Knifepoint carjacking sees man pepper sprayed, kicked while pumping gas in Mississauga


Published May 22, 2024 at 1:09 pm

Carjacking at Mississauga gas station.

Two arrests have been made after a man was pepper sprayed, kicked and carjacked at knifepoint while pumping gas in Mississauga in the early morning hours yesterday.

Toronto Police said in a news release issued Wednesday the man was putting gas in his Dodge Journey SUV at a service station at Mavis Road and Central Parkway West, just north of Dundas Street West, at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning when three masked culprits confronted him.

One of them pulled out a knife and threatened the victim, police said, adding the armed culprit also demanded the car keys.

A second attacker then pepper sprayed the victim in the face while the third kicked the man, according to investigators.

The masked culprits then sped away in the victim’s SUV and police allege they wound up in the Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue area of Toronto about two hours later at the scene of a home invasion.

Police responded to the break-and-enter call at about 5:30 a.m. They said three masked male suspects believed to have been responsible for the violent Mississauga carjacking allegedly broke into the Toronto home through a basement window.

Once inside, the culprits confronted a victim and demanded car keys for a vehicle in the driveway, according to police.

Two of them then sped away from that scene in the victim’s Mercedes GLE63 while the third left the area in the Dodge Journey stolen in Mississauga.

A short time later when police tried to pull over the Mercedes, the stolen vehicle “made intentional contact with two police vehicles before it stopped in a nearby parking lot,” police said.

Two culprits then fled on foot. Police made a pair of arrests a short time later.

Police seized a can of pepper spray, among other times, according to investigators.

Malachai Francis, 19, of no fixed address, and a 16-year-old boy, of Toronto, are facing numerous charges, including:

  • robbery with offensive weapon
  • robbery
  • break-and-enter
  • two counts of disguise with intent
  • assault causing bodily harm
  • administer noxious substance with intent
  • two counts of possession property obtained by crime over $5,000

Both were scheduled to appear in Toronto court on Tuesday.

Police said they don’t have a description of the third suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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