Hamilton man one of four arrested in kidnapping investigation


Published July 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm


Four people, including one from Hamilton, are facing charges following a recent kidnapping in Toronto.

Around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, officers responded to a call for an extortion in the area of Yonge Street and Glendora Avenue.

It’s alleged that a 23 year old man was walking in the area and became involved in a conversation with a man in a car.

He was lured inside the car and was immediately confronted by a man with a gun.

“He was pistol whipped, his hands were bound and he was threatened,” said police.

“At some point, the victim was taken to his home which was then ransacked and a number of items were taken. A quantity of money was also demanded as ransom from his friends.”

Police were called and were able to rescue the kidnapped 23 year old man. They also located and arrested one suspect nearby.

On Wednesday, June 30, police executed five criminal code search warrants in Toronto and Hamilton, locating and taking the three outstanding suspects into custody.

19 year old Kevonne Marshall from Toronto, 36 year old Richard Smith from Hamilton, and a 16 year old and 17 year old both from Toronto are facing a combined total of 46 charges.

Charges against all four suspects include Kidnapping for Ransom, Assault with a Weapon, and Break and Enter.

The identities of the 16 year old and 17 year old are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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