Police Beat

A 22-year-old man was shot at around 3 p.m. on June 21 while having his hair braided at the Pizzazz Unlimited hair salon on Danforth Avenue, near Greenwood Avenue.

He was rushed to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the victim was targeted.

The suspect in the shooting is described as a 20 to 25 year-old black man with a dark complexion who was last seen wearing a grey hoodie. The suspect fled the scene through a laneway just off of Danforth Avenue.

Anyone with information about this or any of the following cases can contact 54 Division at 416-808-5400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com or by texting TOR plus your message to CRIMES (274637). You can also click Leave a Tip on the TPS Facebook page or download the free Crime Stoppers mobile app on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Police are asking the public to identify a man who robbed a taxi driver June 20 at 4:45 a.m. around Gerrard Street East and Ashdale Avenue.

Police report that the robber began choking the cab driver with a belt and demanding cash. During the struggle, the cab driver lost control of the car and hit a number of parked cars. The robber grabbed some money and ran away on foot, northbound on Ashdale.

The suspect is described as brown, 25 to 30 years old, 161 pounds with black straight hair. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt.

This man allegedly choked a cab driver and stole his cell phone, wallet and cash near Ashdale Avenue and Gerrard Street East on June 20. Two other similar robberies occured recently
This man allegedly choked a cab driver and stole his cell phone, wallet and cash near Ashdale Avenue and Gerrard Street East on June 20. Two other similar robberies occured recently

Two other similar incidents were reported as well. At about 7 a.m. the same day, a 49-year-old cab driver picked up a fare near Jarvis and Carlton Streets, and drove to Glenmore Road and Fairmount Crescent, near Gerrard and Woodbine. The suspect allegedly wrapped his jacket around the victim’s neck and demanded cash. The suspect fled the scene with the victim’s wallet, cash and cell phone.

Five days previously, on June 15, a 36-year-old cab driver picked up a passenger near Coxwell and Danforth. After driving the fare to Caithness Avenue, near Danforth and Donlands, the suspect allegedly wrapped a rope-like object around the driver’s neck before fleeing with the victim’s ID, cash and cell phone.

Anyone with any information should contact 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or use the Crime Stoppers contacts above.

A 21-year-old male was near Coxwell and Danforth at about 8 p.m. on June 15 when a female and six males, one armed with a handgun, demanded his e-bike. The victim refused, and in the ensuing struggle one suspect hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground before the suspects fled the scene empty-handed.

A 44-year-old woman was entering her apartment near Kingston and Midland at about 6 p.m. on June 16 when a male approached and assaulted the victim. The suspect fled the scene empty-handed, and the victim was transported to hospital for treatment.

A 71-year-old man told police he was mugged in the Main and Danforth Avenue area at about 1 a.m. on June 12. He said he was pushed to the ground and had his wallet stolen. The suspect ran northbound on Chisholm Avenue.

A 55-year-old man was swarmed by three young men in the Birchmount Road and Danforth Road area at nearly 1 a.m. on June 12. Two of the suspects punched the man in the upper body, then struggled with him while the third suspect threatened him and stole his briefcase and wallet. The victim was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment.

Leonidas Schinas
Leonidas Schinas

The latest Wanted Wednesday at 55 Division is Leonidas Schinas, a 38 year-old Toronto man wanted by Toronto Police Services for being unlawfully at large.

On May 9, Schinas was sentenced to 82 days in jail after being convicted of fraud transportation and lodging. Police allege that Schinas failed to show up at the Don jail to serve his sentence on May 20. Police report that Schinas is known to present himself to others as a police officer.

Schinas is described as white, 5’6″, 161 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information should contact 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or contact Crime Stoppers.


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