Amanda Lindhout speaks out on arrest of Somali man accused in her kidnapping

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Amanda Lindhout, near her home in Alberta, tells the Star she never thought she would ever again see the face of the man accused of leading the Somali gang that kidnapped her in 2008.


Amanda Lindhout, near her home in Alberta, tells the Star she never thought she would ever again see the face of the man accused of leading the Somali gang that kidnapped her in 2008.

By:  National Security Reporter, Published on Sun Jun 14 2015

During 460 harrowing days in captivity in Somalia, Amanda Lindhout says one of the kidnappers whom she knew only as “Adam” directed much of the torture she endured, watching impassively as a serrated knife was held to her throat, and terrorizing her mother with ransom demands.

When she was released in 2009, she thought she would never see his face again.

But on Friday — her 34th birthday — the RCMP announced an Ottawa arrest in her kidnapping case and released the photo of suspect Ali Omar Ader.

Lindhout said seeing Ader’s image online “literally took my breath away.”

She alleges he is the man who introduced himself as “the commander” of the group that kidnapped her and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan near Mogadishu and whom she knew only as “Adam.”

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.