Five people from Burlington, Hamilton facing charges after attempted kidnapping

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Published March 28, 2022 at 4:12 pm

Five people are facing charges in connection with an alleged kidnapping attempt earlier this month.

Halton police say in the early evening of Mar. 18, a man was confronted at gunpoint at his condo apartment in the area of Brant and Fairview Sts.

Three suspects demanded cash and forced the victim to the lobby area where he was assaulted. The man was able to escape to a security area and police were notified.

The three suspects fled the area in a vehicle.

Police believe this was believed to be a targeted incident.

A thorough investigation, which included a Criminal Code search warrant at a residence in Hamilton, was conducted.

Ryley Donnelly-Lavelle, 23, of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Assault with a Weapon

Andrew Burroughsford, 38, of Burlington was arrested and charged with:

  • Accessory After the Fact
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle

Christopher Newton, 38, of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (4 counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

Luke Willems, 37, of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

A 17-year-old of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Donnelly-Lavelle, Newton, Willems and the 17-year-old were held in custody pending a bail hearing. Burroughsford was released on an undertaking.

As a result of the investigation two firearms and ammunition were seized.

“I would like to commend our officers for bringing this investigation to a speedy conclusion,” said Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie.

“The bold and shocking nature of these crimes will not be tolerated in our community. Officers from multiple units across the service worked tirelessly and with seamless collaboration to identify and safely arrest these armed and dangerous suspects.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at the website.

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