Release Date: February 12th, 2020 - 3:04pm
Originator: D/Sergeant, Ellie Bale, Regional Robbery Task Force, 905 825 4747 ext. 2415
Contact: Superintendent, Anthony Odoardi, 3 District Operations, 905 825 4747 ext. 2305
Location: Halton Region
Three arrests have been made after an investigation into a series of armed robberies throughout the Greater Toronto Area. GTA Police agencies analysed the incidents and noted an increase in armed robberies beginning in October of 2019. The robberies typically involved at least two armed suspects entering banks and retail locations and demanding cash, with a noted increase in violence by the culprits.
On February 11, 2020 Malcolm Omotosho (18) of no fixed address, Tyriq Brooks (21) of Mississauga and Oliver Rose- Mighty (23) of Mississauga were arrested in Mississauga by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS). At the time of the arrests, two loaded handguns were located and seized by police (see attached photos).
The Halton Regional Police Service has taken carriage of these investigations and laid charges in relation to offences that occurred within Halton and outside jurisdictions. The HRPS would like to thank police services in Waterloo, York, Peel, Toronto and Guelph for their assistance in these investigations.
A total of 67 charges have been laid against the three suspects. Those charges include Robbery with a Firearm, Disguise with Intent and numerous firearms charges. More charges are expected to be laid against all three suspects.
All accused parties were held for a bail hearing.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Halton Regional Police Service established their own Regional Robbery Task Force in January 2020 following the spike in robberies throughout Halton and the GTA.
The striking of this Task Force ensures effective and efficient coordination of our internal investigative resources, provides enhanced connectivity with neighbouring police services, and facilitates sharing of critical information pertaining to these crimes and those who perpetrate them. Our officers are deeply committed to community safety and well-being and continue to relentlessly investigate each of the incidents in our jurisdiction.
The arrests of February 11 by the Task Force are in addition to an arrest made on January 24 in regards to a bank robbery in Milton.
The investigation into bank robberies in Halton and the GTA is ongoing. Police would ask residents in the community remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area of local banks or retail outlets. If residents witness a crime in progress, they are asked to call 911.
Any tips or questions on this task force can be directed to Detective Sergeant Ellie Bale, Case Manager, Regional Robbery Task Force at 905-825-4747 ext. 2415.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.