Two men charged in Mississauga home invasion after nearby home invasion

The chief of Mississauga’s police force said two suspects have been charged in connection with a recent home invasion. Speaking to reporters Friday, Chief Ron Taverner said detectives arrested 35-year-old Cundari Pels, of Oshawa, and 54-year-old Serge Velegard, of Mississauga, last Friday and determined that they were involved in the break-in. He did not say what charges were brought against the two men, only that they are not individuals currently being sought by police.

Chief Taverner said the incident in Mississauga was part of a widespread investigation. “It is a very complex investigation,” he said. “We have about 20 different services involved in this.” They are working with counterparts in other Ontario cities, he said.

Some residents were shaken and worried by the raid on their Mississauga home on the evening of June 18, following a July 4 home invasion in the city’s Cherryhill community that left two people with gunshot wounds and is being investigated as a possible gang-related shooting. Neighbors told The Toronto Star they heard five shots before police arrived. One woman called 911. She said she believes they were in a backyard, according to The Star.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie praised the force’s response, saying “everyone took extra steps.” “It is a mess up there, but we’re in this together,” she told reporters. She added she was “very, very” proud of how the community responded following the home invasion. In the Cherryhill attack, police said they believed the gunshots came from a small-caliber rifle, and that two male suspects were at large. “They get up, they come up, you don’t see them running away,” a local resident, speaking to Global News, said of the men after the Cherryhill home invasion. “You never thought anything like that would happen.”

An 18-year-old man is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the Cherryhill attack. A third man is charged with a range of firearm-related offences, as well as assault.

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