(MIDDLESEX, ON) - On Wednesday November 3, 2020 at 1:42 a.m. members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted by an alert citizen with respect to a suspicious male observed on a property in the 2100 block area of Clarke Side Rd., located in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and began to patrol the area when moments later they located the male suspect. During the course of the interaction, the male fled from police on foot and yelled back at the officer "catch me if you can". The officer quickly exited the vehicle and engaged in a foot pursuit where he caught up to the male and effected an arrest. Upon the search of the male incident to arrest, the officer located the suspect to be in possession of a handgun, over $50,000 in Canadian Currency, drugs, and a knife.
As a result of an investigation, police have charged Tyler FARAJ age -31 of London ON with:
Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm as per section 91(1) CC
Possession of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order as per section 117.01(1) CC
Carrying concealed weapon as per section 90 CC
Possession of a Firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with as per section 108(1)(b) CC.
Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000 - in Canada as per section 354(1)(a) CC.
Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Cocaine as per section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
Public Mischief as per section 140(1)(b) CC
Resist Peace Officer as per section 129(a) CC.
Trespassing at Night as per section 177 of the Criminal Code (CC)
Being intoxicated in a public place as per section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA).
The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in an Ontario Court of Justice to speak to the charges.
This is another great example of the police and the community working together to help promote and keep our communities safe. The Middlesex OPP is very proud to serve the residents within the Middlesex County and we remain committed to the service of our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Together we can all do our part to help keep our street safe for everyone.