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'Where is the money at?' Police release video showing response to gunpoint home invasion north of Toronto


Police have released new video footage showing officers responding to an armed home invasion in Vaughan on Christmas Eve.

The incident happened at a residence in the area of Forest Drive and Harmonia Crescent just before 2 a.m. on Dec. 24 of last year.

Police have previously said that three masked suspects forced their way inside the home and proceeded to assault and hold the occupants at gunpoint while demanding money.

In the video, released on Thursday, an individual is heard telling a 911 operator that somebody had broken into their house and tried to “rob and threaten” them.

But before the 911 operator can reply a suspect is heard in the background.

“Get off the phone. Sit down and don’t move,” they say, before repeatedly asking the resident “where is the money at?”

In the audio, the resident can be heard saying “that is all I have” but the suspect or suspects continue to demand money.

The video, which appears to be a from a cruiser’s dash cam, then shows officers arriving on scene and walking up to the front door of the home.

At that point screaming can be heard followed by what appears to be commands from officers.

“Come out with your hands out. Do it now,” one says. “Get on the ground.”

Police say that responding officers encountered three suspects inside the home and that one of the officers discharged their firearm multiple times.

However, no injuries were reported.

One of the suspects was taken into custody at the scene while two others fled.

Police are seen responding to a reported home invasion in Vaughan on Dec. 23, 2023. (York Regional Police)

In May, police announced that they made four additional arrests in the case and that the suspects were facing a combined 37 criminal charges.

Police also said at the time that a suspect vehicle that was seen fleeing the area as officers approached was stolen during an armed carjacking in Calgary the prior month.

“We feel that we have the offenders arrested who were directly involved in committing the home invasion. What we are seeking now is additional suspects who we believe may have been involved in the background with essentially maybe some planning,” Det. Sgt. Ryan Boulay told CP24 on Thursday. “We are seeking any public assistance from anyone who may have knowledge or additional footage that will assist us with this investigation going forward.”

In addition to the video released on Thursday, police also released an image of another vehicle of interest that investigators say was in the area at the time of the home invasion.

That vehicle is believed to be a grey Ford F150.

Meanwhile, police are not releasing any information about whether the home was specifically targeted.

“That is all part of the investigation. I don’t have anything to comment on at this point if that residence was specially targeted. However, from what we see with home invasions, they typically aren’t just random in nature.” Boulay said on Thursday.

A vehicle of interest wanted in connection with a Vaughan home invasion on Dec. 24, 2023 is shown. (York Regional Police) Top Stories

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