Category Archives: Arson/Set on fire

Etobicoke: Bridget Takyi stabbed and set ablaze by Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, father of her two children

Bridget Takyi, a 27-year-old mother of two, was on her way to work when she was stabbed and then set ablaze on an Etobicoke street on Saturday.
Toronto Star/HANDOUT

Victoria Ptashnick

Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was founding lying on an Etobicoke street on Saturday.

Tue Jan 22 2013 07:29:00
Etobicoke murder victim had been stabbed, set on fire

Bridget Takyi, a 27-year-old mother of two, was on her way to work when she was stabbed and then set ablaze on an Etobicoke street on Saturday.
Toronto Star/HANDOUT

Bridget Takyi was supposed to be planning a trip to Disney World with her two little boys and best high school friend.

Instead, her friend will be helping plan the 27-year-old woman’s funeral.

Takyi’s body was found Saturday on Richgrove Dr., in the Martin Grove Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. area.

Her identity couldn’t initially be confirmed because she was burned so badly she was “virtually unrecognizable,” police said. She was the city’s third homicide victim of the year. Continue reading

Mississauga: Sami Karnaz charged with arson and disregard for human life

Torstar Network
Aug 06, 2012 – 9:23 AM
Mississauga man charged with arson in Hamilton fire

Hamilton Police have charged a Mississauga man in connection with a Saturday morning fire that engulfed a former convenience store.
Meanwhile, a construction worker is missing following the blaze that destroyed a former 7-Eleven on Main St. E.
Police have charged 30-year-old Sami Karnaz from Mississauga with arson and disregard for human life. Continue reading

Montreal: Jewish school firebomber Omar Bulphred facing new charges of breaching his release conditions, loitering and uttering death threats

 

Omar Bulphred, was found guilty of firebombing a Jewish boys school in Outremont in 2006.

Psychiatric Evaluation for Jewish School Firebomber
The man found guilty of firebombing a Jewish boys school in Outremont in 2006, has been ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric evaluation.
By Rachel Hirshfeld 
First Publish: 7/11/2012, 12:46 PM

Omar Bulphred, the man found guilty of firebombing a Jewish boys school in Montreal in 2006, has been ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric evaluation after being arrested on new charges.

Bulphred, 27, was arrested Friday just a month after he completed his sentence on June 11 and is facing charges of breaching his release conditions, loitering and uttering death threats. Continue reading

Montreal: Haitian radiostation torched after hosts criticized former dictator

 

CPAM 1610 AM in Montreal was torched following calls by the radio hosts for a criminal trial for Jean-Claude Duvalier, who returned last year to the country he terrorized for decades. (PASCAL GIRARD/QMI Agency)

Montreal radio station torched

By Brian Daly ,QMI Agency
First posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 04:08 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 06:53 PM EDT
CPAM 1610 AM in Montreal was torched following calls by the radio hosts for a criminal trial for Jean-Claude Duvalier, who returned last year to the country he terrorized for decades. (PASCAL GIRARD/QMI Agency)

MONTREAL — A Haitian radio station here was hit by arsonists on the weekend after hosts criticized the country’s former dictator.

CPAM 1610 AM was torched following calls by the radio hosts for a criminal trial for Jean-Claude Duvalier, who returned last year to the country he terrorized for decades.

CPAM’s north-end administrative offices were partially destroyed on Sunday and the studio suffered water damage, rendering it useless. Continue reading

Brampton: Joshua Raphael sought by police

Brampton babysitter sought by police after house set on fire

Molly Hayes and Dylan C. Robertson, The Star

A Brampton teen is wanted by police after he allegedly lit a fire in a home where he was babysitting his young niece and nephew — and then fled.

Peel Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Raphael, 19, after a fire was lit in a home where he was babysitting.

It’s not known why 19-year-old Joshua Raphael allegedly set the fire on Wednesday evening, or why he fled, leaving the two young kids behind at the house near Kennedy Rd. N. and Vodden St. E.

“I was shocked someone would do that,” said Const. Thomas Ruttan. When asked his reaction, he said “I’m not sure I can put it into words.”

The teen’s 9-year-old niece was able to quickly extinguish the ground-level fire with a bucket of water, preventing any injury to herself or her 5-year-old brother. There was minimal damage done to the home, Peel Regional Police said.

Police said an accelerant was used to start the fire. A smoke alarm was activated, and a neighbour called 911.

“It’s not a typical call we deal with,” said Const. George Tudos. “Trying to locate him is a priority so we can understand what the motivation was.”

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Raphael for arson and mischief endangering life. Police believe he is travelling by foot or using public transit, but is in the Brampton area.

Continue reading

Gatineau: Outaouais Islamic Centre subject of hate crime second time in a month

Citizenship minister, Gatineau’s mayor and a number of police officers attended a prayer service at the vandalized Gatineau mosque Friday to show solidarity with the community. (Supplied photo)

Mayor, MP show support for vandalized mosque

Vandalism damage at the Outaouais Islamic Centre Mosque. It was the second vandalism attack at the religious centre this week. Photograph by: BRUNO SCHLUMBERGER, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN


CBC News
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 7:25 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 6, 2012 7:16 PM ET
Citizenship minister, Gatineau’s mayor and a number of police officers attended a prayer service at the vandalized Gatineau mosque Friday to show solidarity with the community. (Supplied photo)

Gatineau’s mayor and the immigration minister attended a prayer service Friday at the Gatineau, Que., mosque that was recently the target of vandalism.

On Thursday, workers at the Outaouais Islamic Centre discovered swear words and derogatory references to Arabs and Allah spray-painted in white. Continue reading

Russian woman wants her arsonist son Harry Burkhart stay in Canada

A right-wing fascist group that they claimed had infiltrated the government and German police was targeting them based on their Russian origin, Dorothee Burkhart told the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

L.A. arson suspect Harry Burkhart’s mother Dorothee pleaded to stay in Canada
Postmedia News Jan 5, 2012 – 7:45 PM ET
By Thandi Fletcher

OTTAWA — The mother of a former Vancouver man facing charges in the U.S. for a multimillion-dollar arson spree at one time pleaded to Canadian immigration officials to allow her and her son to stay in this country.

Harry Burkhart, 24, was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson for deliberately setting at least 50 fires, torching cars, garages and homes in Los Angeles and reportedly causing about $3 million in damage. Continue reading

Montreal: Russian-born Jew Einick Gitelman killed in St. Henri double murder

One of Einick Gitelman's favourite quotes: "In order to conquer, what we need is to dare, still to dare, and always to dare." -Georges Jacques Danton

Friends struggle to cope with murder victim’s fiery death

Updated: Wed Nov. 16 2011 7:59:24 PM
ctvmontreal.ca

MONTREAL — Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Einick Gitelman, one of the men killed in a horrific double murder last Friday.

Gitelman, 28, was killed in St. Henri Friday when he and another man, 29-year-old Matt Dutch Garner, were murdered when the triplex was set in flames. Continue reading

CBSA’s most-wanted list: Criminal Satpal Singh Jhatu was saved from deportation by the Immigration Appeal Board

 

In 1987, at the age of 18, Jhatu pleaded guilty to the murder of Abbotsford resident Ranjit Toore. Jhatu beat Toore to death with a baseball bat, doused her body in gasoline and then set her ablaze after being hired to commit the murder by Toore’s husband, Jagraj Toore.

Fugitive killer facing expulsion from Canada arrested in Vancouver
The Canada Border Services Agency said Friday that Satpal Singh Jhatu was arrested by CBSA inland enforcement officers on Oct. 5 in Vancouver following tips from the Canadian public.
By Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun October 7, 2011

Satpal Singh Jhatu was arrested by CBSA inland enforcement officers on Oct. 5 in Vancouver
Photograph by: Handout, Submitted

VANCOUVER — A fugitive who was on the Canada Border Services Agency’s most wanted list has been nabbed in Vancouver.

The CBSA said Friday that Satpal Singh Jhatu was arrested by CBSA inland enforcement officers on Oct. 5 in Vancouver following tips from the Canadian public. Continue reading