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Robbery Investigation,
Wincott Drive and Eglinton Avenue West,
Man arrested

Broadcast time: 19:35
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hold Up

Case #: 2019-290039

The Toronto Police Service Hold Up Squad would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in relation to two violent bank robberies and a retail store robbery.

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 8:25 a.m., a man entered a bank branch near Wincott Drive and Eglinton Avenue West

- the man pointed a handgun at several people, while demanding money from the customer service representative

- he threw a bag at the teller demanding that it be filled up, and then fled with a quantity of cash

It is further alleged that:

- approximately 30 minutes later, on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 9 a.m., the same man entered a bank branch near St. Clair Avenue West and Jane Street

- he pointed a handgun at a bank employee and demanded that cash be put into the bag that he had brought with him

- as the employee moved away from the counter the man jumped over the counter

- he grabbed another employee around the neck, placed the gun against her head, making further demands for money

- the victim complied with the man's demands and he obtained a quantity of cash

Officers from 11 Division had been called to the robbery while it was in progress. They apprehended the man outside the branch, while he was attempting to flee with the money.

Upon further investigation by members of the Hold Up Squad it was determined that this man was also believed to be responsible for a retail robbery.

It is further alleged that:

- on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 9:44 a.m., the same man was wearing a mask and armed with a handgun when he entered a convenience store located near Weston Road and Church Street

- he made a verbal demand for cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes and ordered the store employee to place the items inside a gym bag he had brought with him

On Friday, February 15, 2019, Bevon McDermott, 57, of Toronto, was arrested.

He has been charged with:

1. Three counts of Robbery with a Firearm
2. Three counts of Use Firearm to Commit Indictable Offence
3. Four counts of Point Firearm
4. Unauthorized Use of a Firearm
5. Possession of a Firearm know its Possession is Unauthorized

He appeared in court on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 10 a.m., at Old City Hall Court, room 101.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, 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 Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Laura Pogue, Hold-Up Squad