Nine individuals have been taken into custody in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a woman from a Mississauga nightclub in August, with a Canada-wide warrant still out for another suspect, according to the Peel Regional Police.
Events of the Night
On the night of August 24, a Toronto woman was reportedly visiting a nightclub in the area of Britannia Road East and Dixie Road. Shortly before 9 p.m., she was forcibly taken and ushered into a stolen vehicle. The victim was then transported to multiple locations in Owen Sound before finally being released in the Toronto vicinity roughly 48 hours after her abduction.
While the circumstances surrounding the incident are alarming, police officials have confirmed that the woman “did not suffer any physical injuries.”
Charges and Suspects
Kidnapping charges have been officially filed against:
- Mohammed Habibnia, 28, from Newmarket.
- Mohamed Khairy, 20, from Mississauga.
- Daniel Gonthcharov, 22, from Concord, Ont.
- Mohamad Halimi, 22, from Mississauga.
- Aaron Marshall, 35, with no fixed address.
- Jessica Proctor, 31, from Meaford.
- Tayshawn Atkins, 19, from Oakville.
- Darren McCann, 46, from Owen Sound.
Additionally, Mohammed Salih, 26, from Mississauga, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact to commit an indictable offence.
Police are currently on the lookout for Karim Khairy, a 22-year-old Mississauga resident, in connection with the ongoing investigation.
In the wake of the incident, search warrants were conducted across several residences and vehicles not just in Owen Sound but also throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The Peel police disclosed in a recent news release, “Nearly $240,000 worth of drugs and two extended handgun magazines with ammunition were seized.”
The probe into this disturbing event was a joint effort, with Peel police joining forces with multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, Halton Regional Police, Owen Sound Police, Hanover Police, and West Grey Police.
While numerous arrests have been made, the authorities have yet to unveil any potential motive behind the kidnapping.