TORONTO – A man is facing more than 20 charges after an incident in northwest Toronto in which four people were allegedly stripped, beaten and extorted after they responded to an online ad for a car.
Police say the incident happened July 14 when an 18-year-old man and three friends met another man in an underground garage in connection with an online ad about a car for sale.
It’s alleged the four were surrounded by men armed with a gun and that they were robbed, then beaten, stripped and forcibly held.
Police say the four were beaten again with rocks and threatened with a machete and a gun while their captors forced them to call family and friends for money to secure their release, but they managed to escape four hours later.
Police say Alhaji Kabba, 28, turned himself in on Sunday. He’s charged with four counts each of extortion, forcible confinement, armed robbery and uttering threats.
He also faces charges including assault causing bodily harm and several firearms-related charges.