Police charge fourth suspect in attack on 37-year-old woman who was later abducted

Police say they have arrested and charged a fourth suspect in an attack on a 37-year-old woman who was abducted weeks later from an Ontario town.

York Regional Police allege Elnaz Hajtamiri was violently assaulted with a frying pan in an underground parking lot in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Dec. 20, 2021.

They say her ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old Mohamad Lilo, and two other men were arrested and charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping in that attack.

Police say they have now charged a 25-year-old man from Mono, Ont., with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence in the parking lot attack, which left Hajtamiri with non-life-threatening injuries.

Hajtamiri was abducted from a relative's home in Wasaga Beach, Ont., weeks later on Jan. 12, 2022 – Ontario Provincial Police say two males and a female are suspected in that abduction.

Police have released photos of the kidnapping suspects, who they believe are living in the Greater Toronto Area, and are seeking help identifying them.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2023.

The Canadian Press