WARNING: The story includes offensive language.
Niagara regional police say they are looking for two suspects after a man left his home in St. Louis.
Officers responded to reports of a robbery at 7:19 a.m. Tuesday at the home on Ernest Street. A man in his 30s left his house to go to work while his family was at home sleeping.
A dark vehicle stopped in front of his home, according to police. They do not know the type of vehicle.
The occupant of the home opened his front door but “thought nothing of it [the stopped vehicle] and turned to go back to his house, “said officers.
Surveillance video appears to show a man in a hoodie and what looks like a gun, running to the occupant at the front door and demanding the keys to his sports car – a blue 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – that was parked in the driveway.
Another man, also wearing a hoodie, is seen near the vehicle.
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“Give me the keys right now or [I’ll] f – king shoot, “says the man with the gun in the video.
Police say the gunman whipped the alleged victim while making demands.
“I have a baby upstairs, relax, okay?” said the resident after being shown to have been beaten with the gun.
“Hurry up … give me your phone,” the man with the gun says.
“I do not have my phone on me. It is upstairs. My wife is upstairs, husband. My child, my five-year-old,” says the man in the house.
The video appears to show the gunman throwing the keys to the other suspect before they both get into the vehicle and go left out of the driveway toward Dorothy Street.
The entire interaction was in under 60 seconds, based on the video.
Do not go to suspects, police warn
The police describe the perpetrator as:
- A white man.
- 18 to 25 years.
- About five-foot-10 with a slender build.
- Was wearing a gray hoodie with gray sweatpants, black shoes and a black bag strapped over his body and a black balaclava over his face.
The other suspect is roughly the same age, height and build and also wore similar clothing, including wearing a bag and wearing a mask, police said.
The Niagara Regional Police Service is asking anyone in the area with security cameras to review footage between 6 p.m. 6.45 and 7.45 on 28 December.
Anyone who notices the Land Rover should not approach it and should call 911.
Gun robbery uncommon
Police say the man in the house was not injured and the incident appears to be coincidental. They also say officers and a K-9 unit searched the area but did not find the suspects.
Art. Phil Gavin told CBC Hamilton that the province saw an increase in Land Rover thefts in 2019, but it dropped off in 2020. He said it is not a very targeted vehicle in Niagara.
He also said that robberies like this are uncommon.
“Many times there is a link of a kind that we identify during the course of the investigation,” he said Wednesday.
Gavin added that the video made it “more real for many.”
“At the moment, we are treating this as an isolated incident. Every time a person is willing to wave a firearm and attack someone in their driveway, it is of concern to us and the public.”