2 Indian-origin teens held for serial crimes in Canada

September 29th, 2008 - 10:19 am ICT by IANS  

Vancouver, Sep 29 (IANS) Police here have arrested two Indo-Canadian teens after a long hunt for a series of robberies and assaults in the south Vancouver area in March.Eighteen-year-old Manpreet Johal and 19-year-old Sanjit Sunner have been charged with multiple counts of robbery and more than a dozen brutal assaults on their victims.

Police said they were looking for a third man in the case.

In a two-week crime wave in March, the three assaulted their victims to snatch purses and wallets. They stole valuables from their victims walking alone just before midnight.

Police said the robberies and assaults intimidated the whole south Vancouver - which incidentally is the constituency of high-profile Indo-Canadian leader Ujjal Dosanjh who is contesting the Oct 14 election from here on the opposition Liberal Party ticket.

While Johal was arrested in the city, Sunner was nabbed more than 3,000 miles away in the Toronto suburb of Brampton.

The two Indo-Canadians were arrested after police sought help from the public in identifying them from their pictures taken by a security camera at a store they broke into.

A police spokesman said they brought the pictures to the notice of the public to let the assailants know that they were after them.

Without explaining who helped them nab the culprits, the spokesman said they carried out a lengthy investigation, including searches at various places and gathering the DNA evidence from the victims.

“We are thrilled to have both suspects in custody,” he said.

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