London pair charged after parking lot cellphone sale turns into alleged armed robbery: police

The side of a London police cruiser, Sept. 6, 2017. Matthew Trevithick/980 CFPL

Two 19-year-old London, Ont., men are facing charges after an arranged parking lot cellphone sale in north London turned into an alleged armed robbery that later ended in a tense scene with police in the south end.

Investigators say the pair and the seller had agreed online to meet in a parking lot in a parking lot near Adelaide and Huron streets around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

At the scene, police say one of the suspects asked to examine the phone, while the other suspect allegedly produced a shotgun. Both later fled on foot with the phone.

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Prior to the robbery, police say an individual in the 600 block of Cheapside Street had observed two men acting suspiciously, and upon confronting them, was threatened with a shotgun.

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No physical injuries were reported in either incident.

Officers say they were contacted and learned around 2:15 p.m. that the suspects may have fled in a taxi near Adelaide and Huron.

Roughly 15 minutes later, police say they located the taxi, stopping it near Wellington Road and Waterman Avenue.

A high-risk vehicle stop and arrest were made and two suspects were taken into custody without incident and a shotgun was seized.

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Both are jointly charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm during the commission of an indictable offence and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

One the accused faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, while the other is additionally charged with two counts of pointing a firearm and failure to comply with undertaking.

Both were slated to appear in court Friday.

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

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