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2nd man arrested in Richmond Hill assault on Elnaz Hajtamiri

Elnaz Hajtamiri was kidnapped from Wasaga Beach weeks after being assaulted in Richmond Hill

A second arrest has been made in the violent attack on Richmond Hill woman Elnaz Hajtamiri that occurred in December 2021. 

On Dec. 20, York Regional Police were called to a parking garage on King William Crescent, in the area of Yonge and Bantry in Richmond Hill, for reports of a woman being attacked by two men and struck by a frying pan. 

On April 13, 2022 police executed a search warrant at a home in Brampton and arrested and charged one of the suspects, Riyasat Singh, 23, of Brampton. The following day a Canada-wide arrest warrant was executed for the second suspect, Harshdeep Binner. The 24-year-old Brampton man was arrested on Sept. 19, 2022. 

Both Singh and Binner have been charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and mischief over $5,000. They both remain in custody. 

Less than one month after the assault, Hajtamiri was kidnapped from a home in Wasaga Beach on Jan. 12, 2022, according to the Ontario Provincial Police. 

York Regional Police said its officers continue to work with the OPP on the investigation into the kidnapping of Hajtamiri

Anyone with information related to the Richmond Hill assault is asked to contact York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau designated tip line at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241. You can also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online


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Elizabeth Keith is a general assignment reporter. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2017. Elizabeth is passionate about telling local stories and creating community.
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