Police Beat

A 71 year-old man has been arrested as the result of a historical sexual assault investigation.

Robert Metcalfe
Robert Metcalfe

The multi-jurisdictional case resulted in allegations that between 1977 and 1983, a 12 year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a staff member of the Sagamore Farm group home in Parham, Ontario. Police allege other incidents happened during the same time period in the Queen Street East and Victoria Park Avenue area.

William Robert Metcalfe, 71, of Toronto, who uses the first name Bob, was arrested on July 31. He faces charges including three counts of gross indecency and three counts of indecent assault. His first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 416-808-7474, or contact 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.

An intentionally-set fire on Minto Street, near Queen and Greenwood, has resulted in the arrest of five teens.

Toronto Police and Fire Services attended the scene in the early morning hours on July 31, in response to a call about a fire at homes being renovated. The cause was determined to be arson.

An investigation led to information from the community pointing to four boys and a girl, aged 14 to 16. Police allege the youths broke into a home under renovation and set fire to the home after stealing power tools and other items.

All the suspects face charges of arson – endangering life, break and enter, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. None can be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

A 43 year-old woman was robbed near Woodbine Avenue and Gerrard Street East on the morning of Aug. 13. At about 6:20 a.m., the victim was approached by two males who demanded cash. When she handed over her money, the suspects fled the scene.

Three women swarmed a 28 year-old man and made off with his phone on Aug. 16. At about 2 a.m., the victim was near Victoria Park Avenue and Queen Street East when one of the women pushed the victim and demanded his phone. When he refused, one of the suspects grabbed him from behind, while another took his phone from his pocket before all three fled the scene.

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