Police have arrested and laid several charges against a teenager in connection to a Christmas Eve gift theft and a carjacking.

The 17-year-old was arrested Friday in relation to a separate robbery investigation.

He is alleged to have been one of two people who stole gifts from the Denison family in Metcalfe, Ont., south of Ottawa. Police also believe both suspects stole a car in Orleans earlier that night.

The second suspect is unknown and still on the run.

The Denisons say they were sleeping upstairs during the robbery and did not hear the culprits but when they woke up all gifts and some electronics were stolen.

2nd suspect sought

Police quickly banded together in late December to collect donations to replace the gifts, but not the electronics.


Police released this image of the second suspect. (Photo courtesy of Ottawa Police Services)

Police also say a woman was approached on an OC Transpo bus and agreed to provide a ride for the two suspects. She also allowed them to drive her car at one point.

They eventually choked her, police say, and removed her from the vehicle before taking off.

The arrested suspect is charged with:

  • Robbery.
  • Forcible Confinement.
  • Choking.
  • Three counts of failing to comply with the Youth Criminal Justice Act sentence.
  • Two counts of break and enter.
  • Theft under $5000.

The suspect appeared in court Saturday and remains in custody.

The second suspect, who has not been identified, is described as a dark-skinned black male in his early-twenties, about 5-foot-6-inches tall with a stocky build, a short groomed goatee on his face. Both spoke English with no accent.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the identity of the second suspect is asked to contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.