One Charged, Two Wanted in Violent west-end Robbery
Police have arrested and charged one of three men wanted in a violent robbery in Toronto’s west end, with the two others still on the loose.
The incident happened on Feb. 3, after one of the victims, a jewellery store attendant, had locked up the store in the Queen St. W. and Dufferin St. area.
The man then made his way through the rear alley to his car, where he was met by three men armed with a handgun.
The suspects allegedly took his belongings, pistol-whipped him in the face and head, and forced him into his car, police said.
A passerby who witnessed the robbery approached the group to intervene, and was also allegedly assaulted, robbed, and forced into the car.
Police said both victims were held captive and driven around as the group of men tried to get information from the jewellery store attendant.
One of the victims alleges that a suspect threatened him with a gun to his head.
The suspects returned to the jewellery store and unsuccessfully tried to enter.
Both victims found an opportunity to free themselves and call police. They were treated for injuries including a fractured nose for the first victim, and several facial stitches for the second.
The first suspect was arrested on Tuesday.
Luther Monroe, 33, is facing nine charges including robbery with a weapon and forcible confinement. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 16.
Police are looking for 23-year-old Terry McKnight, and are still working to determine the identity of the third suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.