In early evening, five police cars and a motorcycle were parked in the middle of the park, as police arrested several youths for robbery at Dufferin Mall across the street.
In order to follow these arrests, a CELOS researcher went to bail court at 311 Jarvis Street on Friday. There were a number of youth who sought bail for stealing a wristwatch or ipod, but none seemed to be the youth arrested at the park.
A 14-year-old youth is brought in. He had four charges of robbery. The first two charges are on May 9 at 9.30 am, when he -- together with another guy, who is older, robbed a 90-year old woman on Major Street and then an 83-year-old woman twenty minutes later. The older guy seems to have been on a bike, and faked falling down. They suckered the women, and the younger woman had to go to hospital afterwards.
The next two robberies were on May 29, first a 73-year-old at Shaw and College, where they grabbed a purse with $400 in it. Then at 12.25 the victim was 66 years old. Presumably that's the one who identified the robbers to police.
This seems to be a first charge but is considered serious enough that for a while it seems that bail will not be granted. But then it is. There's some reading out of case law, to the effect that in the case of a minor who may have been influenced by an older person, allowances have to be made.