Brampton men, Riyasat Singh & Harshdeep Binner Charged With Attempted Murder in Elnaz Hajtamiri Case
Harshdeep was on the run and has been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant since April.
A Brampton man, Harshdeep Binner is facing a host of charges including attempted murder in connection with an alleged attack on missing woman Elnaz Hajtamiri in late 2021, York Regional Police said.
Elnaz remains missing after she was abducted from a Wasaga Beach home by three men wearing police uniforms on the evening of January 12, 2022.
In a news release issued by the police on Tuesday morning, said 24-year-old Harshdeep Binner has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and mischief over $5,000. Harshdeep was on the run and has been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant since April.
The charges stem from an incident in Richmond Hill in December of 2021 before Elnaz was abducted. Investigators say officers were called to an address on King William Crescent, in the Yonge Street and Bantry Avenue area, after Elnaz was attacked by two men and struck with a frying pan in an underground parking garage.
A concerned citizen interrupted the attack, police say, and the men took off in a vehicle. Elnaz was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Investigators determined the vehicle the accused used in the attack had been stolen from Finch Avenue and Don Mills Road in Toronto and was later recovered.
Harshdeep is the third man to be charged in connection with the parking garage attack. Riyasat Singh, 23, also from Brampton, was arrested on the same charges in April.
Mohamad Lilo of Brossard, Quebec also faces charges of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping in connection with the December incident and has also been charged with kidnapping in connection with Elnaz’s abduction.
He is charged with Elnaz Hajtamiri’s abduction from the Wasaga Beach home.
Elnaz, born in Iran, came to Canada in 2018 and found work in the import-export shipping industry, according to a news release from the family. She had recently left her job to focus on building a cake-making business.
In the news release, York police said its investigators “continue to work closely” with Ontario Provincial Police on that force’s investigation into Elnaz’s disappearance.