First Suspect Charged in Halton Baseball Bat Attack
A Brampton man is in handcuffs -and another has allegedly fled to India- following a violent baseball bat attack in Halton Hills which injured three victims.
A 20-year-old man was handcuffed on June 28, say Halton police.
But detectives allege their main suspect who “orchestrated the attack” has left Canada.
Rankirat Singh, 20, of Brampton, boarded a flight to New Delhi, say police, and remains at large.
An arrest warrant remains for Rankirat Singh on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
The June 20 beatdown began over a dispute involving a real estate transaction, say investigators, resulting in the assault with "sticks."
All three victims are from the Brampton area.
Two men were sent to hospital in serious but stable condition while a third victim suffered minor injuries.Police allege one of the victims brokered a real estate deal between a Brampton property owner and the suspect earlier this month, and the victim received a deposit from the suspect to lease the property.
The property owner declined the lease offer and asked the victim to return the deposit to the suspect.
Discussions between the victim and the suspect -regarding the declined offer- grew heated, say police, resulting in the victim fearing for his safety.
The victim and two friends travelled to a pre-arranged meeting area to return the deposit to the man shortly after midnight on June 20.
That's when they saw several vehicles with numerous men -allegedly including the suspects- standing around carrying what appeared to be bats and sticks.
The trio tried to flee in their vehicle but were surrounded and beaten at a red light on Winston Churchill Blvd. and Steeles Ave. in Halton Hills.
Detectives conducted a search warrant at a Brampton home on June 21, seizing several sticks, a baton and two vehicles.
Kinderbir Singh, 20, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
He was held for a bail hearing.
It’s unclear if the suspects are related.
Police are asking those involved to contact a lawyer or detectives and arrange for their safe surrender.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact acting Det. Dylan Price of the 1 District criminal investigations bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2422.
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