Each week, Torontoist chooses the most interesting cases from the Toronto Police Service crime blotter. All charges are alleged until proven under law.
• Shortly after midnight on Sunday, a patron of Flirt Lounge on Adelaide West assaulted another patron, biting the victim’s ear and separating a chunk of cartilage. A cell phone camera snapped an obscured image of the suspect during the altercation (pictured at right) and police say that most people in the club would have seen the incident since the bar was sparsely populated. One of the man’s identifying characteristics is that he was wearing sunglasses inside the club—reason enough for arrest, as far as we’re concerned.
• A criminal harassment investigation involving comments posted to Facebook turned ugly this week when some students assaulted officers who were directing traffic during a Birchmount Park school protest. Four of the students were arrested for pelting the cops with objects including a bottle and a skateboard.
The investigation and subsequent protest were a result of a group set-up by a 16-year-old student on Facebook for the purpose of disparaging the Vice-Principal. No charges were laid, but the boy was cautioned and suspended. The protest was in support of the students’ alleged right to free speech, and tripled in size when someone pulled a fire alarm. The Star has the full story.
• A 26-year-old woman was arrested and charged with sexual assault after she deliberately neglected to disclose her HIV-positive status to sexual partners. The woman is believed to frequent bars in Hamilton, Brantford and Toronto on a regular basis where—shock!—she finds men willing to have unprotected sex with her. It is illegal to not disclose an HIV-positive status to one’s sexual partner, and in some countries, people who knowingly transmit the virus to an unwilling partner can be charged with assault, manslaughter, attempted murder or murder. In Canada, courts have ruled that people uninformed about a sexual partner’s seropositive status cannot grant true consent to sex. Upon the death of an infected partner, murder charges can be laid.
• A 59-year-old psychotherapist was arrested and charged with sexual assault after he asked one of his patients to undress and lie down on a table as part of her treatment. During the treatment, he touched the patient inappropriately. We hope part of his sentence is to pay for the additional psychotherapy his actions will inevitably require.
• On Sunday, police responded to a call about a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in his residence. Two other boys, aged 15 and 11, were also present in the home at the time, where they found the improperly stored firearm. The boy’s injuries aren’t life threatening.
• A Parkdale purse snatcher was nabbed after tips from the public following the release of security camera footage. The suspect entered an apartment building after the 71-year-old victim, who opened the door for him, assuming he lived in the building. He then followed her to her door and stole her purse, breaking two of her ribs in the process. The suspect is being investigated for other similar offences. This is a common method of unlawful entry, and Torontoist reminds apartment and condo dwellers to never, ever let anyone in the door behind you that you don’t recognize as a resident of your building, despite how much that might annoy the other person.
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. Some data are based on preliminary information and may not be verified. Crime classifications may change at a later date.