It started with a demand for a basketball at a Milton park then ended in some vigilante justice — that’s what Halton police are alleging after three people were arrested and charged following a robbery and assault.
The incident took place on Aug. 31, beginning with a basketball game between two 15-year-old boys in the Thompson Rd. and Louis St. Laurent Ave. area.
Another boy, also 15, approached the pair and repeatedly asked for their basketball.
They said no, and that’s when the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun from his backpack.
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The victims handed over the ball.
The suspect eventually returned the ball to the victims – who weren’t physically injured – and all parties went their separate ways.
The victims went home and told one of their family members what happened.
The family member then told an acquaintance, 18, who police say decided to take matters into his own hands and look for the suspect.
At some point, the 18-year-old’s father got involved. Both men found the suspect in a nearby Tim Hortons.
The suspect ran and the men chased him for several minutes.
The suspect had his gun visibly tucked into his waistband, say police, and ran into nearby businesses asking for help.
Officers were dispatched at 4:48 p.m. after multiple 911 callers reported seeing a guy with a gun being chased by two men — one wearing a suit.
The suspect was eventually caught by both men and a physical altercation ensued.
The young offender has minor injuries from the scrap, say police.
It turns out the weapon was a BB gun; the suspect, 15, from Milton, is facing a robbery charge. His name is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The men, 18 and 43, are also from Milton. They’re each charged with assault.
Their names aren’t being released to protect the identities of the victims, say police.
All parties were released on a promise to appear.
Police are reminding residents to call 911 and avoid approaching people who are suspected of violent crimes.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to phone Det.-Const. Saucier from the 1 District criminal investigations bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2418 or Det.-Const. Hollinger at ext. 2490 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police