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4 charged after armed home invasion in Oshawa

Four people are facing several charges after an armed home invasion in Oshawa on Thursday morning that prompted a brief lockdown at a Durham College student residence.

Two of the suspects allegedly broke into a house on Dalhousie Crescent, right behind Durham College, at Simcoe and Conlin roads, around 12 a.m. Police say they were armed with knives and guns.

There were six students home at the time. Police allege the suspects ordered them into the basement where they were tied up. Friends of the victims showed up during the alleged home invasion, taking the suspects by surprise. Police said a fight ensued and the intruders took off into a nearby wooded area.

Authorities put the college student residence in lockdown as a precaution for about two and a half hours and used canine units and a police helicopter to track down the suspects.

Officers managed to “flush the suspects out onto the street,” where they allegedly met up with a getaway vehicle. That prompted a street pursuit that ended when officers blocked in the suspect vehicle on Thickson Road in Whitby. A gun was seized during the takedown, police said.

Of the four people taken into custody, one was taken to hospital complaining of chest pains.

Jerome Smith, 23, of Scarborough, Merisa Saul-Thom, 20, of Ajax, Christopher Thompson, 25, of Mississauga and Adam Moore, 19, of no fixed address, face a slew of firearms and other charges.