Fifth ar­rest in vi­o­lent rob­bery at­tempt

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS -

A fifth per­son has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a vi­o­lent home in­va­sion in Nor­folk last month.

The Nor­folk OPP crime unit in part­ner­ship with the York Re­gion po­lice tac­ti­cal unit, York Re­gion ca­nine unit and York Re­gion prop­erty crimes unit ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on Han­d­ley Cres­cent in New­mar­ket on Thurs­day.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, po­lice took a 30-year-old man into cus­tody on a host of charges re­lated to the at­tempted rob­bery of a li­censed mar­i­juana grow op­er­a­tion on High­way 3 Oct. 25.

A group of men al­legedly tried to rob the grow op­er­a­tion at gun­point 10 p.m. that night. While they were on the prop­erty, some­one called po­lice. The men fled on foot when po­lice ar­rived.

Ca­nine and tac­ti­cal units were dis­patched to the area. The sus­pects were rounded up fol­low­ing a foot search. One of the ac­cused suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries in the course of the ar­rest. As such, On­tario Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit has been called in to probe the event.

On Thurs­day, Christo­pher John Gis­mondi, 30, of New­mar­ket, was charged with three counts of us­ing a firearm to take a hostage, break and en­ter, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a loaded, pro­hib­ited or re­stricted firearm, wear­ing a dis­guise with in­tent to com­mit a crime, rob­bery with a firearm, two counts of unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited or re­stricted firearm, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for dan­ger- ous pur­poses, two counts of us­ing a firearm in the com­mis­sion of an of­fence, pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited de­vice or am­mu­ni­tion for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, forcible con­fine­ment, point­ing a firearm, as­sault with a weapon, as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm, and dis­obey­ing a court or­der.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort should serve as a re­minder to any­one con­tem­plat­ing com­mit­ting a crime that po­lice have no bound­aries when it comes to bring­ing peo­ple to jus­tice,” Det.-insp. Dar­ren Web­ster of the OPP’S crim­i­nal in­ves­tiga­tive branch said Thurs­day in a news re­lease.

“I would like to rec­og­nize the mem­bers of the York Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice for their as­sis­tance in bring­ing this in­ci­dent to a suc- cess­ful con­clu­sion.”

A bail hear­ing for Gis­mondi has been sched­uled for Fri­day at the On­tario Court of Jus­tice at the Nor­folk County court house in Sim­coe.

The Nor­folk OPP’S Crime Unit con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate and is seek­ing as­sis­tance from the pub­lic. If any­one has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent, they are asked to con­tact the Nor­folk OPP at 1-888310-1122.

Tip­sters who wish to re­main anony­mous can share what they know with Crime Stop­pers of Haldimand and Nor­folk at 1-800222 - 8477. Call­ers to Crime Stop­pers who help solve a crime are el­i­gi­ble for a cash re­ward of up to $2,000.

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