A call by an alert citizen in Scarborough led to the arrest of a person known to police and the seizure of a fully loaded gun and several rounds of ammunition for another weapon.
The caller advised police that a man tried to reach into a bag after he asked him to slow down while driving near Lawrence Ave. E., near Galloway Rd., at around 2 p.m. on July 6. The person was suspicious about the contents of the bag.
“The person that called in provided us with a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving,” said Constable Peter Eckersall who, with his partner Chaitram Persaud, were in close proximity. “After initially checking the area and coming up empty, we saw a vehicle matching the description that the caller gave us.”
A scan of the licence plate of the parked blue Pontiac revealed it belonged to a man who was the victim of a shooting just a few days earlier, who was known to police.
“After about 10 minutes, three guys showed up and hopped into the car before taking off.”
Eckersall and his partner pulled the vehicle over a short time later.
“We explained it was just a simple vehicle stop and the reason we did that was to buy some time until back-up arrived on the scene,” he said.
When reinforcements arrived, Eckersall approached the vehicle and saw a bag on the seat.
“When I tried to reach for the bag, the driver attempted to pull it away from me and a struggle ensued,” he said. “My partner grabbed him in a headlock, but he managed to escape into the nearby ravine.”
Plainclothes officers arrested the man after a short foot chase, charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm.
A fully loaded .38 calibre revolver and 16 rounds of ammunition for a .22 calibre gun were seized.
An arrest warrant has been issued for another man who fled the scene.
Up until the end of May this year, Toronto officers have seized 112 handguns, one machine gun and 71 shotguns or rifles.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.