A Brampton man is facing a host of charges, including attempted murder in connection with an alleged attack on missing woman Elnaz Hajtamiri in late 2021, York Regional Police said.
Hajtamiri remains missing after she was abducted from a Wasaga Beach home by three men wearing police uniforms on the evening of January 12, 2022.
In a news release Tuesday morning, police said Harshdeep Binner, 24, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and mischief over $5,000. Binner had been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant since April.
The charges stem from an incident in Richmond Hill in December 2021, before Hajtamiri was abducted. Investigators say officers were called to an address on King William Crescent in the Yonge Street and Bantry Avenue area after Hajtamiri was attacked by two men and hit with a frying pan in a parking lot underground.
A concerned citizen broke up the attack, police said, and the men took off in a vehicle.
Hajtamiri was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Investigators have determined that the vehicle used by the accused in the attack was stolen from the area of Finch Avenue and Don Mills Road in Toronto. It was later recovered.
Binner is the third man to be charged in connection with the parking lot attack. Riyasat Singh, also of Brampton, was arrested on the same charges in April.
Mohamad Lilo of Brossard, Que. also faces charges of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping about the December incident.
Lilo was also charged with kidnapping in connection with Hajtamiri’s kidnapping.
Hajtamiri, who was born in Iran, arrived in Canada in 2018 and found work in the import-export shipping industry, according to a family press release, but had recently quit her job to retire. focus on starting a cake making business.
She has not yet been located.
In the news release, York police said their investigators “continue to work closely” with the OPP on that force’s investigation into Hajtamiri’s disappearance.