A suspect is on the run, and four others have been arrested, in connection with a violent home invasion in the Yonge & Sheppard area on February 20.
Police are alleging five people conspired to commit the robbery that led to an innocent victim being shot during the confrontation with two men.
“These two males went to the door. Once it was opened, the victim was aggressively approached, tackled and shot,” said Staff Inspector Mike Earl at a press conference at police headquarters on June 7. “Two rounds were fired at him, with one hitting him in the shoulder. The other male suspect, armed with a screwdriver, stabbed him in the head several times.”
Earl said the males ransacked the premises before fleeing with jewelry and cash.
He also said the robbery wasn’t connected to drugs or gangs.
“This was a home invasion of an innocent individual, a business owner, and the motive for this was clearly money and property,” said Earl, noting the man is deeply traumatized by the crime that could have easily ended up being a murder investigation.
He said the same individuals were also involved in a home invasion in Kingston five days earlier.
“In that one, two males also entered the premises,” said Earl. “Nobody was shot and nobody was seriously injured.”
On May 27, Andre Allen, 26, of Scarborough, was arrested and charged with robbery while armed with a firearm, attempted murder, forcible confinement, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm to endanger life and four counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.
He will appear in court on June 12 at 11 a.m.
On May 16, Krystle Cormac, 33, of North York, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, robbery while armed with a firearm, attempted murder, forcible confinement and aggravated assault.
She will make a court appearance on June 22 at 9 a.m.
Toni Baxter, 26, was also arrested the same day. She will appear in court on June 8.
Mark Bollers, 27, of North York, was arrested on March 23 and charged. He faces seven charges, including two counts of failing to comply with recognizance.
Bollers will make a court appearance on June 22 at 9 a.m.
Police are looking for the public’s assistance identifying the outstanding suspect whom they allege is the shooter.
“Hopefully, somebody will recognize these individuals and tell us who the outstanding person that we are looking for is,” said Earl.
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.