4 charged in Calgary, assault, kidnapping, ransom: police

4 charged in Calgary, assault, kidnapping, ransom: police
4 charged in Calgary, assault, kidnapping, ransom: police

Calgary police say four men are facing charges following a year-long investigation into a 2023 kidnapping.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2023, just before 9:30 p.m., police received a call from a man reporting that a family member of his had been abducted from an unknown location. He reported that his home, in the 500 block of 4 Avenue NE, had been broken into by three people he did not know. They attacked him with a weapon and robbed him before leaving.

According to investigators, the kidnappers contacted the man by phone and demanded an undisclosed ransom for the return of his relative.

According to Calgary Police Services (CPS), officers were immediately dispatched to the scene to safely locate and rescue the victim.

An initial police investigation revealed that the incident was drug-related and that multiple people were responsible for kidnapping and holding the victim hostage.

According to police, the kidnappers gave video updates to the family, again demanding a ransom for the safe return of their loved one.

The next day, on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, just after 5:00 p.m., police report that the victim was released by the kidnappers and found by police in the city center, with minor injuries.

Police arrested one man in connection with the incident at the time.

Police subsequently launched a large-scale investigation into the case, issuing 44 court orders, several search warrants, production warrants and the seizure of 29 electronic devices.

Through this work, investigators were also able to identify three other suspects they believed were responsible for both the kidnapping and the home invasion.

Arrests Made, Charges Filed

On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Toronto Police Service re-arrested 24-year-old Salah Aden, who was originally arrested and charged in Calgary on July 5, 2023. Following his arrest in 2023, Aden was released on bail and failed to appear at his November 2023 trial.

In July 2023, Aden was charged with robbery, kidnapping, two counts of failing to comply with a release order, possession of a weapon without a license, possession of a prohibited firearm, assault with a weapon and failing to appear in court. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday, July 16.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, officers with the Calgary Police Service arrested 23-year-old Mustafa Saeed at his home in the 3500 block of 8 Avenue SW and charged him with robbery, kidnapping, extortion, two counts of assault with a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, and three counts of breach of a release order. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, July 15.

On Monday, June 10, police arrested another suspect in connection with the incident.

With the assistance of the RCMP in Fort McMurray, 22-year-old Brandon Power was arrested and his home and vehicle were searched. Police found two handguns, ammunition and a small amount of drugs.

He is charged with robbery, forcible confinement, extortion, five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a weapon, breach of agreement, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of proceeds of crime.

Power is due to appear in court on Wednesday, July 24.

The final suspect in the kidnapping, 22-year-old Mohit Sandhu, was arrested on Tuesday, June 18, with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service. He is charged with solicitation of a criminal offence, robbery and extortion. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, July 9.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or submit tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers.