Police Beat

A man is in custody after a sexual assault at the Crescent Town Club on April 25.

During the evening hours, a nine year-old girl was approached at the club by a man who sexually assaulted her. Police were called three days later, and made an arrest.

Rui Qian Chen, 63, faces charges including two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference. He made his first court appearance on April 29.

Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS, online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

Two men found suffering gunshot wounds on Danforth Avenue east of Woodbine Avenue shot each other, according to police.

On March 19, Jonathan Stefan Khan, 21, and Shawn Chestnut-Reddick, 22, were found suffering from gunshot wounds on the sidewalk shortly before 9 p.m. Both were taken to the hospital and later succumbed to their injuries.

Police from 54 and 55 Divisions, with the help of the Centre of Forensic Science, determined that both men knew each other, and met by chance on the street. An argument broke out and escalated to a fight, during which both drew handguns and shot each other.

One firearm was found under Khan, while the other was taken from the scene by a third party and has yet to be recovered, which is being investigated separately.

Police said assistance from the community and security camera footage helped solve the case, and thanked residents for their help.


Three of the four suspects in an East End kidnapping and assault investigation have been arrested.

In December, a woman allegedly escaped after being confined and beaten for four days near Lawrence Avenue East and Kingston Road. She was taken to another apartment near Danforth and Kingston, but when her kidnappers drove her to Bluffers Park, she escaped with the help of a passerby.

On April 25, Elanna Marki, 40, of Toronto, was arrested by Ottawa police. She faces charges including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, five counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, kidnapping and overcome resistance to commission of an offence.

Previously, June Wilson, 36, and Allison Bray, 35, were arrested and faced similar charges.

In March the remaining outstanding suspect, John Brown, escaped police who were attempting to locate him at a Strathmore Boulevard home. Brown allegedly smashed his car into a police car in order to get away. He remains at large, and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him should call 9-1-1 immediately.


On April 24 a search warrant was executed at a home near Danforth and Greenwood Avenues.

Police found large amounts of marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, cash, two crossbows and a number of replica firearms, including four pistols and three submachine guns.

Kurt Domingue, 29, of Toronto, faces several narcotics possession charges, as well as possession of proceeds of crime, carrying a concealed weapon and five counts of fail to comply with recognizance. He made his first court appearance on April 26.

A man was attacked and robbed near Danforth Avenue and Main Street on May 1. At about 2 p.m., the 38 year-old victim was approached by three suspects. One used a blunt object while all three punched and kicked the victim, before taking his property and fleeing the scene.


A month and a half into the launch of 55 Division’s warrant task force, the group has managed to net dozens of arrests.

The program, managed by Det. Vicki Westervelt from the criminal investigative bureau, consists of two frontline officers working as a warrant apprehension team to assist officers in the division in arresting its most wanted criminals.

To date, the task force has helped execute 34 warrants, including for four suspects featured in recent Wanted Wednesdays. Those four are Ricky Gibb, Kurija Gift, Nathaniel Bigcanoe and Carey Taylor.

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