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Two men, ages 23 and 30, have been arrested in connection with a recent home invasion in Windsor. Armed invasions such as this one, are considered to be violent crimes in Ontario. The men allegedly used a firearm to force four people into a bedroom where they demanded money and other goods. The authorities claim that both were wearing ski masks and one was carrying a gun.
One of the victims supposedly recognized one of the suspects before they fled with an amount of cash and other property. Witnesses said they spotted the pair fleeing the scene in a vehicle that police officers later tracked down. Apparently, the suspects were inside the residence and eventually came out at which time they were taken into custody without incident.
It turns out that both the accused were prohibited from using firearms because of past offences. Police have obtained a search warrant to search the rest of the house where the suspects were located. No one was hurt in the incident and the younger of the men has been charged with robbery, break and enter, four counts of pointing a firearm, wearing a disguise with the intent to commit an indictable offence and failing to comply with undertaking. The older man has been charged with the same in addition to three counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited.
Those in Ontario who are charged with violent crimes may do well to seek legal counsel. A lawyer will work to mount an aggressive defence against the charges and will assess whether his or her client was taken into custody to the letter of the law and that warrants were executed properly. Being accused of a crime is one thing; a conviction is quite another and requires actual evidence that is both competent and compelling.
Source: ctvnews.ca, “Two Windsor men arrested after armed home invasion“, March 20, 2018