3 people charged in shopping centre carjacking in Mississauga

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Published July 8, 2024 at 6:09 am

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Police have charged three people in connection with multiple carjackings over a three-day period in Mississauga.

On Wednesday (July 3), Peel Regional Police say a woman who was with her child was loading her vehicle in a parking lot near Heartland Town Centre shortly after 7 p.m.

The woman and her child were ambushed by two masked suspects who pulled up in a black Acura sedan. The suspects demanded her keys and took off in her vehicle. A third suspect, driving the black Acura, also sped away, police say.

Fortunately, the woman and her child were not physically injured.

The next day (July 4) at approximately 7:30 p.m., two suspects exited from the same black Acura sedan and stopped a woman who was returning to her vehicle in a gym parking lot on Pepper Mill Court.

According to Peel police, the victim tried to run away but was knocked to the ground, and her purse was stolen. The suspects were unable to steal her vehicle keys and fled in the black Acura,

Luckily, the victim was not physically injured.

The following day police saw a vehicle with three masked people inside who were believed to be preparing for another carjacking in the area of Hurontario Street and Courtneypark Drive.

Officials say that with assistance from the 12 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau and Tactical and K-9 officers, the suspects were quickly intercepted and arrested.

Police have not indicated if the suspects were brandishing a weapon in any or all of the incidents.

Investigators determined that the suspect vehicle, a black Acura, had previously been reported stolen.

Additionally, police are confident that the victims, both owners of BMW X7 SUVs, were targeted specifically for their high-value vehicles.

Mackey Lashano, 18, from Toronto, Deshawn Sadler, 18, from Brampton, and a 14-year-old male from Toronto have all been charged with multiple criminal offences including two counts of robbery, two counts of disguise with intent and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

The name and identity of the 14-year-old suspect is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

They were all held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Robbery Bureau at 905-453-2121 extension 3410.

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