Police caught up with the man who got away after the cannabis home invasion in Norfolk on October 28.
Detectives from the Norfolk OPP Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Inspector Darren Webster of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), with assistance from the York Regional Police Services Tactical Unit, Canine Unit and Property Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a Handley Crescent address in Newmarket, Thursday.
Christopher John Gismondi, 30, of Newmarket got the book thrown at him.
Hostage taking using firearm (three counts); Break and enter; Possession of loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm (two counts); Disguise with intent; Robbery with firearm; Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm (two counts); Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (two counts); Firearm – Use while committing an offence (two counts); Possession of prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purpose; Forcible confinement; Pointing a firearm; Assault with a weapon; Assault causing bodily harm; Disobeying court order
Four other Toronto area men had previously been charged in the incident.
“This collaborative effort should serve as a reminder to anyone contemplating committing a crime that police have no boundaries when it comes to bringing people to justice. I would like to recognize the members of the York Regional Police Service for their assistance in bringing this incident to a successful conclusion,” said Detective Inspector Darren Webster, OPP Criminal Investigative Branch.
A parallel investigation is ongoing by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which has previously invoked its mandate. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide further information. Any other inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at (416) 622-2342.