As­sault in Wil­low­dale leads to ar­rest

49-year-old man faces mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault

North York Post - - News -

On Dec. 1, Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) re­quested the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in lo­cat­ing a 49-year-old male sus­pect wanted in a sex­ual as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

One week later, on Dec. 9, the sus­pect was lo­cated and ar­rested.

With no per­ma­nent ad­dress for the sus­pect, TPS was able to find him thanks to as­sis­tance from the pub­lic, but in­for­ma­tion on the lo­ca­tion of the ar­rest was not made pub­lic.

“Al­though the sus­pect did not have a per­ma­nent ad­dress, po­lice were able to lo­cate him,” said Ka­t­rina Ar­ro­gante, me­dia re­la­tions spokesper­son at TPS. “It is up to the of­fi­cer to re­lease the in­for­ma­tion they find rel­e­vant, and in this case, the lo­ca­tion of the ar­rest was not made pub­lic.”

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice dis­cov­ered that the sus­pect had made ar­range­ments with the 48year-old fe­male vic­tim to meet at her home.

On the night of Nov. 27, the sus­pect ar­rived at the vic­tim’s house in the Yonge Street and Byng Av­enue area and forced his way into the res­i­dence.

He pro­ceeded to phys­i­cally and sex­u­ally as­sault the vic­tim and fled im­me­di­ately af­ter.

His first court hear­ing took place on Dec. 10. The sus­pect has been charged with as­sault, ag­gra­vated as­sault, sex­ual as­sault, forcible con­fine­ment, ad­min­is­ter­ing a drug and ren­der­ing the vic­tim un­con­scious. In to­tal, there were eight charges laid by po­lice. The vic­tim, a sex-trade worker, had ini­tially in­vited the sus­pect over for a pro­fes­sional en­counter.

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