Man, 29, arrested and charged after allegedly threatening to shoot Toronto mayoral candidates

Toronto police have arrested a 29-year-old man after threats to shoot Toronto mayoral candidates were allegedly made in the area of Greenwood and Mortimer avenues on Thursday, June 1.

Police in 55 Division have announced the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened to shoot Toronto mayoral candidates yesterday.

According to police,  officers were called to the area of Greenwood and Mortimer avenues at 10:44 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, for reports that a man had entered a location and allegedly made threatening remarks about shooting the mayoral candidates. Police said the man allegedly also brandished what appeared to be a firearm.

Police issued a warning yesterday regarding the alleged threats, forcing the cancellation of a scheduled mayoral candidate debate on June 1 and also altering the campaign plans of a number of the candidates yesterday.

Police had released the identity of the man they were seeking yesterday, and announced in a news release on the morning of Friday, June 2, that a man had been arrested.

Junior Francois Lavagesse, 29, of Toronto, is charged with two counts of weapons dangerous, carrying a concealed weapon, uttering threats and failure to comply with a recognizance order.

He is scheduled to appear in court remotely on video on Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m. at the Toronto Regional Bail Centre on Finch Avenue West.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact police in 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, or online at

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