3 teens arrested following "violent" bank robbery in GTA: police

Feb 20 2020, 11:37 am

Three teenagers have been arrested following a violent bank robbery that occurred in Markham on Wednesday night, according to York Regional Police.

Law enforcement reportedly responded to a robbery in progress around 8 pm on February 19, at a bank located on Markham Road, north of 16th Avenue.

Officers say that three suspects had arrived at the bank in a vehicle and entered, armed with knives and firearms. The suspects reportedly ordered everyone onto the ground and demanded cash from the safe.

Two employees of the bank were stabbed, police say, and two people were kicked in the face.

All four were transported to hospital with injuries deemed non-life-threatening.

Police say that upon the arrival of the first officer at the scene, the three suspects attempted to flee on foot. Officers promptly set up a perimeter, and members of the canine unit tracked the suspects. They were reportedly hiding in a house under construction.

The suspects were arrested and, in the process, police say they recovered two firearms. The vehicle that the suspects used had reportedly been stolen on February 10 during a violent carjacking in Toronto.

Police say that a 16-year-old male of no fixed address, a 15-year-old male of no fixed address, and a 13-year-old male from Mississauga are facing several charges, including Robbery with a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, and Disguise with Intent.

Evidence has reportedly been obtained that connects the three suspects to additional robberies throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.