Police Provide Information about Recent Arrest in Toronto

Posted On Monday April 05, 2021

Region of Peel-   Peel Regional Police would like to provide an update regarding an arrest made on March 31, 2021, in the City of Toronto.

On that day, as part of an ongoing investigation, Peel investigators received information that the kidnapping suspect Kwami Garwood was operating a vehicle in the area of Don Mills Road and Finch Avenue in Toronto. Garwood is wanted by Peel Police for Kidnapping and by Toronto Police for an unrelated murder in July, 2020.

Due to the serious nature of the alleged offences, and that Garwood is believed to be armed and dangerous, Peel and Toronto police worked together to make what they believed to be a high-risk arrest. A plan was created with the Toronto Emergency Task Force to effect the arrest as quickly as possible while maintaining the safety of the public and the officers.

Regrettably, the male in the vehicle was ultimately deemed not to be Mr. Garwood. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital as a precaution, where he was medically cleared. 

The male can only be identified as a 17-year-old young person in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Our job is to keep the community safe. Operating on the belief the individual in the car was the suspect Mr. Garwood, we had a duty to act. The operation to effect the arrest was carefully planned between the two police services and was executed with no serious injuries to the driver or officers.

We regret this mistake and the distress this has caused this young man and his family. Peel Police made initial contact with the family on that day. We have since made contact with a family representative to further discussions and offer our support.

While our officers were acting in good faith on credible information, it does not negate that this was a traumatic experience. An internal review is underway to examine the events leading to this incident.

We continue to look for the suspect, Kwami Garwood. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A general provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Y.C.J.A.) prohibits the release of the name of a Young Person and, therefore, the identities of the Young Persons charged in this investigation are protected.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121, ext. 4027. 

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