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Police charge fifth man in kidnapping of 14-year-old boy in March

Toronto police say a fifth person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 14-year-old boy in March. Police say the 29-year-old turned himself in after investigators announced four arrests in the case on Thursday.

Toronto police say a fifth person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 14-year-old boy in March.

Police say the 29-year-old turned himself in after investigators announced four arrests in the case on Thursday.

Investigators allege the 14-year-old boy was kidnapped because his stepbrother had stolen a significant amount of cocaine.

He was found, dishevelled but otherwise healthy, 36 hours later.

Police have laid a total of 31 charges in the case and say their investigation is ongoing.

The counts include kidnapping for ransom, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, uttering threats and arson.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2020.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the boy was kidnapped over his brother's cocaine heist. It was his stepbrother.