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.

Suspect Identified in Vaughan Antisemitic Incidents

Sept. 29, 2020 – Investigators with the York Regional Police Hate Crime Unit are appealing for assistance to locate a man wanted in connection with multiple hate-motivated incidents in the City of Vaughan.

On Sept. 18, officers responded to a call for a hate-motivated incident in the area of New Westminster Drive and Steeles Avenue. According to a statement from York Regional Police, the caller had been driving his vehicle when a suspect not known to him began yelling antisemitic remarks. The victim recorded the suspect, who approached the vehicle and “attempted to assault him,” police say.

Investigators believe this event is connected to six other incidents that began on Sept. 18 involving graffiti found on garage doors and vehicles on Mullen Drive.

Police believe the graffiti were hate-motivated. They referenced both the Black and Jewish communities.

Kurt Edwards
Kurt Edwards

Investigators have identified the suspect as Kurt Edwards, 43, of no fixed address, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with information on his location, or information on the incidents, is asked to contact investigators.

“The accused is urged to seek legal advice and turn himself in,” say police.

“York Regional Police does not tolerate hate crime in any form,” said the statement. “Those who victimize individuals based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Anyone with information can contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.