1 / 2 (left to right) Suspects 1, 2, and 3 in the Markham kidnapping of 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu are pictured in these images distributed by York Regional Police. (YRP /Handout)
A third man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Chinese international student in Markham last month has now been arrested, York Regional Police confirmed Friday.
The suspect, who police allege helped kidnap 22-year-old Wanzhen Lu from an underground parking garage near Highway 7 and Birchmount Road, was arrested on Thursday.
Police previously said that Lu, a Chinese national who is currently studying in Toronto, was with a female friend in the parking garage at around 6 p.m. on March 23 when a group of male suspects pulled up in a Dodge Caravan. According to investigators, one suspect shocked the victim with a stun gun multiple times and forced him into the van before it sped away.
The 22-year-old was found safe in Gravenhurst four days later by a man who was out walking his dog.
Two men, identified by police as 33-year-old Hashim Abdullahi and 37-year-old Toronto resident Abdullahi Adan, were subsequently arrested in the case.
They have been charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, and assault.
In a news release issued Friday, York Regional Police confirmed that a third man is also facing charges in the case.
“Our investigators with the Major Crimes Bureau executed a search warrant at a residence in the Township of Clearview and have arrested 22-year-old Nathan Plater,” Const. Andy Pattenden told CP24 Friday.
Plater has been charged with forcible confinement, kidnapping, and possession of a prohibited firearm.
He appeared in court for a bail hearing on Friday and will return to court on April 29.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, identified by investigators as 28-year-old Muzamil Addow, of Toronto.
“It’s only a matter of time before we catch up to him,” Pattenden said.
In Friday’s news release, police said they are continuing to dedicate “significant resources” to find additional suspects.
“We strongly recommend that the suspects involved in this kidnapping seek legal counsel and turn themselves in,” the release read.