Thursday, July 18, 2019

Missing woman, Gloucester Street and Jarvis Street area, Bharathy Balasundaram, 42


Missing woman, Gloucester Street and Jarvis Street area, Bharathy Balasundaram, 42

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:01 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Bharathy Balasundaram, 42, was last seen on Sunday, June 16, 2019, in the morning, in theGloucester Street and Jarvis Street area.

She is described as 5’6”, brown complexion, with a slim build. There are no clothing descriptions at this time.

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.

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



Missing woman, Bharathy Balasundaram, 42

Missing man, Church Street and Wellesley Avenue East area, Michael Rose, 28


Missing man, Church Street and Wellesley Avenue East area, Michael Rose, 28

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:02 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Michael Rose, 28, was last seen on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 5:50 a.m., in the Click here.Church Street and Wellesley Street area.

He is described as 6’0", medium build. There is no clothing description at this time.

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.

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

Missing man, Michael Rose, 28

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Missing woman, Adelaide Street and Church Street area, Darlene Dumais, 49


Missing woman, Adelaide Street and Church Street area, Darlene Dumais, 49

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:19 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Darlene Dumais, 49, was last seen on May 24, 2019, in the morning hours in the Adelaide Street and Church Street area.

She is described as 5’6”, with a medium build. There is no clothing description.

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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Thomas Comeau, 51 Division



Missing woman Darlene Dumais, 49

Missing man, Lombard Street and Church Street area, Todd Cunha, 43


Missing man, Lombard Street and Church Street area, Todd Cunha, 43

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:02 AM
51 Division: 416-808-5100

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

Todd Cunha, 43, was last seen in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in theLombard Street and Church Street area.

He is described as 5'10", 175 lbs., thin build, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing only a white towel and carrying a black satchel.

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.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Lee, 51 Division


Missing man Todd Cunha, 43

Monday, July 15, 2019

Awareness & Enforcement for Unnecessary Noise, Traffic Services


Awareness & Enforcement for Unnecessary Noise, Traffic Services

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:02 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Police Service hear from residents who are concerned by the noise from vehicles that have been modified, altered or used in a way that is excessively noisy.

Loud and excessive noise can be characterized as noise that is a nuisance to the general public, taking into consideration the nature, location, time and proximity of the source to residents and members of the public. Examples may include a loud auto stereo or car, truck or motorcycle exhaust emitting sound to the extent it disturbs patrons at a restaurant, nearby residents or other motorists on the roadway.

Poor and dangerous driving, such as racing, stunt driving and squealing tires, is also associated with noise and this behaviour can put pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk.

Provincial laws and City of Toronto by-laws are in place to protect quality of life and permit enforcement against unnecessary:

• Vehicle horns and alarms (Highway Traffic Act, section 75)
• Loud mufflers/exhausts (Highway Traffic Act, section 75)
• Engine revving, squealing tires (Highway Traffic Act, section 172)
• General noise (Municipal Code – 591)

Officers from the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and the Toronto Police Service Motor Squad of Traffic Services will be present to begin an awareness and enforcement action on Monday, July 15, 2019, at 8 p.m., at 34 Yorkville Avenue, between Bay Street and Yonge Street.

Mayor John Tory will be in attendance to observe this action and speak to reporters.

Superintendent Scott Baptist, of Toronto Police Service Traffic Services, will be present to answer questions relating to enforcement.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Brett Moore, Traffic Services


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Homicide #33/2019, Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street, Dwain Fredrick Adams, 61, Patrick Anthony Gayle, 46, arrested, Current charge to be upgraded to Manslaughter


Homicide #33/2019, Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street, Dwain Fredrick Adams, 61, Patrick Anthony Gayle, 46, arrested, Current charge to be upgraded to Manslaughter

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7400

On July 1, 2019, at 10:10 p.m., Toronto paramedics responded to a call for an unconscious man at a restaurant in the area of Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street.

They transported the man to hospital with injuries, which did not appear to be life threatening at the time. The following morning, on July 2, 2019, at 9:04 a.m., medical staff from the hospital called police, advising that the man was on life support and not expected to survive.

Investigators from 51 Division commenced an investigation, as a result, later on the same day, Patrick Gayle, 46, of Toronto, was arrested.

He was charged with:

1) Aggravated Assault

On July 6, 2019, the victim, Dwain Frederick Adams, 61, of Toronto, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital. An autopsy was conducted and the Homicide investigators were notified of the results.

On July 17, 2019, Patrick Anthony Gayle, 46, is scheduled to appear in court at College Park Courts, at 10:00 a.m., courtroom 504.

His charges will be upgraded from Aggravated Assault to Manslaughter.

Anyone with information is asked 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.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Tim Gallant, Homicide


Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Missing Boy, Santiago Ayala Gomez, Parliament St. & Dundas St. E.


Missing Boy, Santiago Ayala Gomez, Parliament St. & Dundas St. E.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 5:59 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing child.

Santiago Ayala Gomez, 15, was last seen on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. nearParliament St & Dundas St E. in the City of Toronto.

He is described as white, 6’0”, 160 lbs, tanned complexion, thin build, brown eyes, long black hair. He was seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

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.

Police Constable Robert Reid, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable James Angco, 51 Division



Missing Boy, Santiago Ayala Gomez, Parliament St. & Dundas St. E.

Missing man, Downtown Toronto area, Mitchell Fudge, 26


Missing man, Downtown Toronto area, Mitchell Fudge, 26

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 8:37 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Mitchell Fudge, 26, was last seen mid-June in the Downtown Toronto area.

He is described 5’7", approximately 160 lbs., with a thin build. He has brown, shoulder-length hair and a brown beard.

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 Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Timothy Walther, 51 Division




Missing man, Downtown Toronto area, Mitchell Fudge, 26

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Man arrested in sexual assault investigation, Multiple women assaulted


Man arrested in sexual assault investigation, Multiple women assaulted

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:45 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public about a sexual assault investigation.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, between 9-10 a.m., officers responded to multiple calls for sexual assaults on Yonge Street, between College Street and Dundas Street.

It is alleged that:

- a man on a bicycle and while walking approached five different women

- he sexually assaulted all of them at different times

Anthony Wilson, 33, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1. five counts of Sexual Assault

He appeared at Old City Hall on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10 a.m., in room 101.

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there may be other victims.

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 Constable Jason Ferreira, 51 Division


Police request help in Theft of Dog investigation, Wood Street and Church Street


Police request help in Theft of Dog investigation, Wood Street and Church Street

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:15 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a stolen dog in a theft investigation.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to a call for a theft in the Wood Street and Church Street area.

It is reported that:

- a 70-year-old man was walking his Yorkshire Terrier named Tuzik

- a man approached him and asked to pet his dog

- the man picked up the dog, unhooked the leash, then fled with the dog

The suspect is described as white, 30-35, short blond hair, 6’0", thin build, wearing a light-coloured shirt and dark 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, 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 Constable Jacob Conliffe, 51 Division



Search for 'Tuvik' and the man that stole him

Search for 'Tuvik' and the man that stole him

Man wanted in Theft Over $5,000 investigation, Chase Kincaid, 32


Man wanted in Theft Over $5,000 investigation, Chase Kincaid, 32

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 6:00 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance locating a man wanted for several thefts from LCBO locations.

It is alleged that:

- since June 5, 2018, a man has been attending various LCBO stores throughout To

ronto

- once inside, he selects varying types of liquor bottles, places them in a bag that he is carrying and walks out of the store without making any attempt to pay

- he was last seen on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in the Burnhamthorpe Road and Saturn Road area

- the same man is responsible for the theft of over $58,000.00 worth of liquor

Chase Kincaid, 32, of no fixed address, is wanted for:

1) Theft Over $5,000.00

His photo has been released.

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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Barry Radford, 51 Division


Man wanted in Theft Over $5,000 investigation, Chase Kincaid, 32

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement, Monday, July 1, 2019


Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement, Monday, July 1, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-6600

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Canada Day public holiday on Monday, July 1, 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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Officer-in-Charge Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement Operations


Monday, June 24, 2019

Arrest made in an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation, Dundas Street and Sherbourne Street area, Amir Pekmez, 32, Facing four charges


Arrest made in an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation, Dundas Street and Sherbourne Street area, Amir Pekmez, 32, Facing four charges

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation.

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, officers responded to a sexual assault call at a residential building in the Dundas Street and Sherbourne Street area.

It is alleged that:

- a man was in an elevator with a 28-year-old woman and sexually assaulted her

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Amir Pekmez, 32, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1. Sexual Assault
2. Overcome Resistance by attempting to Choke
3. Forcible Confinement
4. Break and Enter with Intent

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 24, 2019, at College Park Courts at 10 a.m. in room 501.

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.

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

Katrina Arrogante, Corporate Communications, for Detective Manny Sangha, 51 Division


Friday, June 21, 2019

PRIDE Dyke March, Saturday, June 22, 2019, Road closures


PRIDE Dyke March, Saturday, June 22, 2019, Road closures

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5046

Pride Toronto has organized the Dyke March to take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2 pm. Approximately 10,000 participants and 50 motorcycles are expected to attend this event. The march will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

The parade will start forming up on Church Street at approximately 12 p.m.

Numerous road closures will be in effect, including:

At 12 pm:

- Church Street, from Hayden Street to Bloor Street East
- Hayden Street, from Yonge Street to Church Street

At 1 pm:

- Bloor Street East from Church Street to Yonge Street
- Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Carlton Street
- Carlton Street from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street

The Dyke March will commence at 2 p.m., and will proceed along the following route:

Start: Bloor Street East at Church Street
West: Bloor Street East
South: Yonge Street
East: Carlton Street
End: Allan Gardens - Carlton Street, just east of Jarvis Street

All roads are expected to be reopened by approximately 7 pm.

TTC: The Dundas Street streetcar route will be out of service during this closure.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Public Safety-Special Events


Police Seek Assistance with Stabbing Investigation, St. James Park area


Police Seek Assistance with Stabbing Investigation, St. James Park area

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance in a stabbing investigation.

On Thursday, June 13, 2019 police were called to the area of King Street East and Jarvis Street for a stabbing.

It is reported that:

- a 21-year-old man was in the park near the fountain

- at approximately 4:30 a.m., an unknown person began to assault him

- the man walked to a local hospital with multiple stab wounds

- the man suffered life-altering injuries

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this assault.

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


Fatal Collision #23/2019, Dundas Street East and Regent Park Boulevard area


Fatal Collision #23/2019, Dundas Street East and Regent Park Boulevard area

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:20 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

On Thursday, June 20, 2019 at approximately 1:15 p.m., responded to a call for a Personal Injury Collision at Dundas Street East and Regent Park Boulevard.

It is reported that:

- a 39-year-old woman was standing on the southeast corner of the intersection

- a 40-year-old man was driving a Mazda CX9 on eastbound Dundas Street East approaching Regent Park Boulevard

- the driver of the Mazda lost control of his vehicle, mounting the southeast curb. The vehicle struck a fire hydrant before striking the pedestrian

- the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and succumbed to her injuries at the scene

- the driver of the Mazda fled the scene of the collision on foot, but was arrested by police a short distance away

Joshua Smoke, 40, of Toronto, was charged with:

1) Impaired Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death
2) Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death
3) Leave Accident Scene Causing Death

He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Friday, June 21, 2019, 10 a.m., room 501.

Police are asking local residents, business, and drivers, who may have security or dash camera footage of the area or incident, to contact investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, 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.

Sergeant Alex Crews, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services


PRIDE Parade, Sunday, June 23, 2019, Road closures


PRIDE Parade, Sunday, June 23, 2019, Road closures

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:15 AM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5048

Pride Toronto has organized the Pride Parade to take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

The parade will start forming up on Rosedale Valley Road at approximately 8:00 a.m. Numerous road closures will be in effect:

At 8:00 a.m.

- Rosedale Valley Road, will be closed from Park Road to Bayview Avenue

At 12:00 p.m.

- Park Road will be closed from Rosedale Valley Road to Bloor Street East
- Church Street will be closed from Park Road to Hayden Street
- Bloor Street East will be closed from Yonge Street to Ted Rogers Way

At 1:00 p.m.

- Bloor Street will be closed from Bay Street to Ted Rogers Way
- Yonge Street will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen Street
- Dundas Street will be closed from Bay Street to Church Street
- Victoria Street will be closed from Dundas Street to Shuter Street

All roads are expected to be reopened by approximately 7:00 p.m.

TTC: The Dundas Street Streetcar route will be out of service during this closure.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Public Safety - Major Events



Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 22, 2019, Road closures


Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 22, 2019, Road closures

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5048

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 10 a.m., the annual Pride and Remembrance Run will take place. The event will consist of a 5-km road race and walk.

Road closures will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

- Wellesley Street East closed from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

- Queen's Park Crescent (northbound and southbound) closed from Bloor Street West to College Street

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

- Wellesley Street West closed from Yonge Street to Queen's Park Crescent West

The TTC will experience minor disruptions to some surface routes. Drivers in the area may experience traffic delays during the event.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Special Events


Thursday, June 20, 2019

PRIDE Trans March, Friday, June 21, 2019, Road closures


PRIDE Trans March, Friday, June 21, 2019, Road closures

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM
Public Safety - Major Events:  416-808-5048

Pride Toronto has organized the Trans March, which will take place on Friday, June 21, 2019.

The event will begin at 7:00 a.m., at the Pride Festival Street Festival, North Stage, located at Church Street and Isabella Street. It will wind its way through the downtown core eventually concluding at Allan Gardens, at 8:00 p.m.

A rolling road closure will take place in association with the march. Street lanes along the route will be closed. All other lanes will be open to traffic.

The rolling road closure route is as follows:

- Church Street from Isabella Street to Bloor Street East
- Bloor Street East from Church Street to Yonge Street
- Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Carlton Street
- Carlton Street East from Yonge Street to Victoria Street

Motorists should expect delays along the route.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Public Safety - Major Events

Over 3,100 guns surrendered through Gun Buyback Program


Over 3,100 guns surrendered through Gun Buyback Program

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 1:30 PM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service received more than 3,100 unwanted guns from Toronto residents from April 26 to May 17, 2019.

Over the three-week Gun Buyback Program, which was funded by the City of Toronto, police collected over 2,200 long guns and over 900 handguns for destruction. It is the largest number of firearms collected through a gun buyback program in Toronto.

Chief Mark Saunders said the program was asked for by members of the public who no longer wanted these guns in their homes.

"This is a great outlet for the public to get rid of unwanted guns that may pose a risk because they are improperly stored and otherwise neglected. They can fall into the wrong hands through theft and be sold on the street," he said. "This program is part of a larger strategy to help reduce the supply of guns available to criminals. I’m confident we’ve kept some guns out of the wrong hands through this program.'

In July 2018, Toronto City Council adopted the Immediate Steps to Address Gun Violence report, which included a Council decision to establish a gun buyback program. The City of Toronto funded the program with unanimous approval from City Council.

Under the Gun Buyback Program, Toronto residents were able to request police pick up a registered or unregistered gun from their home for destruction for compensation amounting to $200 for long guns and $350 for handguns. Residents who turned over guns to police for destruction would not face charges for possessing or unsafely storing a firearm.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for the Office of the Chief






Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Six men arrested in Shooting investigation, Yonge Street and Gould Street


Six men arrested in Shooting investigation, Yonge Street and Gould Street

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of arrests made in a shooting investigation.

On Friday, June 14, 2019, at approximately 4:17 a.m., officers were on patrol and monitoring a large crowd in the Yonge Street and Gould Street area.

It is alleged that:

- a 19-year-old man became involved in an altercation with another man

- the other man produced a gun and shot the 19-year-old man

- he continued to shoot even as the 19-year-old had fallen

- he then fled with a group of friends

- officers, responding to the sound of gunshots, stopped the group

- guns and drugs were seized from the group

Abdulrahman Abdullahi, 23, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. Attempt Murder
2. Discharge with Intent
3. Possess Prohibited Device Knowing No Authority
4. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
5. Careless Storage of a Firearm
6. Careless Storage of Ammunition
7. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
8. Possession of a Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized

Kamal Hassan, 26, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. Attempted Murder
2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
4. Fail to Comply with Recognizance

Ilyas Riyaleh, 23, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. Carry Firearm in a Careless Manner
2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
3. Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
4. Possess Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
5. Carry Concealed Weapon

Jovane Watson, 20, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
2. Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Zachary Cust, 21, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
2. Careless Storage of a Firearm
3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
4. Carry Concealed Weapon
5. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
6. Proceeds of Crime Not Exceeding $5,000
7. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine

Nathaniel Campbell, 33, of Toronto, is charged with:

1. two counts of Carry Concealed Weapon
2. two counts of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
3. two counts of Possession of a Firearm Knowing Its Unauthorized
4. two counts of Careless Storage of a Firearm
5. two counts of Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
6. two counts of Possess Prohibited Device Knowing No Authority
7. three counts of Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited
8. three counts of Fail to Comply with Release

They were scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 10 a.m., in room 501.

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 Cory Fougere, 51 Division


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Police seek assistance with a Stabbing investigation, Bloor Street East near Sherbourne Street, Update, More Photos Released


Police seek assistance with a Stabbing investigation, Bloor Street East near Sherbourne Street, Update, More Photos Released

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 12:25 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking assistance with a Stabbing investigation.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers responded to a call for a stabbing onBloor Street East near Sherbourne Street area.

See previous release.

This incident was an unprovoked attack. The victim suffered life-altering injuries.

More security camera images are released.

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 Corey Crawford, 51 Division






Monday, June 10, 2019

Homicide #27/2019, 730 Yonge Street, James Andrew Smith, 54, Update, Man arrested and charged


Homicide #27/2019, 730 Yonge Street, James Andrew Smith, 54, Update, Man arrested and charged

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 12:53 PM
Homicide:  416-808-7400

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at approximately 12:14 a.m., officers responded to a call for a medical complaint in the Yonge Street and Charles Street area.

Paramedics and police arrived on scene and located a man with life- threatening injuries. The man was then taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short while after, and was pronounced deceased.

Through investigation it was determined that the deceased had been standing by the main door of 730 Yonge Street, when he was attacked by a male suspect who fled the scene on foot. It is undetermined whether or not the suspect and the deceased were known to each other.

The deceased has been identified as James Andrew Smith, 54, of Toronto.

See previous release.

On Monday, June 10, 2019, Eric Bryant Ram, 24, of no fixed address was arrested and charged with:

1) Second-Degree Murder

He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, June 10, 2019, 2 p.m., room 501.

Anyone with information is asked 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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Detective Sergeant Henri Marsman, Homicide


Sunday, June 09, 2019

Missing Woman, Wellesley Street East and Sherbourne Street area Engjellushe Lamaj, 59


Missing Woman, Wellesley Street East and Sherbourne Street area Engjellushe Lamaj, 59

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:41 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing woman.

Engjellushe Lamaj, 59, was last seen on Friday, June 7, 2019, approximately 10:00 a.m., in the area of Wellesley Street East and Sherbourne Street. She is described as 5'6", with a thin build, fair complexion, brown eyes, blond/grey, shoulder-length hair and dentures. Her clothing description is unknown.

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 Kimberly Kelly, 51 Division



Missing woman, Engjellushe Lamaj, 59


Man Wanted in an Aggravated Assault Investigation, Queen Street East and Sackville Street area, Photograph released


Man Wanted in an Aggravated Assault Investigation, Queen Street East and Sackville Street area, Photograph released

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:41 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted in an Aggravated Assault investigation.

On Friday, June 7, 2019, officers began an investigation into a stabbing in the Queen Street East and Sackville Street area.

It is alleged that:

- a man and a woman became involved in a verbal argument

- the man stabbed the female and then fled the area

- the female was transported to the hospital with serious injuries

The suspect is described as male, 6’0” to 6’2”, 170 lbs., thin build, wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo, blue jeans, a dark coloured jacket, brown work boots, and carrying two backpacks.

He is considered armed, violent and dangerous. If located, do not approach. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

A surveillance image of the suspect has been released.

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.

Katrina Arrogante, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Adrian Piccolo, 51 Division



Man Wanted in an Aggravated Assault Investigation, Queen Street East and Sackville Street area

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Homicide #27/2019, 730 Yonge Street, James Andrew Smith, 52


Homicide #27/2019, 730 Yonge Street, James Andrew Smith, 52

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:22 PM
52 Division:  4168087400

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at approximately 12:14 a.m., officers responded to a call for a medical complaint in the Yonge Street and Charles Street area.

Paramedics and police arrived on scene and located a man with life threatening injuries. The man was then taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short while after, and was pronounced deceased.

Through investigation it was determined that the deceased had been standing by the main door of 730 Yonge Street, when he was attacked by a male suspect who fled the scene on foot. It is undetermined whether or not the suspect and the deceased were known to each other.

The deceased has been identified as James Andrew Smith, 52, of Toronto.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who had contact with James Smith in the hours leading up to his death. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online atwww.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.

Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Acting Detective Sergeant Henri Marsman, Homicide



James Andrew Smith, 52, of Toronto, Victim of Homicide #27/2019