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4 injured in violent bank robbery in Markham, 3 youth suspects arrested

Last Updated Feb 20, 2020 at 12:21 pm EDT

Three suspects were arrested after four people were injured in a violent armed robbery at a bank in the area of 16th Avenue and Markham Road in Markham on Feb. 19, 2020. CITYNEWS/Sean Toussaint

Three teenagers are facing multiple charges following a violent armed robbery at a bank in Markham.

York regional police say they were called to an RBC branch in the area of 16th Avenue and Markham Road just as the bank was closing around 8 p.m. Passersby had noticed the robbery in progress and called 911.

According to police, three suspects got out of a car, entered the bank and ordered everyone on the ground. They then demanded cash from the safe.

Police said two handguns — one loaded and the other a replica — and a knife were recovered from the scene.

Police said four employees of the bank were injured — two men were stabbed while another man and one female sustained head injuries from a blunt object. All were taken to local hospitals by paramedics, one with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police said they are expected to recover.

As officers arrived on the scene, the three suspects fled on foot but police said, with the help of the canine unit, all three were captured within 45 minutes and taken into custody. They were located in a townhouse unit under construction.

Police said the vehicle used by the suspects had been stolen on Feb. 10 in a violent carjacking in Toronto.

All three suspects appeared in a Newmarket court Thursday morning.

A 16-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy each face eight charges, including robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault, and disguise with intent.

Police believe the three suspects are responsible for a number of similar robberies across the GTA — from Peel to Durham regions.

Because of their ages, the suspects cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.