said the investigation is ongoing and continues to have the full weight of the Service in the interest of public safety.
“It is possible there may be more arrests and more charges as we investigate,” he pointed out.
The Chief commended TPS members and multiple divisions, including 31, 12 and 23 along with the Drug Squad and the Organized Crime & Enforcement Unit who worked effortlessly on the case in the last two months.
He also thanked the Ontario Provincial Police for their assistance during the arson investigation.
“We will continue this work and we will arrest anyone that is involved in this particular investigation,” he added.
Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are asked to contact police at (416) 808-3100; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
During the search warrants on May 12, Jeremy Proctor, 25, of Toronto was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and marijuana, possession of proceeds of crime and possession of property of crime.
Investigators don’t believe he was involved in the abduction.