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Man, 20, facing 13 charges in
investigation into four robberies

Broadcast time: 15:04
Monday, June 19, 2017

Hold Up

Case #: 2017-1071644

Toronto Police Service Hold Up would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a retail robbery investigation involving three west-end stores and one Peel region location.

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 9:40 a.m., a man armed with a knife entered a convenience store in the Bloor Street West and Mill Road area

- he covered his lower face with a T-shirt and made a demand for money

- he went behind the counter and removed a quantity of cigarettes

- he put the property in a plastic bag he brought with him and fled

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the same man entered a kitchen store in the Martin Grove Road and Burnhamthorpe Road area

- he approached a customer, displayed a butcher's-style knife, and obtained money from her

- after obtaining money, the man held onto the customer's wrist, pointed the butcher's knife towards the store owner, and demanded money

- a second male was standing watch in the doorway and stopped a customer from entering during the robbery

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the man entered a Love Shop in the Dundas Street East and Dixie Road area in Mississauga

- he entered the store wearing an alien-style mask and displayed a butcher knife while confronting the victim and demanding cash

- he fled after obtaining cash and other property

It is further alleged that:

- on Sunday, May 14, 2017, two men entered a smoke shop in the Bloor Street West and Prince Edward Drive area

- their faces were concealed by masks

- the first man pointed a knife at the victims and forced them away from the counter

- the second man was given the knife and kept control of the victims while the first man stole cash and property

- shortly after the robbery on Friday, June 16, 2017, members of 22 Division located the man and arrested him for that robbery

Hold Up was notified, officers investigated the man, and charged him with the various robberies.

Hatim Abdullahi, 20, of Mississauga, was arrested and charged with:

1) four counts of Robbery Use Offensive Weapon
2) four counts of Disguise with Intent
3) four counts of Possession Weapon
4) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 a.m., room 111.

Hold Up is asking for assistance identifying the second male, who is described as black, 18-20, 5'7"–5'10".

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Mike Earl, Hold Up