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Teen charged in string of violent carjackings of luxury SUVs in York, Peel regions: police

Last Updated Feb 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm EDT

York police investigate a violent carjacking in Nov. 2019. (FILE/CityNews Toronto)

A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to a string of violent carjackings of luxury SUVs in Peel and York regions.

York Regional Police said they were called for a report of a shooting in the Major Mackenzie Drive and Woodbine Avenue area on Nov. 22, 2019, at around 8:50 p.m.

Police allege the male driver of a vehicle had been approached by three suspects in a residential area and had been shot in the leg. The suspects then took off in the victim’s red Lamborghini.

The shooting victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated in the hospital. The Lamborghini was found the next day by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in an industrial area in Bolton.

On the morning of Nov. 25, 2019, York police received another report of a violent carjacking, this time in the area of Yonge Street near Highway 407.

“Officers learned that a male victim had been parked on Helen Avenue just west of Yonge Street, sitting in his vehicle with it running, when he was struck from behind by a dark-coloured vehicle,” police said at the time.

Police allege four males got out of the car and threatened the victim, taking his keys in the process. The victim got out of the vehicle and fled the area, allowing the suspects to drive away with the man’s Mercedes-Benz SUV. Toronto police officers later found the SUV in a parking lot in the Sheppard Avenue and Don Mills Road area, York police said.

Mississauga carjacking

York police allege a third carjacking incident in Mississauga this past January is connected to the same suspect.

Police said two suspects in a silver Honda Civic intentionally rammed a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon on the afternoon of Jan. 29  in the area of Tenth Line and Barron Drive.

“The victim exited his vehicle and was approached by the accused, who was armed with a handgun,” York police said at the time. “The victim turned his vehicle over and the suspects drove away.”

Police did not say if the G-Wagon was ever recovered.

On Monday, York police announced they had arrested a man in connection to the alleged carjacking incidents

Markham resident Faheer Mojassam is facing various charges including robbery, firearm, assault, property and recognizance offences.