The police investigation of Haris Masic is hinting at something more sinister.
On the surface, his brief court appearance Wednesday seemed routine, with few details and little fanfare.
Instead, eight more charges were added to Masic’s lengthy list of alleged offences, including making or possessing an explosive device with intent to endanger life, bringing his total counts to 54,
Also concerning is the investigation of Masic involves multiple police services, and so far, few details.
“We are working with both the OPP and the RCMP in relation to this investigation,” said London police Const. Sandasha Bough.
Many of the charges stem from two gunpoint carjackings in the Westmount area that sent shivers through the southwest London community earlier this year.
More charges — from both the London police and the Middlesex OPP — stem from the search of Masic’s home and an ongoing investigation where police say they are looking at “any and all possibilities.”
London police, after searching Masic’s home on April 7 following his arrest and detention, announced Wednesday they were charging Masic with making or possessing an explosive device with intent to endanger life or to cause serious damage to property.
The Middlesex OPP added six more charges to Masic, including pointing a firearm, in connection with a March gunpoint home invasion near Elviage Drive just west of the city limits.
Of the OPP charges, five — use of a .22 calibre semi-automatic pistol in a robbery, breaking and entering, carrying a dangerous weapon, possessing a loaded, restricted firearm — are shared with a man and a woman who were arrested shortly after the home invasion. Masic faces the charge of pointing a firearm alone.
And the investigation is ongoing, police say.
Masic was quiet during the court appearance where his defence lawyer, Robert Kitto, asked the case be adjourned to a video court appearance on June 6.
Masic is slight and has a distinctive beard. Kitto waived the reading of the charges and Masic was taken back into custody.
Not much is known about Masic. His social media profile also lists his name as Haris Al-Bosini, but is mostly locked down, save a few posts including a beautiful wedding photo and a posting in 2016 wishing “a happy Eid Mubarak to all the Muslims.”
He was arrested on April 6, on Frontenac Road off Commissioners Road, and charged with more than 20 counts in connection with the attempted carjackings.
On Feb. 11, a young couple was in a car in the Westmount Shopping Centre parking lot when a man approached and tried to take the vehicle. One victim reported seeing the muzzle flash of a firing gun.
On March 29, during another attempted carjacking, a man was shot twice and a woman was assaulted with a weapon in the parking lot of Jesse Davidson park near Viscount and Wonderland roads. The victims’ injuries were not life threatening, but the incident prompted a public warning from London police about an armed car-jacker on the loose, urging the community to be vigilant.
The Middlesex OPP charges stem from a home invasion on March 20 — about a week before the attempted car-jacking in the park — where a woman was tied up and some jewelry, including a Rolex watch and diamond rings, were taken. Police set up a containment area and a man and a woman were arrested near the home and charged shortly after.