17-year-old arrested for carjackings near Danforth, Woodbine

Phone tip led to arrest four days after incident with fake firearm, police say

Toronto Police have arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with a series of carjacking incidents near Woodbine and Danforth avenues.

At the time of the arrest, the suspect was in possession of an imitation firearm, police said.

According to police, on Feb. 14 a man approached a woman in a parking lot in the area while she was walking to her car. The male pushed her to the ground and grabbed her keys.

The woman’s screams attracted the attention of a nearby witness who tried to help her. The male threatened to shoot the witness before driving away in the woman’s car, police said.

A phone tip from the public led to the arrest of the suspect on Feb. 18.

“Someone called police saying they had information on the person who was involved with the carjacking,” a police spokesperson said. “Through some followup police were able to locate and arrest the suspect shortly after.”

The name of the accused has not been released due to his age.

He is facing six charges including possessing an imitation firearm and uttering death and bodily harm threats.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 19.