A 22-year-old man violently abducted from an underground Markham, Ont., parking garage last weekend and found Tuesday night is speaking with investigators as police turn their attention to locating four suspects.
Wanzhen Lu was found with minor injuries in the sleepy cottage town of Gravenhurst, some 200 kilometres from where he was taken.
It’s believed Lu was dropped off from a vehicle on Doe Lake Road, York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden said Wednesday.
He then made his way to a nearby residence to seek assistance. The homeowner contacted provincial police in the area.
According to Pattenden, Lu was briefly treated for minor injuries before returning to York Region. Pattenden said police aren’t revealing Lu’s specific location at this time, given “obvious safety concerns.”
Members of Lu’s family arrived in Canada from China on Monday and were “traumatized” by their son’s abduction, Pattenden explained.
Investigators hope the international student, who also goes by the “Peter,” will help them piece together what happened between his abduction around 6 p.m. ET Saturday until he was located.
“There ‘s a lot that we need to learn now,” Pattenden told reporters.
“This investigation is far from over. We are going to continue to pursue these suspects.”
Officers are searching for four people, all captured on security cameras at various locations within the parking garage.
Footage shows three masked men forced Lu into a black Dodge Caravan after shocking him with a conductive energy weapon, while a fourth was the driver.
Lu, who also goes by the name “Peter,” drove a number of luxury vehicles, including a Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Range Rover, police confirmed earlier this week. It was in a Range Rover that police say Lu and a female friend arrived inside the parking garage just moments before his abduction.
CBC Toronto has obtained vehicle registration documents on the Range Rover showing a lien put on the vehicle as of March 25. The vehicle remained in the parking garage as of Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old Toronto man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the case, but Pattenden says he had subsequently been released “unconditionally” without charge.