Two teens face a combined 37 charges, including weapons dangerous and resisting arrest after a chase through a schoolyard with guns on Oct. 29.
The chase took place after plainclothes officers told the boys in a building near Eglinton Avenue East and Kingston Road that they were under arrest for cocaine trafficking.
The 16- and 17-year-old boys had earlier been approached by another member of the Toronto drug squad, according to police. Police say the boys had a conversation with the undercover officer about narcotics. The teens then walked into the building where the other officers tried to arrest them.
The 17-year-old ran but police were able to hold onto the second teen, who put up a struggle and pulled a handgun on the officers, police say. The struggle continued outside, where the 16-year-old broke free and also ran off.
A chase through a nearby schoolyard followed, during which both teens were seen dumping their guns, but not before the 17-year-old threatened to kill a bystander if he intervened, police say. The 16-year-old was also seen dropping a quantity of crack.
Both teens were arrested a short distance away. The 17-year-old faces 13 charges and the 16-year-old faces 24 charges, including several weapons-related counts. The younger boy was on probation at the time of his arrest, which resulted in additional charges, according to Det. Sgt. Ray Fontin.
“They’re young but they’re dangerous,” Fontin said. “They both had these loaded firearms, handguns with bullets in the chamber and the magazines were full. They’re both dangerous guys even though they’re 16 and 17.”
Police recovered two fully loaded semi-automatic handguns, crack cocaine, marijuana and cash.
The teens, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are set to appear in Toronto Youth Court and Family Court on Nov. 15.