ON September 8, four suspects kidnapped the victim from a vehicle at gunpoint in Richmond. The victim suffered significant, but non-life threatening injures after being assaulted and restrained.
The victim was rescued by Vancouver Police officers and the four suspects were taken into custody following a brief pursuit.
Charges have now been approved by BC Prosecution Service against four people in relation to a Vancouver Police kidnapping investigation from September.
“In August, Vancouver Police Property Crime detectives initiated a project into a group that was believed to be responsible for a series of armed home invasions and residential break-and-enters throughout Metro Vancouver,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Thursday. “Detectives took the initiative to target this group and dedicated a significant amount of resources into the investigation.”
Charges have been approved against Ashley Smith, 30, Michael Husain, 30, and Harman Parmar, 24, for kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence. The name of the fourth person accused is not being released due to a court imposed publication ban.
Smith, Husain, and Parmar have been held in custody pending their next court appearance.