Man wanted after sexual assault at Madison Avenue Pub

18-year-old woman assaulted on patio

Man wanted after sexual assault at Madison Avenue Pub

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Madison Avenue Pub. The assault occurred at approximately 2:00 am on May 19. Pictures of the suspect have been released.

The man is described as being around 21–25 years old, between five feet 10 inches and five feet 11 inches, with a fit build.

Madison Avenue Pub is a popular spot among students located near Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street West.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.222tips.com.

$600 missing from Undergraduate Earth Sciences Association locker

Campus Police investigating disappearance

$600 missing from Undergraduate Earth Sciences Association locker

Around $600 in cash was reported missing from the Undergraduate Earth Sciences Association (UESA) on January 17. The disappearance was reported to Campus Police, who are currently investigating the incident. 

According to a source with knowledge of the matter, only the 10 UESA executives have access to the locker where the money was held. The funds were last seen by UESA President Aldo Fusciardi on January 15, and they were discovered to be missing by Vice-President Shantel Turna on January 17. Fusciardi resigned from his post on February 3.

The incident has reportedly not been mentioned in UESA meetings since the disappearance. According to the source, it is very hard for students to accuse anyone of theft due to the close-knit nature of the Earth Sciences Department.

The money taken was likely the whole of the profits the association had made since its last deposit, according to the source, and would have likely gone toward hosting events for the department’s undergraduate students.

The disappearance of the funds occurred days after the resignation of UESA Treasurer Michael Neinhuis, who reportedly left a note in the locker announcing his departure. The Varsity is not aware of any evidence to suggest that Neinhuis is responsible for the disappearance of the funds. 

U of T spokesperson Althea Blackburn-Evans said that Campus Police aren’t able to share any further details about the ongoing investigation.

As of press time, there were no updates as to the disappearance of the funds. Fusciardi and Neinhuis did not respond to The Varsity’s requests for comment.

Editor’s Note (February 8): This article has been updated to clarify that The Varsity is not aware of any evidence to suggest that UESA Michael Neinhuis is responsible for the disappearance of the funds. 

Suspect wanted in break-and-enter case at UTSG

Surveillance video and photos released to the public

Suspect wanted in break-and-enter case at UTSG

The Toronto Police Services and U of T Campus Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man wanted for an ongoing break-and-enter investigation near the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Sussex Avenue.

A man was reported to have broken into Daniels Studio Commons in the early morning of July 26 and stolen two LED televisions. The Daniels Studio Commons, located on 665 Spadina Avenue, functions as a workspace for undergraduate architecture students.

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The suspect was captured on security cameras wandering the building attempting to cover his face while searching for items of value. The man is described as having a thin build; medium, brown hair; and appears to be in his in his 30s. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a grey hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Campus police reports show crime decrease at UTM, UTSC

Little change in crime reports at UTSG

Campus police reports show crime decrease at UTM, UTSC

Campus Police from all three campuses have released their annual reports for 2015. Compared to 2014, crime occurrences have dropped 20–30 per cent at UTM and UTSC; numbers remain steady at UTSG.

Property crime, which makes up the majority of reported crimes, has largely decreased. Sexual assault reports remain low: two at UTSG and one at UTSC.

The statistics do not reflect theft that was not reported or reported to other authorities.

Decline in reports of property crime

At UTSG, property crime accounts for approximately 85 per cent of reported crimes. The biggest contributor is theft of student property worth less than $5,000. This accounts for about half of reported property crimes and has minimal change in frequency since the 2014 report. Damage to university property is the second most reported property crime.

Property crime is also the most reported crime at UTM and UTSC, although their annual reports show significant decreases from 2014. At UTM specifically, there was a 30.25 per cent decrease in reports of theft under $5,000, which contributed to an overall drop in crime by 30.41 per cent. Instances of mischief or damage to property remained mostly unchanged at the campuses.

The reports do not show how many of these crimes are resolved. UTSG is the only campus to release the number of arrests made in the annual report; details of recovered property is not included.

The reports also emphasize crime prevention with a focus on policies like the ‘Stop Campus Theft’ campaign.

Community policing model

When asked about the disparity between campuses, Althea Blackburn-Evans, Director of News & Media Relations, stressed that crime occurrences at UTSG are relatively low compared to the population. She added that the location within downtown Toronto places it in a unique context.

UTM has also hired a patrolling team recently, which means the addition of “six new building patrollers and two new constables” to ensure an increased “presence of campus police officers,” according to Blackburn-Evans.

UTSC implemented two strategies that have proved to be successful: the officers are actively taking part in the community by hosting events like pancake breakfasts and movie nights; and the campus created a more extensive awareness campaign at the library, in the hopes of preventing theft.

Multiple theft rings have successfully been shut down at UTSC and UTSG. These rings were targeting libraries and bikes.

Althea Blackburn-Evans also told The Varsity that campus police will be “very focused on awareness, mostly among students and mostly in library settings.” Their aim is to reinforce the safety of the students and the presence of the campus police, Blackburn-Evans said.

Library thefts on the decline

Robarts introduces new security measures

Library thefts on the decline

Despite 10 reported thefts at the University of Toronto’s libraries this semester, the overall number of thefts on campus has been on the decline since 2015. There was a decrease of 22 thefts in January 2016, and a decrease of six thefts in February 2015.

Lari Langford, head of Access and Information Services at Robarts, stated that Robarts has the highest traffic of all U of T libraries.

“It’s the most used library, so you’re going to have a higher incidence [of theft] because of the higher use. Bottom line is that if you go to the other libraries on this campus you won’t find the percentage of people that you find at Robarts,” she said.

Robarts has implemented several new initiatives that have resulted in a lower theft rate at the library, including the Stop Campus Theft campaign, a staffing service called iStaff, and a new service that lends out laptop locks to students.

The Stop Campus Theft campaign was launched in August of 2014. It involved postering the campus with messages that sought to heighten awareness of the theft problem and encourage students to consider taking precautionary measures.

At Robarts specifically, two other preventative initiatives exist. A new staffing service called iStaff consists of a group of staff members that make their way throughout the building, never fixed at one station. Students at Robarts may also borrow laptop locks from the course reserves desk. These devices enable the user to lock their laptop to their study desk.

Langford believes that the combination of these three measures is the key to the decreasing theft rates. “I think the whole campaign discouraged [people], people did get arrested. The reality is maybe we’ve made an environment that is a little less attractive to professional thieves because of our emphasis on community policing and so on that maybe they’ve gone elsewhere,” she said.

“Almost all thefts within our libraries are laptops, smart phones, etc. that are left unattended,” said associate director Sam D’Angelo of Campus Police. “Students should never leave their valuables unattended even to take a quick washroom break. It only takes a couple seconds for a thief to steal.”

Chinatown shooting leaves two dead, three injured

Incident brings Toronto homicide total to nine this year

Toronto Police were called to the scene of a shooting that occurred just south of College Street on Spadina Avenue at 3:18 AM on January 30. The violence killed two people and injured three.

A yet to be identified assailant fired at a group of five men in front of the New Ho King restaurant, a Chinese restaurant popular among U of T students due to its close proximity to campus.

Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone told media at a press conference that “some type of altercation” prompted the shooting. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene; another succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The other three victims remain in hospital. The identities of the victims will remain confidential until their families have been notified. Spadina Avenue was closed off between College and Dundas for the police investigation. Carbone said that there are not enough details to release a suspect description and that police are canvassing the area for video footage of the incident.

“As you probably already know, it’s very, very early in the investigation,” said Carbone. “My message here today is to report or to encourage anyone who was in the area of Spadina and Nassau at around 3:15 in the morning to give the Toronto Police a call, or Crime Stoppers.”