Laval Police Nab Second Suspect in Home Invasion
April 30 – Officers from the Laval police force travelled to Vancouver last week to pick up a second suspect alleged to have committed a home invasion in Chomedey last month. Escorted by Laval police officers, Mitchell Barton, 27, returned to Montreal on April 26 and was charged in court later that day.
Barton, as well as the first suspect, Peter Xirotiris, who was arrested a week after the March 4 home invasion, each face multiple charges, including charges of burglary, armed assault and uttering death threats.
The two suspects and at least one other accomplice are suspected of having forcibly entered a Chomedey residence after assaulting the man who answered the door.
They are also alleged to have injured and threatened a pregnant woman in the house.
Investigators are continuing their search for other suspects, and it is believed other victims have yet to come forward.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 450-662-INFO (4636) or 911 and mention file LVL 180304 034.
Drive-By Shooting Puts Man in Hospital
April 28 – A man is in hospital with non-life-threatening wounds after having been hit with bullets from an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred on Gratton St. in Chomedey.
Police received a call shortly before 9 p.m. alerting them to the shooting incident. A second vehicle was noticed at the scene but fled before police arrived.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911.
Police Chase Three-Wheeled Car
April 26 – One man was taken into custody after a police chase that ended with a crash.
It began around 2 a.m. when police noticed a car heading south with only three wheels. The driver of the vehicle refused to pull over for police, and headed instead onto Highway 25 where he picked up speed. Police pursued until the driver eventually lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a hydro pole near Boul. Milles Îles.
The driver, slightly injured by the crash, was arrested.
House Fire Claims One Life
April 23 –A fatal fire broke out in a bungalow in Vimont, claiming the life of one woman.
The fire was discovered by a teenager coming home after school. Faced with thick black smoke in the house, the teenager retreated to a neighbour’s to call 911.
Fifteen firefighters responded to the call at 4:05 p.m. and arrived at the house on de Ligny St. minutes later. They identified the living room as the fire’s point of origin but could not find a conclusive heat source.
After discovering the inanimate body of a woman in the house, firefighters turned the investigation over to Laval police.
The fire was extinguished by 4:18 p.m.