Victims barricaded themselves in bathroom in Richmond Hill home invasion
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