Police in Toronto have detained a 15-year-old boy in connection with numerous armed carjackings while looking for two further suspects.
Police were called to the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough on August 19 in response to allegations of a gunman.
Police reported that a lady and two men approached a 35-year-old man as he was sitting in his car in a parking lot.
The man allegedly refused the suspects’ request to lend him any booster cables and instead offered to transport them to a nearby site.
The suspects entered the vehicle and one of the men produced a handgun and demanded the man’s vehicle keys, police said.
The man got out of his vehicle and fled the area with his keys. The suspects then fled the area on foot, police said.
A short time later, officers responded to a robbery call at a nearby location.
A 27-year-old man allegedly stopped his vehicle in a parking lot and a woman got into the front seat for a pre-arranged meeting, police said.
The man then drove the woman to a nearby location where two men got into the back of the vehicle, and one of the men produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s keys.
Police said the victim gave them his keys and got out of the vehicle before the three suspects drove off.
Throughout their investigation, Toronto police discovered that York Region police responded to a robbery several hours before the two carjackings.
Police said a victim was allegedly sitting in their parked car when two male suspects approached them in the area of Crosby Avenue and Yonge Street.
One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and made a demand for the vehicle, police said.
The victim exited the car and the male suspects got in and drove away.
The stolen victim’s car has since been recovered, police said.
Nearly a month after the incidents, police have made one arrest in the investigation.
On Sept. 15, police executed a search warrant at one of the suspects’ residence.
During the search, officers found clothing worn by the suspect during the robberies.
Officers located the suspect and took him into custody.
A 15-year-old boy is facing a total of 18 charges, including robbery with firearm, disguise with intent, conspiracy to commit indictable offence and fail to comply release order.
The youth cannot be identified under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The charges have not been proven in court.
The two other suspects remain outstanding and unidentified.
Police said the female suspect is described as white, approximately 20 years old, standing at five-foot-six inches tall, with a slim build and dark brown braided hair.
The male suspect is described as Black and approximately 20 years old.