14-year-old facing 25 charges related to Halton robberies
The Halton Regional Police Service has made further arrests in relation to a series of armed robberies that occurred across the GTA; including Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville.
On Wednesday, police raided a residence in Kitchener and arrested a 14-year-old male from Toronto. He has been charged with the following offences:
- Robbery with Firearm x 3
- Robbery x 1
- Disguise with Intent x 4
- Fail to Comply with Youth Sentence Order x 4
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x 3
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order X 2
- Point Firearm x 3
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 x 2
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 x 1
- Utter Threats x 2
The robbery charges stem from the following robberies:
- December 28, 2019 - Private residence in Halton Hills
- December 30, 2019 - Bank of Montreal (Maple Avenue, Milton)
- January 7, 2020 - Scotiabank (3rd Line, Oakville)
- January 28, 2020 - Royal Bank (Guelph Street, Georgetown)
Emma Cassidy, 21, of Kitchener, was also arrested during the search warrant. She has been charged with:
- Uttering Forged Document
Three men had already been arrested in connection with the robberies that took place over a period of months throughout the GTA.
Halton police say GTA police agencies analyzed the incidents and noted an increase in armed robberies beginning in October of 2019.
Police allege the robberies typically involved at least two armed suspects entering banks and retail locations and demanding cash. Police say the incidents became more violent over time.
On Feb. 11, 2020, police arrested 18-year-old Malcolm Omotosho, 21-year-old Mississauga man Tyriq Brooks, and 23-year-old Mississauga man Oliver Rose-Mighty in Mississauga.
Police say that at the time of the arrests, two loaded handguns were located and seized by police.
Halton police have taken carriage of the investigations and laid charges in relation to offences that occurred within Halton and outside jurisdictions.
Police say a total of 67 charges have been laid against the three suspects, including robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and numerous firearm-related charges.
More charges are expected to be laid against all three suspects.
All accused parties were held for a bail hearing.
Halton police established its own Regional Robbery Task Force in January 2020 following the spike in robberies throughout Halton and the GTA.
The recent arrests were made in addition to an arrest made on Jan. 24 in following a bank robbery in Milton.
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