-Two men admit roles in high-profile kidnapping of Johnny Fei and Markham real estate agent Tony Han who died of a heart attack while confined
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Two men admit roles in high-profile kidnapping of Johnny Fei and Markham real estate agent Tony Han who died of a heart attack while confined
A man on Canada’s most wanted list, Guo Wei Wu, spent months methodically plotting to kidnap businessman Johnny Fei, watching his movements and learning details of his family life, a court has heard.
Then, using the false name Louis Chen, Wu allegedly sapproached well-known Markham real estate agent Jianguo (Tony) Han about buying Fei’s mansion at 1801 Featherston Dr. in Mississauga for $2.38 million.
On Jan. 19, 2011, Wu and seven accomplices abducted Fei and Han from the 15-room house, where they had gone to finalize the sale.
The chilling details of their week in captivity, and Han’s subsequent heart-attack death with his feet and hands locked in chains, were outlined in an agreed statement of facts read in a Brampton courtroom earlier this week when two men admitted their roles in the high-profile crime.
Sohaib Malik and Mikhail Troutanov pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping, while Malik also pleaded guilty to manslaughter. They have yet to be sentenced. A preliminary hearing for four other accused is scheduled to begin Monday. The Crown has withdrawn charges against one man.
But the mastermind, a career criminal known for carrying designer shoulder bags and wearing glasses without lenses, remains at large. Police have said Wu has ties to Asian organized crime groups in Canada and China.
When Fei and Han vanished last year, Peel police embarked on an extensive search unaware the pair were being held in the basement of a detached home at 163 Edward Jeffreys in Markham. Wu leased it under the name Hao Li.
Reports after their disappearance suggested Fei was the target and Han was simply in the wrong place.
But according to the facts read into court — and acknowledged under oath by Malik and Troutanov — Han also became a target while handling the sale of the Mississauga mansion.
The night before the kidnapping, Wu had dinner with Han.
The following day, Fei and Han, both in their 40s, met Wu at the Featherston address, near Mississauga Rd. and Dundas St. W. Fei made tea, unaware of the rented red van lurking outside. Inside, five masked men, including Malik and Troutanov, lay hidden beneath stolen hotel bed sheets.
Within a few minutes, the garage door opened, and the men rushed into the house armed with a bb handgun, extendable baton and hammer. They tackled Han. Fei was beaten and struck in the back with a hammer.
The kidnappers blindfolded the pair, covered their mouths with duct tape, and binded their hands with zip ties. They were dragged into the van and driven to the Markham house.
There, Fei and Han were taken to an unfinished basement with cardboard-covered windows, while Wu and van driver went out to get chains, locks and pizza, Crown attorney David Maylor told court.
For the next seven days, the two men stayed chained and blindfolded while Wu demanded a total of $2.5 million in ransom money from the families of both men in China and Canada.
The kidnappers took turns watching the prisoners, whom Wu had tied to reclining lawn chairs.
“Mr. Malik found the basement eerie at all times and more so when he was in the basement alone with the victims,” Maylor said.
They were given water and food, cooked by one of the kidnappers. Fei fared the worse. He was beaten several times and had to crawl, blindfolded, up the wooden basement stairs to use the washoom. Han got an escort.
Every time Han saw Wu, he asked if his life would be spared if ransom was paid.
The kidnappers celebrated when they learned approximately $330,000 had been wired to a bank account in China.
Around lunchtime on Jan. 26, Han asked to use the washroom. Still chained by both hands and feet, it took Malik seven minutes to guide him upstairs. Once there, he made noises and appeared to be suffering cramps, court was told. He was permitted to lie down.
Malik pulled Han up to allow him to sip some water but Han’s muscles tensed up and he stopped moving. Malik tried to perform CPR.
One of the captors asked if they should call 911.
“Are you crazy,” another responded.
Wu arrived 45 minutes later and performed CPR on Han without success, Maylor said.
When Wu told Fei what happened, he asked him to be his witness and confirm he was not present when Han died.
“Mr. Fei, thinking he might be killed as well, responded that he could not be a witness if he was dead,” the prosecutor said.
Wu agreed to release Fei after he promised to come up with more money.
Later on Jan. 26, Fei was dumped in the parking lot outside the Keg at 1977 Leslie Street where he was found crawling toward the restaurant. He was treated in hospital for severe bruising and required stitches to his torso.
Back in Markham, the kidnappers dug a large hole in the cement floor of the basement and placed two garbage bags containing Han’s remains, which weren’t located, exhumed and identified until July 11, 2011.
A forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Pollanen, concluded “ . . . the circumstances surrounding Mr. Han’s death point to detention-related stress as a contributing factor in his death.”
Fei, it turns out, was not as wealthy as Wu figured.
Chinese authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest in his home country, Maylor told court. He didn’t elaborate, except to say Fei had a business that ran into problems and collapsed in 2008.