UPDATE: Hamilton Police have made a series of arrests in this case.
Suspect photos have been removed from The Public Record as required by Section 110 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act as the accused is 16 years of age. See our editors note for our reasons for removal.
Hamilton Police are warning the public of an “armed and dangerous” suspect who robbed an Ancaster woman in her 80s and forced her to drive him at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.
Hamilton Police Staff Sergeant Chris Hasting says around 3:45pm, the victim entered her vehicle at the Best Buy on Golf Links Road in Ancaster. The suspect was seated in the back seat.
“He immediately pointed a gun into her side and demanded that she drive him around. He rummaged through her purse and made her withdrawal a quantity of cash from an ATM. At one point, he forced the victim into the passenger seat and drove her around the city while keeping her at gun point.”
S/Sgt Hasting says the suspect forced the victim to drive to the Kenilworth Access into the lower city before, after over an hour of holding the victim at gunpoint, the suspect exited the vehicle at the intersection of Rebecca Street and Mary Street in Downtown Hamilton. The Central Hamilton Police Station is located on the southeast block of Rebecca and Mary.
The suspect was next seen around 6:00pm in the area Eastgate Square in East Hamilton / Stoney Creek.
The suspect is described as: male, light coloured skin, 17 years old, soul patch on his chin, 5’7″, wearing white runners and a red and black two tone hoodie, slim fitting jogging pants.
Hamilton Police say he attempted an armed robbery of another individual 15 minutes prior to carjacking this victim, “but the suspect was unsuccessful”.
Hamilton Police released four photos of the suspect, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Mountain division detective office at 905-546-4930. To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com
Here’s the original Hamilton Police press release issued at 1:41am Friday morning: