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4 people face charges for alleged armed kidnapping in Richmond

A Vancouver police investigation into home invasions led to the four suspects who were charged for the alleged kidnapping
Four people have been charged for an alleged kidnapping at gunpoint in Richmond. File photo

Charges have been approved against four people who allegedly kidnapped a victim at gunpoint in Richmond last month, according to Vancouver police (VPD).

According to police, the incident occurred on Sept. 8, when four people allegedly kidnapped a victim from a vehicle at gunpoint in Richmond.

The victim was assaulted and restrained and suffered significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

Following a “brief pursuit,” the victim was rescued by VPD officers and four suspects were arrested in Richmond.

An investigation into home invasions led to the four suspects who were charged for the alleged kidnapping.

“We targeted a group and then from there, it led to these four people being arrested,” Const. Tania Visintin, VPD spokesperson, told the Richmond News

In August, VPD property crime detectives launched an investigation into a group believed to be responsible for a series of armed home invasions and residential break and enters across Metro Vancouver.

Visintin told the News the victim wasn’t tied to the August investigation, but couldn’t provide further details about the kidnapping case as it is now before the courts.

Charges have been approved against Ashley Smith, 30, Michael Husain, 30, and Harman Parmar, 24, for kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence, according to VPD.

Smith, Husain and Parmar have been held in custody pending their next court appearance.

The name of the fourth person is not being released due to a court imposed publication ban.