A man is in custody after a wild double carjacking in Hamilton Sunday night sent two children and three adults to hospital and wrecked two cars.
Around 9:30 p.m., a man approached a Silver Chevrolet Silverado that was left running just outside an address on Emperor Avenue on the Mountain with a man sitting in the passenger seat.
The suspect pulled open the side door and tried to drag the passenger out of the truck, police say. A struggle ensued because the passenger still had his seatbelt on.
When the suspect wasn’t able to pull the other man out of the truck, he climbed over him to get to the driver’s seat, police say. The suspect then started kicking the other man until he unbuckled his seat belt and jumped out of the truck.
The suspect then sped off in the truck at a high rate of speed, police say. Not long after, the stolen truck ran a red light in the area of Upper James and Stone Church Road, striking two vehicles and sending one flying into a traffic pole and the other one into a Tim Hortons.
A taxi driver saw the collision and got out of her cab to help the people in the two vehicles. The suspect then got out of the stolen truck and jumped into her cab, and took off going north on Upper James Street at a high rate of speed, police say.
The man then drove to Hamilton’s east end, and parked the stolen cab outside of the Tim Horton’s at Fiesta Mall on Highway 8. He went into the coffee shop and handed the taxi’s keys to a staff member before running off, police say.
Two adults, a three-year-old child, and a six-year-old child were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the crash on Upper James. The taxi driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
A man is “currently in custody in relation to the investigation,” police say – but they won’t yet say if he’s a suspect.
“He has to be interviewed,” Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning said.
All three vehicles sustained “major damage,” she said.
“Building inspectors responded to the scene and confirmed that there was no structural damage to Tim Horton's and deemed the building to be safe.”