Robert Lutczyk's family and supporters leave the Oshawa courthouse, and are upset when seeing a cameraman are on Oct. 17, 2012.
Credits: Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun
TORONTO – The daughter of embattled former Oshawa, Ont., councillor Robert Lutczyk said the man he allegedly abducted at gunpoint Monday night had "messed up" her dad's life.
A woman identifying herself as 19-year-old Tiffany Morin told QMI Agency on Wednesday her father had been wronged by Oshawa city solicitor David Potts, and had fallen victim to "corruption" within that city's municipal government.
It is alleged an armed Lutczyk — long considered a controversial rabble-rouser as a councillor — abducted Potts from outside his home Monday night following a council meeting.
Durham police said Lutczyk surrendered Wednesday morning after a long standoff at an industrial building Whitby, Ont.
He was formally charged later Wednesday with several criminal offences, including kidnapping and using a restricted firearm.
Potts reportedly had escaped unharmed shortly after being snatched from his driveway.
"This man, this David Potts, he has really messed up my dad a lot. Like, really messed up his life," said Morin, who did not specify what Potts allegedly did to her father. "I'm not saying what my dad did was right, but I am saying that (Potts) really, really messed up his life."
Morin also said her father had fallen victim to "corruption" within Oshawa's city hall, but refused to elaborate.
Former Oshawa mayor John Gray told QMI Agency on Tuesday that Lutczyk may have been pushed over the edge by financial problems, losing re-election to council in 2010, and by feeling the City of Oshawa owed him the return of "intellectual property."
The last item would have put Potts right in Lutczyk's crosshairs, Gray said.
"David Potts, as a city solicitor, has probably denied (Lutczyk) his request for his 'intellectual property,'" he said.
Gray said Lutczyk, who was involved in municipal politics on and off from 1994 to 2010, feels he is owed the rights to the name of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology , as well as architectural drawings he had ordered as a councillor for an addition to Oshawa City Hall.
Lutczyk, as a councillor, had long pushed to bring a university to Oshawa.
Earlier, a woman at Lutczyk's home — a large house the suspect had been running as a bed and breakfast — identified herself as Lutczyk's wife, Michelle.
She said the family was holding up "as well as can be expected," but declined to say anything more.
Lutczyk was a polarizing figure when in office, once suggesting that Oshawa annex the Turks and Caicos of the Caribbean, that prison inmates be caned and that the Hamilton Tiger Cats football club be moved to Oshawa.