4 injured in violent bank robbery in Markham, 3 youth suspects arrested

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Feb 20th, 2020

Police have arrested three youth suspects following a violent armed robbery at a bank in Markham.

York regional police say they were called to an RBC branch in the area of 16th Avenue and Markham Road just as the bank was closing around 8 p.m.

Police said two handguns and a knife were recovered from the scene.

Police said four employees of the bank were injured — two men were stabbed while another man and one female sustained head injuries from a blunt object. All were taken to local hospitals by paramedics, one with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police said they are expected to recover.

680 NEWS reports it was a passersby who noticed the robbery in progress and called 911.

As officers arrived on the scene, the three suspects fled on foot but police said, with the help of the canine unit, all three were captured within 45 minutes and taken into custody. 680 NEWS reports they were located in a semi-built townhouse.

The suspects, who are all believed to be under 17-years-old, are expected to appear in a Newmarket court on Thursday morning.

Police believe the three suspects are responsible for a number of similar robberies across the GTA – from Peel to Durham regions.

Because of their ages, the suspects cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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