Wealthy Chinese student tasered and dragged into a van by armed gang

Wealthy Chinese student tasered and dragged into a van by armed gang

Wealthy Chinese student, 22, is tasered and dragged into the back of a van by armed gang in Canada parking garage

  • Wanzhen Lu, 22, was kidnapped in a parking garage Saturday near Toronto
  • Chinese national was stunned with a taser multiple times around 6pm
  • ‘Traumatized’ woman Lu was with was unharmed and notified building security
  • Police found vehicle the foreign student was dragged into on Monday in Toronto
  • Cops thought the incident could lead to requests for ransom money after Lu but so far there’s been no contact from kidnappers
  • Lu family traveled to Toronto from China as cops investigated his disappearance 
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Wanzhen Lu, 22, was kidnapped by armed men Saturday near Toronto. He’s pictured on the day of his disappearance

Canadian police are searching for a Chinese student who was kidnapped by an armed gang in the parking lot of his secure access condo building.

The ambush of Wanzhen Lu took place around 6pm Saturday and law enforcement said the 22-year-old was tasered by a masked man several times after exiting his black Land Rover Range Rover at 15 Water Walk Dr, Markham with a woman who escaped unharmed.

Security footage obtained by investigators showed the man appeared to be taken against his will by three men who used excessive violence before stuffing him into a black 2008 to 2010 Dodge Caravan with a ‘CEAR350’ plate stolen from the Peel Region earlier this month.

The woman Lu was accompanied by was said to be ‘traumatized’ by the attack. 

She was not physically harmed during the ‘very violent attack’ and notified security in the building, accessed using a fob key, leading to them calling 911.

‘The attack was very brazen, violent and hands on. They took him, threw him into the vehicle and then left,’ Constable Andy Pattenden from York Regional Police told reporters Monday. ‘It was a violent altercation and we need to find him right now.’

Neighbors said Lu had driven expensive vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini. One images shared with City News showed Lu sitting on the hood of the latter motor holding a bouquet of balloons.

Surveillance footage from the underground parking garage led them to believe Lu was ‘100 percent taken against his will’. 




The foreign student was stunned with a Taser (left) multiple times around 6pm by a masked man


The Chinese national was subjected to violence after exiting his car in a Markham parking garage. Pictured is a suspect with ‘dark skin, 6’1′, wearing black Canada Goose jacket’

While there was speculation he may have been taken in exchange for ransom money, authorities said the kidnappers had not yet made contact. 

The building Lu lives in near Highway 7 and Birchmount Road sells one-bedroom apartments for $479,900.

Cops also wanted to know more about the motive after the woman with Lu, who also goes by the name Peter, was left physically unscathed. 


The 15 Water Walk Dr, Markham condo building is accessed using a fob key and cops investigated this weekend while Lu’s family traveled to Toronto from Hainan, China


Law enforcement officers said Lu had driven expensive vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini. This image from a neighbor showed the cars lined up


Police would not say how Lu knew the woman or what school he is enrolled at. 

‘She’s obviously traumatized by what took place, but has been very helpful with us,’ Pattenden said.


‘Traumatized’ woman Lu was with was unharmed and notified building security immediately. He is pictured on the day he disappeared, kissing a woman holding flowers

‘This entire case is odd. Abductions like this, especially with this level of violence used are very rare in this country.

‘Why him? Why not the friend he was with? If there’s anyone who knows Mr. Lu that has not come forward yet with any information on why he may be a target, we’d definitively love to speak to you.’

After cops appealed to the public on the same evening, the wheelchair accessible vehicle used to kidnap the foreign student was located in Toronto, approximately 30km away from the city in Ontario, on Monday.

However they still haven’t located the victim.

Now Lu’s family is on the way to Toronto from his native Hainan, China. 

Law enforcement did not share what Lu’s family did for a living. 

The local police department was also working with the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. 

The Associated Press said the embassy ‘have been in close contact and communication with the police, urging them to rescue the kidnapped student as soon as possible’.

Lu was pictured in the outfit he was wearing the day he was abducted. He wore glasses, a black Gucci hoodie which retails for $2,000, black jeans and white running shoes. 

The first suspect was wearing a mask, blue pants and a black jacket. A second was described as having ‘dark skin, 6’1′, wearing black Canada Goose jacket’. 

Police said suspect number 3 was ‘6’2′, had dark skin, heavier build, wearing dark blue jeans with a black jacket.

A fourth suspect, the driver, did not get out of the vehicle. They were said to be male and wearing a green/yellow jacket with a hood.

Police told the kidnappers to turn themselves in before they are caught.

‘Now is the time to seek legal counsel and turn yourself in,’ Pattenden said.

The investigation is ongoing. Call 866-876-5423 x7865 with any tips on Lu’s whereabouts.

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Lu was stuffed into a black 2008 to 2010 Dodge Caravan with stolen plate ‘CEAR350’ and no front plate


Police eventually found the vehicle in Toronto on Monday with the help of a public appeal

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