OTTAWA: Nabil Benhsaien accused of attacking five women with a hammer charged with five counts each of attempted murder

Accused in Ottawa hammer attacks convicted of flashing

Published on: March 16, 2015
Last Updated: March 16, 2015 3:16 PM EDT

Nabil Benhsaien has admitted flashing two men. But he’s facing more serious charges in hammer attacks against several women.Laurie Foster-MacLeod / Ottawa Citizen

A 37-year-old man accused of attacking five women with a hammer has been found guilty of flashing two men who tried to stop him from slashing tires.

On Oct. 1, 2013, Nabil Benhsaien pulled down his pants on Alpine Avenue and exposed his penis to two witnesses who followed him on foot after the tires on two vehicles were slashed.

One of the witnesses snapped a picture of Benhsaien as he flashed them before continuing to walk away.

Benhsaien was arrested a short time later and charged with mischief and committing an indecent act on Oct. 1, 2013.

He was released by a police officer on the scene on a promise to appear in court.

Benhsaien also faces charges in five hammer attacks dating back to 2010. He was charged with five counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon.

Police probe link between suspected SkyTrain sex assault, UBC attack

CTV Vancouver 
Published Friday, March 6, 2015 4:25PM PST
Last Updated Friday, March 6, 2015 7:38PM PST

Police are investigating a possible link between an alleged sex assault on a crowded SkyTrain and an attack at the University of British Columbia last month.

Transit Police say they’ve identified a suspect after an eyewitness account and photo of the incident, taken on a Canada Line train during morning rush hour Thursday, went viral with more than 1,400 shares on Facebook.

“Dear girl on skytrain…I saw the guy that was sexually harassing you. He was feeling and rubbing the back of your right leg and butt with his left hand, moving up and down,” the post on the UBC Confessions Facebook page reads. “I saw you moving away from him, I could tell that you were visibly uncomfortable. I took a picture of him touching you and talked to the police right after I got off the SkyTrain at Bridgeport to UBC with the pervert.”

TORONTO: Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero charged with sexual assault

Three Toronto officers face sex-assault charges in incident involving colleague

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The Globe and Mail

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Toronto police Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero were suspended earlier this month, after a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services submitted a sexual assault complaint against the officers. After an investigation, the three were arrested and charged with sexual assault and gang sexual assault Thursday morning.

The three officers appeared at a north Toronto courthouse Thursday, and were all released on $15,000 bail.

The charges follow a Jan. 17 incident involving a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services. According to the TPS, all three officers, who range in experience from four to six years with the force, were off-duty at the time of the incident.

The accused remain suspended with pay, Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said. Ontario’s Police Services Act requires that all police officers who are criminally charged be suspended with pay until the those charges have been dealt with in the courts.

TORONTO: Men wanted in sexual assault in Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street area

‘Armed and dangerous’ men wanted in sex assault of woman lured by promise of job interview

‘Armed and dangerous’ men Police released these three composite sketches of men wanted in a sexual assault in the Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street area of Toronto that occurred on Dec. 15, 2014.

 CTV Toronto 
Published Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:59PM EST

Police have released composite sketches of three men who are wanted in connection with a sexual assault, saying they are “armed and dangerous.”

The men are wanted in connection with a sexual assault of a woman who told police she thought she was going for a job interview.

The woman, 27, said she was lured into a building in the Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street area of Toronto in the evening on Monday, Dec. 15, by a man identified as “Noel,” police say.

Once inside, she was sexually assaulted by three men, held against her will and threatened with death by one of them, according to police.

The woman told police she saw a gun in the man’s car.

“Police believe these men to be armed and dangerous,” says the bulletin with the composite sketches. “Do not approach. If located call 9-1-1.”

One suspect is described as white, aged 30 to 40 and tall, with parted, collar-length black hair. He is described as having spoken English with a foreign accent, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

A second suspect is described as white, aged 30 to 40, 5’3 to 5’4 tall, with a round face, no hair and lots of upper-body freckles. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a light-blue sweater with dark-blue stitching crossing at front, and jeans.

A third suspect is described as white and in his 30s with “not very dark hair.”

The fourth suspect, who introduced himself as a Venezuelan named Noel, is described as light-skinned, close to 40, 5’3 to 5’4 tall, with short black hair, dark eyes, thick lips and was “chubby but strong.” He did not speak English well.

The building where the woman went is described as a shorter, multi-level structure, possibly under five floors, with a reddish, dark or brown exterior, underground parking, long hallways, a single elevator and set of double doors at the entrance. The front entrance of the building is described as having a concrete or brick overhang at decorated with Christmas lights.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-1900 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, by texting TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637), or on Facebook.

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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.

Iranian-Canadians feel betrayed by allegations against Jian Ghomeshi

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Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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Sima Sahar Zereh, a 30-year-old Iranian-Canadian journalist and community activist, says there is sadness and a sense of betrayal in the Iranian-Canadian community over abuse allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

By:  Business Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 10 2014

To many Iranian-Canadians, Jian Ghomeshi has long been their community’s brightest star, as he took great pride in his ethnic heritage and happily stepped into the spotlight at events and fundraisers.

But now, some are feeling a sense of sadness and betrayal amid widening allegations against him of sexual violence, and his firing as host of Q, one of the CBC’s most popular radio shows.

“He was an icon for so many of us in the Iranian community, particularly those of us who have any interest in media,” said Sima Sahar Zerehi, a journalist, teacher and human rights activist.