Category Archives: Crime by ethnicity

GTA: Project Yellowbird busts Slavic-immigrant run high-end goods crime ring

Busted crime ring stole $5 million worth of luxury cars and other valuables

CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:18 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 7:00 PM ET

Toronto police showed off some of the millions of dollars worth of luxury goods on Friday that were recovered in Thursday’s raids in the GTA and Niagara region. The raids led to the arrests of eight people in an alleged high-end goods crime ring.

The investigation, dubbed Project Yellowbird after a Porsche Carrera stolen in December, resulted in the recovery of $5 million worth of stolen luxury cars and other valuables including jewelry, designer clothing and handbags, electronics, cigars and guns.  Continue reading

Ukrainian Milana Muzikante and Lilia Ratmanski charged with threatening Sunwing flight while drunk on the plane

Police identify two women charged with threatening Sunwing flight

The two women who caused a Sunwing flight headed to Cuba to turn back to Toronto Wednesday evening are facing numerous charges.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 28 2014

The two women who caused a Sunwing flight headed to Cuba to turn back to TorontoWednesday evening — escorted by two fighter jets — are facing numerous charges.

Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, and Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, have been charged with smoking on an aircraft and endangering the safety of an aircraft. They were set to appear in court in Brampton for a bail hearing Thursday.

Peel Regional Police Const. Thomas Ruttan said the pair will face additional charges including mischief endangering life and uttering threats.

Outside the courtroom Thursday afternoon, Ratmanski’s mother said her daughter was an A student in nursing at York who “never smokes, never drinks.”

The mother, who identified herself as a Ukrainian native, was accompanied by a family friend. Neither gave their names.

“I’m so shocked,” the mother said. “I don’t understand what has happened.” Continue reading

OTTAWA: Misbahuddin Ahmed found guilty of two terrorism-related charges

Former Ottawa hospital technician Misbahuddin Ahmed has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges by a jury.

CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2014 2:30 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014 7:29 PM ET

Ahmed, 30, had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity, participation in the activities of a terrorist group, and possession of explosives with intent to do harm after his arrest in August 2010.

His eight-week trial began in mid-May and went to a jury on Tuesday. On Friday, the jury found him guilty of the first two charges but not guilty to the possession of explosives charge.

Conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, while participation in the activities of a terrorist group has a 10-year maximum term.

Ahmed will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

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Crown lawyers said during the trial that Ahmed was a “committed jihadist” with an eye on potential Canadian targets, pointing to a bag in his basement they alleged held bomb-making materials.

Ahmed and his defence said during the trial that he was trying to stop a planned attack and was planning to destroy the contents of the bag, which he got from a known extremist.

The jury heard how the RCMP had tapped Ahmed’s phone and videotaped him meeting with that same extremist, whose name is covered under a publication ban.

A verdict is expected in the trial for Khurram Sher, one of Ahmed’s alleged co-conspirators, on Aug. 19.

TORONTO: Entire Cuban family gets sponsored, CIC expected to take measures

Wife fights to keep sponsored hubby’s family out of Canada

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TORONTO — Deborah Parsons thought she had secured love and a happy future when she sponsored her new Cuban husband to Canada nine years ago.

Instead, she brought home violence, debt and a now-convicted domestic abuser intent on bringing the rest of his family to his new country. And despite her repeated warnings to the immigration department about her husband’s past since coming to Canada, they won’t tell her what they are doing to ensure members of his family are not allowed to come here as well.

“Now that the veil of control and abuse has lifted, my hindsight has become quite clear,” Parsons, 45, wrote in a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “I was only used for sponsorship, then required to be the bread winner, a maid, a chef, a laundress, a secretary, an employment agency and a charity organization.” Continue reading

EDMONTON: Tam Van Ho charged with hit-and-run

Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:51PM MDT

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Officials said Tam Van Ho, 28, has now been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The incident happened on July 20 at 100 Avenue and 117 Street.

Surveillance video of the suspect showed him entering Steamworks Bathhouse around 2 a.m. that morning and leaving around 4:24 a.m.

He then entered a BMW Z6 parked behind the Jewish Seniors Centre.

The victim was sleeping on the ground in the area when he was pushed and dragged along the ground by the vehicle.

He sustained non-life threatening injures.

Police said Ho turned himself in on Aug. 15.

He has since been released on a promise to appear.

With files from Julia Parrish

Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/hit-and-run-driver-turns-himself-in-1.1963097#ixzz3AfMOxBDt

TORONTO: Black male suspect sought after convenience store owner threatened with knife

Suspect sought after convenience store owner threatened with knife

convenience store, knifeToronto police released this image of a man who investigators say allegedly attempted to assault a convenience store owner with a knife on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:55PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:01PM EDT

Police are searching for a suspect who investigators say attempted to assault a convenience store owner with a knife Saturday afternoon.

According to Toronto police, the suspect entered a convenience store in the area of Bathurst Street and Drewry Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. and a verbal altercation occurred between the two men.

Police say the suspect pulled out a knife and began to swing it at the store owner. The owner, police say, was not struck but the suspect made multiple attempts to assault the man.

The suspect has been described as a black male, in his 30s, approximately five-foot-ten to six feet, with a large, muscular build, and a clean-shaven face.

He was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt and dark shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3204 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/suspect-sought-after-convenience-store-owner-threatened-with-knife-1.1963089#ixzz3Abha4PZA

14-year-old among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

Boy, 14, among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Aug 15 2014

Five men and four teens have been charged — and another teen is being sought — in a string of bank robberies in the Toronto area.

Police say five banks were robbed in Toronto and Markham between July 22 and Aug. 13.

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Rashawn Samuels, 20, of Ajax and Samuel Smith, 18, Elroy Christie, 20, Karlos Perkins, 20, and Joleel Alfred, 22, all of Toronto, are facing multiple charges, including robbery while armed and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are also charged with robbery and other offences.

A 17-year-old Mississauga boy is wanted on robbery charges.

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Klaus Nielsen charged with trying to smuggle bacteria into China, Canada-wide arrest warrant issued for Wei Ling Yu

Canadian scientists perplexed why researcher would try to smuggle readily available pathogen to China

 | April 4, 2013 2:52 PM ET
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OTTAWA — Scientists familiar with contagions are scratching their heads over the arrest of a former federal government researcher who was allegedly trying to smuggle bacteria into China.

Klaus Nielsen, a former lead researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, faces charges in what police say was a scheme to illegally commercialize a testing device for Brucella bacteria.

The Mounties say Nielsen, of Richmond, Ont., and a fellow researcher, Wei Ling Yu, have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., charged with hiring illegal foreign workers

Serhat Seyhoglu charged after Border Security: Canada’s Front Line filmed raid on BSSM construction site

CBC News Posted: Aug 11, 2014 4:55 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 11, 2014 4:59 PM PT

Charges have been laid against a Vancouver contractor in connection with a controversial raid by Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA) last year.

Serhat Seyhoglu, president of BSSM Construction Ltd., appeared in provincial court Monday to face charges of breaching the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by employing two foreign nationals without proper authorization. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Haitian gang leader Ducarme Joseph executed in the middle of the street

Police say Joseph was leader of Montreal’s 67 gang

CBC News Posted: Aug 02, 2014 8:50 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 02, 2014 10:52 AM ET

Reputed gang leader Ducarme Joseph was fatally shot in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood last night.

Joseph, 46, was found in the middle of a street around 10:15 p.m., near the corner of Saint-Michel Boulevard and Michel-Ange Street.

ducarme joseph Police have called Ducarme Joseph the most dangerous street gang member in Montreal. (Montreal Police)

Officers and paramedics responded to the call, and Joseph was declared dead at the scene.

“Upon their arrival they found the body of a man in his 40s, with serious wounds to his upper body. We’re talking about gunshot wounds,” said Const. Francois Collard with the Montreal Police.

Collard said police have not made any arrests and have no suspects at this time.

Police analyst Stéphane Berthomet told Radio-Canada that more than one criminal organization could have reason to kill Joseph.

“All hypotheses are still open. There is the Mafia, the bikers, and other gangs. The possibilities are vast,” said Berthomet. Continue reading