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.