The western division of the Criminal Investigations Section of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) arrested four individuals last week in connection with two separate robberies that occurred in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro. The suspects and the victims had previously made an appointment to finalize sales initiated on online classifieds platforms.
The first robbery occurred on March 23, 2022. Two suspects posed as buyers interested in buying a car on an online classifieds platform. They then tricked and assaulted their victim at the end of a test drive by spraying him with cayenne pepper. The suspects fled on foot without having managed to steal the coveted vehicle.
The second similar robbery took place on April 21. Two other individuals posed as potential buyers, this time for the purchase of computer accessories worth several thousand dollars. They gave the victim an appointment and, at gunpoint, stole the equipment before fleeing.
The first robbery two individuals being arrested, Emmanuel Mgoung Bougha, 22, and Anthony Canales, 21, on May 4, 2022. Two days later, Osman Hussain, 21, and Sukhdav Singh Virk, 22, are also arrested, this time in connection with the theft of computer equipment. All four appeared at the Montreal courthouse and face several charges, including robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and conspiracy. Four searches allowed investigators to get their hands on various pieces of evidence. Although the two robberies are similar, there is no evidence that the two events are related.