Police Beat

There’s a good chance of getting away with sexual assault. Only  one in ten victims reports the incident to the police. “We need to improve victims’ confidence to speak out by enhancing the support we provide them,” said Lauren Broten, the Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, at the May 1 launch of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Toronto Police Service works with various agencies to encourage Report Support. One current  initiative is collaborating with students in Seneca College’s Graphic Design program to develop public awareness campaigns.

Ashley Andrews, 28, featured in our last issue, has been arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact to murder following the Aug. 24 death of George Fawell, 24, in Jimmie Simpson Park.

Ryan Samaroo
Ryan Samaroo

This issue’s Wanted Wednesday is Ryan Samaroo, 28, making his second appearance in the spotlight. Samaroo has numerous tattoos including one on the right side of his neck. He is wanted for attempted break and enter, criminal harassment, mischief under $5,000 and failure to  comply with probation, after violating parole conditions of his previous convictions. For more information search for 55 Division on Twitter and Facebook. If you have information contact the police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-0222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)  or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Police at 55 Division are looking for Hossein Moeinifar, 45, who is currently before the courts for arson disregarding life. It is alleged that he threatened to kill a witness in a court case if they testified against him. He is charged with threatening death and attempting to obstruct justice. Anyone with information should use the contacts listed above.

Levon Byers
Levon Byers

55 Division’s Major Crime Unit is searching for an East End resident after a search turned up weapons and drugs. On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the unit executed a search warrant at an apartment on Newbold Avenue, near Coxwell and Gerrard. Police allegedly discovered a loaded .45 calibre pistol, nine rounds of .40 calibre ammo, a knife, marijuana, ecstasy, crack and a scale. A warrant has been issued for Levon Byers, 18, of Toronto. He is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone encountering Byers is advised to call 911 and not approach him. Anyone with any other information should contact police through the above contacts.

A commercial premises licensed under the medical marijuana access regulations in the Gerrard and Leslie area was raided on April 30 by the Toronto Drug Squad. It is alleged that production exceeded the authorized amount by 2,203 plants with a street value of $2,203,000.  The extra plants could be grown every two to three months and trafficked. Along with the plants, 20,250 grams of dry marijuana and high-intensity light bulbs were seized. Ping Jiang, 44, was arrested.


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