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Charges approved against four alleged kidnappers following Vancouver police investigation

Police believe the group was responsible for a series of armed home invasions throughout Metro Vancouver
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Charges laid by the Vancouver Police Department have been approved by the BC Prosecution Service in connection with a kidnapping in Richmond, B.C.

Charges have been approved against four individuals, suspected to have taken part in a kidnapping carried out at gunpoint last month.

The kidnapping occurred on Sept. 8, and following a brief pursuit, the victim was rescued by VPD officers. The victim suffered significant but non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted and restrained.

Four suspects were also taken into custody.

“In August, Vancouver Police Property Crime detectives initiated a project into a group that was believed to be responsible for a series of armed home invasions and residential break and enters throughout Metro Vancouver,” says constable Tania Visintin, VPD. “Detectives took the initiative to target this group and dedicated a significant amount of resources into the investigation.”

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

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