Arrests Made in Several Incidents in Toronto, Vaughan

Oct. 22, 2020

Three recent arrests are of interest to the Jewish community.

On Oct. 19, Toronto police responded to reports of a man seen in the Allen Road and Eglinton Ave. W. area with what was believed to be two firearms. He was wearing what was described as a swat suit, balaclava and an army cap.

As a result, several schools in the area, including some Jewish day schools, were put on hold and secure mode.

The next day, police responded to reports of trouble in the same area. It was alleged there was a man on a bridge wearing camouflage and a bullet-proof vest.

Danny Elias
Danny Elias

Officers arrested Danny Andres Elias, 28, of Toronto. He has been charged with three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; impersonating a peace officer; possession of prohibited ammunition; and threatening death.

Toronto police also arrested a man who allegedly threatened to commit a shooting at an unidentified school on an online chat last week.

On Oct. 16. the suspect allegedly told another man in an online chat that he had a firearm and intended to commit a shooting at an unnamed school later that day, police said in a news release.

A number of schools were put on hold and secure across the city.

Tygar Allen Campbell
Tygar Allen Campbell

Tygar Allen Campbell, 28, of Hamilton, was charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition, and a hoax regarding terrorist activity.

And in Vaughan, York Region Police made an arrest following a series of hate-motivated incidents.

Last month, someone contacted police after a stranger began yelling antisemitic remarks at him in the New Westminster Drive-Steeles Avenue area. When the victim began recording the incident, the suspect approached and attempted to assault him.

A suspect was identified last month. On Oct. 18, with help from the community and media, investigators received tips leading to the arrest of Kurt Edwards.

Kurt Edwards
Kurt Edwards

A further six incidents were linked to the same suspect. Those incidents, in the Mullen Drive neighbourhood on Sept. 18, involved hate-motivated graffiti referencing the Black and Jewish communities.

Edwards, of no fixed address, is charged with seven counts of mischief to property under $5,000, assault, and failing to comply with a probation order.