Archive for February, 2011

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Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

Tell me, Bully-boy – just what did your much-vaunted Firearms Act do to prevent or solve these crimes?

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Major News Reports & News Releases

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Robbery (Home Invasion) – 54 Division

A 30 year old female and 52 year old male report that on February 17, 2011 at approximately 0045 hours, they were in their dwelling located in the area of Warner Avenue and Bartley Avenue.  Two male suspects wearing disguises, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun forced their way inside.  The suspects grabbed the victims, and ordered them to lie on the floor.  The victims complied.  The suspects tied the victim’s hands with duct tape and ransacked the dwelling.  The suspects removed a quantity of jewellery and cash, and then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspects #1-#2: Male, white, 40-45 years, 5’5”-6’0”.

10229/86345/10:47

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20536.pdf

Two men face 14 charges in shooting investigation, Gun Holster seized,
Photograph released of man sought, Shaun Davis, 28

Broadcast time: 13:55
Thursday, February 17, 2011

54 Division
416−808−5400

On Wednesday, Janaury 16, 2011, at 1:45 a.m., police responded to a call for a shooting in
the Donlands Avenue/Danforth Avenue area.

It is alleged that:
− a 18−year−old man was at bar on Danforth Avenue,
− three men then surrounded the man,
− one of the men pulled out a handgun,
− the victim was shot in the stomach,
− the men then fled the scene.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious but non−life−threatening injuries.

Orginnally it was reported the shooting occurred at Donlands subway station but police later
found out the shooting happened at a bar in the Donlands Avenue/Danforth Avenue.

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, police executed five search warrants in the GTA.

It is further alleged that:
− police seized a gun holster and other related evidence.
− police also arrested two men.

Akins Fortune, 22, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Attempted murder while using certain firearm,
2) Aggravated assault,
3) Conspiracy to commit indictable offence,
4) Disarming a Peace Officer,
5) Obstruct Peace Officer,
6) Assaulting a peace officer.

Kibrom Tesfay, 18, of Toronto,
1) Attempted murder while using certain firearm,
2) Discharge firearm endanger life,
3) Aggravated assault,
4) Conspiracy to commit indictable offence,
5) Fail to comply Recognizance.

Shaun Davis, 28, of Toronto, is wanted for:
1) Attempted murder while using certain firearm,
2) Aggravated assault,
3) Conspiracy to commit indictable offence.

He is described as black, 5’8″, 140 lbs, black hair.

He is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is
urged to call police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−5400, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

Friday, February 18, 2011

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Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

An 18 year old female reports that on February 17, 2011 at approximately 1800 hours, she was in the area of Martin Grove Road and Rampart Road when she was approached by a male suspect. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s cell phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene towards the John Garland Plaza. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 6’0”, 229 pounds, heavy build.

10560/87728/01:29

 

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 41 Division

A 29 year old male reports that on February 17, 2011 between 1700 hours and 1745 hours, he was entering his apartment unit in the area of Danforth Road and Gordonridge Place when he was approached from behind by two male suspects. The suspects forced their way into the apartment and a struggle ensued. The suspects produced handguns and struck the victim about the head. The suspects removed a quantity of jewellery, the victim’s wallet and a cell phone and then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim received minor injuries but refused medical attention. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, 20 to 25 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, medium build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 25 to 30 years, 6’0” to 6’2”, medium build.

9819/87728/05:38

 

Robbery – 53 Division

A 20 year old male reports that on February 17, 2011 at approximately 2200 hours he was sitting in a vehicle in the area of Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Blvd when he was approached by two male suspects. One suspect produced a firearm, held it to the victim’s head and made a demand for his vehicle.  The victim did not comply. A struggle ensued, and the suspects fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries but declined treatment.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, long brown hair. Suspect #2: Male, black, short black afro. NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

8771/89330/08:02

 

Abduction\Robbery – 53 Division

A 21 year old male reports that on February 17, 2011 at approximately 2200 hours he was in an apartment building stairwell in the area of Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Blvd when he was approached by six male suspects. Two of the suspects produced firearms, and the victim was hit, kicked and punched about the head and body numerous times by all six suspects.  One of the suspects removed a wallet, a quantity of cash, jewellery and a cellular telephone from the victim.  The suspects then forced the victim into a vehicle and drove around for a period of time before the victim was able to escape.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital by Toronto EMS for treatment. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, 20 – 25 years, 5’11” – 6’0”, 150lbs – 161lbs, thin build. Suspect #2: Male, thin build. Suspect #3: Male. Suspect #4 – 5: Male, black, 20 – 25 years. Suspect #6: Male, 20 – 25 years.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10400/89330/10:34

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20540.pdf

Homicide #11/2011,
Okene Thompson, 20,

Man charged with First Degree Murder,
Kirk Vernal, 30

Broadcast time: 12:35
Friday, February 18, 2011

Homicide Squad
416−808−7400

On Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 5:27 a.m., police responded to a call for a shooting in the
Weston Road/Lawrence Avenue West area.

It was reported that:
− police located a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head,

He was taken to hospital with life−threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has been identified as Okene Thompson, 20, of Toronto.

A post−mortem examination is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2011.

On Friday, February 18, 2011, Kirk Vernal, 30, of Toronto, was charged with:
1) First Degree Murder.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West, on Tuesday, February 22,
2011, room 206, at 10 a.m.

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20544.pdf

Police request assistance with home invasion investigation

Broadcast time: 16:38
Sunday, February 20, 2011

42 Division
416−808−7400

On Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 11:37 a.m., police responded to a call for unknown
trouble at 150 Burrows Hall Boulevard.

It is reported that:
− police located a 16−year−old girl with vital signs absent,
− she was taken to hospital where she is in critical condition.

It is further reported that:
− on Saturday, February 19, 2011, two armed men knocked on the victim’s door,
− the victim’s 40−year−old mother answered the door and the two men forced their way into
the home,
− one man, armed with a gun, forced the mother to accompany him while he opened various
doors throughout the house, while the second man stayed with her daughter,
− the men were looking for a specific item.

The suspects are described as black, with heavy Jamaican accents, 5″9−6′, wearing suits and
overcoats.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 42 Division at 416−808−4200, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

A 20 year old male reports that on February 18, 2011 at 1900 hours he was in the area of Humber College Boulevard and Highway 27 when he was approached by a male suspect armed with a handgun.  The suspect made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene southbound on Lynmont Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’5” – 5’6”, heavy build.

10411/82143/00:08

 

Robbery (Business) – 13 Division

A 33 year old male owner of Astro Variety and Gift, 2894 Dufferin Street, reports that on February 18, 2011 at approximately 2155 hours a male suspect armed with a handgun entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 22 to 27 years, 5’11” – 6’1”, 174 – 180 pounds, brown eyes, thin build.

6383/82143/03:24

 

Robbery (Business) – 31 Division

A 47 year old male employee of Parks Supermarket, 2189 Weston Road, reports that on February 18, 2011 at approximately 2300 hours a male suspect entered the store, produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim did not comply and the suspect fled the scene empty handed, in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 23 to 27 years, 5’8” – 6’, medium build.

9266/82143/05:26

 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Robbery (Mugging) – 14 Division

A 16 year old male reports that on February 20, 2011 at approximately 1200 hours, he was at the rear of a mall in the area of Dufferin Street and Bloor Street, when he was approached by two male suspects, one wearing a disguise. One suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for the victim’s “Canada Goose” jacket. The victim complied. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, white, 20-30 years, 5’3”-5’8”, thin build. Suspect #2: Male, white, 23-28 years, 5’10”-6’2”, 180-209 pounds, heavy build.

86204/88625/16:46

 

Monday, February 21, 2011

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Robbery (Business) – 42 Division

A 27 year old female employee of Chun Hing Supermarket, 17 Miliken Boulevard, reports that on February 20, 2011 at approximately 1637 hours four male suspects wearing disguises, one armed with a knife and one with a handgun entered the premises and approached the counter.  One suspect made a demand for cash. The victim complied.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1 to #3: Male, 5’7” to 5’9”, medium build. Suspect #4:  Male, 6’, medium build. NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

8776/65563/00:30

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 43 Division

A 20 year old male reports that on February 21, 2011 at approximately 0150 hours, he was in the area of Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road when he was approached by a male suspect.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect searched the victim’s pockets and removed a watch, cell phone and TTC pass.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 5’10”-5’11”, 134-141 pounds, thin build.

10342/87947/07:03

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Robbery (Business) – 43 Division

A 32 year old male employee of Family Mart Plus, 3355 Ellesmere Road, reports on February 21, 2011 at approximately 2227 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise and armed with a handgun, entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 5’6” to 5’7”, medium build.

9129/82204/02:57

 

Robbery (Vehicle Jacking) – 55 Division

A 34 year old male reports that on February 21, 2011 at approximately 1800 hours, he was driving his vehicle in the area of Danforth Avenue and Lamb Avenue, when he was approached by three male suspects, armed with handguns and a knife.  The victim stopped the vehicle and the suspects demanded the victim exit the vehicle.  The victim complied and the suspects removed the victim’s cellular phone and a quantity of cash and sports equipment.  The suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle, southbound on Lamb Avenue.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 18 to 21 years, 5’9” to 5’10”, 154 to 165 pounds, thin build, black hair.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 18 to 21 years, 5’9” to 5’10”, 150 to 169 pounds, medium build, black hair.  Suspect #3: Male, white, 16 to 19 years, 5’7” to 5’8”, 200 to 229 pounds, heavy build, blond hair.

10372/82204/03:09

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Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

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Major News Reports & News Releases

Friday, February 11, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20500.pdf

Man and woman face 28 charges in firearm/drug investigation, Loaded handgun seized

Broadcast time: 15:07
Friday, February 11, 2011

Drug Squad
416−808−6100

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, officers from the TPS Drug Squad arrested a man and
woman in the Meadowvale Road/Highway 401 area.

Police executed a search warrant at a home on Durnford Road.

It is alleged that:
− police seized drugs, cash, a loaded .45 calibre handgun and 25 rounds of ammunition.

Dwight Wisdom, 29, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) three counts of Traffic in Cocaine,
2) two counts of Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
3) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
4) Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
5) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
6) Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
7) Possession Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
8) Firearm Careless Storage,
9) Possession of Firearm knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
10) Possession of Firearm Obtained by Commission of an Offence,
11) Careless Storage of Ammunition,
12) Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order.

Julieta Gonzalez Santonja, 22, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Traffic in Cocaine,
2) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
3) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
4) Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
5) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
6) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
7) Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
8) Possession Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
9) Firearm Careless Storage,
10) Possession of Firearm knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
11) Possession of Firearm Obtained by Commission of an Offence,
12) Careless Storage of Ammunition.

They were scheduled to appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Friday, February 11, 2011,
room 103, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Robbery (Business) – 32 Division

A 22 year old male employee for Wilson Service Station, 453 Wilson Avenue, reports that on February 9, 2011 at approximately 2045 hours, a male suspect approached the victim.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash from the till.  The victim showed the suspect an empty till, and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 23 – 26 years, 5’10” – 5’11”, 169lbs, medium build.  Suspect #2:  Male, 35 – 39 years, 5’6”, 161lbs.

9730/89330/03:31

 
 

Robbery (Business) – 31 Division

A 58 year old male owner of Olympic Grocery and Variety, 108 King Street, reports that on February 11, 2011 at approximately 2100 hours, a male suspect entered the store and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash. The victim did not comply.  The suspect fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 30 – 40 years, medium build.

10287/89330/03:57

 
 

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 27 year old male reports that on February 11, 2011 at approximately 1815 hours, he was in the area of Keele Street and Steeles Avenue when he was approached from behind by two male suspects, armed with handguns.  The suspects surrounded the victim and attempted to take a cellular phone from the victim’s hand.  The suspects then fled the scene empty handed, northbound towards Ottawa Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 18 to 20 years, 6’0” to 6’2”, 161 to 169 pounds, thin build, short black hair.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 18 to 20 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, 150 pounds, medium build.

9124/82204/18:44

 
 

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20505.pdf

Homicide #10/2011

Broadcast time: 10:17
Saturday, February 12, 2011

43 Division
416−808−7400

On Friday, February 11, 2011, at 7:52 p.m., police responded to a shooting call at an
apartment building at 70 Stevenvale Drive.

Officers located a man in his early 20s in the lobby suffering from an obvious gunshot wound.

He was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries while enroute.

The victim has not yet been identified.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who was in the area, prior to or shortly after the
shooting, to contact police at 416−808−7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS
(8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or
Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 
 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

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Robbery (Business) – 12 Division

A 53 year old employee of Lent Variety, 816 Jane Street, reports that on February 12, 2011 at approximately 2115 hours, a male suspect entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash. A struggle ensued and the suspect fled empty-handed heading westbound on Haney Avenue. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 5’10” to 6’1”, 150 to 180 pounds, medium build, brown eyes, short curly black hair.

10561/82016/02:25

 
 

Robbery (Mugging) – 42 Division

A 45 year old male reports that on February 13, 2011 at approximately 1700 hours, he was in a parking garage in the area of Sheppard Avenue and Midland Avenue when he was approached by a male suspect armed with a firearm.  The suspect made a demand for cash.  The victim refused.  The suspect fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 25 to 27 years, 5’7” to 5’10”, medium build.

10091/89439/20:33

 
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Robbery (Swarming) – 54 Division

Two 16 year old males report that on February 13, 2011 at approximately 1845 hours, they were in the area of Dawes Road and Goodwood Park Crescent when they were approached from behind by three male suspects.  One suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victims did not comply.  The suspects fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, 19-22 years, 5’2”, 165 pounds, brown eyes, black hair.  Suspect #2: Male, 19-22 years, 5’5”, 161 pounds, thin build, brown eyes, black hair.  Suspect #3: Male, 19-22 years, 5’2”, 141 pounds, medium build, brown eyes, black hair.

10090/87947/02:26

 
 

Robbery (Mugging) – 41 Division

A 26 year old male resports that on February 13, 2011 at approximately 2322 hours, he was in the area of Ellesmere Road and Midland Avenue, when he was approached by two male suspects.  The suspects grabbed the victim from behind, punched and kicked him about his head and body.  A struggle ensued and one of the suspects produced a firearm.  The suspects removed the victim’s iPhone, wallet containing his IDs and cash, and an orange messenger bag with his work uniform from his person.  The suspects fled the scene in a north west direction.  The victim sustained minor injuries and was transported by Toronto EMS to a hospital for treatment.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 17 to 20 years, 5’10” to 6’, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 20 to 23 years, 5’10” to 6’, thin build.

10574/88642/10:28

 
 

Robbery (Business) – 42 Division

A 43 female year old employee of La Hair, 1 Stop Beauty Shop, 2900 Warden Avenue, #102, reports that on February 14, 2011, at approximately 1035 hours, two male suspects armed with firearms entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspects produced a handgun, pointed at the victim’s neck, and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 30 to 40 years, 5’7”, 200 pounds, muscular build.  Suspect #2: Male, black.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

7200/82204/17:27

 
 

Robbery (Purse Snatch) – 31 Division

A 19 year old male reports that on February 11, 2011 at approximately 1830 hours, he was in the area of Ottawa Road and Ian MacDonald Boulevard, when he was approached from behind by two male suspects.  The suspects produced a handgun and threatened the victim, making a demand for the victim’s wallet.  The victim complied.  The suspects removed a quantity of cash from the victim’s wallet, and then fled the scene southbound on Ottawa Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 22 to 25 years, 6’2”.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 22 to 25 years, 5’9”, medium build.

10160/82204/17:38

 
 

Robbery (Business) – 31 Division

A 24 year old female employee of Cash Max, 2175 Weston Road, reports that on February 14, 2011 at approximately 1115 hours, two male suspects, wearing disguises and armed with handguns, entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspects produced a handgun and threatened the victim, making a demand for cash.  The victim complied and unlocked the safety deposit boxes for the suspects.  The suspects removed a quantity of cash and jewellery from the safety deposit boxes, and then fled the scene northbound on Weston Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 21 to 25 years, 5’8” to 6’0”, 150 to 180 pounds, medium build, short black hair, brown eyes.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 21 to 25 years, 5’6” to 5’10”, 141 to 161 pounds, medium build.

10357/82204/19:22

 
 

Robbery (Business) – 13 Division

A 56 year old male employee of Jin’s Variety & Hardware, 1 Hatherley Street, reports that on February 14, 2011 at approximately 1130 hours, two male suspects, wearing disguises and armed with handguns, entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspects produced a handgun and threatened the victim, making a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspects also removed a box containing a quantity of unregistered scratch tickets, and then fled the scene northbound on Hatherley Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’11”, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, 20 to 25 years, thin build.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10551/82204/19:48

 
 

Robbery (Business) – 32 Division

A 45 year old female employee of Cashmax Payday Loans, 3255 Dufferin Street, reports that on February 14, 2011 at approximately 1054 hours, two male suspects, wearing disguises and armed with handguns, entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspects produced a handgun and threatened the victim, making a demand for cash.  The victim complied and unlocked the safety deposit boxes for the suspects.  The suspects also removed the victim’s wallet containing identification and then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 22 to 27 years, 5’5” to 5’7”, thin build, brown eyes.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 22 to 27 years, 5’5” to 5’9”, thin build, brown eyes.

8990/82204/20:41

 
 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20512.pdf

Man faces 12 charges in firearm investigation, Loaded handgun seized

Broadcast time: 10:04
Monday, February 14, 2011

31 Division
416−808−3100

On Saturday, February 12, 2011, 31 Division officers responded to a call for a fight outside the
Caribbean Tropix Bar, at 3585 Keele Street.

It is alleged that:
− a man was in possession of a loaded handgun and nine rounds of ammunition.

Maurice James, 20, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
2) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
3) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
4) Unauthorized possession of a firearm,
5) Careless storage of a firearm,
6) Careless storage of ammunition,
7) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device,
8) Weapons Dangerous,
9) Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order,
10) Possession Property obtained by Crime (under),
11) Fail to comply Recognizance,
12) Fail to comply Recognizance.

The accused was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Saturday February 12,
2011, room 101, at 10 a.m.

 
 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20506.pdf

Man faces 25 charges in attempt murder investigation

Broadcast time: 14:22
Monday, February 14, 2011

33 Division
416−808−3300

On Sunday, September 13, 2010, police responded to a call for a shooting at Fairview Mall.

It is alleged that:
− a security officer observed the accused stealing,
− the security officer attempted to arrest the accused,
− the accused pointed a firearm at the security officer and fired once at the officer, missing the
officer,
− the accused then fled the area,
− a handgun was recovered at the scene.

On Friday, February 4, 2011, Christopher Alexander, 27, of Toronto, was arrested in Calgary,
on a Canada Wide Warrant, by the Calgary Police Service.

It is further alleged that:
− during the arrest, a second handgun was recovered.

It is also alleged that:
− on Friday, February 11, 2011, while the accused was being returned to Toronto, during the
flight, the accused assaulted two TPS officers.

Christopher Alexander, 27, has been charged with:
1) Theft under,
2) Escape from lawful custody,
3) Attempted murder while using certain firearm,
4) Unauthorized possession of a firearm,
5) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
6) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
7) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
8) Firearm careless use,
9) Pointing a Firearm,
10) Careless storage of a firearm,
11) Careless Storage Ammunition,
12) Careless use of ammunition,
13) Possession of ammunition for a dangerous purpose,
14) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited ammunition,
15) Possession of prohibited ammunition knowing its possession is unauthorized,
16) Unauthorized possession of prohibited ammunition,
17) Possession of ammunition contrary to prohibition order,
18) Carry concealed weapon, prohibited device or prohibited ammunition,
19) two counts of Fail to comply Recognizance,
20) two counts of Assault in aircraft in flight,
21) two counts of Assaulting a peace officer,
22) Mischief under.

He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Saturday, February 12, 2011, room
101, at 10 a.m.

 
 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5245&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Arrest – 23 Division

Christopher Douglas, 45
Giuseppe Trifiletti, 49

Charge(s):  February 14, 2011 – Robbery (3 Counts – Douglas), (8 Counts – Trifiletti), Use imitation firearm to commit indictable offence (3 Counts – Douglas), (8 Counts – Trifiletti), Disguise with intent,  (2 Counts – Douglas), (8 Counts – Trifiletti), Theft Under (2 Counts -Trifiletti only), Possession Property obtained by crime under (Trifiletti only).

Arrested by Members of Intelligence. Investigated by Members of the Hold-Up Squad.

On February 14, 2011 two male suspects, wearing disguises and one armed with a handgun, entered Homa Pharmacy, 2698 Jane Street, and approached the victim. The suspects made a demand for prescription drugs and removed a quantity of cash from the cash register. The suspects then fled the scene in a reported stolen vehicle. Officers were in the area at the time of the robbery and the suspects were arrested a short distance away. As a result of investigation, a Criminal Code Search Warrant was executed by Members of the Hold-UP Squad and Members of 31 Division, MCU at the residence of one of the suspects. Further investigations revealed that during the period between January 1, 2011 and February 7, 2011, two male suspects armed with handguns and wearing disguises, entered several businesses throughout the GTA area. Once inside the premises, the suspects made a demand for cash and prescription drugs. On several occasions, the victims complied and the suspects fled the scene. No injuries were sustained by the victims. Seized at the  time of the search warrant were several of the reported stolen items. Subsequently, TRIFILETTI  and DOUGLAS were charged accordingly.

5321/88625/15:22

 
 

Robbery (Swarming) – 41 Division

An 18 year old male and a 17 year old male report that on February 13, 2011 at approximately 1800 hours, they were in the area of Kingston Road and Midland Avenue when a motor vehicle drove up beside them. Six male suspects, wearing disguises, exited the vehicle and approached the victims. One suspect produced a handgun, threatened the victims and ordered them to their knees. The armed suspect struck the 18 year old victim on the side of his head with the handgun. The suspects searched the victims’ pants pockets and removed a quantity of cash and a cellular phone. The suspects then re-entered the vehicle and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The 18 year old victim sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention. No injuries were sustained by the other victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 5’8”, 161 pounds, medium build. Suspect #2-#6:  Male, black. NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10628/88625/17:48

 
 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5247&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 43 Division

A 39 year old resident of West Hill Drive reports that on February 16, 2011 at approximately 1354 hours she responded to a knock at her door.  At that time a male suspect and two other male suspects, one armed with a handgun and wearing a disguise, forced their way into the pemises. One of the suspects pushed the victim onto a chair, pointed a handgun and threatened her.  At that time two of the suspects proceeded to kick open a bedroom door of a 19 year old female victim.  This same victim advised she contacted police.  The suspects then fled the scene empty handed in a beige 4-door vehicle westbound on West Hill Drive.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, 15-25 years, 5’8”-5’9”, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, 15-25 years, 5’5”-5’9”, thin build.  Suspect #3:  Male, 15-25 years, 5’8”-5’9”, thin build.

9201/82154/17:45

 
 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20515.pdf

Two Young Offenders and two men face 43 charges in kidnapping investigation,

Four loaded handguns seized

Broadcast time: 09:54
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

51 Division
416−808−5100

On Friday, February 11, 2011, at 8:40 p.m., 51 Division Major Crime officers, in conjunction
with members of Intelligence Services, started a kidnapping investigation.

It is alleged that:
− on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 2 p.m., a 21−year−old man was confronted and abducted
by four males, two of whom were armed with handguns,
− a ransom demand was made to the victim’s family,
− police attempted to arrest the four males in the Sherbourne Street/Dundas Street East area,
− the four males fled on foot,
− one male, a Young Offender, was arrested in front of 245 Sherbourne Street,
− the three other males ran to a first−floor apartment at 257 Sherbourne Street, where two of
the males forced their way inside, assaulting the homeowners,
− the third male, a Young Offender, was apprehended as he tried to enter the unit,
− he was in possession of a loaded handgun,
− one of the two outstanding males who had forced his way into the apartment, ran out the
back door of the unit and was apprehended,
− he was also armed with a loaded handgun.
− the last male barricaded himself inside the unit,
− the male was removed from the home by members of the Emergency Task Force,
− the victim was released unharmed.
− police recovered a loaded 9 mm semi−automatic pistol and a loaded .38 special revolver.

A 19−year−old man, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Kidnapping,
2) Forcible Confinement,
3) Threatening Death
4) Threatening Bodily Harm,
5) Forcible entry,
6) Assault.

A 23−year−old man, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Kidnapping,
2) Forcible Confinement,
3) Threatening Death,
4) Threatening Bodily Harm,
5) Forcible entry,
6) two counts of Assault,
7) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
8) Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition,
9) Unauthorized possession of a firearm,
10) Careless storage of a firearm,
11) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device,
12) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
13) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
14) Possession of Marijuana,
15) Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
16) three counts of Fail to comply Recognizance,

A 16−year−old boy, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Kidnapping,
2) Forcible Confinement,
3) Threatening Death,
4) Threatening Bodily Harm,
5) Fail/Refuse to comply Y.C.J.A,
6) Possession Property obtained by Crime,

A second 16−year−old boy, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Kidnapping,
2) Forcible Confinement,
3) Threatening Death,
4) Threatening Bodily Harm,
5) Fail/Refuse to comply Y.C.J.A,
6) Fail/Refuse to comply Y.C.J.A.,
7) Fail/Refuse to comply Y.C.J.A.,
8) Fail/Refuse to comply Y.C.J.A.,
9) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
10) Unauthorized possession of a firearm,
11) Careless storage of a firearm,


~~~

Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

~~~

Major News Reports & News Releases

Friday, February 4, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20461.pdf

Man faces five charges in firearms investigation

Broadcast time: 17:00
Friday, February 4, 2011

54 Division
416−808−5400

On Thursday, February 3, 2011, police responded to a call in the Victoria Park/St. Clair
Avenue East area.

It is alleged that:
− officers found a small safe, opened, and a firearm and ammunition inside the safe.

A 66−year−old man, from Toronto, has been charged with:
1. Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition,
2. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
3. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
4. Firearm Careless Storage,
5. Careless Storage Ammunition.

 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5229&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 42 Division

Three 14 year old males report that on February 4, 2011 at approximately 1600 hours, they were walking along a pathway located in the area of Hupfield Park and Pennyhill Drive, when two male suspects approached from behind.  One suspect produced a handgun, made a demand for their property and threatened them with harm.  The victims complied.  The suspects obtained a quantity of cash and two cellular phones.  The suspects then fled the scene in a northerly direction through a wooded area.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspects #1-#2:Male, black, 17-18 years, 6’0”, medium build.

9912/86345/03:32

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

A 21 year old male reports that on February 4, 2011 at approximately 2000 hours, he was walking in the area of Turnvale Road and Lynmont Avenue when a male suspect approached.  The suspect engaged the victim in conversation, produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The suspect pointed the weapon towards the victim and searched through his pockets.  The suspect removed a cellular phone and fled the scene eastbound through a nearby school parking lot.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 25-27 years, 5’7”.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

9640/86345/03:48

 

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 51 Division

Two females age 22 and 30 years report that on February 4, 2011 at approximately 1740 hours, one victim was standing inside her dwelling located in the No. 51 Division area by the door, when two male suspects, one armed with a handgun, forced their way inside.  One of the suspects struck one of victims on the top of her head, knocked her to the floor and she managed to make good her escape.   The suspects removed a cellular phone and both suspects fled the scene on an elevator in an unknown direction.  One of the suspects sustained minor injuries and will seek her own medical attention.  No injuries were sustained by the second victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, white, 25-30 years, 5’7-5’9”, 160-180 pounds, medium build.   Suspect #2:Male, black, 25-30 years, 5’8”-6’2”, 200 pounds, 225 pounds, heavy build, brown eyes, black hair.

9284/86345/04:30

 

Arrest – 41 Division

Diamen Cada, 21

Charge(s): February 4, 2011 – Attempt Murder while using other Firearm, Aggravated Assault, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, Discharge Firearm Endanger Life, Pointing a Firearm, Weapons Dangerous, Carry Concealed Weapon, Use Firearm to Commit Indictable Offence.

Arrested and Investigated by Members of No. 41 Division.

On February 3, 2011, at approximately 2130 hours, a male victim was attempting to get back to his vehicle at the rear of a building on Victoria Park Avenue when a male suspect blocked him from getting in.  The suspect produced and discharged his shotgun striking the victim about the body.  The victim managed to make good his escape and was transported to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  On February 4, 2011 at about 2250 hours, Members of No. 41 Division Major Crime Unit attended an address in Pickering and located CADA.  At the time of the arrest, CADA was found to be in possession of a firearm. Charged accordingly.  Investigation continuing.

8572/86481/16:27

 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5230&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

A 19 year old male employee for Petro Canada, 724 Scarlett Road, reports that on February 5, 2011 at approximately 1825 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise approached the kiosk in a vehicle.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for the till and contents.  The victim complied.  The suspect pointed the weapon towards the victim and instructed him to lie on the floor.  The suspect then fled the scene in the vehicle travelling northbound on Scarlett Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 35-45 years, blue eyes.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

9420/86345/00:27

 

Robbery (Delivery Person) – 12 Division

A 41 year old male driver for Pizza Pizza, 1351 Lawrence Avenue West reports that on February 5, 2011 at approximately 2100 hours, he was making a delivery in the area of Black Creek Drive and Trethewey Drive.  The victim attempted to locate the intended apartment the food order was for but was unsuccessful and he then observed two suspects wearing disguises standing in the stairwell.  One of the suspects produced a handgun, pointed it towards the victim and he was instructed to put his hands up.  The victim observed an opened door and ran inside.  Both suspects then fled the scene empty-handed in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’6”, medium build, brown eyes, black hair.  Suspect #2:Male, black, 20-25 years, medium build, brown eyes, black hair.

9150/86345/00:48

 

Monday, February 7, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5231&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Vehicle Jacking) – 51 Division

A 27 year old female reports that on February 7, 2011 at approximately 0315 hours, she was in a vehicle in the area of Isabella Street and Yonge Street when a male suspect approached and entered the vehicle.  The suspect produced a handgun and demanded money.  The victim complied and the suspect ordered her to drive along Isabella Street to Church Street.  At this location, the suspect ordered the victim at gun point to pull over and get out of the car.  The suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove off to Maitland Street.  The suspect exited the vehicle and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, white, 30 to 35 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, thin build, long light brown hair in a ponytail.

90054/86481/18:44

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5233&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Business) – 31 Division

A 46 year old male employee of The Main Drug Mart, 2160 Weston Road, reports that on February 7, 2011 at approximately 1825 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise entered the premises and approached the counter. The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash and prescription drugs. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene heading in an unknown direction. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 25 to 40 years, 5’5” to 5’9”, 150 to 200 pounds, medium build, brown eyes.

10173/82016/00:47

 

Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

Two male employees, 17 and 21 years of age, of Esso Gas Station, 1455 Royal York Road, reports that on February 7, 2011 at approximately 1815 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise entered the premises and approached the counter. The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash. The suspect then fled the scene empty-handed heading eastbound on Chapman Road. The victims did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 30 to 40 years.

9336/82016/01:10

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20479.pdf

Man faces 23 charges in assault investigation, Seven firearms seized

Broadcast time: 09:40
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

54 Division
416−808−5400

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, police started an assault investigation.

It is alleged that:
− in December 2010, the accused assaulted a woman.

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Gary Dawson, 49, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1) Assault.

It is further alleged that:
− on Thursday, February 3, 2011, police located seven firearms and ammunition in his home.

On Thursday, February 3, 2011, Gary Dawson was further charged with:
1) five counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
2) seven counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device,
3) four counts of Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition,
4) six counts of Careless Storage of a Firearm,
5) Careless Use of Ammunition.

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Thursday, February 3, 2011, room 507, at 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−5400, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5234&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Business) – 54 Division

A 24 year old male and a 47 year old female, employees of Maple Leaf Sports Bar and Grill, 826 Danforth Avenue, report that on February 9, 2011 at approximately 0133 hours, two male suspects, one wearing a disguise entered the premises. One suspect approached the female victim, produced a handgun, threatened her and made a demand for cash. The victim did not comply. The suspects punched the victims in the face. The suspects then fled the scene, empty-handed, eastbound on Danforth Avenue. One victim sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital where he was treated and released. No injuries were sustained by the other victim. NO DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECTS AVAILABLE.

9276/88625/07:35

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 41 Division

Two 15 year old males report that on February 8, 2011 at approximately 1500 hours, they were in the area of Midland Avenue and Eglinton Avenue when they were approached by a male suspect.  The suspect produced a firearm and made a demand for cash and items in the victims’ pockets.  The victims complied handing over a quantity of cash and id.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:   Male, white, 16-20 years, 6’-6’1”.

9155/89447/19:46

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20487.pdf

Police request assistance with shooting investigation, King Street West/Portland Street

Broadcast time: 10:44
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

14 Division
416−808−1400

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance with an investigation into a shooting on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 2:33 a.m.

It is reported that:
− officers responded to a shooting call in front of the Cobra nightclub at 501 King Street West,
− witnesses report a man had been injured, but fled prior to police arriving,
− several shell casings were located in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−1406, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5236&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

A 22 year old male reports that on February 8, 2011 at approximately 1830 hours, he was in the area of John Garland Boulevard and Humberline Drive when he was approached by a male suspect wearing a disguise.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for the victim’s belongings.  The suspect removed the victim’s personal identification and a quantity of cash.  The suspect fled in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’10”-6’0”, 170-180 lbs, medium build

10560/89286/15:16

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20490.pdf

Man faces 10 charges, Handgun, body armour and ammunition seized

Broadcast time: 11:36
Thursday, February 10, 2011

42 Division
416−808−4200

On Monday, February 7, 2011, at 10:54 p.m., police executed a search warrant at an
apartment at 2702 Lawrence Avenue East.

It is alleged that:
− a handgun, body armour, a quantity of ammunition and marijuana were seized.

Tyrrell Dasrat, 19, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1. two counts of Careless Storage Ammunition,
2. Careless Storage of a Firearm,
3. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
4. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
5. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
6. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission an Offence,
7. Weapons Dangerous,
8. Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
9. Possession of Marijuana (under).

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, room 103, 9 a.m.


~~~

The true cost of the Firearms Act must be measured against its infringement of our rights.

I just realized that I hand’t posted Dr. Ted Morton’s study on how the Firearms Act infringes upon over a dozen of our Charter Protected and other Rights; it can be found here:

https://akimoya.wordpress.com/how-the-firearms-act-bill-c-68-violates-the-charter-of-right-and-freedoms/

How much freedom are you willing to lose?

~~~

Here it is – the long-awaited return of my critical analysis of the RCMP’s “Evaluation” of the Canadian Firearms Program!

The bafflegab was so strong in this section, it almost got the better of me, but I finally managed to beat it into submission.

As always, you can read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

~~~

Recommendation 11:

That the CFP make better use of CFIS for investigative work and file management. Tracking and retention of historical CFIS information needs to be maintained electronically and better available to CFO’s and Firearm Officer Investigators.

Police and CFO’s require better sensitization to domestic/family violence in circumstances where those committing the act are also firearms owners. Recent Canadian research in one province has shown some possible national implications.[33] The study found that hunting rifles and shotguns are part of the cycle of abuse for many victims of family violence living in rural areas. The researchers learned that there is a very high tolerance level for firearm misuse in rural communities, compared to that in urban communities. Interviews with abused rural women, crisis workers, and police suggest that for some abused women, threats with hunting rifles was a part of the everyday life and that these firearms played a role in creating a climate of control and intimidation. This ranged from dealing with their partner’s frequent threats of suicide, damage to property, or threats to harm her, the children or the pets/farm animals if she should ever leave. Such intimidation increased women’s fears that something deadly could happen. The acceptance of firearms as a normal occurrence in domestic violence incidents often reduced the perceptions of firearms abuse and risks of lethality even among professionals. Several service providers who worked with victims noted that when a client (abused woman) said that there were firearms in the home (hunting rifle or shotgun), it did not cause alarm. Some police in the study (in particular regions) removed firearms in domestic cases, while several officers mentioned that they did not routinely search for and seize firearms in a domestic case. Authority exists in the Criminal Code for police to seize firearms from all alleged perpetrators of domestic violence. A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision may further put onus to police to consider firearms present, even if they are unused, as possible and probable threats to the victim’s safety, and hence fit for removal[34].

[33] Deborah Doherty, Ph.D. and Jennie Hornosty, Ph.D. “Exploring the Links: Firearms, Family Violence and Animal Abuse in Rural Communities.” 2008.

From the “Executive Summary” of  the “study”:

http://www.crvawc.ca/documents/Exploring the Links Firearms, Family Violence and Animal Abu.pdf

“The current study, which was funded by the Canada Firearms Centre,”

Hmmmmm…..

Follow the money:

http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/sociology/awards.html

Co-Principal Investigators Jennie Hornosty and Deborah Doherty received a research grant of $125 000 from the Canada Firearms Centre for their project: Exploring the Links Between Firearms, Family Violence and Animal Abuse in Rural Communities.

Nice work if you can get it…

Here are references to some of the “supporting material” for this study:

“Yet we know from our previous research[1] that the availability of firearms in rural homes is a perceived threat by abused rural women (see Doherty, Hornosty & McCallum, 1997; Hornosty & Doherty, 2004; Doherty & Hornosty, 2004; Hornosty & Doherty, 2003).”

[1] This previous research was conducted by the research team, Family Violence on the Farm and in Rural Communities. The team was comprised of academic researchers, community researchers, a farmwoman, RCMP, and social service providers. The published articles reflect the analysis of Drs Doherty and Hornosty. The “Rural Research Team” is a team of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre on Family Violence Research, established in 1994 to engage in participatory action research to end violence against women.

http://www.albertaspca.org/PDFs/Family Violence_ Firearms_Animal Abuse.pdf

Doherty, D. (2002). Making family violence law information available to people in rural areas: An inventory of promising practices. Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Retrieved May 1, 2006, from

http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/fm/reports/fv_rural_e.pdf.

Doherty, D. (2006). Domestic homicide in New Brunswick: An overview of some contributing factors. Atlantis, 30 (3), 1-20. Retrieved March 5, 2007, from http://www.msvu.ca/atlantis/frame/volumes.htm.

Doherty, D., & Hornosty, J. (2004). Abuse in a rural and farm context. In M. L. Stirling, A. Cameron, N. Nason-Clark, B. Miedema (Eds), Understanding abuse: Partnering for change (pp. 55-81). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Doherty, D., J. Hornosty, & M. McCallum (1997). Barriers to the Use of Support Services by Family Violence Victims in Northumberland County. Family Violence on the Farm and in Rural Communities Research Team. Report submitted to the New Brunswick Department of the Solicitor General, Fredericton.

Isn’t there something a little incestuous about referencing yourself in your own studies?

Further on, we find some “interesting” statistics about firearms ownership and abuse:

With respect to firearms, we learned that:

25% of the women who answered this question had firearms in their household;

– Of these, 72% had long guns. 18%had both long guns and hand guns present;

– Nearly 40% said partners did not have a license to own firearms; 44% of firearms were not registered; 50% were not kept locked, and 11% indicated the guns were kept loaded;

– 66% of the women who indicated there were firearms in their home said knowing about the firearms made them more fearful for their safety and well-being;

– 70% said it had an affect on their decisions to tell others or seek help;

– Women were more likely to express concern for their safety when the firearms were not licensed, registered or locked;

– 83% of the women who knew the guns were loaded were fearful;

– The presence of firearms increased a woman’s fear when her partner used drugs and alcohol or was threatening suicide, or there were concerns that the partner would harm her, the children, family, or property.

From the methodology, we find the following:

The research partners in the study included all the transition houses in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Victim Services in Prince Edward Island, the Chief Firearms Officers in both provinces, Victim Services of the Fredericton City Police and Codiac RCMP in New Brunswick, and the RCMP “J” Division.

And:

Quantitative Data – Survey Participants

The survey questionnaire contained two parts – A and B. Transition house staff and victim services personnel invited abused women to participate and administered the survey. Part A was demographic information such as woman’s age, the community of residence, her employment status, number of children, types of abuse experienced and relationship to the abuser.

Part B asked specific questions that participants answered about the presence and types of firearms, the presence of pets, whether the presence of firearms made her more fearful or made her more reluctant to seek help, and whether her partner had deliberately threatened to harm the pets or farm animals.

In total, we received 391 surveys; 283 women had answered Parts A and B, while 108 surveys contained information only for Part A.

A sample size of 283 abused women, all in abuse shelters, doesn’t strike me as being a terribly representative grouping to me…

From the “statistics” above, 25% of 283 = 71.  That puts all their other percentages into better perspective, doesn’t it?  Gun haters love using percentages, as it obscures the real numbers behind them – in other words, they try to mislead the reader…

Here is an interesting tid-bit from a news article about Dr. Doherty:

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/city/article/1104216

Domestic deaths have a number of common links

Published Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

St. John Telegraph-Journal

[…]

Of the 35 cases [since 1989] – 15 of which were murder-suicides – Doherty found that 25 of them were in small towns or rural New Brunswick communities. That compares to 0.9 per cent for Ontario domestic deaths.

Guns have been the weapon of choice. Nineteen of the women were shot, and all but one was with a long gun rifle. “I have a pretty good idea it relates to the fact that this is a hunting province, with more firearms in homes,” Doherty said.

Combined with alcohol, the risk factor increases. Seventy-five per cent of the perpetrators had a serious drug or alcohol problem. That compares to 42 per cent in Ontario.

An overwhelming factor was a history of violence, which Doherty defined as not just physical, but emotional or sexual as well. Ninety per cent of the cases appeared to have a history of violence – though it wasn’t clear in court documents, she said.

Relationships were described as turbulent, stormy with a lot of bickering. Often friends, family or crisis workers knew about the violence, but police were never involved, so reports didn’t make it to court, she said.

[…]

A little light figuring:

35 New Brunswick domestic homicides since 1989: 35 / 20 = 1.75/year

19 of those 35 women were shot to death.

There are some 78,123 [2008] licenced gun owners in New Brunswick, who own some 281,857 [2009] registered firearms; again, we are talking infinitesimal numbers of law-abiding gun owners who are some kind of “problem”.

19/35 * 100 = 55%

While quite high, this also means that almost half of all domestic homicides are committed with something other than a firearm…

So, it would seem to me that there would still be quite a number of domestic homicides even if there weren’t any guns available – addiction and violent behaviour are much more important factors than are guns.

Also, this is a standard anti-gun tacatic of “cherry picking” data: 1989 is 2 years *before* any kind of “strict gun control” laws were put in place (1991), and 6 years before the Firearms Act was passed in 1995.  1989 is, however, the year that Gamil Gharbi perpetrated the “Montreal Masscre”…

Again, from the “Executive Summary”:

Conclusion

The research findings help us to understand better the ways in which firearms may and do serve as instruments of control, intimidation and abuse in family violence situations. They show that the normalization of firearms in rural homes in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island has lead to the minimization of firearms misuse generally, including desensitization to firearms abuse in instances where women, children and pets/farm animals are the victims. The qualitative findings have complemented and enhanced the quantitative data. We not only know more about the prevalence of firearms in rural homes and their association with various aspects of family violence, we can now situate firearms misuse within the social and culture context that shapes experiences and responses, and as a result, we can offer insights into potential strategies for addressing it.

Decoding this bafflegab, it would seem that by “normalization of firearms”, they mean the day-to-day attitude towards firearms and their acceptance in the general populace,  Of course, to feminazis, there are no “acceptable” uses for guns – their only purpose is to cause harm to women and children..  They seek, therefore, to demonize guns and gun owners, primarily through this process of making mountains out of molehills…

In conclusion, we believe that the study makes a significant contribution to family violence research by demonstrating that cultural factors play a critical role in understanding the nature of, and response to, firearms victimization. The research and findings provide much needed information about the nature of family violence in rural communities and fill a gap in our understanding of how the presence and status of firearms influence women’s decision-making.

Dissemination of the findings will be a critical component of the success of this study.

Of course they do – it’s their bloody study!  Self-important and self-righteous misandrists…

It seems to me that they are intent on manufacturing a problem where one doesn’t actually exist.  Where have we seen that before?

Police protocols could be further developed to set out what happens in instances when firearms are involved in a domestic incidence, and to set out when it would be prudent to seize firearms if there is no record of firearms, no firearms visible, or no mention of firearms in the complaint or during the police presence at the residence. Moreover, the role of spouses/partners during the firearms application process was not well understood, and could be improved[35]. RCMP policy requires updating to reflect recent changes in knowledge about the issue of domestic violence and legislative changes[36]. Under the Firearms Act, the CFO has the authority to review the license and if the situation permits further follow-up, can choose to interview the licensee and/or revoke the license.

OK, let’s set the record straight right off the bat: your average, honest, gun owning citizen is in no way in favour of violence of any kind, spousal or otherwise.  Threatening or intimidating someone with a gun, or any other object – or none at all – is not just wrong, it is a crime.  Of course, if someone threatens another with a gun, then all guns belonging to that person should be taken away, and that person charged accordingly.

The problem is that the “criminal justice” system does not take these kinds of crimes seriously enough.  Part of the problem, as is evidenced by some of these studies, is that those being threatened are not reporting these crimes to the police, sometimes not until it’s too late.

It’s fallacious and just plain useless to focus attention on inanimate objects, when it is the behaviour of individual people that is the real problem.

[35] Doherty et al. 2008, Doherty et al. demonstrated that instead of relying on abused women to report concerns during the application process, it was suggested that when the Firearms Office had cause to investigate an applicant or licensee, that they use this opportunity to ask the partner a series of questions about direct and indirect firearm’s victimization, destruction of property, concerns about suicide and threats to harm pets (which was another finding of the study). This type of important information could also be obtained during an investigation that was triggered for other reasons. Also, the study showed that participants in the study reported that they were generally unaware that there was a toll-free number to report firearms abuse to the Canada Firearms Centre

[36] The RCMP has local policing jurisdiction in thousands of rural and remote communities across Canada, with the exception of Ontario and Quebec. The RCMP touches on this in the Operations Manual 2.4. “Violence in Relationships. Section 2.2.7: if there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that it is not in the interests of public safety, including the safety of the individual, determine whether he/she has legal access to firearms or other weapons. If applicable, seize firearms…”

Really, this amounts to nothing more than a “fishing expedition” not to mention a “witch hunt” against gun owners and their guns.  An article by the Family Rights Examiner reported on a US study that found that “Ninety percent of domestic violence education programs lack accuracy”; in the article the author makes these comments:

If you’re wondering how we got here, it has to do with a radical ideology, the lack of oversight, and the creation of myths, hoaxes and lies.  Have you ever read that 95% of domestic violence victims are women?  How about, “Domestic violence is the number one reason women go to the emergency room”?  Do you think that more domestic violence occurs on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year?  None of these statements are true.

Just imagine the distortions that must abound when it comes to firearms information coming from such anti-male and anti-gun organizations that make up the vast majority of the “spousal violence” industry!

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

In September 2009 the CFP undertook an Information Management (IM) project whose scope includes a review of all IM practices (operational / administrative) with the goal of introducing consistency and best practices on a national level. An updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), as well as a Records Disposition Authority (RDA) through Library & Archives Canada (records retention) are deliverables of the project. The project is targeted to be completed by August 2011.

  • Responsible

    OSSD

    • Planned Action
      • To explore the feasibility for Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) to be recognized and accepted by the RCMP’s IM Branch as a formalized IM repository for operational investigative actions undertaken by CFP. The implementation of policy, process and support tools that address deficiencies promotes consistency in practice and adheres to the framework (legal, policy) that governs the Program.

    Diary Date: August 31, 2010

    So, the RCMP is touting this initiative based on a “report” that was written by a feminist (read: anti-male, anti-gun), working for an anti-male organization, for – and paid for – an anti-gun organization, which references her own work extensively…what’s wrong with this picture?

    19 female spouses shot to death, over the course of 20 years – that’s almost one per year – long before any kind of “gun control” laws were in place, is not sufficient reason to further restrict our rights.


    ~~~

    Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

    Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

    ~~~

    Major News Reports & News Releases

    Saturday, January 29, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5219&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Robbery (Financial Institution) – 42 Division

    A 42 year old teller for Duca Financial, 1265 Morningside Avenue, reports that on January 28, 2011 at approximately 1645 hours, a male suspect entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 40-42 years, 6’, heavy build.

    10058/87931/00:11

     

    Robbery (Swarming) – 54 Division

    A 15 year old male reports that on January 28, 2011 at approximately 1930 hours he was in the area of Gateway Boulevard and Don Mills Road when he was approached from behind by three male suspects.  One suspect grabbed the victim pulling him backwards and produced a handgun.  The suspects removed the victim’s  blackberry, iPod, wallet and personal identification. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.   No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1 & #2:  Male, black, 18-21 years, 5’9”-6’1”, brown eyes, thin build.  Suspect #3:  Male, black, 18-21 years, 5’6”-5’9”, brown eyes, thin build.

    10190/87931/01:10

     

    Robbery (Mugging) – 32 Division

    Two males, ages 16 years, report that on January 28, 2011 at approximately 2135 hours, they were in the area of Dufferin Street and Highway 401 when they were approached by two male suspects.  One suspect produced a handgun, removed a jacket and cellular telephone from one victim then removed a cellular telephone from the second victim.  The suspects then fled the scene southbound on Ranee Avenue.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 20-25 years, 6’-6’2”, 180-200 pounds, medium build.  Suspect #2:  Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’7”-5’8”, medium build.

    88687/87931/01:40

     

    Discharge Firearm – 53 Division

    On January 29, 2011 at approximately 0246 hours, police were dispatched to the area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East for a discharge firearm call.  Investigation revealed that two female victims were involved in an altercation.  Two male suspects had approached the female victims and discharged several rounds.  One female victim suffered minor injuries but will seek her own medical attention, while the other female suffered no injuries.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’5” to 5’8”, 134 to 150 pounds, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 20 to 30 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, 174 to 200 pounds, stocky build.

    8599/82204/15:23

     

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5221&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Robbery (Swarming) – 54 Division

    A 23 year old female reports that on January 30, 2011 at approximately 2000 hours, she was in the area of Crescent Town Road and Goodwood Park Crescent when she was approached by three male suspects. One suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for the victim’s purse and cellular phone. The suspects then grabbed the victim’s purse and cellular phone. The suspects fled the scene towards Goodwood Park Court. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, south asian, 20-24 years, 5’8”-5’9”, thin build, brown eyes. Suspect #2-#3: Male, south asian, 20-24 years, 5’8”, brown eyes.

    10190/88625/00:50

     

    Robbery (Home Invasion) – 13 Division

    A 23 year old male reports that on January 31, 2011 at approximately 1133 hours, he was in his residence on Greenlaw Avenue when two male suspects wearing disguises breached a door and entered the premises. One of the suspects made a demand for property, produced a handgun and shot the victim about the area of the abdomen. The suspects then fled the scene empty-handed in an unknown direction. The victim was transported by members of Toronto EMS to hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspects #1 and #2: Male, white.

    5220/82016/19:24

     

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5223&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

    A resident of Summitcrest Drive reports that on February 1, 2011, between 1830 hours and 2320 hours, members of the family returned home and interrupted a break and enter in progress.  A male suspect ran from the house, approached the 20 year old female, produced a black handgun and placed the gun to her head, making a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The victim was able to get into her car and make good her escape.  No items were removed from the home.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, 24 to 29 years, 5’6” to 5’7”, thin build, olive complexion, black eyes.

    8428/07:10

     

    Robbery (Home Invasion) – 42 Division

    A 37 year old female and a 24 year old female report that on February 1, 2011 between 2030 hours and 2350 hours, they were in their apartment in the area of Birchmount Road and Sheppard Avenue.  One of the females answered a knock at the door when three male suspects forced their way into the apartment.  One of the suspects produced a knife and held it to the victim’s throat.  The suspects took the victim into one of the bedrooms where the second female victim was located.  The suspects produced a black handgun and made a demand for cash and the PIN numbers of the victims’ debit cards.  The victims complied.  The suspects then bound both victims’ hands with electrical cord.  The suspects fled the scene with two laptop computers, cell phones, wallets and a quantity of cash from the residence. Minor injuries were sustained by one of the victims, but she will seek her own medical attention.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, asian, 5’0” to 5’2”, 110 to 130 pounds, thin build, brown eyes, shoulder length black straight hair.  Suspect #2:  Male, asian, 5’7” to 5’8”, 130 to 161 pounds, medium build, short black straight hair.  Suspect #3:  Male, asian, 5’7” to 5’8”, 130 to 161 pounds, medium build, brown eyes, short straight dyed red hair.

    9594/89439/08:21

     

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20448.pdf

    Homicide #7/2011

    Broadcast time: 09:55
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Homicide Squad
    416−808−7400

    On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 9:15 p.m., police responded to a call for a shooting at 2400
    Finch Avenue West.

    It is reported that:
    − police located a 55−year−old man with a gunshot wound to the body,
    − he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A post−mortem examination is yet to be scheduled.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7400, Crime Stoppers
    anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
    message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

     

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20439.pdf

    Police request assistance with shooting investigation

    Broadcast time: 11:40
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    23 Division
    416−808−2300

    On Saturday, January 29, 2011, police responded to a call for a shooting at 2737 Kipling
    Avenue.

    It is reported that:
    − a man was at a party inside an apartment at 2737 Kipling Avenue,
    − the man was asked to come outside the apartment by another man,
    − the man left the apartment and entered the stairwell where he was shot several times in the
    back and leg,
    − the suspect fled the scene.

    Police are asking anyone who attended the party, or anyone with information, to contact
    police at 416−808−2300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at
    http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on
    Facebook.

     

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20457.pdf

    Man faces 13 charges, Loaded handgun seized

    Broadcast time: 15:11
    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    41 Division
    416−808−2500

    On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 9:40 p.m., the Gun and Gang Task Force executed a
    search warrant at an address on Gordonridge Place.

    It is alleged that:
    − during the execution of the warrant, a quantity of crack cocaine and a loaded 9mm handgun
    was seized.

    Desmond Thompson, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with:
    1. Acquire Firearm without FAC,
    2. Firearm Careless Storage,
    3. Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition,
    4. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
    5. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission of on Offence,
    6. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
    7. Finding a Firearm Fail to Report,
    8. Weapons Dangerous,
    9. Careless Storage Ammunition,
    10. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device,
    11. Possession of Proceeds of Crime,
    12. Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
    13. Possession of Cocaine.

    He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, February 3, 2011, room
    114, 10 a.m.


    ~~~

    How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn’t see?

    ~~~

    What we need is a 60’s-style counter-culture for rights, liberty and freedom…

    Support for Ian Thomson

    ~~~

    There is a day of peaceful protest being organized in support of Ian Thomson, the man who was fire-bombed by three individuals and who is now being pursued by the Crown for firearms offences.

    WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2011 @ 09:00AM
    WHERE: Welland Courthouse, 102 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario

    We must send a strong message to government, to the courts and to all Canadians.

    This protest rally is being organized by Edward Burlew LL.B., defence council for Mr. Thomson.

    We are requesting financial assistance to help defray the expenses for the expert witness and defence costs.

    Contributions in the form of check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, may be sent “IN TRUST” to:

    “EDWARD BURLEW IN TRUST”  – add a note that it is for Ian Thomson.
    Edward L. Burlew
    16 John Street
    Thornhill, Ontario
    L3T 1X8
    Telephone: (905) 882-2422
    FAX: (905) 882-2431

    NOTE: You can call Mr. Burlews office to contribute via credit card.
    Please call and request a form to be sent out to you.

    You can also contact Mr. Burlew at BURLEWLAW @ YAHOO.CA

    If you are local to the Welland area, bring friends. If you are a member of a gun club, encourage other members to attend.

    This is your chance to make a difference. This case is going to have a MAJOR impact on not only the firearms community, but on ALL  CANADIANS.

    This is the first step at effecting major change. This case is particularly important for those of us who seek concealed carry in Canada. If ever there was justification for the legitimate use of a firearm in self defence this is it!

    There will be media (newspaper, radio, tv) present. A perfect opportunity to get our message out nationally.

    We need this to be a victory for our side, and with your help we can make this happen.

    We would like to thank you on behalf of Ian Thomson and his defence team.

    Stay safe and thanks for your support.

    Norman “Griffon” Lapierre & Robert “StraitShooter” Alexander
    Canadian Association for Self Defence

     

    ~~~

    Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

    Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

    ~~~

    Major News Reports & News Releases

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5209&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Arrest – 32 Division

    Craig James Stewart, 42

    Charge(s):  January 24, 2011-Robbery (Mugging), Weapons Dangerous, Administering noxious thing, Fail to comply with probation, Possession Prohibited Weapon, Carry Concealed Weapon, Possession of weapon contrary to prohibited order, Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized, Unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon, Firearm careless storage, Careless Storage Ammunition, Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order, Possession of ammunition contrary to prohibition.

    Arrested by Members of No. 32 Division. Investigated by Members of the Hold-Up Squad.

    On November 11, 2010, a 65 year old male courier was returning to his vehicle in the area of Richmond Street East and Berti Street when he was approached by two male suspects (one still outstanding). The suspects grabbed the victim’s duffle bag containing a quantity of jewellery. A struggle ensued and one suspect brandished a ‘stun gun’ but did not use it. The same suspect pepper sprayed the victim and removed his duffle bag. Both suspects then fled the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries and sought his own medical attention. As a result of investigation, STEWART was identified and arrested on January 24, 2010. At the time of the arrest, STEWART was in possession of a ‘stun gun’. Subsequently, a Criminal Code Search Warrant was executed at his residence in Newmarket, Ontario. Located was a 45 caliber pistol, ammunition and a pair of gloves with pepper spray residue. Further investigation revealed that STEWART had failed to comply with the conditions of his probation. Charged accordingly.

    1199/88625/02:10


    Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

    Two males, ages 46 and 24 years, employees of Petro Canada, 365 Dixon Road, report that on January 24, 2011 at approximately 2240 hours, a male suspect entered the premises. The suspect produced a handgun, went behind the counter and approached the victims. The suspect struck one of the victims with the handgun and made a demand for cash. The suspect then grabbed a quantity of cash from the cash tray and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  One victim sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical attention. No injuries were sustained by the other victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 20-25 years, 5’5”-5’8”, medium build.

    9356/88625 /03:23

     

    Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

    A 55 year old female, and a 58 year old male, owners of Harry’s Jewellery, 11 Westmore Drive, report that on January 25, 2011 at approximately 1535 hours, three male suspects wearing disguises entered the premises, jumped the counter and made a demand to open the safe. One suspect produced a handgun and when the victims hesitated to comply, fired 2 shots in order to persuade them to co-operate.  No injuries were sustained. No property obtained. The suspects exited the store calmly and walked towards 23 Westmore Drive. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence. Description of Suspect #1: Male black, 25 to 28 years, 5’11” to 6’0”, thin build, brown eyes. Suspect #2: Male black, 20 to 22 years, 5’7” to 5’9”, medium build. Suspect #3: Male black, 25 to 28 years, 5’10” to 6’0”, thin build.

    10037/89161/20:30

     

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5212&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Robbery (Business) – 31 Division

    A 46 year old female and a 60 year old male owner of River Hill Pharmacy Ltd., 2086 Lawrence Avenue West, reports that on January 25, 2011  at approximately 1648 hours, a male suspect entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect pushed the female victim into a small room. The suspect then produced a handgun, pointed it at the male victim and made a demand for prescription drugs.  The victim complied. The suspect removed a quantity of cash from the cash register and fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 25 to 30 years, 5’4” to 5’6”, thin build.

    9963/88378/87439/04:30

     

    Robbery (Home Invasion) – 54 Division

    A 44 year old female reports that on January 25, 2011 at approximately 2025 hours, she was in her apartment dwelling in the area of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East when she answered a knock at the door.  Two male suspects wearing disguises and armed with handguns forced their way in.  The suspects made a demand for cash and jewellery.  The victim complied.  The suspects then forced the victim into the bathroom while the suspects ransacked the apartment.  The suspects fled the scene.  The victim was transported to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 14-24 years, 5’6”, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 14-24 years, 5’3”-5’4”.

    5306/89285/07:13

     

    Robbery (Business) – 22 Division

    A 46 year old male employee of Pioneer Station,198 Browns Line, reports that on January 26, 2011 at approximately 0520 hours, a male suspect entered the kiosk.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.   Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 30-35 years, 5’10”-5’11”, thin build, short brown\red hair.

    87/89285/08:10

     

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5215&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    Robbery (Purse Snatch) – 54 Division

    A 39 year old female reports that on January 25, 2011 at about 1955 hours, she was in the area of Victoria Park Avenue and Danforth Avenue when she was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects produced a handgun and grabbed the victim’s purse. An altercation ensued and one of the suspects hit the victim on her head. The suspects then fled the scene empty-handed in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, white, 15-20 years, 5’5”, medium build.  Suspect #2: Male, 15-20 years, 5’5” to 5’6”.

    9259/89286/00:56

     

    Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

    Two females, ages 49 years and 42 years, employees of Westown Pharmacy, 235 Dixon Road, report that on January 24, 2011 at approximately 1946 hours, they just exited the premises when a male suspect wearing a mask exited a vehicle and approached them.  The suspect pointed a handgun at the victims and directed them to go inside the pharmacy and open the safe.  The victims refused to go inside the premises and screamed, at which time, the suspect got into his vehicle and drove away westbound on Dixon Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, 35 to 45 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, 161 to 180 pounds, medium build.

    10210/86481/16:02

     

    Robbery (Home Invasion) – 42 Division

    A 52 year old male and a 49 year old female report that on January 27, 2011 at approximately 1100 hours, they were in their dwelling in the area of Swells Road and Empringham Drive when the male victim answered to a knock at the door. Four male suspects forced their way in, produced guns, forced the victims to the basement and bound their hands and feet. The suspects removed a quantity of cash, jewellery and clothing and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The female victim sustained minor injures, but will seek her own medical attention. The male victim did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 6’1” to 6’4”. Suspects #2-#4: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’8”.

    9781/82016/20:40

     

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20418.pdf

    Handgun seized during search warrant at alleged illegal after−hours club, Man faces seven charges

    Broadcast time: 14:22
    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    14 Division
    416−808−1400

    On Saturday, January 23, 2011, police began an investigation into an alleged illegal
    after−hours club, at 791 Dundas Street West.

    It is alleged that:
    <span style=”color: #000000;”>− after a lengthy investigation, on Saturday, January 23, 2011, at 2:35 a.m., a search warrant
    was executed at 791 Dundas Street West, in regards to the illegal selling of alcohol,
    − the accused, working as a doorman, ran into the women’s washroom when officers arrived,
    − officers located a high−powered 9mm semi−automatic pistol in the sink, along with a loaded
    magazine.

    Jason Junior Smith, 35, of Toronto, is charged with:
    1. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
    2. Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition,
    3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
    4. Posses Firearm Serial Number Altered,
    5. Possess Firearm Knowing the Serial Number has been Altered, Defaced or Removed,
    6. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission of an Offence,
    7. Weapons Dangerous.

    The accused appeared in court at Old City Hall on Saturday, January 23, 2011, room 101, 10a.m.

     

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20417.pdf

    Man and woman face 13 charges in armed robbery investigation

    Broadcast time: 15:06
    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    14 Division
    416−808−7350

    On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 5:12 a.m., police responded to a robbery call at the
    Pioneer gas station, at 198 Brown’s Line.

    It is alleged that:
    − a man entered the Pioneer gas station store area on Brown’s Line, while a woman remained
    waiting in a car in front of the gas station,
    − the man walked to the counter, pointed a handgun at the attendant, and made a demand for
    cash,
    − the man left the store and got into the waiting car and drove off,
    − a partial licence plate was recorded at the scene.

    It is further alleged that:
    − at 11:55 a.m., police found the vehicle used in the above armed robbery on Shaw Street,
    − two men and a woman began to get out of the car when officers approached to make
    arrests,
    − the woman ran, but was arrested a short distance away,
    − the two men got back into the car and drove off at high speed,
    − the vehicle drove the wrong way down Richmond Street West, a one−way street, and
    collided head−on with another car,
    − the driver attempted to prevent the two men from running away,
    − one of the men pulled out a handgun and fired two shots into the ground, then the two men
    fled, prior to police arriving at the collision scene,
    − after a search of the area, both men were arrested and a loaded handgun seized.

    After further investigation, one of the men, 33, was released with no charges laid.

    Christopher Donnelly, 30, of Burlington, has been charged with:
    1. Possession of Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
    2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
    3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized.
    4. Discharge Firearm Endanger Life,
    5. Firearm Careless Use,
    6. Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order,
    7. Possess Firearm Serial Number Altered,
    8. Dangerous Operation,
    9. Fail to Stop After Accident,
    10. Robbery While Armed with a Firearm.

    Ashley Burt, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with:
    1. Possession of Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
    2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
    3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized.

    Both accused were scheduled to appear in court at College Park Courts on Thursday,
    January 27, 2011, room 507, 10 a.m.