SIU called following grow-up robbery arrest
Arrested suspect suffered injuries
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.