Oshawa man arrested in York Area carjacking

An Oshawa man has been arrested following a carjacking incident in York Region.

On Wednesday, May 25, at about 10 p.m., a man was sitting in his Mercedes at a plaza at Leslie Street and Greenhill Avenue in Richmond Hill when he was approached by two men armed with handguns. The victim was assaulted and the suspects stole his watch, wallet and cellphone before fleeing into the victim’s vehicle, York Regional Police reported.

The York police helicopter, Air2, was able to follow the suspects and officers found them at an address in Toronto, police noted.

The suspects were arrested and the vehicle was recovered, police added.

A 19-year-old man from Oshawa and a 19-year-old man of no fixed address were charged with robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm.

There’s been a spate of carjackings in the GTA recently, including six attempted incidents between 10 pm and 1:30 am on Wednesday, May 25 to Thursday, May 26. Two of the six incidents happened in Pickering.

In the most high-profile carjacking, Toronto Maple Leaf Mitch Marner had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint.

As a result of the increase in carjacking incidents, York Regional Police will lead a new GTA-wide task force that also includes members of the Durham Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Criminal Intelligence Service of ontario.

The task force will further co-ordinate law enforcement efforts across the GTA to combat this issue.

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