Brampton traffic stop results in five arrests of suspects aged 17 to 19


Published March 9, 2023 at 8:21 pm

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A traffic stop in Brampton has resulted in the arrest of five suspects aged 17 to 19 on numerous firearms offences.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Mar. 8, Peel Regional Police officers spotted a suspicious car near Hwy. 50 and Cottrelle Blvd, a commercial area in Brampton’s north.

Investigating the car, police say, the officers realized it had been reported stolen. The five men inside were reportedly wearing masks. Officers went over to a nearby pharmacy to warn them they may be a robbery target, as is common in Brampton and across the GTA

Other officers moved to approach the vehicle the car tried to escape, striking several police cars. The cars had surrounded the suspect car to “prevent a high-risk pursuit and further risk to the public,” according to police

The officers were able to contain the car and ultimately arrest five people, all from Brampton. Inside they found a loaded Springfield XD 9mm handgun with 17 rounds of ammunition.

Police charged the following with 26 collective offences related to firearm possession;

  • Pablo Banton, age 19
  • Josiah Lowe, age 19
  • Matthew Swaby, age 19
  • Mubarek Ibrahim, age 18,
  • a youth, age 17

Banton is on a release order due to previous gun charges that remain before the courts. Meanwhile, Lowe is under a firearms prohibition due to a previous robbery conviction and two prohibitions due to a second robbery charge that remains before the courts.

The 17-year-old’s identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

“Thanks to the diligence and professionalism of our frontline and investigative teams, our 21 Division officers prevented a violent incident and removed a gun from our community. With these arrests, our officers also prevented the re-victimization of our community by these individuals, three of whom were out on bail for firearms and other serious offences,” said Deputy Chief Marc Andrews.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call police at (905) 453-2121, ext. 2133 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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