SIU called fol­low­ing grow-up rob­bery ar­rest

Ar­rested sus­pect suf­fered in­juries

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE -

The prov­ince’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit ( SIU) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing in­juries suf­fered by a 25-year-old man who was ar­rested fol­low­ing an armed rob­bery of a mar­i­juana grow fa­cil­ity last Thurs­day.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that on the night of Oct. 25 OPP of­fi­cer at­tended a prop­erty on High­way to in­ves­ti­gate a sit­u­a­tion,” Mon­ica Hudon, the SIU’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor, said Mon­day. “Sev­eral per­sons of in­ter­est fled on foot.

“Of­fi­cers, along with a po­lice ser­vice dog, lo­cated the in­di­vid­u­als and they were ar­rested.”

One of the in­di­vid­u­als, a 25-yearold man, was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of se­ri­ous in­juries, Hudon said.

The ex­tent and na­ture of the in­juries were not dis­closed.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is urged to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529. They are also urg­ing any­one who may have video ev­i­dence re­lated to the in­ci­dent to up­load it through the SIU web­site at www.siu.on.ca .

The armed rob­bery took place just be­fore 10 p.m. Thurs­day when sus­pects armed with hand­guns en­tered the fa­cil­ity on High­way 3 in Norfolk County. The oc­cu­pants of the fa­cil­ity were tied up and as­saulted but one was able to call po­lice, Norfolk OPP said in a state­ment fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

An un­known quan­tity of mar­i­juana was taken from the fa­cil­ity and placed into a wait­ing ve­hi­cle. When po­lice ar­rived, the ve­hi­cle sped away and some sus­pects ran away, po­lice said.

Po­lice closed High­way 3, from Schafer Side Road to High­way 59, west of Sim­coe for about eight hours as they searched for sus­pects. The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cluded Norfolk OPP of­fi­cers, the Tac­tics and Res­cue Unit (TRU), Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (ERT), avi­a­tion ser­vices as well as OPP Ca­nine Units.

Norfolk OPP an­nounced on Sun­day that they had no­ti­fied the SIU fol­low­ing the ar­rests. The SIU then in­voked its man­date to in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice and civil­ians that have re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­jury, death or al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

Norfolk OPP have charged Tyreek Nos­wor­thy, 18, of North York, Trae­quon Mahoney, 19, of Bramp­ton, Ma­hadale Ma­hadale, 23, of Toronto, and Khalid Galeal Ra­madan, 26, of Thorn­hill, are each charged with break and en­ter, dis­guise with in­tent, rob­bery with a firearm, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited or re­stricted firearm, pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, us­ing a firearm while com­mit­ting an of­fence, forcible con­fine­ment, point­ing a firearm, as­sault with a weapon and as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm.

Ma­hadale is also charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm or am­mu­ni­tion con­trary to a pro­hi­bi­tion or­der.

Ra­madan is also charged with fail­ing to com­ply with a re­cog­ni­zance.

On Aug. 28, a 49-year-old man was shot and three St. Catharines men were ar­rested af­ter an at­tempted break-in at a home and green­house east of Ren­ton.

The vic­tim was taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous but non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

The sus­pects ran from the area but were lo­cated by of­fi­cers and the ca­nine unit.

Po­lice said they be­lieved the owner of the li­censed mar­i­juana grow op­er­a­tion had been tar­geted.

“These two in­ci­dents were not re­lated,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.

“But peo­ple are al­ways go­ing to try and take ad­van­tage of a sit­u­a­tion.

“Mar­i­juana may be le­gal now but there’s still a crim­i­nal el­e­ment out there.”

Sanchuk said le­gal grow­ing fa­cil­i­ties must have safety as a pri­or­ity with mea­sures in place, such as cam­eras and se­cure en­try doors.

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