(Photo: Peel Regional Police)
A 22-year-old Mississauga man accused of riding a city bus with a replica handgun is facing weapons-related charges.
The incident unfolded at 7 p.m. Saturday when a man was spotted with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.
“We received a call from a concerned citizen,” said Peel Regional Police Const. Rachel Gibbs, adding “there was more than one witness.”
Police didn’t specify which MiWay route the man and his sidekick were travelling on or where the trip originated.
The man exited the bus near Square One shopping centre at 7:50 p.m. and was greeted by cops, who seized a replica handgun.
“It’s absolutely not a joke,” said Gibbs, adding cops don’t know whether a gun is real until they’ve investigated.
“A lot of damage can be done,” Gibbs continued, noting replicas are used in robberies and home invasions; people genuinely believe it’s real.
Two men were taken into custody but one was released.
Tori Riley-Hunter is charged with possession of an imitation weapon for dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.