Category Archives: Crime by ethnicity

TORONTO: Two men disguised in burkas rob jewellery store

Two men disguised in burkas rob Toronto jewellery store at gunpoint, hauling in $500K in merchandise

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The robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

TPSThe robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a jewellery store last month while wearing burkas.

Edmond Bakos, the owner of the York Mills-Leslie Street-area Mona-Clara Jewellers, said he didn’t think twice about the people who walked into his store on OCt. 14 until one them produced a handgun and demanded jewellery in a distinctly masculine voice.

“Three seconds after they walked in, they pulled out a gun and said, ‘It’s a holdup,’” Bakos said.

While one suspect emptied a display of jewellery into his handbag, the second went with a female staff member to lock the entrance.

The pair got away with about $500,000 in jewellery during the five-minute holdup, Holdup squad Staff-Insp. Mike Earl told reporters Wednesday. The robbery took place at about 11 a.m., at a “busy” mall plaza, he said.

Bakos described the incident as traumatic.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the robbers. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5”11 wearing black clothes.  The second suspect was also male, approximately 6”3 with no description of ethnicity. Continue reading

RICHMOND, B.C.: Xun Wang charged in massive citizenship fraud scheme

Chinese passports have been seized by Canadian Border Services Agency after a “significant” fraud scheme was uncovered..

 

A Richmond man planned to help at least 165 people obtain Canadian citizenship by committing fraud, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Charges related to immigration fraud have been laid against Xun Wang, who is alleged to have been involved in a “significant” immigration scheme, said border officials.

Wang is said to have lied about the applicants’ residency status by creating a fictitious appearance of permanent residency, a precursor to citizenship.

CBSA released a statement concerning the case on Thursday:

“The CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section conducted a lengthy investigation into the activities of Wang’s two unlicensed immigration consulting businesses, which offered services in Metro Vancouver. During the execution of search warrants, CBSA investigators discovered a complex immigration fraud scheme. Wang has been charged with six Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) offences and four Criminal Code offences, including allegations of advising foreign nationals to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their permanent resident card renewal applications, forgery and fraud.”

Wang is also charged with one count of tax evasion and two counts of fraudulently obtaining refunds or credits under the Income Tax Act.

CBSA worked in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency to nab Wang on the charges.

“Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the integrity of our immigration system. The CBSA takes this issue very seriously and works closely to identify, investigate, and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to the full extent of the law.” stated CBSA’s chief of investigations Doug Mossey.

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BRAMPTON: Sean Stewart arrested in TTC sexual assaults

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Toronto police have arrested Sean Stewart, 36, in connection with a series of sexual assaults on TTC buses.

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Toronto police have arrested Sean Stewart, 36, in connection with a series of sexual assaults on TTC buses.

 By: Diana Hall Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Nov 07 2014

A Brampton man has been arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults Toronto police say took place on TTC buses.

The latest of four assaults, which date back to June 2013, allegedly occurred on Thursday, police said.

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The alleged victims were women between 18 and 25, who police said were unknown to the suspect. Officers believe there could be more victims.

Sean Stewart, 36, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault. He was to appear in a Finch Ave. W. courtroom earlier Friday.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact officers at 416-808-7474, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

VANCOUVER: Terry Dai Yee Ma charged in 2012 hit-and-run

By  Global News

Vancouver Police have made an arrest in a two year old hit-and-run that left a woman seriously injured.

Police say the 38-year-old woman is still suffering from injuries described as life-altering. She has had to undergo several surgeries as a result of the accident.

On November 8, 2012 at 1:00 a.m., the woman was struck in the intersection of Renfrew Street and Adanac Street by a car traveling south on Renfrew.

The driver fled the scene.

Police say they followed up relentlessly on leads, locating the vehicle and driver and gathering enough evidence to support recommending criminal charges.

“Our investigators never stop looking for those that fail to take responsibility for their actions,” says Inspector Les Yeo of the Vancouver Police Traffic Section.

29-year-old Terry Dai Yee Ma of Richmond has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

Vancouver Police say they are still looking for the person responsible for the deadly hit-and-run of 43-year-old Leonida Tumanda. She was struck and killed on December 2nd 2012 as she crossed the intersection at East 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward Street.

“If you happen to be a driver that made the regrettable decision at the time to leave the scene of a collision you can still do the right thing” says Inspector Yeo. “This latest arrest shows that while these investigations are complex and take time, our officers will not give up. If your conscience is bothering you, contact us before we come knocking on your door.”

EDMONTON: Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge fatal shooting

Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge shooting

City issues 14-day business licence suspension after incidents at lounge

By Trisha Estabrooks, Andrea Huncar, Janice Johnston, CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 11:10 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 4:20 PM MT

Edmonton police have issued warrants, including one for second-degree murder, for Luqman Osman in connection with Wednesday morning’s shooting death at the Papyrus Lounge at 112th Street and 107thAvenue.

The 31-year old victim, Bekri Mohamad, was found dead on the floor of the club. CBC News has learned the Edmonton man had a minor drug-related record with two convictions five years ago. Continue reading

TORONTO: Mohamed Nur Hassan arrested in robberies of TTC collectors

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 By: Jackie Hong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 03 2014

Toronto Police have arrested a man in relation to two separate TTC collector robberies in October.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 15 at Wellesley Station, the second on Oct. 31 at Rosedale Station. In both incidents, a man allegedly approached the collector booth, demanded money and then ran away after he got it.

A man was arrested shortly after the second robbery by TTC security officers.

Mohamed Nur Hassan, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

MONTREAL: Haitians and Latinos involved in early morning St-Michel shooting

Police find last suspect in early morning St-Michel shooting

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Pie IX Blvd. has reopened to traffic following an overnight investigation into an exchange of gunfire between police and five suspect shortly after 1 a.m. in Montreal’s St-Michel borough.

Police had been looking for a man after being called to an area of Montreal’s St-Michel borough after shots were heard near Pie IX Blvd and 47th avenue shortly after 1 a.m.

According to SPVM spokesman Simon Delorme, police found a vehicle occupied by five men when they arrived on the scene, but the men fled by foot.

While chasing the suspects, a shot was fired towards the officers and police responded with more shots, Delorme said.

Four of the suspects were arrested shortly after the exchange, but one remained on the run until shortly before 8 a.m.

No one was injured during this operation.

Authorities were able to catch the last suspect with the help of the Sûreté du Québec’s helicopters and the members of the tactical team.

Police nabbed him in the industrial sector of St-Michel after combing through a security perimeter between Pie IX Blvd., Des Grandes Prairies Blvd., the Miron quarry and Robert Blvd.

Delorme said there is reason to believe the men, who are all between 25 and 29 years old, are involved in street gangs.

The investigation continues in the industrial park as authorities look for evidence in the case.

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Les suspects d’origine latino-américaine et haïtienne sont vraisemblablement liés aux gangs de rue, selon la police.

http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/586830/coups-de-feu-vers-des-policiers-suspect-arrete/

 

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

CALGARY: Black male suspects sought in Scotiabank, CIBC robberies

Robberies took place Friday within 20 minutes of each other

CBC News Posted: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT

Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of two bank robberies that took place within 20 minutes of each other on Friday.

At about 10:40 a.m. MT, police say a man entered the North Hill Station CIBC, which is in the 2000 block of 16th Avenue N.W.

They say he approached the teller, passed her a robbery note and was given an undisclosed amount of money.

He then left the bank.

Twenty minutes later, police say there was a robbery at the Scotiabank at 2001 33rd Avenue S.W.

Once again, police say a man entered the branch and passed the teller a robbery note.

He was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank.

Police are not saying whether the two robberies are connected.

The suspect in the CIBC robbery is described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, with a dark complexion and a goatee. He was about five feet and eight or nine inches tall with a slim build, and was wearing a grey hoodie with a black baseball cap, tan pants and black and white shoes.

He also had brown sunglasses and was wearing dark-coloured fleece gloves.

He also had a noticeably low voice.

The suspect in the Scotiabank robbery is described as a black man in his mid-20s, with a dark complexion and unshaven.

He is believed to be about five feet and nine inches tall, weighing about 140-150 pounds with a slim build.

He was wearing a brown and white scarf, a grey hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, and black and white running shoes.

He was also wearing a black and white baseball cap with a logo on the front as well as dark-brown and black gloves.

Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to contact Calgary police at 403-428-8787 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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, CP24.com 
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.

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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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