Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case + October 17th CPRA (Safety) Meeting Brief

Toronto   Police Service
News   Release

Media advisory, Monday, October 22, 2012, 10 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference, Major announcement in investigation into series of sexual assaults in Bloor Street West/Christie Street area

Monday, October 22, 2012 – 5:00 AM
Sex Crimes Unit
416-808-7474

On Monday, October 22, 2012, at 10 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe will update the media with a major announcement in the investigation into a series of sexual assaults in the Bloor Street West/Christie Street area.

The news conference will be broadcast on the Bell TOC.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant LeeAnn Papizewski, Sex Crimes Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

FROM CBC this morning:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/10/22/toronto-bloor-christie-sex-assaults.html

Christie Pits Residents’ Association October 17th Meeting Brief

The SVRA has been communicating with the CPRA during this time and attended the October 17th meeting at Bob Abate Community Centre.

Inspector Dave Vickers from 14 Division, Detective Sargent Dave Kelly, a criminal investigator from the Major Crimes Unit, Eric Andre from the Community Response Unit, Detective Kernahan and several officers from the Sex Crimes Unit were in attendance to speak to the ongoing assaults to women in our neighbourhoods.

Those in attendance were assured this case was #1 priority for 14 Division – many resources were being dedicated to the case, including door-to-door canvassing, increased uniform and undercover presence and Police Command Post Mobile Unit was brought into the neighbourhood for community assistance and outreach.

The first known assaults happened on July 16th. October 7th was the last reported assault with 3 known assaults occurring over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

The police were able to give some information:

  • All offences were similar in nature with the suspect approaching the victim from behind, assaulting and fleeing – we were assured the assaults  did not escalate to penetration
  • The suspect is a male, (light) black, 16 – 45 years, 5’5″ –  5’10”, short dark curly hair and brown eyes. He has been known to wear a hat with a brim.

One of the challenges for officers working on the case is communication – receiving information and getting information out to the public in a responsive and responsible manner that also respects the needs of the victims. The police told us they were working on a composite. Getting information in a timely manner made information-sharing a challenge.

The police have relied on Social Media (Twitter and Facebook), the internet, email and their website http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/ to communicate

Area residents and concerned citizens have organized rallies, walks via Facebook and endeavoured upon postering campaigns to inform and empower those in the impacted neighbourhoods (and Toronto and beyond)

Residents Associations – The SVRA and CPRA –  have CPLC [ http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/community/ccc.php ] community liasions that attend regular meetings in order to get information out to local communities and enhance communication efforts, but we need your assistance…it does take a village….

The SVRA has conducted neighbourhood safety audits with Councillor Vaughan’s office, has made available community safety awareness protocol https://seatonvillage.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/community-awareness-document_draft1.pdf  and held meetings dedicated to community safety – clearly it is important to be safe and feel safe! Please refer to our Safety page at the SVRA website: www.seatonvillage.ca/safety

If you are interested in participating on the SVRA Safety Committee PLEASE send us a message seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

PLEASE PLEASE help us by speaking with your neighbours – especially those WITHOUT access to computers or devices that connect them to social media and other media.

Be well and stay safe.

All the best,

Jennifer

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