15-year-old arrested in homicide of 73-year-old Brampton man

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This is simply a tragedy that has left many residents in Peel worried. Peel Regional Police Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau Homicide officers have arrested and charged a 15-year-old male of Brampton for manslaughter and robbery in the death of 73-year-old Amarjit Bhatnagar of Brampton.

This is the 12th homicide of 2018 in Peel Region.

Here’s how this horrible incident unfolded. On Tuesday June 12 at approximately 10:07 p.m., Bhatnagar and another family member were walking through Aloma Park, in the area of Aloma Crescent and Avondale Boulevard in Brampton. The victims were approached by two males, who robbed them of some personal possessions, and fled the area.

Bhatnagar sustained injuries as a result of the robbery and was transported to a local hospital. On Thursday (June 14), Bhatnagar succumbed to his injuries.

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Homicide investigators arrested and charged the 15-year-old male who will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Friday (June 15) for a bail hearing.

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 identity of the 15-year-old charged in this investigation is protected.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, surveillance video, or anyone who may have information concerning this investigation to contact Peel Regional Police Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

These days there are hundreds of seniors visiting their Canadian immigrant families in the GTA and many are beginning to caution them about their safety if they go out for a walk.

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According to Pankaj, this never happened earlier. “For the first time I had to caution my visiting parents about avoiding walking when the sun sets, and it is getting dark. I have also warned them again walking early morning because the park near our home is quite deserted,” he said.

It would seem that thieves are targeting immigrant seniors realizing they are vulnerable and easy to rob. Needless to say, neighbourhoods are not as safe as we once assumed. – CINEWS

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