Each week, Torontoist chooses the most interesting cases from the Toronto Police Service crime blotter. All charges are alleged until proven under law.
Did a bouncer at a downown club rough-up a customer and leave him bleeding in an alley? How did a bus driver decide to play hookey instead of just calling-in sick? And what do you need lots of electricity and 24,776 of to make $25 million?
JANUARY 20, 3:49 AM: A 36-year-old woman was found dead with stab wounds after police were called to a home for an unknown trouble. It is thought that a male acquaintance arrived at the residence and stabbed the woman following an altercation. The alleged culprit was found later in Grafton, Ontario, where he had taken his own life.
JANUARY 21, 1 AM: Police discover an unconscious man in a Richmond Street West laneway suffering from facial injuries. It is alleged that the injuries were inflicted by a 27-year-old employee of the BUDO nightclub on Peter Street who had been seen ejecting the victim and dragging him down the laneway. The employee was charged with aggravated assault and the victim’s injuries were non-threatening. If you were in the line at BUDO and may have witnessed the assault, the police want to talk to you.
JANUARY 22: After reporting an alleged hijacking of a TTC bus on December 30, police confirm that the driver was lying in order to have time to finish some personal errands. The 32-year-old TTC employee was charged with public mischief and perjury, and some wondered if the mainstream media jumped too quickly on a story where there were no witnesses and very little evidence.
JANUARY 23, 3:14 PM: Police are called to a school where it is alleged that a man entered the facility and sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl in the washroom. School staff caught the scumbag attempting to flee and retained him until the police arrived. The 42-year-old perp was charged with forcible confinement, sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, attempt to obstruct justice, assault with a weapon, weapons dangerous, assault, and failure to comply with probation.
JANUARY 24: A 46-year-old man was arrested for recruiting a 21-year-old woman to sell sexual services for him and assaulting her on multiple occasions for not meeting a quota he imposed. The pimp has also been accused of providing the woman with drugs and shelter and repeatedly sexually assaulting her as a means of maintaining control.
JANUARY 24, 7 PM: As a result of an ongoing investigation into drug and gang activities in the Vanauley Walk area near Spadina and Dundas, thirty police officers execute a number of search warrants and arrest nine people, aged 17 to 23. $13,000-worth of crack and $31,000-worth of powdered cocaine was seized, as well as drug paraphernalia, small amounts of marijuana and $1,700 proceeds of crime. The area had been under surveillance for a number of days. The police believe that the youths were also involved in the gun trade and are likely members or associates of the Project Originals gang (also known as the P.O. Boys). The gang co-exists peacefully with the other gang in their turf, the Asian Assassinz, but they’ve got big beef with gangs from Regent Park. Grow up, kids.
JANUARY 25: After police served a search-warrant at her home, a 35-year-old woman was nailed for trafficking a controlled substance called khat. The arrest happened following complaints to the police by area residents. Khat (or qat) is a shrub-like plant that contains an amphetamine-like stimulant, cathinone. Officers seized almost 7.3 grams of khat, which has an estimated street value of $3,000.
JANUARY 26: An intensive joint-forces investigation between the Toronto Police Service and RCMP dismantle a significant marijuana distribution network involving 24,776 plants in 39 grow-op homes. The street value of the Mary Jane is estimated at $25 million. One home on Milner Avenue East housed a whopping 2,669 plants and 25 pounds of additional marijuana were seized at other locations. Police allege that the owners and employees of Can Tech Inc. on Finch Avenue East and Can Tech Distribution on McAdam Drive in Mississauga conspired with others to produce and distribute pot and launder the proceeds of crime. Ten people face a combined 52 charges.
Anyone with information on the crimes listed above is asked to contact police at 416−808−2222 (non-emergency), or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.
Detail from CN tower lightning photo by tuneninja. Photo of Toronto Police officers by Chris Jackson in the Torontoist Flickr pool. Photo of khat courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. This week’s statistics from Now You Know (Volume 4) by Doug Lennox (Dundurn, 2006).
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