With the assistance of other Greater Toronto law enforcement agencies, Hold Up investigators have made 16 arrests and laid 37 charges in connection with a string of violent retail stores and bank robberies that began last May.
At a news conference at police headquarters on December 22, Staff Inspector Mike Earl said outstanding warrants have been issued for three more suspects wanted in the investigation that is also related to 18 vehicles stolen from Toronto, Guelph and Peel regions between May 16 and July 13, 2016.
Netson Jones, 20, of Toronto, is wanted for robbery, two counts of robbery with a firearm, two counts of disguise with intent and possession of a firearm and property obtained by crime, while 18-year-old Jahdine Desir is wanted for robbery and disguise with intent.
York and Peel Regional Police are also looking for a 17-year-old Toronto man wanted for two counts of robbery with a firearm, two counts of disguise with intent and failing to comply with two sentence orders and recognizance.
Earl said the investigation is ongoing; about 13 of the robberies are unsolved.
“We believe there are more suspects involved,” he said. “This is a very violent group as they have used violence in their robberies in addition to shotguns, sawed-off guns, bolt actions rifles and handguns... A lot of them are known gang members or associates from the northwest corner of the city that have been spreading like a bad smell throughout the GTA committing violent crimes. They seem to have a roster of recruitment that is never-ending and they are using stolen cars.”
Police are alleging the group consists of several members of The Complex Crip Gangsters and the Treyy Money Gang who also stole cigarettes and lottery tickets during the robberies.
“The individual gang members would interchange their roles throughout this investigation, from stealing cars which were then used in these robberies, to being getaway drivers or participate as the upfront robber with a firearm,” said Earl. “These identifiable gangs and their members intermixed and operated in a very sophisticated manner to avoid detection by numerous law-enforcement agencies.”
Earl said some of the gang members are out on bail as they were arrested during the summer.
“We are looking for the public’s assistance identifying other members of this group that are involved in these serious robberies,” he said.
Tashane Johnson, Andre Dean, Javonte Daley, Korey Alleyne, Shamir Bell, Jerry Lewis, Lamar Howe, Marvin Hernandez, Lemar Cyrus, Devyn Alexander, Demario Jackson, and five youths who cannot be identified because of their age, have been arrested in connection with this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, 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.