Published on April 19, 2022 at 10:42 am
Police have charged Riyasat Singh, of Mississauga, left, and Harshdeep Binner, of Brampton, with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and other offenses after an attack in Richmond Hill in December 2021. (police photo York Regional)
Mississauga man wanted on Canada-wide warrant for botched kidnapping and attempted murder arrested but police are still looking for the female victim who has been missing since January.
According to police, a woman was attacked in an underground car park on December 20. The suspects hit the victim with a frying pan but were spooked by a passerby and fled.
The victim, Elnaz Hajtamiri, 37, was injured and required dozens of stitches after the attack.
Police said they later recovered one tracking device and two more tracking devices were found in her car when they brought the vehicle in for servicing in November.
Less than a month later, on January 12, Hajtamiri was abducted from a Wasaga Beach home where she was believed to have been hiding with family members.
Police believe Hajtamiri was abducted by three men posing as police officers and the suspects fled in what was described as a white 2016-2022 model Lexus RX SUV.
She was reportedly taken from the house after the three armed suspects overpowered the owner and dragged Hajtamiri barefoot through the snow.
On Thursday, Riyasat Singh, 23, of Mississauga, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and mischief under $5,000.
Investigators have also issued a Canada-wide warrant for a second suspect.
Harshdeep Binner, 23, of Brampton has been charged with:
- attempted murder
- Kidnapping attempt
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- Mischief under $5,000
Police said they do not believe Singh and Binner were the same men involved in Hajtamiri’s kidnapping in January and that there are “at least five different people directly responsible for these crimes”, according to Det. Insp. Martin Graham.
“Despite the number of people involved, we have not received any information that would provide us with a specific link as to the direction of the investigation,” Graham told reporters in early April.
Hajtamiri, who also goes by the surname Tamiri, is originally from Iran and emigrated to Canada less than four years ago after her husband’s death.
In late January, police reportedly arrested Hajtamiri’s former boyfriend, Mohamad Lilo, on charges of stalking following a breakup in October.
Police did not name Lilo as a suspect in Hajtamiri’s kidnapping, but said they were investigating the relationship.
Anyone with information about the Richmond Hill assault is asked to call York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7250.
You can also contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting ontariocrimestoppers.ca.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Binner had been arrested. He is still on the run.
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