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Ajax man covered in duct tape pounds on neighbour’s door after home invasion


Alex Consiglio/TORONTO STAR Two men and a woman, described as black and in their mid 20s, broke into this Ajax home Thursday night around 8:30 p.m. and tied up the couple inside in their basement with duct tape as they rummaged through their belongings. The suspects remain on the loose and are alleged to have broken into a nearby Pickering home an hour earlier.

Joanne Elvin was eating dinner with her husband when she heard frantic knocking on her front door.

When Elvin and her husband Tony opened the door, they found a man covered in duct-tape, pleading for help.

“He was trying to say, ‘I’m your neighbour, I’m your neighbour,’” said Elvin. “But his hands were duct-taped behind his back and his mouth was taped shut.”

Once her husband removed the tape, Elvin’s neighbour told her to call 9-1-1 because two men and a woman had his wife held hostage in his basement.

“It was terrifying,” Elvin said Friday, standing on her Ajax driveway with her dog a day after the ordeal.

Durham Police have linked the Thursday night home invasion with a previously unreported break-in at a nearby Pickering home.

Around 7:30 p.m., an unknown male and female knocked on the door of a Pickering home near Sheppard Ave. and Rosebank Rd.

They forced their way in, took one resident downstairs, but fled after another resident began screaming, police said.

Within an hour, the suspects made their way to Elvin’s street and forced their way into her neighbour’s home on Mordern Cresc., armed with a gun and multiple knives, police said.

A struggle ensued and the victims were dragged to the basement where they were tied up, police said, adding the suspects rummaged through the victims’ belongings.

“They’re quiet people,” said Elvin, who’s lived on Morden Cresc. for 18 years. “This is one of the quietest streets.”

As Elvin called 9-1-1, her husband Tony and her neighbour, who’d managed to escape by wiggling his legs loose, went back next door where the intruders remained with his wife.

“They were locked out,” said Elvin, explaining they came back to her home and by the time police arrived, the suspects had fled.

Elvin’s neighbours weren’t harmed during the invasion, police said, adding they’re still investigating whether the invasions were targeted or random.

Neighbour Gino Gieorgetti didn’t notice anything unusual, until the cop cars pulled up.

“Nothing like this has happened before that I know of,” he said. “It’s a nice street, nice neighbourhood. There are expensive homes back here … maybe that’s why.”

Police would not disclose any stolen items but said the three suspects were black, in their 20s and wearing green vests. They may have escaped in two vehicles, a white cube van and a black sedan, police said.

With files from Alexandra Bosanac, Kim Magi and Alyshah Hasham

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