Winnipeg Man Stages Kidnapping to Extort Money from Chinese Parents: Police

March 21, 2019 2:12 PM | News

Winnipeg Police Logo CrestA 31-year-old Winnipeg man is said to have worked with another man to stage his own kidnapping in an attempt to extort his parents of money overseas.

Police say they received a report of a man having been kidnapped and a video sent electronically to his parents in China demanding a ransom.

Investigators were able to locate the alleged victim unharmed at a home in the 100 block of Arden Avenue.

Police say he staged the entire incident for financial gain. The incident then turned from kidnapping to a public mischief and extortion investigation

Yang Xi was arrested and charged on March 1. His accomplice, Ji Zhang, 24, also of Winnipeg, has been charged with extortion and public mischief.