Canada-wide warrants issued for two men wanted in Richmond Hill frying-pan attack on Elnaz Hajtamiri
Published Thursday, March 23, 2023 9:12AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 23, 2023 9:01PM EDT
Canada-wide warrants have been issued for two suspects police say were “directly involved in the planning and execution” of the parking garage attack on 37-year-old Elnaz Hajtamiri, weeks prior to her abduction.
The incident happened on Dec. 21, 2021 at the undergrund parking garage of her Richmond Hill condo.
York Regional Police (YRP) said two men reportedly confronted Hajtamiri and struck her in the head with a frying pan. The suspects, who also allegedly tried to abduct her, fled the scene in a vehicle. Hajtamiri was taken to hospital and required roughly 40 stiches to close the wound.
"Following the attack, York Regional Police released images of the men responsible for attacking Elnaz and made an appeal to the public for their assistance. With the assistance of the media and the significant public support from the community, investigators were able to identify the men responsible for physically attacking Elnaz," Det. Sgt. Jason Dinsmore said during a Wednesday morning news conference.
"Riyasat Singh and Harshdeep Binner were arrested and charged for the attack that that was carried out in the underground parking garage."
Singh and Binner were both charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, mischief to property over $5,000, and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Singh pled guilty and was deported in December, while Binner remains in police custody and is set to appear in court later this month.
Earlier this year, police arrested and charged Harshpreet Sekhon, of Mono, and Akash Rana, 25, of Delta, B.C. They have both been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit an indictable offense. Sekhon and Rana are currently in police custody and have a March 24 court date.
Mohammad Lilo, who is Hajtamiri's ex-boyfriend, has also been charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping in connection with the incident.
On Thursday, YRP announced Jaspreet Singh, 24, of Delta, B.C. and 23-year-old Sukhpreet Singh, of Mississauga, are also sought by police for their involvement in the December 2021 attack.
Described by Dinsmore as "co-conspirators," they are wanted for aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Police are encouraging both men to get a lawyer and turn themselves in to authorities.
“Investigators are reminding the public that anyone who is, or has, assisted the suspects may be subject to criminal charges,” YRP said in a news release.
Weeks after the attack, on Jan. 12, 2022 at about 8:30 p.m., Hajtamiri was kidnapped from a residence in Wasaga Beach. Police previously said she was forcibly dragged from a home barefoot by three suspects dressed in fake police gear. Hajtamiri was last seen being driven away in a 2016-2022 white Lexus RX sport utility vehicle.
Earlier this year, YRP and the Ontario Provincial Police, which is handling the abduction investigation, offered a $100,000 reward for information about Hajtamiri's whereabouts.
"York Regional Police continues to dedicate all resources available to bring those responsible to justice in this matter. We also remain committed to assisting the Ontario Provincial Police and their investigative team in their kidnapping investigation," Dinsmore said, adding police will "pursue all investigative avenues to bring the truth to life."
"We have no doubt there are people out there with information and encourage them to come forward. There's people out there that know what happened. We're reaching out and trying to find answers for her family, her friends, and the community at large."