Two St. Catharines men charged with 14 handgun violations in separate crimes

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Published November 14, 2022 at 12:13 pm

Two St. Catharines men have been charged with 14 different counts related to firearms after two separate handgun incidents in the city over the weekend.

The first incident took place at a nightclub located in the area of Ontario St. and St Paul St area on November 13 at 1:20 am when a security guard inside the bar saw a patron with a handgun in his waistband.

The security guard quickly grabbed the handgun, prompting the suspect to take off on foot.  He lead the security guards on a foot-race before police arrived, found him and arrested him.

The seized handgun turned out to be loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition.

Maxwell Ali Grant, 20, of St. Catharines has been charged with knowingly possessing of a restricted firearm without a licence, possession of a restricted firearm without a licence, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

He was held in custody pending an appearance in bail court yesterday (November 13) via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton and was subsequently sent into the custody of Ontario Correctional Services.

The second unrelated incident happened less than an hour later on November 13 at 2:10 am after the Niagara Police got information that the OPP had tried to stop a speeding vehicle on the QEW near Victoria Ave. in Lincoln.

The car was later seen by Niagara officers in the St. Paul St. West and Pelham Rd area in St. Catharines. After following the car to a dead end on Kent St. near Hillview Rd. North, the driver got out and took off on foot. As the police chased him through neighboring backyards, the suspect was seen tossing what appeared to be a handgun.

He was eventually caught and a loaded handgun was recovered. It had an extended magazine with 16 rounds of ammunition.

Antonio Sedeno Charles, 35, of St. Catharines has been charged with knowingly possessing of a restricted firearm without a licence, possession of a firearm and ammunition while on probation, possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle and flight from peace officer

He was held in custody pending an appearance in bail court yesterday (November 13) via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton and was subsequently sent into the custody of Ontario Correctional Services.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the 1 District Detective Criminal Investigative Branch by dialing 905-688-4111, option 3, extension, 1024233.

 

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