Police are seeking the public’s help locating two suspects wanted in connection with a kidnapping investigation.
It’s alleged that the victims, both teenage boys, were taken because they were blamed for an altercation between two groups of gang members and associates in the early morning hours of April 19, at 300 Front St. W., on the 25th floor.
“There were gang members renting a condo, having a party,” said Earl. “They are associated to a gang that’s known to Toronto Police as the Young Buck Killas and what happened at that location was that there were members of another gang affiliated to some associates of the Queens Drive Crips gang. It’s believed that elder members of the Queens Drive Crips were going to come and crash the party, so there was a bit of a stand-off when the interaction between the two groups took place and there was an exchange of gunfire.”
Earl believes there were eight-to-10 handguns at the scene that night.
“There were no radio calls to the police that evening,” he said. “There were gunshots and, the next morning, there were shell casings located. Police attended forensically and did a report. It was not until the 19th of April that we learned of a report of a kidnapping of two young people associated to the Queens Drive Crip gang.”
The boys were held against their will at two separate locations for two days.
“Over the course of this time, they were repeatedly assaulted and threatened with firearms,” said Earl, of beatings and sexual assault on the victims. “They were tied to a chair and beaten and, during the beatings, they were forced to play Russian roulette with a loaded handgun.”
The boys were released on April 21, after a ransom was paid.
Two days later, 19-year-old Quinton Gardiner was arrested and charged with kidnapping for ransom, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, the unauthorised possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous.
“He was arrested after a foot chase in 31 Division,” said Earl.
On April 24, a search warrant was executed at a home in the Shaughnessy Blvd. and Trailside Dr. area where, it’s alleged, a loaded Walther PPK 9mm handgun was located.
Akil Whyte, 23, of Toronto, is charged with two counts of careless storage of a firearm, two counts of failing to comply with disposition, possession of a firearm knowing its possession was unauthorised, possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, possession of property obtained by crime and unauthorised possession of a firearm.
Deshawn Walters, 18, and a 16-year-old boy are also facing several charges in connection with the incident.
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Lincoln Richards, 23, and 17-year-old.
Richards is described a 6’ and weighing about 230 pounds while Gordon is about 5’ 7” and approximately 130 pounds.
Earl said they should not be approached since they are considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 9-1-1, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.