Montreal-born Ayanie Hassan Ali arrested in stabbing attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre

Canadian Forces centre stabbing suspect: What we know so far

Ayanie Hassan AliPolice have identified the suspect arrested in connection with a stabbing attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre as 27-year-old Ayanie Hassan Ali. (Austin Delaney / CTV News)

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:13AM EDT

A 27-year-old Montreal-born man with no previous criminal record is now facing several charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a double stabbing at a military recruitment centre in Toronto.

Ayanie Hassan Ali has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders identified Ali as the accused, describing him as a Canadian citizen who was born in Montreal, and has lived in Toronto since 2011.

Saunders said the suspect had no previous criminal record. The police chief said the accused is not cooperating with police, and asked the public for any information or tips in relation to the incident at a recruitment centre located on Yonge Street in the city’s north end on Monday afternoon.

The police chief said the accused walked past a uniformed master corporal stationed at the door of the centre and then stabbed him. He also stabbed another military member who tried to intervene. Saunders said, at some point during the knife attack, the accused said “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people.”

Police stressed that there is nothing to indicate that the accused is working with anyone or any terrorist organizations.

Ali is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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WINNIPEG: Nicholas Bell-Wright appears in court via video link

Nicholas Bell-Wright is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

 
Man charged in Nemeth death makes court appearance
The man charged in the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth made a brief video appearance in court.
CTV Winnipeg
Published Monday, February 22, 2016 6:09AM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 22, 2016 5:06PM CST

The man charged in the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth made a brief video appearance in a Winnipeg court room Monday.

Nicholas Bell-Wright said nothing during his appearance. He is scheduled to be back in court March 4.

WINNIPEG: Cooper Nemeth’s body found hidden in bin

Young Winnipeg hockey player’s body found hidden in bin

A search for a missing young hockey player that brought hundreds of volunteers into the streets of Winnipeg has ended in tragedy, with the discovery of a concealed body and the laying of a second-degree murder charge.

Danny Smyth, Deputy Chief of Winnipeg Police Service said in a press conference Sunday that a body believed to be that of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth was found hidden in a bin not far from where he was last seen alive, leaving a house party a week ago.

The disappearance of Mr. Nemeth, a popular player with the River East Marauders, triggered a massive search, with volunteers walking back alleys and going from yard to yard in the city hoping to find him.

“It is with sadness that I’m here to report that a body was discovered on property on Bayne Crescent, not far from the party where Cooper was last seen. Investigators believe this is Cooper’s body although this still needs to be confirmed by medical examiners,” said Mr. Smyth.

“On behalf of the Police Service our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nemeth family,” he said. “Based on the preliminary examination of the injuries on Cooper’s body, investigators believe he was murdered. Investigators also believe that Cooper’s body was concealed in a sheltered area of the property on Bayne Crescent.”

Mr. Smyth said Nicholas Bell-Wright, 22, who had been questioned last week about the disappearance of Mr. Nemeth, was arrested at 4 a.m. Sunday, after he was found in a stolen car. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Mr. Smyth said the investigation is ongoing and declined to go into details, but did give a hint of motive, saying there appeared to be a drug connection to the case.

“I don’t know exactly what happened but I think it’s fair to say this is drug related,” he said. “I want to be sensitive to the investigation and that kind of detail will come out in due course.”

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WINNIPEG: Nicholas Bell-Wright charged with second-degree murder in death of Cooper Nemeth

Cooper Nemeth’s accused killer, Nicholas Bell-Wright, was on probation at time of arrest

17-year-old’s body found Saturday night behind a house on Bayne Crescent in the East Kildonan area

CBC News Posted: Feb 22, 2016 9:04 AM CT Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 6:10 PM CT

Nicholas Bell-Wright is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth.

Nicholas Bell-Wright is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth.

Nicholas Bell-Wright is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth. (Instagram)

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A 22-year-old man charged with second-degree murder, after Winnipeg teenager Cooper Nemeth’s body was found in a garbage bin, was on probation at the time of his arrest for an assault dating back to October 2014.

Cooper James Nemeth

Cooper Nemeth

Winnipeg resident Cooper Nemeth, 17, went missing on Feb. 14 and his body was found Feb. 20. (Supplied)

Nicholas Bell-Wright was arrested early Sunday morning in The Maples neighbourhood of Winnipeg. The body of 17-year-old Nemeth was found Saturday night behind a house on Bayne Crescent in the city’s East Kildonan area.

Bell-Wright has one prior conviction for assault based on an incident that occurred on Oct. 24, 2014, according to court documents. Audio recorded during his July 2015 hearing reveals the assault took place in a field on the grounds of River East Collegiate.

Bell-Wright spotted his niece talking to a 16-year-old boy. The boy was with another teen at the time who has an intellectual disability.

TORONTO: Everton Biddersingh gets life sentence for torturing and killing daughter

Life sentence for man who killed daughter in burning suitcase murder

Everton Biddersingh must serve at least 25 years in prison before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.

Melonie Biddersingh, shown in an undated photo, was murdered by her father, Everton Biddersingh. Her body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago.

Melonie Biddersingh

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Melonie Biddersingh, shown in an undated photo, was murdered by her father, Everton Biddersingh. Her body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago.

A man who drowned or starved his horrifically abused teenaged daughter to death two decades ago was handed a life sentence Monday, after court heard impact statements from three of the victim’s relatives.

Everton Biddersingh of Toronto, had little to say before Superior Court Justice Al O’Marra handed down the punishment for the “horrible” crime.

Everton Biddersingh, 60, of Toronto, had little to say before Superior Court Justice Al O’Marra handed down the punishment for the “horrible” crime.

“It will make no difference,” Biddersingh mumbled to the court.

A jury last month convicted Biddersingh of first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Melonie Biddersingh. He will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.

In a written impact statement, the victim’s mother described the devastation she felt after learning in 2012 that her daughter’s charred remains had finally been identified.

“There is nothing — I mean absolutely nothing — Melonie would have ever done that could have led to the dreadful outcome of her murder,” Opal Austin said in the statement read to court.

“So, I am left wondering why for the rest of my life.”

The Crown maintained Biddersingh drowned or starved his daughter after a period of prolonged abuse, or that she died while he confined her in the apartment they shared with her stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh.

The teen, whose burned remains were found stuffed in a suitcase in an isolated industrial area north of Toronto, had come to Canada from Jamaica for a better life. Instead, by the time of her death, she weighed a skeletal 50 pounds and had 21 broken bones in various stages of healing. A piece of a vegetable was found in her vagina.

She had spent countless hours chained to furniture, stuffed in a tiny closet, or locked out on a balcony. Her father, according to one witness, would kick her and force the helpless victim’s head into a toilet and then flush.

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#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.

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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