Taxi driver robbery leads to 14 hour police stand-off in Peterborough


PETERBOROUGH-A fourteen hour police stand-off in Peterborough on Friday began as a taxi driver robbery in Ajax two days earlier.

Durham Regional Police say at approximately 11:30 p.m. last Wednesday members of West Division located a male party walking near Monarch Avenue and Bayly Street in Ajax. The male told police he was robbed of his taxi vehicle by three suspects, one allegedly armed with two knives.

The victim, a 52-year-old from Ajax picked up one male and two females at a restaurant by Salem Road and Highway 2 in Ajax according to police. The suspects had the victim drive them to several locations including two police facilities in Whitby and Oshawa. The driver then dropped them off at the hospital in Ajax and this is when the male armed with two knives threatened the driver to hand over his vehicle. The suspect drove off in the Toyota Camry.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

With the assistance of the Peterborough Police Service Emergency Response Team, the stolen vehicle was located on Friday, March 9, 2018 at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the area of Stenson Boulevard in Peterborough. The suspects fled from the allegedly stolen vehicle into a nearby residence. After several hours, the suspects were arrested without incident.

Francis O’Connor, age 32 of no fixed address, has been charged with: Robbery; Weapons Dangerous; Threaten Death and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.

Faye O’Connor, age 62 of no fixed address and Janelle Smith, age 26 of Stenson Boulevard in Peterborough are both charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.