Toronto police have arrested and charged four people in the alleged kidnapping and ransom of a 23-year-old man.
Police allege the man was confronted with a gun, pistol-whipped, bound and threatened after talking with a man in a car during a walk.
They allege he was taken to his home, which was ransacked, and demanded money from his friends as ransom.
The force says officers were able to find and rescue the man after a radio call for extortion on Saturday night.
Police say a 19-year old man, 36-year-old man, and two boys aged 16 and 17 are each facing multiple charges, including kidnapping for ransom and assault with a weapon.
They ask anyone with information to contact police.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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