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Police issue warrant for suspect in Elnaz Hajtamiri abduction

The 35-year-old Toronto man is connected to the abduction of Elnaz Hajtamiri from a Wasaga Beach home last year, police say

Police have announced an arrest warrant for a man wanted in connection with the abduction of Elnaz Hajtamiri in January 2021 from a home in Wasaga Beach. 

Hajtamiri, 37, was abducted Jan. 12, 2022 at approximately 8:30 p.m. from a Wasaga Beach residence by three suspects dressed in fake police gear. They fled in a white Lexus RX SUV. She has not been seen or heard from since. 

Police released four photos of three suspects on Feb. 16, 2023, who are believed to be involved in the abduction. 

OPP have asked for the public's help in identifying a male and female, pictured here, as part of their investigation into the abduction. Photo contributed by OPP

"Thanks to the public's support, one of the suspects has been identified as Deshawn Davis, 35 years old, of Toronto, Ontario," stated a news release issued by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on March 8. "A warrant has been issued for his arrest." 

Davis is currently at-large and police are asking for the public's help in finding him. 

Police are also asking for help identifying the two other suspects -- a male and female -- whose photos were released on Feb. 16. 

"In addition, police are still looking to identify one, or potentially two, individuals of interest who rented vehicles in December 2021," states the news release. "They are not suspects in the kidnapping, but police would like to speak with them as they may have information related to this case. A $100,000 joint OPP and York Regional Police reward is still available for anyone with information that will lead to Elnaz's whereabouts."

Hajtamiri is about five-foot-three-inches (160 cm) and with a slim build and shoulder-length black hair.  

On Dec. 20, 2021, Hajtamiri was attacked and struck with a frying pan in her underground parking garage on King William Crescent, near Yonge Street and Bantry Avenue. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Since then, five people have been arrested in connection with that attack. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit tips online at Members of the public are strongly urged to help share our message on social media using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.