Police have charged three people and are searching for a fourth after a man was allegedly forcibly confined over the weekend.
According to Durham Regional Police, between 5 p.m. Friday (Aug. 28) and 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 29), a 48-year-old victim was held against his will in a Whitby apartment. Police say he was assaulted and extorted for money by four suspects.
The victim advised police that he drove to a basement apartment on Queen Street in Whitby and while inside, he was accosted by the four parties and tied up. The suspects allegedly demanded cash for his release.
The male was beaten and was not allowed to leave, according to police. He was eventually able to free himself on Saturday morning and ran out of the home. He was located by a citizen who called police.
Three parties were arrested and police continue to look for a fourth suspect.
Investigators are advising that this was an isolated incident and not a random act.
Heidi Rauth, 30, of Queen Street in Whitby has been charged with: Extortion; Forcible Confinement; three counts of Assault with a Weapon; Take Auto without Owner’s Consent; Robbery; Use Stolen Credit Card; Utter Death Threats and Assault Causing Bodily Harm.
Grant Vandewalker, 28, of Mill Street in Oshawa has been charged with: Extortion; Forcible Confinement and Assault Causing Bodily Harm.
Jesse Cooper, 35, of Overbank Drive in Oshawa has been charged with: Extortion; Forcible Confinement; Assault Causing Bodily Harm; Robbery; Utter Death Threats and three counts of Assault with a Weapon.
They were all held for bail hearings.
Anyone with new information about this case is asked to contact D/Cst. Ceranowicz of the DRPS Central West Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 at ext. 1832.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.