In relation to two egregious carjackings that occurred earlier this week, Toronto police have detained a suspect.
Over the course of a few hours on Monday, the occurrences happened in the Leslieville and Port Lands neighborhoods.
According to police, the victim in the first incident stopped his car in the vicinity and left the door open while he was standing close by. According to police, a suspect allegedly sprinted to the vehicle and climbed inside. He then threatened the victim with a weapon that was concealed in his waistband, according to the police, before stealing the car.
Only a few hours later, the second occurrence occurred..
Police say that two people became involved in some sort of road rage incidents and at one point both of them got out of their cars and began to argue.
At the same time the suspect in the first incident was driving by in the stolen car and stopped nearby.
Police allege that he ditched the stolen vehicle and forced his way into one of the stopped cars before driving away in the newly stolen vehicle, narrowly missing the two individuals on the roadway.
Police say that uniformed officers from 51 Division “quickly responded” following the second alleged carjacking and were able to spot the suspect driving around in the area.
The car eventually stopped in a parking lot and officers were able to make an arrest following a brief foot pursuit, police say.
Ervis Tartari, 41, of Toronto is facing a dozen charges, including robbery with a firearm.
It is just the latest arrest made in connection with a rash of carjackings that have taken place across the city this spring.
Last week police laid dozens of charges against a 19-year-old Toronto man and his alleged teenage accomplice in connection with a series of carjackings in Scarborough and Durham Region.
Police are still investigating a number of other high-profile carjackings, including one which saw Maple Leaf star Mitch Marner robbed of his Range Rover at gunpoint outside of an Etobicoke movie theatre.