Two people charged after Mississauga gun call turns out to be bogus
Published November 15, 2022 at 2:16 pm
A man and woman from Mississauga are facing public mischief charges after a 911 call to police on Halloween reporting that a motorist was threatening two people in another car with a gun turned out to be bogus.
Peel Regional Police say the charges stem from an incident on Oct. 31 in the Cawthra and Burnhamthorpe Rds. area of east Mississauga.
Police say officers responded to what was believed to be a priority call indicating a person inside a vehicle was threatening two people inside another car with a gun.
A subsequent investigation by 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau officers that included bringing two people into custody determined that the allegations of a gun turned out to be false, police said in a news release today (Nov. 15).
Those two people were released unconditionally on Nov. 1.
Police added that the bogus report “initiated an intense police investigation and unnecessary use of police resources.”
This past Sunday (Nov. 13), two other people were charged with making a false police report.
Dawood Afsar, 36, and Danielle Violante, 43, both of Mississauga, are charged with public mischief. Both are scheduled to appear in Brampton court in January.
Police say such charges are serious.
“Our officers prioritize their caseloads daily and work hard to resolve ongoing investigations. Making false claims to the police results in the misappropriation of resources and takes precious time away from other serious and necessary priorities,” said Deputy Chief of Community Policing Operations Marc Andrews.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1200, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising