Whitby Standoff Results in Peaceful Surrender

A standoff between the police and a kidnapping suspect which began in Whitby business on Monday has now resulted in a peaceful surrender this morning. The surrender took place at 5 a.m. ending the incident triggered with an abduction of Oshawa’s city solicitor, David Potts, on Monday.

On Monday evening Potts was kidnapped at gunpoint sometime after 10 p.m., when he returned to his residence from an Oshawa city council meeting. His wife waited for him to enter the house but he never did. Police narrates that a man carrying a gun handcuffed Potts, dumped him in a vehicle and drove to Whitby. Soon the police tracked their location through GPS on the victim’s mobile phone.

After a short chase, the police surrounded the suspect in a building at Hopkins St. in Whitby. Sometime after 2 a.m. the victim successfully escaped, and the suspect blocked himself inside until early Wednesday. It was roughly 4 a.m. when the suspect exited the building, while the police cordoned off the area of Hopkins St. making it difficult to identify the suspect. Hopkins St. resumed traffic activity at 7:30 a.m.

The Oshawa City Councilor, Bruce Wood, explained that he was in conversation with Lutczyk late Tuesday, when Lutczyk intended to stay inside until Wednesday morning. Wood mentioned that “he’s pragmatic. He’s certainly aware of the situation.” He asserted that “he’s saying he’d rather come out tomorrow morning. He’d rather come out in the light.”

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