Armed trio sought in rob­bery

Search is on for a third sus­pect, af­ter two teens charged

Village Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

Two teens have been ar­rested, while a third sus­pect re­mains at large, af­ter the trio al­legedly robbed two people at gun­point in Lea­side last month.

On Aug. 23, a 17-year-old male and 18-year-old fe­male were walk­ing in Howard Tal­bot Park when they were ap­proached by three male sus­pects who, while armed, ut­tered death threats at them and robbed them of their personal prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to Const. Caro­line de Kloet, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer with the Toronto Po­lice Service (TPS), of­fi­cers re­ceived a call alert­ing them to the rob­bery at 11:26 p.m. and then can­vassed the area search­ing for the sus­pects.

Sev­eral Lea­side res­i­dents wit­nessed the search tak­ing place and posted about it on a Lea­side com­mu­nity Face­book page. Some claimed to have spot­ted po­lice cruis­ers parked out­side McRae Drive and Han­nah Road with their lights flash­ing. One neigh­bour said a po­lice of­fi­cer had in­formed her that two armed men were roam­ing the area and urged her to con­tact po­lice if she saw them. An­other neigh­bour said he wit­nessed po­lice ar­rest the two sus­pects on Han­nah Road with the help of a po­lice dog, while the search for a third sus­pect con­tin­ued.

De Kloet con­firmed that a 15-year-old male sus­pect was ar­rested and charged with two counts of ut­ter­ing death threats and rob­bery with a firearm. A 19-year-old was also ar­rested and charged with rob­bery and De Kloet said both sus­pects were brought into the po­lice sta­tion an hour af­ter the 911 call, at 12:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

De Kloet said the TPS re­port has no record of the vic­tims sus­tain­ing any in­juries dur­ing the rob­bery.

The third sus­pect re­mains at large and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call 911.

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