Category Archives: Kidnapping/ Attempted kidnapping/ Forcible confinement

TORONTO: Jamie Forbes arrested in sex trade case

CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2014 3:25 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014 3:25 PM ET

Police have laid 20 charges against a man they allege forced two teenage girls into the sex trade industry.

Toronto police say two 15-year-old girls were assaulted and taken to a Toronto hotel where they were forced to work in the sex trade over two days and forfeit all of their money to the male suspect.

Investigators from the Sex Crimes — Human Trafficking Enforcement Team began their investigation last Friday. On the same day, they arrested 32-year-old Jamie Forbes, of Toronto.

He faces several charges, including two counts of trafficking in persons by recruiting, two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of assault.

Police say there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474 or via Crime Stoppers.

TORONTO: Paedophile Ryan Belbin convicted of abducting, assaulting 4-year-old Jewish girl

Man convicted of abducting, assaulting 4-year-old girl


Ryan Belbin


TORONTO - A man who snuck into an unlocked home, abducted a four-year-old girl from her bed and sexually assaulted her on Boxing Day 2011, was found guilty of all charges Thursday.

Ryan Belbin — who had no prior criminal convictions — snatched the sleeping girl at 3 a.m., stripped her naked and was “hunkering over” the child in a North York backyard when the panicked victim’s father discovered the horrifying sight, Justice Nola Garton said in a written judgment.

Belbin, 30, will be sentenced for breaking and entering, abduction of a minor, sexual assault and sexual interference on Nov. 27.

Garton found that the alternative suspects suggested by defence lawyer Jennifer Penman — the victim’s father and another neighbour — weren’t the culprits and Crown attorney Sheila Cressman proved Belbin was the offender.


The judge found that Belbin stopped his attack when the victim’s father screamed. Belbin then sprinted eastbound in the Bathurst-Wilson area.

The hysterical father cradled his child in his arms and returned to his parents’ home — where the family was visiting from Connecticut.

Belbin’s DNA was found on the victim’s pyjamas but it couldn’t be determined what “particular bodily fluid was the source,” said Garton.

Penman argued that Belbin’s DNA — either from spit or urine on the ground — could have been innocently transferred on to the clothing during the assault.

Belbin, who lived in close proximity to the victim’s relatives, delivered newspapers in the area until two weeks before the incident.



4-year-old sexual assault victim released from hospital
Published 1 hour 16 minutes ago
Josh Tapper

Staff Reporter

A 4-year-old girl abducted from a north Toronto home and sexually assaulted was released from hospital on Tuesday.

The girl, who was visiting with family from Connecticut, was abducted early Monday morning from her grandparents’ home on Charleswood Dr., near Bathurst St. and Wilson Ave. While police released few details on the kidnapping or assault, a woman who identified herself as the girl’s grandmother said the ordeal “had a happy ending,” referring to her granddaughter’s discharge from hospital.

“By the grace of God,” she said, standing inside her doorway Tuesday morning.

As a cold rain drizzled outside, neighbours visited the house, which belongs to an orthodox Jewish family.

Police said a man grabbed the girl between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Monday. Family discovered the girl a short distance from the house “within minutes of the abduction and saw a man fleeing the scene,” police said.

Police did not confirm a sexual assault occurred until Monday evening.

The suspect is described as a white man, 19 or 20 years old, with an average build, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket or sweatshirt, dark sweatpants or jeans and striped, bluish toque.


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. 

Toronto: Leonard Medley wanted for violent robbery at downtown pizza parlour


Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement. (Toronto Police handout)

Wanted: Leonard Medley  
By Chris Doucette ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 09:14 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 09:19 AM EDT
Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement. (Toronto Police handout)

Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted for a violent robbery at a downtown Toronto pizza parlour last month.

Toronto Police say three men walked into a Pizza Hut at 810 Church St., near Bloor St. E., around 3 p.m. on March 10.

One bandit grabbed an employee and pinned her against a wall while the other two emptied the cash register. Two men have already been arrested for this heist.

Medley is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Montreal: Three arrested in daylight kidnapping



Trois hommes arrêtés pour enlèvement et séquestration : le SPVM recherche un quatrième suspect 

Les enquêteurs de la région Ouest du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) sollicitent l’aide du public afin de localiser le dernier suspect impliqué dans un enlèvement avec séquestration.

Le 29 novembre dernier en fin d’après-midi, la victime marchait sur la rue Sainte-Anne dans le secteur de Pierrefonds. Arrivé à l’angle du boulevard de Pierrefonds, une voiture Honda Civic grise s’est immobilisée à sa hauteur. Les quatre suspects qui y prenaient place lui ont ordonné d’entrer dans le véhicule sous la menace d’une arme à feu. Ils l’ont amenée quelques kilomètres plus loin, sur le chemin de la Rive Boisée. Les suspects l’ont alors frappée au visage avant de le détrousser. Ils l’ont ensuite reconduit à sa résidence en le menaçant pour qu’il garde le silence.

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Toronto: Schizophrenic Joanne Merlene Jones accused of new kidnapping attempt


Joanne Merlene Jones. Joanne Merlene Jones, 41, has been charged in a kidnapping incident at an Oshawa school on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Police arrested Jones in connection with the abduction of child from a Toronto mall in 2006. Toronto Star file photo Torstar News Services file photo


Woman who kidnapped toddler in 2006 accused of abducting another

Woman who snatched toddler in 2006 is accused of kidnapping another
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012

Alex Tavshunsky/For the Toronto Star
Joanne Jones in a 2006 courtroom sketch.
Wendy Gillis and Niamh Scallan
Staff Reporters

They said Joanne Merlene Jones was no longer a threat.

Six years after the woman kidnapped a 4-year-old boy from a Toronto shopping mall and sparked a city-wide search, an Ontario Review Board panel decided she no longer required its oversight. Continue reading

Montreal: Chiheb Battikh charged with kidnapping 3-year-old with intent to obtain ransom and more

The crown contends Chiheb Battikh plotted for weeks to abduct the three-year-old boy.

Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Outremont
Psychiatric evaluation requested by the defence
CBC News Posted: Dec 20, 2012 8:45 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 20, 2012 8:01 PM ET
Alleged attempted kidnapping in Montreal

A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a Laval man charged with an alleged attempted child abduction in Montreal’s Outremont borough.

Police say the suspect’s defence asked for the evaluation Thursday afternoon.

Chiheb Battikh, 51, was charged with kidnapping with intent to obtain a ransom, armed assault, assault causing injuries, possessing a prohibited weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. Continue reading

Dollard-des-Ormeaux: Irving Fosu claims he was forced by friend to commit string of bank robberies

Emotional bail hearing for accused in bank robberies
Irving Fosu, 19, says he was pushed by drug-dealing friend
CBC News Posted: Nov 6, 2012 9:43 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 7, 2012 6:18 AM ET
Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said he would not force Irving Fosu to identify his friend as a security precaution. (CBC) Facebook
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A Montreal judge must decide whether a young man will get bail, following a tearful and emotion-filled hearing Tuesday.

Irving Fosu from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a town on Montreal’s West Island, has been charged in connection with a hostage taking in a string of bank robberies on Montreal’s West Island.

Fosu, 19, is accused of using an air-gun to demand money from banks in Roxboro, Pointe-Claire and Lachine. Continue reading

Five more criminals added to CBSA’s most wanted list

Five more added to CBSA’s most wanted list
June 4, 2012. 3:31 pm • Section: Crime and Justice
Posted by: Tobi Cohen

OTTAWA — The Canada Border Services Agency has added five new names to its most wanted list and just days ago gave the boot to criminal Damion Rami Butler more than four months after he was apprehended in Toronto.

The latest additions include Ibrahima Isse, 46, of Senegal who is wanted for war crimes and Patrick Octaves de Florimonte, 34, of Guyana, who is considered inadmissible due to a slew of assault, dangerous driving and drug trafficking convictions in Canada.

Also added to the list:

Kemford Sebastian Durrant, 32, of St. Vincent and the Grenadines who is inadmissible due to convictions for theft, mischief, possession of a narcotic substance, assault with intent to resist arrest, uttering threats and failure to comply with recognizance.

Otto Horvath Bors, 43, of Hungary who is inadmissible for failing to comply with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Media reports have indicated he took off from Toronto’s Pearson Airport when he was being deported to face fraud charges in his homeland.

Homayoon Pooli, 36, of Iran who is considered inadmissible having been convicted of kidnapping, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Butler was arrested arrested in January by the RCMP. He’d been convicted of drug trafficking and mischief over $5,000, among other run-ins with the law, and was finally deported last Thursday.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, Canadians have so far helped locate 25 individuals in Canada, 19 of whom have been removed. Five others were located abroad.

The success of this initiative is a confirmation that Canadians believe in making our communities safer. I commend law enforcement agencies and members of the public who have worked together to identify and locate those who commit crimes and attempt to evade justice,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement.

“Together, these measures are sending a strong message that Canada will not be home to those who come to this country with ill intent.”

Markham: Trevor Edwards pleads guilty to dozen charges

Trevor Edwards pleaded guilty in Newmarket court Monday to a dozen charges, including extortion, unlawful confinement, obstructing a police officer and assault.

Tarantino-esque chase ends in guilty plea
Published On Mon, 14 May 2012

Trevor Edwards pleaded guilty in Newmarket court Monday to a dozen charges, including extortion, unlawful confinement, obstructing a police officer and assault.
Peter Edwards
Staff Reporter

Trevor Samuel Edwards’ life was playing out like a Quentin Tarantino movie.

The Markham man was driving hard in July 2010, trying to catch up with his former lover, who had fled him at the wheel of his black C Class Mercedes.

Making her flight all the more troubling for Edwards, 42, was the fact that he had stashed $50,000 cash in a shoebox in the Mercedes’ trunk before she hit the road. Continue reading