Victims bar­ri­caded them­selves in bath­room in Rich­mond Hill home in­va­sion

Thornhill Post - - News - — JW

York Re­gion wit­nessed a jump of 62 rob­beries and other vi­o­lent vi­o­la­tions be­tween 2015 and 2016. Re­cently, two male sus­pects have been charged in re­la­tion to a home in­va­sion dur­ing which seven victims, bar­ri­caded them­selves in their bath­room.

Ac­cord­ing to Const. Laura Ni­colle of York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP), a 911 call was made at 5:05 a.m. on Sept. 23 from a home­owner who heard what was thought to be a gun­shot fired at the fam­ily’s Rich­mond Hill home. The fam­ily watched on their sur­veil­lance sys­tem as two sus­pects al­legedly en­tered their back­yard and forced their way in­side the house from the back pa­tio. The home­own­ers then bar­ri­caded the fam­ily in the bath­room.

The victims com­prised two chil­dren, ages four and six, and four adults, in­clud­ing two guests. As soon as the call was made, YRP dis­patched three of­fi­cers. At 5:07 a.m., they dis­patched six more and then sev­eral more after that, in­clud­ing a sergeant. “For a firearms call, you’re get­ting ev­ery­body,” said Ni­colle.

The two male sus­pects were stopped at gun­point when they at­tempted to flee and were found with a firearm each but no stolen prop­erty. Ni­colle said they im­me­di­ately dis­carded their weapons. None of the victims was phys­i­cally harmed dur­ing this in­ci­dent. “That’s a pos­i­tive out­come in terms of how it could have gone,” she said.

The sus­pects were each charged with rob­bery us­ing a firearm and pos­ses­sion of a weapon. The case is cur­rently be­fore the courts.

* 2.5% in­crease in rob­beries in york re­gion

A firearms call alerted the po­lice

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