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Attempted Armed Abduction Leads to Arrests and Charges

By Staff

March 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On March 18, 2022, at 8:15 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) responded to a condo building in the area of Fairview Street and Brant Street in Burlington.  Three suspects demanded cash and attempted to abduct a male victim at gunpoint outside his apartment.  The victim was forced to the lobby area and was assaulted, however he was able to escape to a security area and police were notified.  The three suspects fled the area in a vehicle.  This was believed to be a targeted incident.

Seized items

A thorough investigation, which included a Criminal Code search warrant at a residence in Hamilton, was conducted by the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau.  This investigation was also aided by members of the 3 District Street Crime Unit, Mobile Surveillance Unit and Emergency Services Unit.

On March 19, 2022, Ryley Donnelly-Lavelle (23) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Assault with a Weapon

On March 25, 2022, Andrew Burroughsford (38) of Burlington was arrested and charged with:

  • Accessory After the Fact
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle

On March 25, 2022, Christopher Newton (38) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (4 counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

On March 25, 2022, Luke Willems (37) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

On March 25, 2022, a 17-year-old of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Donnelly-Lavelle, Newton, Willems and the 17-year-old were held in custody pending a bail hearing.  Burroughsford was released on an Undertaking.

As a result of the investigation two firearms and ammunition were seized

Deputy Chief Wilkie

Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie states; “I would like to commend our officers for bringing this investigation to a speedy conclusion. The bold and shocking nature of these crimes will not be tolerated in our community. Officers from multiple units across the service worked tirelessly and with seamless collaboration to identify and safely arrest these armed and dangerous suspects.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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