A 27-year-old man from Brampton is facing a slew of criminal charges after a grandmother claimed being held at gunpoint while driving her grandchildren through the city earlier this week.
According to Peel Regional Police, a mother was driving her two grandkids, aged 7 and 8, in the Rathmore Street and Calderstone Road area of Brampton at 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
While she was parked, a suspect with a tiny black handgun approached her and allegedly pointed the revolver at her, demanding her belongings.
He then allegedly ordered her out of the vehicle but she refused and instead started to drive.
“The victim was eventually able to break free from the suspect and police were contacted,” police said on Friday.
No one was injured in the encounter and nothing was taken.
Police identified a suspect the next day and at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, they conducted a search on a home in Brampton.
They arrested a man they identified as Ibrahim Ahmed Abdi.
A .40 calibre Taurus handgun was allegedly found at the scene.
Abdi was charged with offences including three counts of forcible confinement, robbery, pointing a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm and failure to comply with a release order.
He appeared in court in Brampton for a bail hearing.
Investigators are asking anyone with dash cam or other surveillance footage of the Rathmore Street and Calderstone Road area between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday to contact them.