Toronto Gun Crime Roundup!

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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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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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.

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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

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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

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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.




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