DEPORTATION ORDER LIFTED: Honduras-born Dany Villanueva can stay in Canada

Dany Villanueva’s deportation order lifted

Honduras-born Dany Villanueva can stay in Canada after all but immigration officials warned he must keep on the straight and narrow to avoid deportation.

The brother of Fredy Villanueva, who died after he was shot by police in a Montreal North park in 2008, had been ordered deported in 2010 for a 2006 armed robbery conviction.

But Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) gave him a reprieve last September by accepting his request for a pre-removal risk assessment, which suspended his deportation. Last month, the department concluded Villanueva’s life could be in danger if he were returned to Honduras.

“Despite the risk he poses (in Canada), I believe the danger he faces in Honduras is much greater,” a Jan. 26 decision by CIC reads. “Mr. Villanueva could face a threat to his life or cruel and unusual punishment if he is returned to Honduras.”

Stéphane Handfield, Villanueva’s lawyer, says there’s a serious risk of torture by the military or criminal groups in the Central American country. The fact that his case is such a high profile one, that he once had alleged ties to a street gang and that he is covered in tattoos make him especially vulnerable to Honduras’ notorious gangs, Handfield argued during CIC hearings.

Though Handfield and the Villanueva family welcome the government’s decision, his residence in Canada is far from unconditional. Though his parents have refugee status in Canada, Villanueva is not a permanent resident.

“The (Immigration) Minister can, at any moment, review this decision,” said Handfield. “So if Dany Villanueva re-offends, if he were to commit a criminal infraction and be found guilty, the minister would decide, at that moment, to end that decision and the order to send him back would take effect.”

If the violence in Honduras were to subside, that might also cause the CIC to rescind its decision but Handfield believes that’s an unlikely scenario.

“I don’t see that happening in the coming days,” he said. “But if the situation in Honduras were to somehow change 180 degrees, (Villanueva) could be deported.”


#FreshBreathBandit identified as Lester Hosein, wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham

Police identify #FreshBreathBandit

York Regional Police have named the man wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham.

 York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.ISAI, VJOSA / YOUTUBE IMAGE

York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.

The man who York Regional Police called the #FreshBreathBandit now has a real name.

Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, who is accused of stealing over $1,500 worth of chewing gum from a Markham pharmacy back in December.


Police are crediting tips, social media, and news coverage in their investigation thus far. They believe he is somewhere in the GTA, and have not yet made the arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext 7541 or Crime Stoppers.

With files from Brennan Doherty

Witali Miloslawski charged in Vaughan bakery theft

Man charged after theft at Vaughan bakery

York Regional Police allege the man, 31, took the items while holding a large knife. Police also say the man resisted arrest.

 By: Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Dec 31 2015

A man faces several charges, including theft, after consuming an energy drink and a loaf of bread from a Vaughan bakery.

According to York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden, the 31-year-old man took the items from a bakery north-east of Pine Valley Drive and Highway 7 around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Pattenden said the man – while holding a large knife – drank a Red Bull drink and ate a loaf of bread without paying for the items.

Bakery staff got into an argument with the man and called police.

Pattenden added the man didn’t use the knife to steal the drink and the bread.

Police said in a statement that officers arrived as the man left the bakery. The officers were able to arrest the man, but he resisted being taken into custody.

Witali Miloslawski is charged with theft under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a weapon and two counts of assault police officer.

Miloslawski was scheduled to appear at Newmarket court Thursday for a bail hearing.

Nigerian crime ring Black Axe behind GTA luxury vehicle thefts

GTA luxury vehicle thefts linked to Nigerian crime ring Black Axe

Operation involved Service Ontario employee who fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:08 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2015 4:09 PM ET

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Toronto police say 500 luxury SUVs were stolen in the Greater Toronto Area this year as part of a sophisticated vehicle trafficking operation linked to Nigerian organized crime ring Black Axe, in which a Service Ontario employee allegedly fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals.

Police told a press conference Friday morning that thieves stole the cars according to a “shopping list” handed down to them from higher ranking members in the ring, acquired vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and key codes from the Service Ontario employee and had keys cut by a locksmith, who was also arrested.

The cars were then taken to shipping yards in Montreal and Halifax and arrived in Nigeria and Ghana within days, where they sold for roughly half their market value, police said.

Police said the investigation, nicknamed Project CBG, began in the spring of 2015 after they noticed a string of luxury vehicle thefts in and around Toronto. When they began investigating, they noticed that the thefts weren’t one-offs, but rather part of an intricate web, they said.


RICHMOND: Chinese woman robbed by two men, one described as South Asian

No coincidence woman robbed after flat tire: VPD

Police believe her car was tampered with


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 09:29 AM

Police are hoping CCTV footage will identify two men suspected of robbing a woman who withdrew $5,000 from a Richmond bank.

The woman, who is of Chinese ethnicity, took the cash from the bank, believed to be the TD Canada branch in Lansdowne Centre, on Monday, Sept. 14 at around 11 a.m.

However, at around 11:30 a.m., while en route to meet a friend in Vancouver, she noticed a tire on her car was flat and pulled into a parking lot near 57th Avenue and Oak Street in south Vancouver.

As she got out of the car, two men, one described as being south Asian, ran over and grabbed her purse containing the cash.

According to Const. Brian Montague, of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), the victim does not believe she was targeted.

Her account of the incident, however, is leading the VPD to strongly suspect that she was singled out at the bank in Richmond and that her tire was tampered with by the men.

“It is possible this was random, but it would be too much of a coincidence that she got a flat tire shortly after withdrawing a large sum of money from the bank and then two men show up at her car within seconds and rob her,” added Montague.

Police are currently looking for video footage of the area around the bank and the mall at Lansdowne Centre.

Montague said police are, as yet, unable to release any more information about the suspects.

“We do get crimes of this nature from time to time; it’s always good to be aware of your surroundings, especially coming from the bank,” advised Montague.

“We suggest you keep your money and important identification items out of your purse and wallet. Losing your identification can cause a major disruption to your life.”

Anyone with information should contact the VPD at 604-717-3321 or Crimestoppers free and anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

© 2015 Richmond News

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MONTREAL: Police have sketch of ‘important witness’ to brutal assault of Faigie Adelman

Police have sketch of ‘important witness’ to brutal assault

Montreal man say this person is an "imporMontreal man say this person is an “important witness” to a brutal assault that happened in a parking garage on Cavendish Blvd. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Published Friday, June 19, 2015 7:30AM EDT

Montreal police have released a sketch of a man they are calling “an important witness” to the assault and robbery of a 74-year-old woman.

Faigie Adelman was beaten with a baseball bat soon after driving into her parking garage at 6000-6010 Cavendish Blvd. in Cote St. Luc on Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed a man running through the automatic garage door before it closed, and minutes later showed that same man running away while rifling through her purse, but did not capture the attack itself.

Faigie Adelman, as seen on her Facebook page

Faigie Adelman, as seen on her Facebook page

Images of the parking lot attacker

Police hope to get a better description of the person who attacked Faigie Adelman on June 16, 2015

Montreal police will be manning a command post near the apartment building on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in order to meet the public and gather any tips they might have.

Adelman was placed in a medically-induced coma following the assault and remains in critical condition, although doctors expect she will survive.