Suspects in West-Toronto crime ring make court appearance
6 of the 10 people charged in a string of armed robberies in the GTA will be back in court Monday for a bail hearing.
The group made an appearance at Old City Hall Saturday, where the Crown & defence agreed to take the weekend to gather evidence.
In the courtroom, the suspects, dressed mostly in hoodies, dark jackets & jeans, didn't look at the friends & family members sitting in the gallery.
There is publication ban on the proceedings, including the 6 suspects' names.
The other 4 suspects in the case are under 18 & will be tried in youth court.
Toronto Police have called the group "a semi-organized gang of thugs" from West-Toronto, "preying on good citizens and utilizing violence and fear to get what they want".
Police think the group is behind 21 armed robberies since January in Toronto, Peel & York Regions. Many targeted convenience stores & gas stations, with violence ranging from pistol-whipping to a shot being fired outside an Etobicoke high school.
On Thursday, 4 men pulled up to Thistletown Collegiate Institute in a stolen car during the lunch hour. They made their way into the school & robbed 2 girls of their cell phones. When they tried to take a boy's phone, he took off running into the parking lot. Police say one of the thugs aimed his gun at the student & fired at least once, but missed.
(With files from James Moore & Dave Bradley)