'Armed and dangerous' pair wanted in downtown Toronto shooting arrested on Manitoulin Island
Toronto police are searching for Michael Lauder (left) and Karen Constantin (right) in connection with a shooting last week that left a man with life-threatening injuries. (Toronto Police Service)
SUDBURY -- Three people, including two wanted in connection with a downtown Toronto shooting on July 3, have been arrested after a traffic stop on Manitoulin Island.
Officers say they received a call around 11:44 p.m. July 11 that two "armed and dangerous" fugitives, 47-year-old Karen Constantin and 21-year-old Michael Lauder, were headed from Sudbury to the island in the north part of Lake Huron.
The vehicle was stopped on Highway 6 in Little Current and the pair along with a 71-year-old man from Wiikwemkoong First Nation was arrested without incident on gun-related charges. During the arrests, a firearm and a large amount of cash were seized.
As a result, the three accused have been charged with:
- Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with
- Careless storage of a firearm
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
Lauder is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and unauthorized possession of a firearm in connection to the Toronto shooting. Constantin is also charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm in the shooting incident as well as possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.
All three of the accused are scheduled for bail hearings Monday in Gore Bay.
Police say there is no concern for public safety in connection to this incident.
Anyone with information about this is asked to contact the Manitoulin OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and information may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.