Durham Police have finally identified the suspect, in a kidnapping in Clarington and a 27 hour standoff in Whitby, as former Oshawa councillor Robert Lutczyk. Officials say a City of Oshawa staff member, identified by Mayor John Henry as Solicitor David Potts, was kidnapped Monday night, but managed to escape when Lutczyk was confronted by police prior to barricading himself inside a building just off Hopkins Street. Superintendent Brian Osborne says officers had to be very carefull, not knowing what kind of weapons were inside. Lutczyk finally surrendered peacefully at about 5:00 Wednesday morning. Police say it appears he was upset over some business dealings with the City of Oshawa. Lutczyk is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping and forcible confinement.
7 Responses to “Durham Police identify suspect in Clarington abduction and Whitby standoff”
October 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am
I work in the building where the police are invstigating. My boss just called and told me it may be a hostage situation with an armed man. He just rented the back unit and has ben working back there for a couple of weeks. No work for me today I guess.
October 16th, 2012 at 9:11 am
Where do you work????
October 16th, 2012 at 9:32 am
Tony: which building do you work in?
October 16th, 2012 at 9:49 am
Crazy police heli activity in the area. What is going on down there?
October 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
No one can get to work in this area…it would be nice to at least know why!
October 16th, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Yah its strange, drove past there along dundas today around noon and cops are still at the top of hopkins…i too heard the helicopter hovering a whole lot..wonder when they’ll say more about whats going on?
October 17th, 2012 at 7:17 am
I guess I’ll be going back to work today. I am so very glad this ended peacefully. Well done all those who helped, thank you