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Posted on Tuesday October 08, 2019

Investigators with the #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a 16-year-old student with Public Mischief following a staged kidnapping in the City of Markham.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, shortly after midnight, York Regional Police responded to a residence on Huntington Park Drive for a report of a kidnapping. When officers arrived they were shown a video of the supposed victim, a 16-year-old student who recently arrived, in Canada from China. The video, which was sent to his parents in China via a social media application, showed the student bound, gagged and wearing a blindfold. The video had an accompanying text message demanding that his parents pay $1 million dollars for his release.

Significant frontline police and investigative resources were engaged in this investigation. At approximately 1:30 a.m., the student was found in a restaurant in the area of Valleymede Road and Highway 7 in the City of Richmond Hill. Further investigation revealed that the student had staged the kidnapping in an effort to get attention and cash from his parents. He was placed under arrest and has since been charged.


  • 16-year-old male youth


  • Public Mischief

York Regional Police is advising our community that any report of a kidnapping is taken very seriously. We engage all available resources to ensure that the victim is found as quickly as possible and in the best possible condition. Staging an incident that results in the use of police resources when there was no such incident is a criminal offence. It also needlessly ties up valuable police resources that are required to deal with actual emergencies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip online at