Five youths fight back and get away from two thugs who held the group at knifepoint.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  December 19, 2012   I don’t know if you’ve noticed but each time we run a short piece on a crime that has taken place in the city; usually within a month or so – there is a news release of an arrest.  Not every time – but more often than the criminal community realizes.

The Regional Police just seem to be on top of the ugly stuff that takes place.  This time it was at 3:20 a.m., five people, ages 17-20 years, were walking in the area of Brant Street and Leighland Road, Burlington when they were approached by two suspects, one brandishing a knife. The suspects threatened the group with the knife and demanded valuables.

Five youths were attacked by two thugs armed with a knife at this intersection very early in the morning.  The youths fought with the robbers and managed to get away. Police urge everyone not to fight back – whatever the thieves want isn’t worth the risk of being badly hurt.
Does that mean we give in to the thieves and let them take what we own? They win – we lose; unless the Courts punish in a way that deters.

The victims resisted the suspect’s demands. During the confrontation one victim was punched by a suspect and fell to the ground. Immediately afterwards, another victim was threatened with a knife, who then broke from the group and ran to get help. The suspects chased the victim for a short distance along Brant Street before abandoning the chase and leaving the area.

The 17-year-old female who was punched, suffered minor injuries.

Suspect #1 – Male, white, 20 years, 5’10’’-6’0″, skinny, short blond hair (bit of curl), scruffy blond facial hair, large eyes. Clothing: White puffy jacket, white bandana (with black pattern) around neck, dark jeans.

Suspect #2 – Male, white, 20 years, 5’10’’-6’0″, skinny.  Clothing: Black winter hat, black jacket with hood, black skinny jeans.

The police add:

In addition to the ongoing criminal investigation into this incident, police wish to remind the public of measures they can take to protect themselves from being the victim of a street robbery.

Robbery and assault are serious crimes with money often being the motivator.

The basic rules of prevention include:  staying in groups, walking in well-lit areas and being alert to your surroundings.

If someone attempts to rob you, DO NOT resist.  No piece of property is worth serious injury or death.  Report the crime to police forthwith and attempt to describe those responsible accurately.

Additional safety and security tips can be found on our website under the ‘Community Policing’ tab.


Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2315, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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