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Another arrest made in Omand's Creek robbery and confinement case

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Three teens checked out the creek area under the railway bridge east of Empress Street and were assaulted and robbed on Saturday, July 12..

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Three teens checked out the creek area under the railway bridge east of Empress Street and were assaulted and robbed on Saturday, July 12..

Another arrest has been made in the robbery and confinement case that saw three teens held up for about 90 minutes on July 12 near Omand’s Creek.

A 16-year-old male was arrested in the area of Pacific Avenue and Keewatin Street on Friday around 9 p.m. for his alleged involvement in the case. He remains in custody. Two other young men, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, were arrested on Wednesday shortly after 3 p.m. in connection with the same incident.

Last Saturday, three teens, two 18-year-old females and an 18-year-old male, were walking in the creek area under the railway bridge near Empress Street and Westway Avenue around 4 p.m. They had spent the day shopping at Polo Park mall.

They stopped to take photographs of graffiti under the railway bridge when they were approached by five male strangers asking them for a cigarette.

The encounter turned violent when one of the suspects pulled out a knife and the group began demanding cash, debit cards and smartphones from the teens. The male teen victim was assaulted during the process.

After holding the teen victims captive for about an hour and a half, the five suspects fled the scene around 5:30 p.m.

Police suspect the incident may have been a part of a gang initiaion in which case the teens were randomly targeted.

Investigations in the case are ongoing and further arrests are pending.

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