A community in northwest London is on edge following three robberies that appear to be linked according to London Police.
Police say last Sunday around 10 p.m., a young male was riding his bicycle in the area of Blackacres Blvd. and Hawthorne Rd. when he was approached by approximately eight males on bikes who assaulted him and stole his cell phone. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result.
On Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., a young male was rollerblading in the same area when he was approached by four males who subsequently assaulted him and stole his headphones. The victim sustained minor injuries as well.
Later that night, at 11:21 p.m., a male who was out for a walk was approached by six to eight males on bikes in the area of Sarnia Rd. and Chapman Ct. The victim was assaulted and his cell phone was stolen during the altercation. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result.
The suspects in the first two robberies are described as being black males, between the ages of 15 and 18, and wearing hoodies that covered their faces.
The suspects in the third robbery are described as being black and caucasian males, 15-18 years old, and also wearing hoodies that covered their faces.
Police say there were no weapons used during the robberies.
Meanwhile, parents in the neighbourhood are expressing their worry over what is a seemingly safe neighbourhood.
“My husband just drove my son to his friend’s house, and he’s two blocks away,” said a parent named Erika. “I know several parents in the community aren’t letting their teenagers out either, having them bring friends to their home and staying within the home. They’re going into Grade 11 and they all feel terrified.”
The mother of one of the victims, who asked not to be named, said her son now fears for his safety.
“My child does not want to leave the house anymore. It seems like it’s not a safe environment for him to be out anymore.”
She added that some parents in the neighbourhood are communicating with each other to discuss similar incidents.
“There’s been a few other parents, quite a few emails. Some people have emailed saying that this has happened to their kids as well in that same area around Blackacres.”
A Kijiji ad, apparently written by a grandmother of one of the victims, has been viewed by more than 32,000 people as of Thursday afternoon.
Police are reminding Londoners to be aware of their surroundings, remain in well-lit and open areas when travelling alone, and to report any suspicious activity or people to them.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact London Police or Crimestoppers.