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Victim assaulted in fourth carjacking incident in York Region this month

Another carjacking occurred in Markham Nov. 18, with two other incidents taking place in Richmond Hill earlier this month
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A male victim was assaulted in a carjacking incident in Markham on Nov. 21, according to York Regional Police. 

Police said the incident occurred in the area of Village Parkway and Buchanan Drive at about 2 a.m. It is at least the fourth reported carjacking incident in York Region this month. 

Police said the victim parked his 2020 black Mercedes AMG outside a residential building and was standing outside of the vehicle when he was approached by three suspects in a brown SUV. 

The victim was assaulted and one suspect took his keys. One suspect then stole the car while the other two drove off in the SUV, police said. 

All three suspects are described as Black males, about 6-feet tall. 

Later that morning, at 11:30 a.m. YRP investigators learned the stolen vehicle was parked in the area of Langstaff Road and Highway 27. However, when officers approached, the suspects fled the scene. 

Police are now asking for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to do so, and are also looking for video or dashcam footage from either the carjacking or when the vehicle was in the Langstaff and Highway 27 area. 

This incident comes after a series of carjacking-related crimes in York Region, specifically in Markham and Richmond Hill this month. 

Prior to this, on Nov. 18, the driver of a black 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan was forced from their vehicle at knife-point at 4300 Steeles Ave. E., in Markham. 

That same week, the driver of a black 2022 Honda Civic was approached by two suspects who demanded his keys in the area of High Tech Road and Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, on Nov. 15

Earlier in the month, the driver of a Porsche parked in a lot near Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue in Richmond Hill was approached by a suspect who demanded his keys, However, the driver refused and was able to drive away from the scene. 

According to Const. Maniva Armstrong with YRP, officers are currently investigating to see if there is a connection between each of these incidents. 

However, she said residents should not be concerned about carjackings. 

"There have been a few carjackings reported recently. However in comparison from 2020, there are less carjacking reports," Armstrong said. 

She added that it is always a good idea for drivers to pay attention and be aware of your surroundings. 

Anyone with information about any of the recent carjacking incidents is asked to contact YRP's Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or online at www.1800222tips.com.




Elizabeth Keith

About the Author: Elizabeth Keith

Elizabeth Keith is a general assignment reporter. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2017. Elizabeth is passionate about telling local stories and creating community.
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