An Amber Alert came to a positive conclusion on Thursday night. Fourteen-year-old Shammah Jolayemi was found alive and well in an abandoned barn after being abducted from a North York neighbourhood on Wednesday morning. According to CP24, Jolayemi was rescued from a Brampton barn located near 10869 Heritage Rd.
Toronto police issued an update on the case at 11:05 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020. In their report, investigators noted that Jolayemi had been transferred to a hospital to receive a medical checkup.
“The Toronto Police have located Shammah Jolayemi, age 14. He is safe and being taken for a medical checkup,” read a tweet by Toronto Police Operations.
The boy was checked into Sick Kids Hospitalby Halton paramedics, where his mother met him. No further details have been given on his condition.
The Toronto Sun reported that the Jolayemi had been abducted in connection to his stepbrother, Olalekan Osikoya, drug debt. Osikoya reportedly owed $4 million for a large quantity of cocaine.
“We believe the teen was abducted as retribution for an unpaid drug debt,” Toronto Police Supt. Steve Watts told CTVat a press conference on Thursday.
“Investigators believe the teen’s brother owes a large debt in relation to a multi-kilo cocaine rip and has since fled the GTA.”
Jolayemi was taken on Wednesday at 8:25 a.m. near the intersection of Jane St. and Driftwood Ave.
The boy reportedly screamed for help as he was forced into a black jeep. The vehicle was later found burned near the barn.
Following the abduction, police began canvassing the 14-year-old’s neighbourhood.
Teams of officers went door to door, leaving notices on homes asking residents to call them immediately.
“Important Notice (You were not at home) We have been canvassing in your neighbour concerning a recent police investigation. We have been unable to contact you. When you receive this, please contact 31 Division, Criminal Investigation Bureau,” the notes read.