Massage therapist charged in sexual assault
A registered massage therapist has been charged following a sexual assault at a Queen Street massage clinic.
Police said the assault happened at a clinic called "Needed Massage," locate at 173 Queen St. E., just east of Jarvis Street.
A 26-year-old customer told police she was sexually assaulted by a greasy-looking therapist who worked at the clinic.
clinic's owner was arrested
on Friday, July 10, police
said in a statement on
Abdulaziz Albekairi, also known as Aziz, has been charged with sexual assault. Officers said the 42-year-old has been employed as a registered massage therapist since 2006, and has worked at different clinics over the last nine years. They believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-5100, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS). They reminded the public that sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual.
Woman held captive, robbed in apartment in Toronto
Toronto police say they have made an arrest after a woman working as an escort was confined in her apartment during an armed robbery.
Police say the incident happened on July 7 inside an apartment near The Queensway and Windermere Avenue.
According to police, the woman was working as an escort in her apartment with another woman when a man entered the room. The woman told police the man held a knife to her throat and used duct-tape to prevent her from escaping.
Police say $55,000 dollars of jewelry, clothing and accessories were stolen in the robbery.
Lisa Genest Matte, 22, and Gaensly Dazulme, 29, who are both from Quebec, have been charged with armed robbery, forcible confinement and possession of a weapon. Dazulme was also charged with disguise with intent.
Man dead in Kingston Road stabbing
A man died in hospital after he was stabbed on Kingston Road late Sunday night, Toronto police say.
Two 18-year-old men have been arrested.
It happened near Rockwood Drive, just east of McCowan Road, around 10:20 p.m.
The man was found on Rockwood, a short distance from where he was stabbed.
“He was a friend of ours,” said Sean O’Donnell, who lives on the same street as the victim.
O’Donnell said he heard a “commotion” and went outside. That’s when he saw the ambulance and paramedics working to revive him.
“Stuff like this is getting too much. It’s getting too violent here,” he said.
“It’s really a shame.”
The victim’s name has not been released.
Girl, 14, dead after Toronto shooting: police
Toronto police say a 14-year-old girl is dead after a shooting in Toronto’s Jamestown neighborhood on Thursday.
The shooting occurred in a townhouse on Jamestown Crescent, in the area of Kipling Avenue and Albion Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Toronto Police Const. Caroline de Kloet told reporters.
Police said the teenage victim was found unconscious and not breathing. Paramedics performed CPR on the girl before she was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
A neighbor told CTV Toronto she was home at the time of the shooting and heard a single gunshot from the townhouse. Those who live nearby said they believe the girl lives in the home where the shooting occurred.
Toronto police are going door-to-door in the neighborhood searching for witnesses. Their investigation is ongoing.
Vaughan café shooting that killed 2 likely not random, police say
The shooting yesterday at the Moka espresso bar in Vaughan, Ont., that left two people dead and injured two others does not appear to be random, police say.
"We have no information to believe that this was a random person that approached the café and started shooting," Const. Andy Pattenden of York Regional Police told CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway early Thursday.
Christopher de Simone, 24, a
regular café patron, and
Maria Voci, who worked at
the eatery, were killed. The
two other men injured in the
shooting are still in
hospital. As of Wednesday
night, one man was in
and the other was in stable
Maria Voci, 47, an employee at the Moka espresso bar who was killed in the shooting, is survived by three sons, according to a friend and neighbour. (Facebook)
Police are still hunting for a man wanted in connection with the shooting.
Pattenden said the suspect is a dark-skinned man, who fled the scene in a dark-coloured compact car.
Pattenden said police are combing through security footage from cameras mounted on the building, located in a strip mall. He urged residents to contact police with any information that may be related to the shooting.
Police are canvassing the area, have spoken to people at local businesses and are doing road-side checks.
"Our investigators with our homicide unit are out at that scene again this morning [Thursday] conducting a roadside canvas, so they're basically stopping all the vehicles travelling in that area right now and talking to anyone that might have seen anything suspicious taking place in that plaza yesterday morning at this time, or any information on ... a suspect vehicle," said Pattenden.
The area has been subject to violence in recent years: there have been four shootings in the past couple of years, two of them related to organized crime.
Pattenden said the region is one of the safest in the country, despite Wednesday's violence.
"A significant amount of resources were deployed immediately into area to make sure the area was safe," he added.
Swimming instructor charged with sexually assaulting 7-yr-old boy
A man who worked as a swimming instructor at multiple Toronto pools has been charged in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a seven-year-old boy.
The sexual assaults occurred between 2013 and 2015.
The assaults stopped once the child stopped attending swimming lessons at the pool.
Police believe there may be more victims as the accused had access to other children in the community.
The accused worked as a swimming instructor in Toronto for a number of years. He worked at Zodiac Swim Club at both the 160 Steeprock Drive and 318 Lawrence Avenue East locations.
He also worked for Felix Swim Club at three locations including 64 Baldwin Street, 181 Broadview Avenue and 315 Osler Street.
Oscar Piedrasanta, 49, of Toronto was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation on Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2922
or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
At a CATHOLIC school ? ? ?
15-year-old in custody after high school student stabbed
A teenager was taken to hospital after a fight at a Whitby high school Tuesday morning, and another was arrested.
Police were called to Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School, near Anderson St. and Dryden Blvd. just before 9 a.m.
A 14-year-old had been stabbed in the back of the neck with a metal file during an altercation, according to Durham Region police Sgt. Bill Calder.
Two teenagers, both students at the high school, were the only people involved. A 15-year-old male was taken into custody by police after the victim was taken to hospital
Calder said police expect to lay charges.
The school was briefly placed under a hold-and-secure Tuesday morning, and counselors were made available to any students that felt traumatized by the events.
No one else was hurt during the altercation.
Ontario man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children, bestiality
An Ontario man who urged his
girlfriends to kidnap
children from a playground
so he could drug and rape
them pleaded guilty to a
slew of sex offences in
Shayne Lund, 23, of Midland, was initially charged with more than 100 counts, but the charges were reduced to 34, including sexually assaulting small children, creating child pornography and committing bestiality.
Lund and his girlfriend, Avery Taylor, 21, were arrested in October 2013 after a teen complainant went to police. Soon after, cops arrested a third woman, an occasional girlfriend of Lund's, Kathryn Thompson, 21, of Orillia, Ont. The women have pleaded guilty to similar charges.
Most of the troubling details of the case were revealed during the bail hearings and a preliminary hearing, which are no longer under publication bans, although the identity of the victims are protected.
Investigators uncovered photographs on cellphones showing children aged between two and five nude in various positions.
Police also found text conversations between the three accused, where Lund would repeatedly ask the girlfriends to get him access to small children so that he could "drug and rape" them.
"Get me a little 'un," Lund would text.
"I'm trying," Taylor responded.
"You're always promising," Lund responded. "You've been saying that for a year."
In another series of texts, Taylor asked Lund to kidnap a child.
"I dare you to get a child from a playground," Taylor texted Lund, court heard.
"I will," Lund answers.
"Pick them young enough so they don't remember," Taylor suggested.
"These are sick, sadistic thoughts," Crown attorney Indy Kandola said. "They're talking about abducting, drugging and raping random little kids."
The Crown argued Lund used the women to help him get access to kids. Defense lawyers for Taylor and Thompson argued they were "puppets on a string" who tried to please Lund so he wouldn't leave.
Neither knew at the time Lund had been engaging in sexual relationships with a long list of other female teens.
Lund's appetite for sex seemed to be insatiable, according to testimony heard in court -- often he would have sex with two or three of them in one day. He would relay to them his interest in children and animals, but he didn't get the results he got from Taylor and Thompson.
The case will be back in court for sentencing June 22.