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Ottawa police investigating alleged Barrhaven carjacking

Ottawa police say officers received a call reporting the alleged incident shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Beatrice Britneff / Global News

Ottawa police say officers are investigating an alleged carjacking in Barrhaven that took place early Thursday morning at the Fallowfield park and ride.

Social media posts about the alleged incident appeared online Thursday morning, and police later confirmed they were investigating a reported car theft.

The social media posts claimed the alleged carjacker used a gun to steal the car, though police were unable to confirm at this time if the information in the posts was true.

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According to police, officers received a call reporting the alleged theft at 5:34 a.m. The vehicle was quickly recovered, and one person was arrested.

Mahamoud Abdillahi, 23, of Ottawa has been charged with robbery, dangerous driving and breach of recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

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Abdillahi was arrested just last Sunday and released Monday for a carjacking that allegedly occurred on Charlotte Street.

In that incident, Abdillahi allegedly approached an elderly man and forcefully pulled him from the vehicle. The suspect then drove off in the vehicle.

He the vehicle and suspect were found a short time later and he was arrested without incident.

There were no injuries as a result of either incident.