Car stolen from Mississauga leads to failed manhunt for carjacker in distant village


Published September 1, 2022 at 7:41 pm

This man is still on the lam after a car stolen in Mississauga led to a manhunt in a river-side village - via OPP

A car stolen from Mississauga was found abandoned in the river-side Village of Hastings this morning, leading to a failed man hunt for the carjacker.

The car, a Jeep Wrangler, was stolen an unknown time ago from Mississauga. It wasn’t spotted again until yesterday, Aug 31, near Peterborough County roughly two hours away.

Around 8:40 a.m. the Wrangler passed a Northumberland OPP officer on Hwy 7 between the Hastings and the nearby Town of Norwood.

The Wrangler driver reportedly break-checked the following cop. The officer attempted to pull the Wrangler over, but the Jeep sped off down the highway reaching speeds over 140 km/h.

The cop, unaware the car was stolen, broke of pursuit for safety and reported the incidents. OPP officers in both Peterborough County and Northumberland County, which Norwood and Hastings are respectively part of, soon responded to the area.

Two hours later police found the Wrangler abandoned in Hastings. There was at the time no sign of the driver. The OPP called in a search helicopter from Orillia to search the village while officers set up a perimeter.

Hastings, sitting on the banks of the Trent River, is not a large place. It’s home to fewer than 1,400 people year-round but, as prime cottage country, the population explodes over the summer.

Officers also combed through surveillance footage for evidence of the man later releasing an image from a business on Front St.

Despite the efforts of the OPP, they failed to find the man. They called off the search shortly before noon, saying they believed the suspect to still be in town.  He’s described as Black and was wearing all black clothes and a black baseball cap.

Police advise residents who encounter the man not to approach him, but to contact police.

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