Police have laid charges against three people in the stabbing and alleged robbery of a truck driver who was found in a Dartmouth mall parking lot on Wednesday morning.

Tyrone Anthony Cross, a 33-year-old from Cole Harbour, is facing the most serious charges — using a firearm in the commission of an offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, uttering threats and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said the alleged stolen property was a truckload of recyclable goods.

She said the victim and Cross are known to one another and were together earlier Tuesday for what she called “prior dealings.”

Police believe the 40-year-old victim pulled his 18-wheeler into the Penhorn Mall parking lot at around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He was found almost 12 hours later in the cab of his vehicle, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Rath said investigators have spoken to the victim, whose injuries aren’t life-threatening.

“We want to be very clear — this is not a random incident,” Rath said.

Nelson Tyrelle Beals, 22, and Marlo Malileto Cain, 39, both of Dartmouth, are also charged in relation to the incident. Both are facing charges of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of probation.

Cross, Beals and Malileto were arrested together on Wednesday afternoon in Cole Harbour. The trio appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on Thursday to face the charges.

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