Category Archives: Assault/Swarming

Dario Bartoli, 15, killed in group assault in Surrey

Dario Bartoli homicide: grief counsellors brought in as friends grieve

Integrated Homicide InvestigationTeam asks witnesses to come forward

CBC News Posted: Dec 14, 2014 5:20 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 14, 2014 6:39 PM PT

Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli's name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward.Integrated Homicide investigation Team releases Dario Bartoli’s name and picture in the hope it will encourage more witnesses to come forward. (CBC)

Friends are in disbelief and a community is in shock as the impact of 15-year-old Dario Bartoli’s death Saturday in South Surrey begins to sink in.

The Integrated Homicide Team called for witnesses to come forward, and Earl Marriott Secondary School, where Bartoli was a student, prepared to bring in grief counsellors. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Two police officers charged with alleged assault of Ismael Awaleh who is facing 7 criminal charges

Constables Erin Cavan, Jordan Blonde charged with assault

Incident alleged to have occurred at Queensway-Carleton Hospital on May 1 this year

CBC News Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2:40 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 03, 2014 8:16 PM ET

Two Ottawa police officers have been charged with assault following an investigation by the province’s Special Investigations Unit.

The SIU said the incident happened May 1 this year at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

The alleged victim, 32-year-old Ismael Awaleh, was in police custody at the hospital at the time and suffered an injury, the SIU said.

Ottawa police constables Erin Cavan and Jordan Blonde are each facing one count of assault. They are expected to appear in an Ottawa courtroom on Dec. 16.

Both officers remain on active duty, an Ottawa police spokesperson said Monday.

Awaleh facing 7 criminal charges

According to court documents, Awaleh is alleged to have assaulted a woman and breached a probation order on April 29.

Then, two days later on May 1, it’s alleged that Awaleh was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, and that he assaulted Blonde and resisted Blonde and Cavan’s attempts to arrest him.

He’s facing seven charges in total, including one count of drug possession, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of assault and two counts of breaching probation.

Awaleh’s criminal record, which dates back to 2008, includes prior convictions on drug possession and breaching probation.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates incidents of death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police.

OTTAWA: Luqmann Abdunnur arrested after publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero

2 mosques tipped police about man arrested in a violent takedown Saturday

By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:57 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014 7:39 PM ET

The violent arrest in Ottawa of a man who was the target of a national security investigation came a day after he allegedly caused a furor in an Ottawa mosque by publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero, sources told CBC News.

Luqmann Abdunnur, 39, was arrested last Saturday after a traffic stop and charged with assaulting police, obstructing police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended licence.

Abdunnur was “recently” put under surveillance by one of the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, sources told CBC News.

A day earlier — and two days after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial — the imam at Assunnah Mosque in Ottawa used his Friday sermon to condemn the attack. Witnesses say Abdunnur, the son of American converts to Islam, heckled the imam, calling the gunman a “hero” and a “martyr.” Continue reading

ETOBICOKE: Anieph Fitzroy Burton and Jehanneiry Beaton arrested in string of break ins and sexual assaults

Watch the extended video as police discuss a pair of arrests in an investigation into a rash of break and enters in Etobicoke.
Chris Fox, 
Published Friday, October 31, 2014 6:12AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 12:38PM EDT

Police say they have arrested a “serial predator” who broke into 59 homes in the Etobicoke area over the last three years and on a number of occasions sexually assaulted women who were sleeping inside.

The suspect’s wife is also facing seven charges in connection with the investigation.

The incidents have taken place in the early morning hours in the eastern and central Etobicoke areas with a large number of them clustered between Bloor Street to the north, The Queensway to the south, Islington Avenue to the west and Royal York Road to the east.

Anieph Fitzroy Burton

Anieph Fitzroy Burton is shown in a handout photo. Burton is facing 95 charges in connection with a string of Etobicoke break ins and sexual assaults. (Toronto Police)

Though the break-ins have taken place in a period spanning from August, 2011 to August 2014, police say they usually took place in bunches with the suspect often targeting a number of homes in the same neighbourhood.

On one such spree on Sept. 7, 2012 the masked suspect allegedly broke into a home near Bloor Street and Islington Avenue at around 3:10 a.m. and sexually assaulted a sleeping 62-year-old woman before fleeing on foot. About 30 minutes later a man matching the same description allegedly broke into a home near Royal York Road and The Queensway and proceeded to sexually assault a 70-year-old woman asleep inside.


Though many of the victims were alone at the time, others were home with their partners or other family members, leading police to believe that single women were not targeted and that the break ins and sexual assaults were “sometimes a crime of opportunity,” Beaven-Desjardins said.

The arrest of the suspect on Wednesday follows an “exhaustive investigation” and several close calls where the suspect was pursued by officers but not apprehended.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Beaven-Desjardins said that it is “possible” that the suspect’s wife aided him in fleeing the scene of some of the break-and-enters.

Anieph Fitzroy Burton, 32, of Toronto, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 95 offences, including 11 counts of sexual assaults, three counts of overcoming resistance by choking, one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm and four counts of assault.

Burton’s wife, 31-year-old Jehanneiry Beaton, was also arrested on Wednesday and charged with six counts of break-and-enter and one count of break-and-enter with intent.

Police say they believe there could be additional victims out there.

“There may be many more victims both in Toronto and across our border into Peel Region,” Beaven-Desjardins said. “We encourage the public to come forth and report any incidents related to this.”

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MONTREAL: Jewish tourist punched in the face

CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:23PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:11PM EDT

Montreal police are investigating a possible hate crime in which a Jewish man was punched in the face in Snowdon on Monday.

The alleged assault is just one of seven reported cases of anti-Semitism in Montreal since last weekend, a direct effect of growing tensions arising from increased violence between Israel and Gaza.


A French tourist, the man, who does not want to be identified because he fears for his safety, said he was walking out of a kosher restaurant on Queen Mary Rd Monday, talking to his sister about Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, when two men approached them in front of the Pharmaprix drug store.

One of the men punched him.  Continue reading

TORONTO: Alhaji Kabba wanted in Kijiji beating

4 Held, Beaten, Threatened With Machete While Responding To Kijiji Ad

CBC  |  Posted: 07/19/2014 1:02 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/19/2014 5:59 pm EDT

alhaji kabba kijiji beating

Police are searching for a man who forcibly held and beat four young people while threatening them with a machete after they met him in response to a Kijiji ad.

Police said an 18-year-old man, along with three friends, went to meet another man in the Jane Street and Grandravine Drive area about a car for sale on the website Kijiji on Monday, July 14.

It is alleged that the four met the man in an underground garage and were shown the car before being surrounded by a group men who appeared quite suddenly.


Alhaji Kabba, 18, of Toronto is wanted for:

- Robbery with a Firearm

- Forcible Confinement

- Extortion

- Assault with a Weapon

- Aggravated Assault

- Fail to Comply Recognizance

He is described as black, 6-1″, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His photograph has been released and is shown above.

Police are urging the public to call 911 if they see him and not to approach the man as he is considered armed and dangerous. 

Ziad Akl arrested in connection with 2009 beating and stabbing outside Quebec night club

June 7, 2014

Fugitive wanted in beating caught

Heavily tattooed local actor nabbed in Groveland

By Douglas

GROVELAND — A North Andover man who has appeared in well-known movies was arrested in Groveland by U.S. Marshals in connection with a 2009 beating and stabbing outside a Quebec night club.

Ziad Akl, 40, 40 Royal Crest Drive, North Andover, was arrested Wednesday on Salem Street by the U.S. Marshals Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force with help from Groveland Police.

Akl, a heavily-tattooed man who was an extra in the films “Shutter Island” and “The Fighter,” was wanted on a warrant out of Quebec for aggravated assault and assault, according to federal court documents. He is accused of participating in an attack on several bouncers at the Red Lite nightclub in Laval, a town near Montreal. Continue reading

2013: Ziad Akl charged with armed assault

Laval police charge Shutter Island actor with armed assault

Laval police charge Shutter Island actor with armed assault

By Robert Frank, January 16th, 2013

Investigators want to find 38-year-old mixed martial arts fighter turned actor Ziad Akl and his brother Elias Akl, 40, whose family resides in Laval.

Ziad appeared with Leonardo Dicaprio credited as the menacing “tattooed man” in Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island, and as an inmate with Christian Bale in the movie The Fighter.
Const. Nathalie Lorrain told The Suburban in an interview that on Dec. 26, 2009, security cameras recorded the Akl brothers brutally beating an employee of the Red Light, a local after-hours club located at 1755 Lierre in Vimont.
She added that third man, Ahmed Farah Muhudin, has already been convicted for having stabbed the employee repeatedly with knife during the incident.
Laval police believe that Ziad might be living in the United States. In 2008, the Eagle Tribune, a suburban Boston newspaper, reported that Akl worked at his family’s Getty service station on route 28 in Salem, New Hampshire. Continue reading

Montreal: Police arrested all 3 suspects involved in vicious assault on bus driver


Jeffrey St-Cloud, 20, faces assault charges in connection with the beating of a Montreal bus driver. One fellow suspect is still on the lam, while another is being charged as a minor. (Photo: Police handout) Read more:

All three suspects apprehended in brutal assault on bus driver

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CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:10AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 26, 2013 5:25PM EDT

MONTREAL— Police have arrested the third and final suspect in a shocking assault on a city bus driver, as a 20-year-old was apprehended at his apartment in Montreal North at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Daniel Quiroz-Rivas will face charges of aggravated assault and breach of conditions Friday at the Montreal courthouse.

The other two suspects were formally charged with assault Thursday, one at Montreal courthouse, the other at youth court.

Jeffrey St-Cloud, 20, faces assault charges in connection with the beating of a Montreal bus driver. One fellow suspect is still on the lam, while another is being charged as a minor. (Photo: Police handout)

These three men are suspected of attacking an STM bus driver on Saint-Laurent at Jean-Talon.  Continue reading

Calgary’s Sikh community: No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu for beating niece who refuses to marry man of their choice

No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu

Calgary man sentenced to 90 days for beating niece over marriage refusal
5:33 pm, February 8th, 2013


CALGARY — Beating his niece for refusing to marry the man of his choice has landed a Calgary man a 90-day jail term.

But the three adult children of Gurbachan Bandesha were spared a similar fate Friday, as Justice Marsha Erb granted them conditional discharges.

The discharges, which will mean no criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu, will be conditional on them completing 18 months of probation. Continue reading

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