Sixth arrest in frying pan attack on missing Elnaz Hajtamiri as Mississauga man still on the run


Published April 20, 2023 at 1:36 pm

elnaz hajtamiri update

Police have made another arrest but are still searching for a Mississauga man wanted in the frying pan attack on Elnaz Hajtamiri, the woman abducted over a year ago in Wasaga Beach.

A 24-year-old British Columbia man in Surrey, B.C., was arrested on Friday according to York Regional Police as investigators are still searching for the missing 37-year-old Hajtamiri.

Police say Jaspreet Singh of Surrey has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence. He is now back in York Region where he remains in custody, police said.

Singh is the sixth person to face charges in the Dec. 20, 2021, incident where police say Hajtamiri was attacked with a frying pan in an underground garage near Yonge St. and Bantry Ave. in Richmond Hill. Hajtamiri was struck in the head with and required some 40 stitches after the incident.

Less than a month later on Jan. 12, Hajtamiri was abducted by three people dressed in police gear from a relative’s house on Trailwood Place in Wasaga Beach according to the OPP.

Witnesses told police that the suspects then left with Hajtamiri in what is believed to be a white Lexus RX sport utility vehicle.

Police are still searching for 23-year-old Sukhpreet Singh of Mississauga who is still wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection with the attack on Hajtamiri.

Hajtamiri’s kidnapping sparked a Canada-wide search with the OPP and York Regional Police offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information that will lead to her being found.

Since Hajtamiri’s abduction, police have made multiple arrests including 30-year-old Krystal P. Lawrence of Brampton who was charged last month with kidnapping.

Police have also charged Hajtamiri’s ex-boyfriend Mohamad Lilowith with kidnapping in the Jan. 12 incident, and he has also been charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping in relation to the earlier attack on Hajtamiri in December 2021.

Police also have an arrest warrant for Deshawn Davis, 35, of Toronto in connection with the case. Also, the OPP continues to look for another man in the previously published photos. Police believe this man lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

A police photo below shows Deshawn Davis, left, and the unidentified suspect on the right.

Police are still looking to identify one, or potentially two, individuals of interest who rented vehicles in December 2021. They are not suspects in the kidnapping, but police would like to speak with them as they may have information related to this case.

Members of the public are strongly urged to help share the message on social media using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.

Anyone with information about these individuals’ whereabouts is asked to contact the OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122 or through the dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415.

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