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American Tourist Kidnapped, Beaten and Robbed at Gunpoint In Canada

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An American Tourist visiting Toronto was kidnapped at gunpoint on Monday. He was robbed, beaten and held against his will for over two hours during the incident. 

One man has been arrested and two others are still at large. The man was “partying in the King St. W. area” when an unknown man befriended him and invited him to another party in a different part of the city according to police. The victim accepted the invitation and got into the car with the new aquaintance. 

The man then drove the victim to another location and picked up two other men who were wearing hoods that covered their faces. 

Man arrested after kidnapping American Tourist
Yan Cedrick Mone, 21, of Toronto, faces numerous charges in connection with the gunpoint kidnapping and robbery of a U.S. tourist (Toronto Police handout)

When the vehicle stopped again, a man in the back seat reached around and started choking the victim in the front seat. The driver stepped out of the car and grabbed a gun from the trunk allegedly pointing it at the American demanding all of his money and possesions. 

“The driver then retrieved a box from the trunk of vehicle containing a firearm, which he pointed at the victim as he made a demand for all of the victim’s belongings,”

The victim was then driven to a park when he was pistol-whipped. The kidnappers then used the American's debit card to withdraw money from his bank account police said. At that point, the abductors then stole the keys to a short-term vacation rental where they stole all of his clothes. 

A Desert Eagle .50 Air-Soft gun was seized in connection with the gunpoint kidnapping (Toronto Police handout)

After being held agaist his will for over 2 and a half hours, the American was finally released and reported the crime to police. 

Yan Cedrick Mone, of Toronto, is charged with kidnapping, using a firearm to commit an indictable offence, possession of a firearm without a licence, robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon, extortion, fraud under $5,000, break-and-enter and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

A security camera image of one of the two men still at large (Toronto Police handout)

The other two men have not been identified and police are hunting for the suspects. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call police at 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

In another tourist related incident earlier this week, an American woman and Australian man were victims of a double homocide in BC.  


The bodies of 24-year-old, Chynna Deese and her 23 year-old  partner Lucas Fowlerwere discovered deceased on the Alaska Highway 97, in British Columbia on Monday.

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A earlier version of the story above appeared on the Ottawa Sun

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