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22-year-old kidnapped by masked men in Markham: York police

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 at 9:29 am EDT

York police believe Wanzhen Lu, 22, was kidnapped from a parking garage at 15 Water Walk Drive in Markham on March 23, 2019. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

York police are searching for a 22-year-old man who was reportedly kidnapped from a parking garage in Markham.

Police say Wanzhen Lu and his friend were in the underground parking garage of a condominium building at 15 Water Walk Drive, in the area of Highway 7 and Birchmount Road, around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Three masked men, one armed with a Taser-like weapon, exited a van and approached Lu, police said. A fourth suspect stayed in the van.

Police say Lu was forced him into a van, which then took off. Lu’s friend was not harmed.

“They took one person and not the other so we do believe this was targeted,” said Const. Andy Pattenden who added investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

The van is described as a 2008 to 2010 black Dodge Caravan with no front license plate. The license plate on the back of the van is CEAR350. The Ontario plate was stolen from Peel Region on March 11.

Lu was last seen wearing glasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and white running shoes. The photo below was taken on Saturday.

Anyone who sees Lu or the van should call 9-1-1 immediately, Pattenden said.

Police are expected to provide an update around 11 a.m.