TORONTO: 9 arrested in alleged human trafficking operation

 Toronto police have arrested nine people and laid 61 charges in a multi-province investigation into an alleged human trafficking operation. There is a warrant outstanding for one further person.

From October 2014 to April 2015, the Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team were looking into a Toronto street gang called the Complex Crip Gangsters for what they believed to be a Canada-wide human trafficking network. Police called the investigation Project Guardian.

Police announce arrestsPolice announce the arrest of what they say are nine members of a Toronto street gang on Wednesday morning. (Shannon Martin/CBC)

Police say the accused would recruit women at dance clubs, schools and group homes and force them into sex work. They would also befriend women online, using Facebook and Instagram.

The victims involved ranged in age from 15 to 33 and were from Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. The girls and women were forced to work and turn over the money they earned, and if they did not make enough money, they would be physically beaten and threatened, police say.

The police allege the women were being forced to service 10-15 clients a day.

Police say they identified four alleged victims during their investigation.

On April 2, the police raided dwellings in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, and Kipling Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard to make the arrests. They also say they found stolen property, as well as drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and MDMA. As well, they gathered evidence related to hotels and motels.

The charges laid include human trafficking and drug-related counts, as well as obstructing a peace officer, possession of the proceeds of crime, and trafficking in persons under 18 years.

The accused are:

  • Marcus Cumsille, 21, of Toronto.
  • Joel Edwards, 22, of Toronto.
  • Tyronne Matthews, 20, of Toronto.
  • Felix Funes Vasquez, 19, of Toronto.
  • Shane Hendry, 18, of Toronto.
  • Symisha Murray, 19, of Toronto.
  • Abdulwahab Sheikh, 18, of Toronto.
  • Keron Christie, 32, of Toronto.
  • Chanelle Espinosa, 20, of Toronto.
Police have released some of the photos of the arrestedPolice have released some of the photos of the arrested. Clockwise from top left: Marcus Cumsille, 21, Joel Edwards, 22, Levi Alexander, 19, who has not yet been arrested, and Chanelle Espinosa, 20. (Toronto police)

Levi Alexander, 19, of Toronto, has not been apprehended and is wanted on an arrest warrant.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-7474.

Information can also be passed on anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

TORONTO: Four men face over 100 charges in shooting

Police said several people were gathered outside a townhouse at 5:50 p.m. Thursday when another group approached and began firing.

Five of the people milling about were shot, they said. Three men were sent to hospital — one with life-threatening wounds.

About 25 minutes later, officers investigating a car several kilometres away had an interaction with the occupants of the vehicle, during which police shot one man, the province’s police watchdog said in a statement.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Special Investigations Unit said.

Glenn Howell, who lives near where that incident happened, was sitting at his dinner table with his family eating “awesome homemade hamburgers,” when he saw the commotion.

“I’m facing the window and we notice this car driving up my driveway at a fast speed,” Howell told The Canadian Press.

The black car hit Howell’s car and drove it into his carport, he said.

Then he heard a huge bang and saw a bunch of people running around his front yard with guns.

He yelled at his wife, son, mother and sister — all over for dinner — to get down as he peered around a wall to watch the events unfold.

He finally saw a man with a vest with the word “police” on it.

“He looked at me and made a phone gesture with his hand and so I called 911,” Howell said.

He saw one officer pin and handcuff one man in his front yard and other officers bolt through his and his neighbours’ backyard.

Three Toronto men — Akeem Bailey, 25, Clifton Vassel Youria, 29, and Maurice Smith, 21 — and twenty-year-old Daniel Duarte-Alvarez, of Mississauga, face a total of 112 charges.

They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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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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.

Inquiry set to open in fatal shooting of Zaid Youssef and Michael Menjivar in North Etobicoke

Catholic school board to investigate midday deaths of teens near high school

CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET

The shooting deaths of two Toronto high school students last year will be the subject a formal school board inquiry.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board will conduct three public meetings to gather input, scheduled Feb. 24, March 4 and March 25.

Zaid Youssef, 17, and Michael Menjivar, 15, were shot around midday on Oct. 6, 2014 behind an apartment building in North Etobicoke in the area of Dixon Road and Islington Avenue.

Witnesses said the shooting took place after a fight broke out in the parking lot of Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School and continued at nearby Fairhaven Park.

Yousseff was a student at Don Bosco while the younger teen attended North York’s James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School on Finch Avenue West, 12 kilometres northeast of the park.

A little over a week after the incident, police arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy with attempted murder and various weapons offences in connection with the shooting deaths.

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: Brent Nisula, Nicholas Brennan, and Brandon Wilson arrested in stabbing death of Mohamed Yay

CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2014 4:39 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2014 4:39 PM ET

Three men have been arrested in the stabbing death of a Toronto man.

Mohamed Yay, 40, was found by police in the area of The West Mall and Holiday Drive, near a Toronto Community Housing building in Etobicoke, at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 9. He had multiple stab sounds and died on the scene, marking the city’s 25th homicide of the year.

Investigators from 22 Division arrested and charged three men with second-degree murder on Thursday:

  • Brent Nisula, 23, of Toronto.
  • Nicholas Brennan, 24, of Toronto.
  • Brandon Wilson, 24, of Mississauga.

They were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.