Police Beat

A man described as a valued family member, friend and community advocate is the victim of a homicide after a dispute near Danforth and Greenwood Avenues on Sept. 27.

Nahom Berhane, 34, was walking on Danforth with friends when he became involved in an altercation with another man. The man fled the scene when Berhane’s friends confronted him.

When police responded to the call they found Berhane suffering from serious stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Berhane lived in the Crescent Town area, and worked for Access Point Alliance at Danforth and Victoria Park Avenues.

On Sept. 28, police arrested Osama Abdulaziz Filli, 23, of Toronto. He is charged with second degree murder and has made his first court appearance at College Park.

Police are asking the public for help after a burglar stole heirloom jewelry and emptied a family urn at a home near Queen Street East and Neville Park Boulevard.

Witnesses reported seeing a bald man in a black suit and sunglasses enter the rear window of the house at about 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.

The burglar ransacked the bedrooms, stole jewelry, and emptied an urn containing the ashes of an elderly widow’s husband.

Witnesses describe the suspect as 30 to 35 years old, 5’6” tall, and about 195 lbs. His vehicle was described as a 2011 or 2012 gold Chevrolet Silverado 3500 series diesel pickup truck.

The pickup had an aftermarket exhaust, a crew cab, a pintle hitch, running boards and the word “Chevrolet” written in one-foot block letters on both sides at the base of the doors.

The truck windows are heavily tinted, and the word “Chevrolet” is also written in block letters on the rear window.

Anyone with information is asked to call 55 Division police at 416-808-5500, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 416-222-TIPS (8477), using www.222tips.com, or texting TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).

People can also leave a tip at facebook.com/tps55 or by using the free Crime Stoppers app available on iTunes, Google Play, or Blackberry App World.

A man is in police custody facing gun charges after a break-in investigation led to a foot chase at Ashbridges Bay.

On Sept. 23 officers from 55 Division were in the Ashbridges Bay Park parking lot following up on complaints of break-ins to cars in the lot. There they saw what looked to be a drug deal, and when they approached, a man fled on foot.

After a brief chase, the officers arrested the man, who they allege was carrying a fully loaded handgun along with drugs.

Elijah Mark, 22, of Toronto, faces numerous firearm and drug possession charges.

In the meantime, a 49 year-old man is in police custody in relation to the car break-ins. The suspect was arrested after a credit card taken from a car was used in a store. The investigation continues.

Anyone with any information or who has been a victim of a break-in should contact 55 Division.

Wanted Wednesday, 55 Division’s regular instalment of local suspects on the run, has netted another arrest.

On Sept. 24, police announced Matthew Helmer as the latest wanted suspect. They allege he got into an argument with a woman, hit her in the head, and caused extensive damage to a door. He was wanted on charges of assault and mischief under $5,000. A day later he was in police custody. To keep up with Wanted Wednesday, visit facebook.com/tps55.

Police are looking for the public’s help to identify a man after a suspicious incident near Danforth and Coxwell Avenues on Sept. 28.

Around noon, a girl was playing in front of her home when a man drove by in a car and took a photograph of the girl before driving away. The man is described as white, with a white beard and hair, driving an older grey car with taillights running across the back of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information should contact 55 Division.

After several mail thefts in the East End, police at 55 Division are offering some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or people following delivery or courier trucks. Cancel deliveries or ask your neighbours to pick up your packages if you aren’t home or will be away.

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