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Video shows police using helicopter to track down carjacking suspects

York Regional Police have released video showing the arrest of two suspects who allegedly stole a Mercedes in Richmond Hill – the latest in a string of armed vehicle thefts that have prompted Greater Toronto Area Police Services to create a carjacking task force.

The YRP announced Friday that it is leading the task force, which includes Toronto Police, Peel Police, Durham Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario.

“This task force will further coordinate law enforcement efforts in the Greater Toronto Area to combat the issue,” YRP said in a statement.

The announcement comes as YRP said it made arrests in connection with a carjacking in Richmond Hill on Wednesday night.

Police say a driver was sitting in his Mercedes in a parking lot in the plaza in the Leslie Street and Green Hill neighborhood when he was approached by two men armed with handguns.

The suspects allegedly assaulted the driver and stole his watch, wallet and mobile phone before fleeing in his vehicle, police said.

A police helicopter followed the suspects and the stolen vehicle to an address in Toronto.

YRP posted video of the arrest captured from its Air2 helicopter on YouTube. The helicopter was able to locate the vehicle parked in a dead end street.

“I can’t say 100% it’s the vehicle, but I’d say it’s 95% like it,” a police officer can be heard saying in the video. Two people are then seen getting out of the vehicle.

The video then cuts to the moment police arrived in the driveway of a house where the suspects were.

“They’re gonna run, they’re gonna run,” an officer is heard saying in the video.

The two suspects are seen dashing, jumping fences and running around backyards to evade arrest.

However, soon after, the police are seen apprehending the two suspects.

Police say two 19-year-olds were arrested and charged with robbery with a firearm, intentional disguise and possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm.

Police continue to ask anyone with information to contact the Heist Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 6631 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

There has been an increase in reported armed hijacking incidents in the GTA this month. Among the victims was Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner, whose Range Rover was stolen at gunpoint outside an Etobicoke movie theater.

Just this week, Toronto Police and Durham Police responded to six carjacking incidents between late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. Later that evening, two armed men stole an SUV from a Brampton driveway.

The wave of violent carjackings in Toronto prompted Mayor John Tory to send a letter last week to his federal and provincial counterparts, asking for help in dealing with the incidents.

“This situation and the trend line cannot continue, and I am writing to ask for your help,” he wrote. “I am convinced that by working in partnership, the three levels of government