Friday, October 18, 2019

2019 Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, Road Closures, Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20, 2019


2019 Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, Road Closures, Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5048

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon will be taking place in the city.

This event includes a full marathon, half marathon and a 5K run and walk. It will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

Start Times:

  • Full Marathon:  8:45 a.m.
  • Half Marathon: 8:45 a.m.
  • 5K Run/Walk:  8 a.m.
Road closures begin Saturday, October 19, 2019 and continue through until Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Motorists are advised to avoid roads around the route and plan their journeys ahead of time as traffic will be impacted.

The following road closures will be in place:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11 a.m to Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8 p.m:
- Bay Street, full roadway, from Queen Street to Dundas Street West;
- Local access to The Express Parking Garage, the Marriott Hotel, the Eaton Centre loading docks, and the Bell Trinity Building on the east side of Bay Street (north of Albert Street) will be available from Dundas St. W.
- Hagerman Street, full roadway from Bay Street to Elizabeth Street
- Elizabeth Street, full roadway from Hagerman Street to Dundas Street West
- Albert Street, full roadway from Bay Street to James Street
- James Street, full road from Queen Street West to Albert Street

Sunday, October 20, 2019:
4 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- University Avenue, both northbound and southbound lanes will be fully closed from Dundas Street West to Front Street West
- Armoury Street is fully closed from Centre Avenue to University Avenue

4 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Bay Street is fully closed from Queen Street to Lakeshore Boulevard

5 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Lakeshore Boulevard is fully closed (east and west) from Windermere Avenue to the Don Roadway

6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Queen Street is fully closed from Simcoe Street to Yonge Street
- Richmond Street is fully closed from Simcoe Street to Yonge Street
- Adelaide Street is fully closed from Simcoe Street to Yonge Street
- York Street is fully closed from Queen Street to Richmond Street

6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Queen Street is fully closed from University Avenue to Yonge Street
- Bay Street is fully closed from Lakeshore Boulevard to Queens Quay
Exceptions include the following locations:
- Eastbound curb lane on Lakeshore Boulevard West from Windermere Avenue to Oarsman Drive to allow access to the Boulevard Club, Royal Canadian Legion
- Access to HMCS York, Coronation Park, and Ontario Place shall be provided from Stadium Road

6 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Front St Eastbound lanes ONLY from Church Street to Jarvis Street
- Wellington Street from Church Street to York Street
- Richmond Street from Sheppard Street to Yonge Street
- Adelaide Street from Sheppard Street to Yonge Street
- Temperance Street from Sheppard Street to Yonge Street

7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Queens Quay West Eastbound lanes ONLY from Bay Street to Parliament Street

7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- King Street West from York Street to Yonge Street

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
- University Avenue/Queens Park Crescent from Dundas Street to Bloor Street

8 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
- Bloor Street from St. George Street to Bay Street
- St. George Street from Bloor Street West to Harbord Street
- Harbord Street from St. George Street to Bathurst Street

8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
- Bathurst Street from Harbord Street to Lake Shore Boulevard

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Fort York Boulevard from Bathurst Street to Lake Shore Boulevard

8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Cherry Street from Lakeshore Boulevard to Eastern Avenue

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Mill Street from Cherry Street to Bayview Avenue
- Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Carlaw Avenue from Eastern Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard East
- Lake Shore Boulevard East from Carlaw Avenue to Woodbine Avenue
- Queen Street from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Eastern Avenue/Front from Carlaw Avenue to Jarvis Street

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications, for Police Constable Brenda Normalm, Major Events

Arrests made in Romance Scam Fraud


Arrests made in Romance Scam Fraud

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM
Financial Crimes:  416-808-7300

In December 2018, the Financial Crimes Unit – Mass Marketing Section and members of the Toronto Strategic Partnership initiated an investigation into a romance-type fraud scam that targeted senior citizens across Canada.

It is alleged that:

- the victims began online relationships, corresponding with profiles on social media sites. After a period of time, once trust was established, the victims were persuaded to send money to various bank accounts.

- losses to victims identified so far in this case amount to approximately $250,000.

Investigators identified a number of suspects that opened and controlled the bank accounts set up to receive the funds generated from these romance frauds.

The bank accounts were a mix of legitimate and fraudulent accounts that were opened with counterfeit identification.

The Toronto Police executed four search warrants in September 2019 and arrested five individuals as part of the investigation.

Oluwaseun Oladokun, 35, of Toronto, was charged with:
1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Launder Proceeds of Crime

Olanrewaju Fagbemi, 36, of Toronto, was charged with:
1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Launder Proceeds of Crime

Martins Tabat, 33, of Toronto, was charged with:
1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Launder Proceeds of Crime

It is further alleged that:
- money was accessed from a bank account under the name of ‘George Bature’.
This account received money from victims of a romance scam fraud.

Freeman Toje, 45, of Toronto, was charged with:
1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Launder Proceeds of Crime
3. Possession of Counterfeit Mark
4. Possess Forged Passport

It is further alleged that:
- money was accessed from bank accounts under the names of ‘Foday Amos’ and ‘Jonathan Faith’

In addition, it is alleged that he was in possession of various fraudulent government identities under the names of:
- Jonathan Faith,
- Foday Amos,
- Sabia Smith,
- Scott Miller,
- Eric Menke,
- Aaron Tubman

Kaitlin Ainsworth, 24, of London, Ontario, was charged with:
1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Launder Proceeds of Crime

If you believe you have been a victim of a fraud scam and have sent money to someone online please contact the Financial Crimes Unit.

The public is asked to beware of internet romance frauds and are advised not to send money to unknown individuals on-line. For further information on romance scams and preventative strategies please review this link from Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

The Toronto Strategic Partnership is a collaboration of the Toronto Police Service, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Partnership facilitates information sharing amongst the partners to combat Mass Marketing frauds within Canada and the United States.

In addition to the above partners, Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this case: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and London Police Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Anthony Coscarella, Financial Crimes Unit


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Public Safety Scam call - Fraud


Public Safety Scam call - Fraud

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM
31 Division:  416-808-3107

Toronto Police would like to notify the public of a report of a scam caller pretending to be a police officer.

On Tuesday October 15, 2019 a woman attended the service’s 31 Division to report a fraud.

It is alleged that:

- On Monday, October 14, 2019 she received a phone call from an individual claiming to be from Canada Revenue Agency. He advised her that she was being investigated in relation to her SIN number being used for fraudulent activity

- She then received a phone call from 416-808-3100 (no name on display) from an individual who identified himself as a police officer

- The woman was advised that she could call 31 Division and check on his employment. She did not do this at the time

- The woman was told she needed to deposit money into a Bitcoin machine located in the area of Jane Street and Sheppard Ave W.

- It was agreed a $1000 payment would prevent a warrant from being issued for her arrest

- She attended the Bitcoin machine and deposited the money

Officers have recently been made aware of multiple related occurrences where police phone numbers are being used to commit similar frauds or people are pretending to be police officers

We would like to remind the public that police would never ask for forms of payment over the phone and do not accept Bitcoin currency.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3107, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Jason Muto, Fraud Unit



Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement


Thanksgiving Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 6:00 AM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-1600

The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Thanksgiving public holiday on Monday, October 14, 2019:

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas
• Rush-Hour Routes
• Posted signs indicating Monday to Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Alex Li, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Operations Supervisor, Parking Enforcement Unit



Monday, October 07, 2019

Public Safety Alert, Residential Break and Enter


Public Safety Alert, Residential Break and Enter

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 4:15 PM
42 Division:  416-808-4200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a recent increase in residential break and enters in the Warden Avenue and Finch Avenue East area.

It is reported:

- the suspects have been climbing onto low-hanging residential rooftops

- then gaining entry through second floor windows in the evening hours

The public is reminded to close and secure their windows, and to be aware of any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighborhoods.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Gavin Jansz, 42 Division


Thursday, October 03, 2019

Arrests made in Firearm Investigation, Vanderhoof Avenue and Brentcliffe Road, Two men face multiple charges


Arrests made in Firearm Investigation, Vanderhoof Avenue and Brentcliffe Road, Two men face multiple charges

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:40 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of two arrests following a Firearms and Drug investigation, which led to a search warrant and seizure.

It is alleged that:

- in October, 2017, Derek Rwahwire, 25, was arrested and charged with firearm and drug offences. He was subsequently released on bail with specific conditions

- in December 2018 officers observed the accused breaching his house arrest condition and attempted to arrest him. He fled and evaded police

- in 2019 officers entered into an investigation into the criminal activities of Rwahwire

- on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, officers from the 51 Division's Major Crime Unit executed Controlled Drug and Substances Act search warrants on two condominiums and a vehicle.

- As a result Derek Rwahwire, 25, and another man Jevon Moore, 23, both of Toronto were located at one of the addresses in the Vanderhoof Avenue and Brentcliffe Road area

- both men were arrested

- a large quantity of narcotics, ammunition and a loaded firearm were seized subsequent to the arrest.

Derek Rwahwire has been charged with:

1) Careless Storage of a Firearm
2) Careless Storage of Ammunition
3) Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with ammo,
4) Possession of a Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized
5) Occupy Motor Vehicle with Firearm
6) Careless Storage of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine)
7) Possess Restricted prohibited device Knowing no Authority (Over capacity Magazine),
8) Three counts of Careless Storage of Ammunition
9) Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited
10) Four counts of Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule I
11) Possession of proceeds of crime
12) Failing to comply with recognizance.

Jevon Moore has been charged with:

1) Careless Storage of a Firearm
2) Careless Storage of Ammunition
3) Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with ammo
4) Possession of a Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized
5) Occupy Motor Vehicle with Firearm
6) Careless Storage of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine)
7) Possess Restricted prohibited device Knowing no Authority
8) Three counts of Careless Storage of Ammunition
9) Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited

Both were scheduled to appear in court at on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Old City Hall, 10:00 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Abdullah Nuri, 51 Division






Nuit Blanche, Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019 Road closures


Nuit Blanche, Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019 Road closures

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5048

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the 12th annual Nuit Blanche will take place. This event will take place from sunset on Saturday, October 5, 2019 to sunrise on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

There will be road closures in areas on, or near, Nathan Phillips Square, Fort York, Yonge-Dundas Square, Bay Street and an installation in the area of the Scarborough Civic Centre/Scarborough Town Centre.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, the following road closures will come into effect:

- Bay Street between Albert Street and Richmond Street West
- Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
- Elizabeth Street from Foster Place to Hagerman Street
- Dundas Square Street from Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane
- Fort York Boulevard between Gzowski Boulevard and Fleet Street
- Angelique Street between Fort York Boulevard and 60 metres south of Fort York Boulevard

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 the following road closures will come into effect:

- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Adelaide Street
- Albert Street from Bay Street and James Street
- James Street closed between Bay Street and James Street
- James Street closed between Queen Street West and Albert Street
- Temperance Street from Bay Street to 30 metres west of Bay Street and 60 metres west of Yonge Street
- Borough Drive between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court
- Borough Approach East between Borough Drive and Ellesmere Road
- Town Center Court closed between south of City of Toronto parking lot to Borough Drive
- Fort York between Iannuzzi Street and Gzowski Boulevard
- Gzowski Boulevard between Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard
- Bastion Street between Sloping Sky Mews and Fort York Boulevard
- Grand Magazine Street between Bruyers Mews and Fort York Boulevard


All roads are expected to be reopened by approximately noon on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

TTC will be diverting a number of routes in the area.

Vehicles are advised to take alternative routes as there will be traffic delays in the area.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Emergency Management and Public Order - Major Events

Monday, September 30, 2019

Chief Saunders' Midpoint Update on Project Community Space 525 Charges, 240 Arrests


Chief Saunders' Midpoint Update on Project Community Space 525 Charges, 240 Arrests

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders provided an update today on the first six weeks of Project Community Space.

The mandate of the 11-week, intelligence-led operational plan is to increase the safety of those communities dealing with increased gun violence and street gang activity this past summer.

The program includes monitoring bail compliance, enhanced engagement with communities, and increasing police presence and visibility in areas frequently associated with street gangs and gun violence.

“The members of the Toronto Police Service, under the direction of the Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force, have been extremely effective in implementing this operational plan and increasing the safety of Toronto communities,” said Chief Saunders.

“Officers laid 525 charges in the first six weeks of the project with firearm-related offences accounting for 35% of the charges, and failure to comply or breach of conditions accounting for 17% of charges laid. Eleven percent of these charges were for violent offences including assault, robbery and sexual offences. A further 8% of arrests were for outstanding warrants,” he continued.

In the first six weeks of the Project, 12 individuals who were free on bail for firearm-related offences were re-arrested.

In addition to failure to comply, they faced a variety of new firearm and violence-related charges including possession of firearms which had serial numbers tampered with, possession of prohibited and restricted firearms, and assault with a weapon.

“At the midpoint of Project Community Space, there was a 30% decrease in shooting events compared to the six weeks prior to the start of the Project,” said Chief Saunders.

The results support the Project being intelligence-led in that officers are in key areas and able to get to scenes quickly. Time onsite processing complaints was 15% shorter, allowing officers to address the issue and move on to the next call.

“Being community-focused is a key element of the Service’s modernization, and this enhancement has allowed our officers to be where communities need us most,” he continued. “The increased visibility of officers, in their patrol cars and on foot in areas where street gangs are prevalent has been effective as a deterrent.”

Toronto Police officers led a bail enforcement surge and checked 876 individuals who are currently out on bail.

Communities have consistently informed our team members that they noticed an increased presence of officers in their neighbourhoods in the last six weeks and that they feel safer in their communities. Toronto Police also made 38 referrals of which 17 were to a gang exit program.

The Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force has hosted six of 31 planned gang prevention town halls, aimed at educating and supporting families who live in areas most affected by gang activity.

The Project received funding from all three levels of government. It is scheduled to end on October 31, 2019.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Allison MacNeil Sparkes, Corporate Communications, for the Office of the Chief



Sunday, September 29, 2019

Homicide #50/2019, George Hislop Park, Robin Besito, 50, Update, Date, Time, and Photograph added


Homicide #50/2019, George Hislop Park, Robin Besito, 50, Update, Date, Time, and Photograph added

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 10:05 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7400

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at approximately 10:00 p.m., police and paramedics responded to a medical call at George Hislop Park.

Officers arrived and located a man with obvious trauma.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital.

Homicide unit are investigating.

The man has been identified as Robin Besito, 50, of no fixed address. His photograph is attached.

The incident that led to the homicide, occurred on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Police are making an appeal to anyone with dash cam video, who may have been in the George Hislop Park area bounded by the following streets:

  • Charles Street to the north
  • Yonge Street to the west
  • Wellesley Street to the south
  • Church Street to the east
Side streets will include:
  • Isabella Street
  • Gloucester Street
  • Dundonald Avenue
  • Wabenose Lane
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Alex Li, Corporate Communications, for Detective Amanda Thornton, Homicide



Homicide #50/2019, Robin Besito, 50

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Homicide #50/2019, George Hislop Park, Robin Besito, 50


Homicide #50/2019, George Hislop Park, Robin Besito, 50

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 6:05 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7400

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at approximately 11:40 a:m., Police and Toronto Paramedics responded to a medical call at George Hislop Park.

Officers arrived and located a man with obvious trauma.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics. At hospital, the man's condition deteriorated and his injuries were deemed to be life-threatening.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

He has been identified as Robin Besito, 50, of no fixed address.

Homicide has taken carriage of the investigation.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of George Hislop Park, during the late morning hours on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, who heard or saw anything out of the ordinary to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Amanda Thornton, Homicide



Missing boy, Dylan Porter, 14, Dundas Street East and Victoria Street area


Missing boy, Dylan Porter, 14, Dundas Street East and Victoria Street area

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:34 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance locating a missing boy.

Dylan Porter, 14, was last seen on Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 8 p.m., in the Dundas Street East and Victoria Street area.

He is described as 5'5", 110 lbs., slim build, shoulder-length blonde hair, brown eyes, and clean shaven

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Alex Li, Corporate Communications, for Detective Manny Sangha, 51 Division



Missing boy, Dylan Porter, 14

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Coffee With A Cop - Thursday October 3, 2019, 11am-1pm


Suspicious incident, Men targeting seniors to offer fraudulent home repairs


Suspicious incident, Men targeting seniors to offer fraudulent home repairs

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM
53 Division:  416-808-5300

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of a fraudulent scheme targeting seniors.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, police were called to the area of Bayview Ave and Blythwood Road.

It is reported that:

- one to three men were approaching homes occupied by seniors and convincing them that they need roof, driveway, or some sort of home renovation

- the men provided a list of repairs and usually quoted a price

- after allegedly starting some repairs, the men prepared a list of more work required and increased the price before demanding payment

- the men accepted mostly cash and go with the victim to a nearby bank machine to withdraw money and take the payment

- it is believed that no actual repairs are required or completed

The men are described as follows:
Suspect #1: white, 5'10", short dark hair, medium build and with a heavy Scottish accent
Suspect #2: white, 5'10", fair skin, athletic build, blue eyes and with a heavy Scottish accent
Suspect #3: white, 5'10", late thirties, dark short hair and muscular build

They may be driving a white van or truck.

Police are encouraging people to be extra cautious if approached for unsolicited home repairs and to phone police to report any suspicious solicitation for home repairs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Scott Bradbury. 53 Division


Fraud/Theft Investigation, Wanted Man Posing As Maintenance Worker


Fraud/Theft Investigation, Wanted Man Posing As Maintenance Worker

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing Fraud and Theft investigation.

It is alleged:

- a man has been attending businesses in the downtown core

- the man identifies himself as a maintenance worker tasked with checking the sprinkler systems and/or fire extinguishers

- once he is permitted entry into the businesses, the man is reported to have stolen personal property from staff members

As part of several parallel investigations a man has been identified as Jamie Barber, 43, of Toronto.

He is wanted on numerous charges.

Police would like to remind the public to be vigilant when dealing with people claiming to be maintenance workers. Businesses in particular should ensure that they confirm with building management before allowing access to any person coming unannounced to perform maintenance work in their offices.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Thomas Comeau, 51 Division



Jamie Barber, 43, of Toronto, is wanted in a fraud investigation.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Missing man, Richmond Street East and Church Street area, David Otway, 51


Missing man, Richmond Street East and Church Street area, David Otway, 51

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:03 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a missing man.

David Otway, 51, was last seen on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m., in the Richmond Street East and Church Street area.

He is described as 5’4", 155 lbs., with a dark complexion, shaved head, clean shaven, and brown eyes. He wears black rimmed eye glasses, dark checkered pajama bottoms, with a pair of navy 'flip flop' sandals.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Gherardt Williams, 51 Division



Missing man, David Otway, 51
Missing man, David Otway, 51

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Public Safety Alert, Sexual Assault Investigation, Cherry Beach


Public Safety Alert, Sexual Assault Investigation, Cherry Beach

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:20 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a Sexual Assault investigation in the Cherry Beach area.

It is reported that:

- on Sunday, September 15, 2019, between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., a woman was walking on the Martin Goodman Trail between Cherry Beach and Regatta Road

- at this time she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man

It is further reported that:

- earlier in the month on Sunday, September 1, 2019, in the early morning hours, another woman was sexually assaulted by an unknown man in the same area

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years-of-age, 5’7” – 5’8”, with a brown skin tone, stocky build, round face, clean shaven, with brown eyes and full lips. In at least one instance he was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark-coloured track pants.

Police are seeking help identifying this man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Anthony Hampton, 51 Division


Monday, September 16, 2019

Coffee With A Cop


Coffee With A Cop

You are invited to sit down for a cup of coffee with a member of the Toronto Police Service. Residents will have the opportunity to talk about issues that matter to them in a relaxed environment.

The event will be held in Tim Hortons located at 323 Richmond Street East. The casual setting of the meeting is an effort by police, to break down the barriers between law enforcement and civilians in the hopes of giving voice to those who may otherwise be afraid to speak up. The event is scheduled to take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on September 19, 2019.

Several officers will be attending the meet-up, sitting down with members of the community to engage in informal discussion about community issues and help build relationships over a free cup of Tim Horton's coffee.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Missing woman, Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East, Jasmine Esquimaux, 31


Missing woman, Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East, Jasmine Esquimaux, 31

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 8:15 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance locating a missing woman.

Jasmine Esquimauix, 31, was last seen on Friday, August 30, 2019, in the Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East area.

She is described as a 5’5”, 130 lbs., with a slim build, and wavy hair. She has distinctive tattoos which include:
- revolver tattoos on the webs of both of her hands
- a goblin on her right forearm
- “coco puffs” written on her right calf

She was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, red/black plaid shirt and denim shorts.

Police are concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Michael Agostinho, 51 Division



Missing Woman, Jasmine Esquimaux, 31

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Enhancements to Neighbourhood Community Officer Program


Enhancements to Neighbourhood Community Officer Program

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:45 AM
Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit
416-808-0185

Chief Mark Saunders announced enhancements to the Neighbourhood Community Officer Program (NCOP) at a news conference on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Watch the News Conference



Currently, there are 44 Neighbourhood Community Officers - including four Sergeants - operating with enhancements in 41, 42, 11 and 22 Divisions. These enhancements will now be adopted by all remaining 83 Neighbourhood Community Officers, bringing the total to 127 NCOs, servicing 35 City of Toronto Neighbourhoods.

The Neighbourhood Community Officer enhancements, include:

- standardized mandate to focus on building partnerships in the community and working towards long-term solutions to public safety and disorder issues
- community-centric training specific to their role
- assigned to each neighbourhood for at least four years
- identified as NCOs on uniforms and vehicles
- access their work environment through a mobile device allowing officers to spend more time in their assigned neighbourhoods

Watch Neighbourhood Community Officer introduction video




Chief Mark Saunders said the Neighbourhood Community Officer role is important to TPS strategy to be where the community needs police most.

"The program puts community at the heart of our work. It’s important because it’s also a commitment we made in The Way Forward. We know success here is about trust. It’s about building and keeping trust in our day-to-day policing."

Humber College Faculty of Community and Social Services Professor Doug Thomson said a new report on community and police perspectives about the program will be ready in 2020.

"So far, the results we have collected from Toronto communities show neighbourhood residents feel safer in their communities and are less afraid of crime and the threats of gangs. The results also show community members see the Neighbourhood Community Officers as important members of their communities, and feel comfortable approaching them."

For more information and videos on the program, visit the NCOP webpage.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent David Rydzik, Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Missing man, Sherbourne Street and Carlton Street area, Carson Williams, 81


Missing man, Sherbourne Street and Carlton Street area, Carson Williams, 81

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:59 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a missing man.

Carson Williams, 81, was last seen on Wednesday, September 10, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the Sherbourne Street and Carlton Street area.

He is described as 5’0", 140 lbs. He was last seen wearing a green hooded sweater, jeans, blue shoes and a dark baseball cap. He was also pulling a small cart.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Thomas Comeau, 51 Division



Missing man, Carson Williams, 81

Friday, September 06, 2019

Sexual Assault Alert, Cherry Beach – Regatta Road


Sexual Assault Alert, Cherry Beach – Regatta Road

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 5:15 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance identifying a man involved in a sexual assault that occurred in the Cherry Beach - Regatta Road area.

It is reported that:

- on Sunday, September 1, 2019, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., a woman walking alone on the Martin Goodman Trail between Cherry Beach and Regatta Road was assaulted by a man

The suspect was described as a male with brown skin, 5'7"–5'8", stocky build, round face, clean shaven, brown eyes, and full lips. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, dark coloured track pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Anthony Hampton, 51 Division


Friday, August 30, 2019

Public Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement


Public Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-6600

The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit will not be enforcing the following on-street parking by-laws during the Labour Day public holiday on Monday, September 2, 2019:

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas
• Rush-Hour Routes
• Posted signs indicating Monday-to-Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Acting Officer-in-Charge, Parking Enforcement Operations


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Missing man, Gerrard Street East and Sherbourne Street area, Sriram Thankamony, 36


Missing man, Gerrard Street East and Sherbourne Street area, Sriram Thankamony, 36

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 9:22 AM
41 Division:  416-808-4100

Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance locating a missing man.

Sriram Thankamony, 36, was last seen on Saturday, August 24, 2019, in the Gerrard Street East and Sherbourne Street area.

He is described as 5'10", with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable David Fischer, 41 Division



Missing man Sriram Thankamony, 36

Monday, August 26, 2019

Missing man, Carlton Street and Homewood Avenue area, Michael Johnston, 51


Missing man, Carlton Street and Homewood Avenue area, Michael Johnston, 51

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 12:01 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance locating a missing man.

Michael Johnston, 51, was last seen on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at approximately 9 a.m., in the Carlton Street and Homewood Avenue area.

He is described as 6’2”, 170-180 lbs., with a slim build, short black hair, clean shaven, and blue eyes. There are no clothing descriptions.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Manny Sangha, 51 Division



Missing man, Michael Johnston, 51