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Toronto Police Announce Results of Project Heavy Bag,
Three Men and Four Women Arrested in Retail Robbery investigation,
Carlingview Drive and Dixon Road area,
One Man Wanted,
Emmanuel Rawson, 22



Broadcast time: 10:52
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Unit: Hold Up
Phone: 416-808-7350
Case #: 2021-595514


The Toronto Police Service Hold Up Squad would like to make the public aware of the results of Project Heavy Bag, a million-dollar retail robbery investigation that resulted in multiple arrests and firearms seizures.

It is alleged that:

- on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at a retail location in the area of Carlingview Drive and Dixon Road, two men forced an employee at gunpoint to give them access

- the two men assaulted a second victim and forced them to open the safes

- the victims were ordered to the ground

- the two men loaded garbage bags with a substantial amount of money, in excess of one million dollars, prior to fleeing in an awaiting vehicle.

Watch Security Video of the robbery.

It is further alleged that:

- on Monday, May 17, 2021, an attempted home invasion took place in the Kipling Avenue and Steeles Avenue area

- armed suspects attempted to gain entry into a unit

- they did not gain entry and fled prior to police arrival

- a sum of money, identified to have been obtained during the robbery on April 1, 2021, was found within the unit.

As a result of the investigation, members of the Toronto Police Holdup Squad were able to identify four suspects involved in the robbery.

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, a man and a woman were located and arrested. A fully loaded 9mm Glock handgun and a quantity of ammunition were seized from the vehicle.

Devante Virgo, 23, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1. Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
2. Robbery with a firearm
3. Disguise with intent
4. Occupy motor vehicle with a firearm
5. Unauthorized possession of a firearm
6. Two counts of Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device
7. Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is Unauthorized
8. Possession of a Prohibited firearm with ammunition
9. Possession of a firearm while prohibited
10. Three counts of Fail to Comply Probation

Courtni Martin, 22, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1. Occupy motor vehicle with firearm
2. Two counts of Unauthorized possession of a firearm
3. Two counts of Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device
4. Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is Unauthorized
5. Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition

Both appeared for a bail hearing on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 206.

They are next scheduled to appear in court on October 7, 2021, at 9 a.m. (for Courtni Martin) and 11 a.m. (for Devante Virgo), at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 202.

Further to this investigation, on Thursday, September 9, and Friday, September 10, 2021, with the assistance of the Emergency Task Force, 11, 22 and 23 Division Major Crime Units and Forensic Identification Services, members of the Hold Up Squad executed four Criminal Code search warrants at various addresses and on two vehicles.

As a result, clothing, seven additional handguns (6 Glock pistols and a Luger firearm), high-capacity firearm magazines, numerous rounds of ammunition, body armor, a large quantity of cocaine and cash were seized.

Andrew Parsons, 22, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
2. Robbery with a firearm

He is next scheduled to appear in court on November 18, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 202.

Phillip Nkrumah, 36, of Caledon, was arrested and charged with:

1. Seven counts of Careless storage of a firearm
2. Seven counts of Unauthorized possession of a firearm
3. Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition
4. Tampering with serial number
5. Careless storage ammunition
6. Three counts of Possession of a prohibited device
7. Possession of a firearm while prohibited
8. Two counts of Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
9. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
10. Fail to comply Recognizance
11. Fail to comply Probation

He is next scheduled to appear in court on September 29, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 201.

Gabrielle Belsito, 26, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
2. Obstruct peace officer

She is next scheduled to appear in court on October 20, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 201.

Michelle Belsito, 26, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Two counts of Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
2. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000

She is next scheduled to appear in court on October 26, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 202.

Stephanie Nkrumah, 37, of Caledon, was arrested and charged with:

1. Seven counts of Careless storage of a firearm
2. Seven counts of Unauthorized possession of a firearm
3. Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition
4. Tampering with serial number
5. Careless storage ammunition
6. Three counts of Possession of a prohibited device
7. Possession of a firearm while prohibited C.C. 117.01

She is next scheduled to appear in court on October 26, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Toronto West Court, 2201 Finch Avenue West, in Room 202.

Emmanuel Rawson, 22, of Toronto, remains outstanding. He is wanted for:

1. Robbery with a firearm
2. Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
3. Disguise with intent
4. Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000

He is described as 5’7”, 190 lbs., and should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and call 9-1-1. His photograph is being released.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, 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 or Google Play.


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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for A/Inspector Richard Harris, Hold Up Squad




Toronto Police Announce Results of Project Heavy Bag,
Three Men and Four Women Arrested in Retail Robbery investigation,
Carlingview Drive and Dixon Road area,
One Man Wanted,
Emmanuel Rawson, 22



Wanted,
Emmanuel Rawson, 22, of Toronto
Above: Wanted, Emmanuel Rawson, 22, of Toronto