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Man arrested and charged in Elnaz Hajtamiri kidnapping, woman remains missing

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Det. Inspector Martin Graham provides additional information on the January 2022 abduction of Elnaz Hajtamiri during a press conference in Mississauga, Ont., on January 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Police say a fourth suspect has been arrested and charged in the kidnapping of a woman who was abducted from a home in Ontario more than a year ago. 

Police have said Elnaz Hajtamiri was taken on Jan. 12, 2022 from a relative's home in Wasaga Beach, Ont., where her family says she was hiding out after an alleged attack weeks earlier. 

Ontario Provincial Police say a 29-year-old man from Brampton, Ont., is now facing charges that include kidnapping and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Police have alleged 37-year-old Hajtamiri – who remains missing – was abducted by three suspects dressed in police gear weeks after she was allegedly assaulted with a frying pan in an underground parking lot in Richmond Hill, Ont. 

Police say they have an arrest warrant for another suspect. 

A $100,000 reward has been issued for anyone with information that could locate Hajtamiri. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2022. 

The Canadian Press

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