For Immediate release:

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hamilton Police have made another arrest in a series of street robberies that have occurred since Thursday, April 13, 2017.  On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Nicolas Balogh, an 18 year old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with Robbery X 2, Point Firearm X 2.  He is expected to appear before court on Wednesday.

Leonardo Tiser has been identified as the 18 year old that was arrested on Monday April 17, 2017, in relation to these robberies.

Police continue to investigate this matter and believe there may be other similar incidents yet to be reported.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Kevin Heyink at 905-546-8927.  Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips and information online at www.CrimeStoppersHamilton.com.

 

Media Inquiries:

Detective Sergeant David Beech

Division Three Criminal Investigations

905-546-3851

dbeech@hamiltonpolice.on.ca

 

 

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hamilton, ON

Arrests Made in series of Robberies

 

Hamilton Police have made arrests in a series of street robberies that have occurred since Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Two male youths and a male adult have been charged.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 3:45pm an Ancaster woman in her 80's was robbed and driven around at gunpoint. The victim got into her vehicle, parked in the Best Buy parking lot at 14 Martindale Cr, and the suspect was 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.

On Monday, April 17, 2017, there were a series of robberies and attempt robberies.

At approximately 1:00 pm a female in her 70’s had exited the PetSmart store, 14 Martindale Cres., in Ancaster.  As she was entering her vehicle a male jumped into the rear seat.  The female was aware of the robbery that had occurred on April 13th and immediately jumped out of her vehicle and screamed for help.  The male suspect exited the vehicle and ran away.  A dark vehicle was seen fleeing the area.

At 3:35pm a woman in her 80’s got into her vehicle, parked at Limeridge Mall, when a male in who was hiding in the back seat robbed her of cash.  The suspect told the victim he had a gun.

Shortly before 8:00 pm police were dispatched to Cranbrook Drive for a 12 year old victim who had been stopped by four males in a dark vehicle. The victim was asked if he had money and was shown a handgun.  The vehicle and suspects then left and the victim went home and reported the incident to his father who called police. 

At approximately 8:30pm a female was walking home from Mohawk College when she felt something at the back of her neck.  When she turned around a male was pointing a handgun at her and demanding her wallet.  She was robbed of her wallet and cell phone.  The male started to enter a waiting black vehicle but the vehicle fled when before he could do so.  The male fled eastbound from West 5th.

As a result of these incidents police were able to identify the vehicle believed involved and identified three persons involved.  These persons were arrested and subsequently charged.

Charged are:

Male, 16 years, from Hamilton, Robbery X 5, Kidnapping, Point Firearm X 4, Threaten Death, Use Stolen Credit Card X 3. 

Male, 18 years, from Toronto, Robbery X 4, Point Firearm X 3. Name to be released after appearance in court.

Male, 15 years, from Hamilton, Robbery X 2, Point Firearm X 2.`

Stolen property along with an imitation pellet pistol believed used in the robberies has been recovered.  In all the incidents, none of the victims were injured. 

Police continue to investigate this matter and believe there may be other similar incidents yet to be reported.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Kevin Heyink at 905-546-8927.  Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips and information online at www.CrimeStoppersHamilton.com.