Five charged in relation to Kidnapping of Acquaintance; Suspects sent videos and images of abducted teenager to family member

London, Ontario – Three adults and two youths were arrested in relation to the kidnapping of a teenage boy Tuesday evening.

On June 16, 2020, at approximately 6 p.m., two boys, aged 16 and 15, attended the victim’s residence in a vehicle and drove him to a residence on Cartier Road.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., London police were contacted after a family member of the victim received messages over the social media app ‘Snapchat’ showing the victim being held at gunpoint. Individuals in a video demanded money in exchange for the victim’s safe return.

At approximately 11:50 p.m., police located the vehicle used in the kidnapping and arrested one adult female and one adult male suspect in the area of Highbury Avenue and Huron Street.

A family member of the victim received messages over the social media app ‘Snapchat’ showing the victim being held at gunpoint.
A family member of the victim received messages over the social media app ‘Snapchat’ showing the victim being held at gunpoint.

On June 17, 2020, at approximately 12:30 a.m., an officer located the young victim in the east end of the city. He had not sustained any physical injuries.

Over the course of further investigation overnight, police arrested a second adult male as well as two youths.

Major Crime Section investigators executed a search warrant yesterday afternoon, and located a loaded firearm.

Mohammed Abu Ghal Youn, 22, Tomiko Veal, 19, Savannah Vauhkonen, 19, and two young persons who cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act are charged with the following offences:

• Kidnapping for ransom or service;

• Point a firearm;

• Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm;

• Possess restricted or prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence and registration;

• Possess loaded regulated firearm;

• Extortion;

• Assault with a weapon;

• Use firearm in the commission of an offence; and

• Forcible confinement.

Tomiko Veal and the 16-year-old youth are additionally charged with possess firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.

All involved persons are known to each other and investigators do not believe this was a random incident.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

London Police Service



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