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A woman has been charged with a series of carjackings in Toronto, police say.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Insp. Rich Harris told reporters about a series of carjackings that took place in August and September.

Harris said on August 19, a 35-year-old man had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint after he was approached by a woman and two men in a parking lot in the area of ​​Sheppard Avenue East and Markham Road .

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Harris said later that same day, and in the same area, a 27-year-old man had his vehicle stolen by a woman and two men “also at gunpoint.”

‘Further investigation has revealed that earlier on this date, members of the York Regional Police Department were called to the area of ​​Crosby Avenue and Yonge Street, following a robbery,’ said Harris.

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According to Harris, a man had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint by two male suspects.

“Finally, on September 10, 2022, a victim in the Pharmacy Avenue and Sesame Street area had her vehicle stolen by two female and two male suspects at knifepoint,” Harris said.

Police said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested in connection with the investigation.

He was charged with “numerous” theft-related offenses, Harris said.

According to Harris, a 17-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the September 10 carjacking.

“He is going to be formally charged with a series of charges related to the theft in the near future,” he said.

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In a news release, police said Sept. 29 that a search warrant was executed at a home and a suspect was located and arrested.

According to the police, during the search, clothing allegedly worn by the woman during some of the robberies was seized.

Officers said 18-year-old Valerie Torres-Lizcano of Toronto was arrested.

She was charged with three counts of robbery with a firearm, robbery with an offensive weapon, four counts of disguise with intent, four counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offense and two counts of possession of property. obtained by crime over $5,000.

Police said Torres-Lizcano appeared in court on September 30.


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Officers are now looking for another suspect – Jasmine Oung, 18, of York Region.

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Police said she was wanted for robbery with an offensive weapon and conspiracy to commit an offence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

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“We continue to experience a disturbing increase in carjackings,” Harris said, noting that these incidents are also happening in the Greater Toronto Area.

He said “all avenues of investigation are underway” with the aim of “identifying and arresting the perpetrators of these crimes and bringing them to justice.”

Harris said officers were patrolling sensitive areas and continuing to make arrests.

According to Harris, a total of 182 carjackings have been reported in Toronto so far this year, compared to 102 such incidents reported in 2021.

He said the Toronto Police Hold Up Squad handled 136 of the investigations. A total of 56 vehicles were recovered.

“In previous years, we hadn’t seen those numbers at all,” he said.

Harris said in some cases, high-end vehicles are stolen. “We can definitely tell they are being used for resale for profit,” he said.

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However, Harris said in other cases, “not so high-end” vehicles were taken.

“We see them appearing in different types of crimes,” he said. “Other robberies, shooting investigations – that sort of thing.”

“So to generically say what the motive is – each investigation tells its own story.”

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