Police Beat

Police are asking for help after a series of three arsons in the East End. On July 3, between 1 and 3:30 a.m., police and fire crews responded to calls for three separate car fires.

The blazes were lit at Main Street and Danforth Avenue, Coxwell Avenue and Danforth, and Queen Street East and Jones Avenue. Arson is suspected as the cause, but no injuries were reported.

Police and the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office are investigating and are hoping to speak with anyone in those three areas at the time of the fires who might have witnessed any suspicious activity.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS, online at 222tips.com, text TOR and a message to CRIMES, or leave a tip on Facebook.


A man is in police custody and facing numerous charges after a conflict between a homeowner and a thief.

On June 22 at about 2:30 p.m., the resident in the area near Kingston and Waverley Roads returned home to find a man who had ransacked his house and taken several items. When the resident confronted the suspect, a struggle resulted before the suspect fled the scene.

Forensic evidence was used to identify a suspect. Dustin Knapp-Lagault, 22, of Toronto, was arrested two days later and charged in connection with numerous break and enters. Knapp-Lagault faces charges including seven counts of break and enter, six counts of failing to comply with probation, robbery, being unlawfully at large, and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Property from the crimes, including an engagement ring worth about $15,000, was recovered, and recent victims of break and enters are asked to contact 55 Division at 416-808-5500.


A 17 year-old boy is in custody for a shooting in May near Dundas Street East and Greenwood Avenue after an attempted murder investigation by 55 Division police.

Police allege the suspect got into a fight with two other men, then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots before the two men fled, one in a vehicle and one on foot.

On July 5, Ontario Provincial Police in Trenton arrested the suspect, who is from Toronto. The boy, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces charges including two counts of discharge firearm endangering life, possession of a restricted weapon, and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized. He made his first court appearance on July 6.

Two men have been arrested and a third suspect is wanted after a robbery at gunpoint on Walpole Avenue on July 13.

Police allege that at around 5:30 p.m., the victim attended a housing complex on Walpole Avenue, where he was robbed at gunpoint.

The following day police executed a search warrant and arrested two men. Two handguns were seized during the search.

Jerome Qunital Grizzle, 19, faces numerous charges including armed robbery, possession of property obtained by crime, and 10 firearms charges. Jason Zedan, 30, faces charges of armed robbery and possession of property obtained by crime. Two days later Shabazz Busby-James, 20, surrendered to police, and faces charges of armed robbery and possession of property obtained by crime.


On July 10, police issued a call for anyone who might have witnessed a fight between two groups of youths in the early morning hours of July 2.

Two groups of young people were near Queen Street East and Woodbine Avenue after the Canada Day fireworks celebration when a fight broke out between the two groups. A 16 year-old boy suffered serious injuries. Anyone with any information should contact police using the contacts listed above.


A quick response from the public is being credited with the arrest of four suspects into multiple break and enters in the Kingston Road and Queen Street East area.

Officers were called to the area in the early morning after 14 properties with garages were broken into. Police used forensic evidence, video, and tips from the public gathered through social media to identify a suspect.

Ryan Rowe, 19, two 17 year-old boys and a 16 year-old boy were charged with possession of property obtained by crime. One of the 17 year-olds also faces a charge of break and enter. Police also seized a handgun and ammunition during the arrests. The investigation is ongoing.


A 23 year-old Toronto man has had his licence suspended and vehicle impounded for seven days after being caught driving nearly triple the speed limit on Greenwood Avenue.

Police have received a number of complaints about speeding in the area of Greenwood and Walpole Avenues. On July 11 an officer clocked a driver at 111 km/h in a 40 km/h zone at 3:30 p.m., in an area where the street includes bike lanes and a nearby pedestrian crosswalk.

The driver, not yet fully licensed, was charged with stunt driving, which applies to anyone speeding more than 50 km/h above the posted speed limit.

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