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ARRESTED - Previously wanted person, Isiah SMOKE

Mar 23, 2022

Inc # 22-10865

Wanted person, Isiah Dustin SMOKE was apprehended by officers with the Brantford Police Service on March 22, 2022, at approximately 8:45 a.m., and held for bail.

 

The Brantford Police Service would like to thank members of the public and media for their assistance.

 

 

 ORIGINAL RELEASE - WANTED: Isiah Dustin SMOKE, 35 
March 18, 2022
Inc. # 22-9721, 22-10042
Brantford police are seeking information to locate and arrest Isiah Dustin SMOKE, 35, of Brantford (no fixed address).  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of SMOKE in relation to a March 14, 2022, stabbing and a March 16, 2022, assault and robbery.
On Monday, March 14, 2022, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 42-year-old male victim was located in the area of Nelson Street and Market Street suffering from multiple stab wounds. 
The victim was transported to hospital where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.  
Officers attended and, as a result of police investigation, a warrant has been sought for the arrest of Isiah Dustin SMOKE, for the following Criminal Code offences: 
Assault with a weapon
Assault causing bodily harm
Weapons Dangerous
Breach of Undertaking  
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a robbery and assault that had occurred in the area of Market Street and Nelson Street.
It was reported that the accused had robbed and assaulted a 26-year-old female victim with a crowbar.
The victim was transported to hospital to receive treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
As a result of this investigation, the accused, Isiah Dustin SMOKE, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Robbery 
Assault with a Weapon
Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
DESCRIPTION: 35-year-old male, Indigenous, 5’9”, 155 lbs., thin build, with short black hair. 
** If observed, do not approach as the accused is to be considered armed and dangerous. Please contact the Brantford Police at 519-756-7050 or call 9-1-1.
Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to locate the wanted party. If you have any information related to the location of Isiah SMOKE, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/    
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CRIME BRIEF: March 22, 2022

Mar 22, 2022

Type:                   Robbery / Threats
Incident:             22-10694
Location:             Grey Street
On Monday, March 21, 2022, at approximately 8:20 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a report of a robbery at a retail store located on Grey Street. 
A man was reported to have entered the store and was allegedly placing items in his pockets. A staff member approached the accused, who then brandished a knife and threatened the employee.
Officers attended the scene and, as a result of this investigation, the accused, Devon John WILSON, a 25-year-old man from Brantford, is charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
Robbery 
Uttering Threats 
The accused was held for bail. 
 

Type:                   Vehicle Theft (Motorcycle)
Incident:             22-10485
Location:             Wellington Street
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, at approximately 12:00 noon, officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a call regarding a motorcycle theft from a parking garage located on Wellington Street.
Three men allegedly entered the parking garage, located, and stole the motorcycle.
Officers located the motorcycle in the possession of the three accused men at a nearby residence.
As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 39-year-old man, all from Brantford, each stand charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
Theft of Motor Vehicle 
Possession of stolen property under $5,000 
 

Type:                   Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:             22-10446
Location:             King George Road
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, at approximately 2:50 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling northbound on King George Road at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle was then observed to turn onto Powerline Road before turning into a driveway. 
Officers conducted a traffic stop. Signs of impairment were observed when speaking with the driver. 
A roadside Approved Screening Device was administered, which the accused failed. The accused was then arrested and transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law.
Both samples were in excess of the legal limit.
As a result, a 37-year-old man from Kitchener, stands charged with Operation over 80mg, contrary to the Criminal Code. 
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.

Type:                   Assault with a weapon
Incident:             22-10401
Location:             Darling Street
On Friday, March 18, 2022, at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend an altercation involving two women at a Darling Street location.
During the altercation, the accused allegedly struck the victim, a 30-year-old female, in the head with a brick. The victim received minor injuries. 
As a result of the investigation, the accused, Tarese Maran FOLLAND, a 38-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the Assault with a weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code. 
 
 

Type:                   Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:             22-10275
Location:             Dalhousie Street and Alfred Street
On Friday, March 18, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling westbound on Dalhousie Street toward Alfred Street at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle was observed to proceed through a red light, turning left onto Clarence Street, when officers initiated a traffic stop.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment along with an open can of liquor in the cupholder of the vehicle. The driver was arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples of breath were over twice the legal limit.
Additionally, the driver failed to provide valid proof of insurance for the vehicle.
As a result of the investigation, a 27-year-old male from Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code 
Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration, contrary to the Criminal Code 
Owner Operate Motor Vehicle on a Highway - No Insurance, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act 
Novice Driver - B.A.C. Above Zero, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
Driving Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence and Control Act 
Several Highway Traffic Act violations.
The accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Weapons
Incident:             22-9899
Location:             East Avenue
On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Brantford Police were dispatched to a location on East Avenue regarding a disturbance.
It was reported that a woman allegedly threatened two other women with a hammer for an unknown reason.
The victims did not receive any physical injuries.
Further investigation revealed that the accused was wanted by police for an unrelated warrant. 
The accused was placed into custody without incident.
 
As a result of this investigation, Jennifer Lee JONES, a 51-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with: 
Two (2) counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary the Criminal Code 
The accused was held for bail.
 

BPS Seek Suspect Information in Stabbing

Mar 16, 2022

Inc. # 22-9953
Investigators with the Branford Police Service are investigating a stabbing and seek suspect information from the public.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of Grey Street and Market Street after receiving a report of an assault. 
Officers attended and located a male victim who had sustained multiple stab wounds.  
The victim was transported to hospital where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are looking for three male suspects, who were reported to have fled the scene on foot, travelling southbound on George Street. A description of the suspects is not available at this time. 
Police are currently seeking any information that may lead to identifying the suspects responsible for this assault. 
Anyone who may have information, or video footage from the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2266. 
Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
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Brantford police seek to identify suspect wanted in two early morning robberies

Mar 15, 2022

Brantford police are seeking information from the public to help identify the suspect involved in two separate early morning robberies of retail businesses. A knife was used by the suspects in both robberies.
Incident # 22-9833
On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of Erie Avenue and Gladstone Avenue for a robbery at a convenience store. 
 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes and fled the scene on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained by the victim during the incident.
 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, slim build, approximately 6'0", wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey/white camouflage cargo pants, black boots, black gloves, black ski mask with only eyes showing.

Image: Suspect Photo

Incident # 22-9840
On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at approximately 4:20 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a retail location at Fairview Drive and West Street after receiving a report of a robbery.
A lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes and fled the store on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained by the victim during the incident.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, slim build, approximately 6'0", wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black winter jacket with white patch on the left shoulder, grey/white camouflage cargo pants, black boots, black gloves, black ski mask with only eyes showing. 

Image: suspect photo

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects. If you have any information related to these investigations, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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CRIME BRIEF: March 14, 2022

Mar 14, 2022

Type:                   Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:             22-9697
Location:            Colborne Street
On Sunday, March 14, 2022, at approximately 1:00 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling eastbound on Colborne Street, near Clarence Street, at a high rate of speed, without proper lights.  
The vehicle was observed weaving between lanes, then turned eastbound onto Dalhousie Street, a one-way highway, and began driving the wrong way. A traffic stop was conducted by officers.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. The accused was subsequently arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
As a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old woman from Vienna, Ontario, stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation While Impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration, contrary to the Criminal Code  
  • Drive Wrong Way - One Way Traffic, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Drive Without Proper Rear Light - Motor Vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Speeding 90km/h In A 50km/h Zone, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
 
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:             22-9439
Location:            Erie Avenue
On Saturday, March 12, 2022, at approximately 12:45 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop after observing a vehicle travelling southbound on Erie Avenue near Mintern Avenue, without any headlights or taillights. 
Investigation revealed the affixed plates were not authorized for this vehicle. 
Additionally, the driver was unable to proof of valid insurance for the vehicle.
Investigation revealed the driver had failed to register the vehicle in his name after purchasing.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment and a issued a roadside screening device, which the driver failed. The accused was arrested and transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples were over the legal limit.
As a result of this investigation, a 34-year-old man from Ohsweken stands charged with the following: 
  • Impaired operation contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • 80 plus contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Fail to apply for permit on becoming owner contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Owner operate motor vehicle - no insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act 
  • Use plate not authorized for vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:             22-9437
Location:            West Street 
On Saturday, March 12, 2022, at approximately 12:40 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Market Street near Chatham Street, at a high rate of speed. 
Police observed the vehicle being operated erratically, and a traffic stop was conducted at West Street and Dundas Street. 
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. The accused was arrested and transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.
Additionally, investigation revealed that the accused was operating the vehicle without a valid licence.
As a result of this investigation, a 44-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following offences: 
  • Operation while impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Operation while impaired, 80 plus, contrary to the Criminal Code  
  • Drive while under suspension x 2, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
At the time of this incident, the accused was wanted on an endorsed warrant by the Brantford Police Service for a separate matter. The warrant was executed at the time of this offence. The accused was held for bail. 
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle was impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Impaired - Drug
Incident:             22-9391
Location:            Lynnwood Drive and Colborne Street
On Friday, March 11, 2022, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Brantford Police Service received a report from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver. The citizen advised she observed a female driver slouched over the steering wheel of a vehicle, parked on Lynnwood Drive. 
 
Officers attended the area, located the vehicle at Lynnwood Drive and Colborne Street and initiated a traffic stop.
While speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment. The accused was subsequently arrested for Impaired Operation (Drug) and transported to complete evaluation before a Drug Recognition Officer.
Search incident to arrest located suspected Oxycocet (opiate), along with drug paraphernalia in possession of the accused. 
A Drug Recognition Expert evaluation was completed, where it was found that the accused's ability to operate a conveyance was impaired by drug.
As a result of the investigation, a 39-year-old woman from Hagersville, stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation while Impaired - Drug - contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession Schedule 1 - Other Drug - contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Impaired - Drug
Incident:             22-8368
Location:            Colborne Street and Garden Avenue
On Friday, March 4, 2022, at approximately 1:20 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a collision involving two motor vehicles in the intersection of Colborne Street and Garden Avenue where the driver failed to remain at the scene.
Information received indicated the driver may be impaired. 
Officers located the subject vehicle on Glenwood Drive, with a lone man occupying the driver’s seat. 
It was determined that the accused was a suspended driver and did not have a valid driver’s licence, however he provided officers with multiple expired licences. The vehicle did not have a valid permit and the accused was unable to provide proof of insurance as required by law.
In speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment and was arrested and submitted to a Drug Recognition Expert examination, where it was determined that the accused was impaired by drug.
As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old man from Waterford, stands charged with the following:
  • Operation While Impaired Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possess More Than One Licence, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Change Lane - Not in Safety, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Driving While Under Suspension X 2, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Fail To Remain, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle, No Currently Validated Permit, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Drive - No Insurance, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
 
Additionally, the accused’s license was suspended, and the vehicle impounded as per law.
 

Type:                   Assault
Incident:             22-8169
Location:            Usher Street
On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Brantford Police received a call to attend an Usher Street residence regarding a physical altercation occurring between multiple people. 
A man was observed by a resident to be unlawfully inside a vehicle belonging to the resident’s roommate. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway.
 
After being alerted to the presence of the accused in his vehicle, the victim exited his home and confronted the accused, who was now walking away from the vehicle.
As the accused was approached, he brandished an axe, raising it towards the victim.
A struggle occurred between the two men. At this time, the victim’s roommate left the home to assist the victim.
With the physical altercation now involving the three men, a female (the second accused in this matter), walked up from behind, and began to assault both victims.
The third victim in this incident, was in his vehicle and, as he was driving by, observed the scene and heard the victims calling for help. This man exited his vehicle and while attempting to physically assist the two victims, was threatened to be stabbed by the accused female.     
Officers arrived on scene and the accused man and woman were taken into custody. 
One victim received minor injuries but did not require medical treatment. The other two victims did not receive any physical injuries.
A search incident to arrest revealed the female accused was in possession of a hand-made edged weapon and the accused man was in possession of break-in instruments.
Information received indicated the accused female was in breach of a valid probation order and judicial release order.
As a result of the investigation, Luella ELLIOTT-DOXTADOR, 26, of Ohsweken, stands charged with the following: 
  • Assault x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach of Probation contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Comply with Judicial Release Order contrary to the Criminal Code
 
And, Dillon James MILLER, 32, of Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Assault with a Weapon x2, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Break-In Instrument contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Trespassing at Night contrary to the Criminal Code
Both accused parties have been held for bail. 
 

Child Pornography Charges Laid as part of BPS Project Dilemma; Additional Arrests Expected

Mar 10, 2022

Inc# 21-44328
As a result of the investigative efforts of the Brantford Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, a Brantford man has been arrested and faces child pornography related charges as part of Project Dilemma.
Project Dilemma was launched by the Brantford Police Service ICE Unit in October 2021, to address the increasing concern of social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc., being utilized to distribute and possess child pornography images.
Investigators allege that the suspects utilized their social media accounts to send images and video to other users. This content included children, some as young a two-years old, being sexually assaulted.
To date, the efforts of Project Dilemma are responsible for:
Execution of three separate search warrants at residences within the City of Brantford 
10 additional Court Orders
Seizure of 29 electronic devices (cell phones, computers, and other devices)   
As a result of the Project Dilemma, a 22-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of failure to comply with a judicial release order.
Investigators believe that further individuals will be arrested as they continue their investigation and forensic examination of the seized electronic devices.
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"We know that there is a high likelihood that people who possess child pornography have or will go on to sexually abuse children. By identifying and arresting individuals who possess child pornography, our goal is to stop them before they do,” stated Brantford Police Service Inspector Kevin Reeder. "Our investigators are working to prevent any victimization of our most vulnerable children.” 
BACKGROUND:
Project Dilemma was made possible by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and its continued funding through the Ontario provincial strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.
The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reach, and anonymity. The Brantford Police Service, along with the Provincial Government, and our policing partners are committed to making a difference in our communities.
The Brantford Police Service supports this strategy and recognizes that images of children and child abuse placed on the internet lead to perpetual victimization.
To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit www.cybertip.ca 
Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
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Brantford police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspects

Mar 9, 2022

Brantford police are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in three separate robberies of retail businesses. 
A knife was used by suspects in all three of the robberies.
Incident # 22-8913
On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at approximately 1:35 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of Erie Avenue and Eagle Avenue for a robbery at a convenience store. 
 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes, and fled the scene on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, thin build, approximately 5’7” tall, mid-30’s, with frizzy dark hair that was in a bun. He was wearing dark pants, a grey Under Armour branded hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball hat, with a yellow "DeWalt” logo, and a brown camouflage bandana type face mask. 
 

Image: suspect photo

 
Incident # 22-8919
On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a retail location at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway after receiving a report of a robbery.
A suspect entered the retail store, selected merchandise, and proceeded to leave the store without an attempt to purchase the items. 
When confronted by an employee, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and left the store on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, mid-30’s to late-40’s in age, balding, wearing blue jeans, a "NASA” branded shirt, a black jacket, sunglasses, and a medical face mask.

Image: suspect photo

Incident # 22-8938
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a retail location at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway after receiving a report of a robbery.
A suspect entered the retail store, selected merchandise, and proceeded to leave the store without an attempt to purchase the items. 
When confronted by an employee, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and left the store on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, in his 40’s, wearing dark pants, a "NASA” branded shirt, a camouflage jacket, carrying a green reusable grocery bag.

Image: suspect photo

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects. 
If you have any information related to these investigations, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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Brantford police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspect

Mar 8, 2022

Inc. # 22-8427
Brantford police continue to investigate a robbery at a convenience store that occurred on St. George Street. If you have any information about the robbery, you are asked to contact police.
 
On Friday, March 4, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of St George Street and Grand Street for a robbery at a convenience store. 
 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
 

Image: suspect photo

 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
 
Male, Caucasian, medium build, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt, black pants, brown boots, black and grey gloves, and a brown camouflage patterned face covering.
 
Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect.
 
If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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18-year-old charged after threatening gun violence

Mar 4, 2022

Inc. # 22-7750
On Monday, February 28, 2022, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a call was received from an employee at a school, located on Rawdon Street, to report a threat of gun violence.
Officers immediately responded and temporarily placed the school in a precautionary Hold and Secure while conducting the investigation.
All threats of violence are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the Grand Erie District School Board, parents and students at the school for their patience and cooperation as officers worked to conduct the investigation.
As a result of the investigation, Raymond James BARAGER, 18, of Brantford, stands charged with Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm or Death, contrary to the Criminal Code.
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Child Pornography Charges Laid by BPS as part of International RCMP National Child Exploitation Centre Investigation

Mar 4, 2022

Inc. # 20-19833
 
As a result of information received from New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) investigation Operation H, a Brantford man has been arrested and charged with possession and access of child pornography.
 
New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) conducted Operation H, which uncovered child pornography information from around the world. New Zealand’s DIA provided this information to Canada’s National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC), which then disseminated the information to the appropriate local police jurisdictions. Brantford Police Service investigators received information regarding a local incident and initiated an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a Brantford man.
 
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Brantford Police Service reviewed an investigative package that had been sent by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC) in Ottawa. This investigation involved a cloud storage company located in New Zealand.
 
It was revealed that in September 2019, a Brantford user had created an account on this platform and had accessed and possessed at least two child pornography videos.
 
On June 22, 2020, a search warrant was executed, and electronic devices were seized from a Brantford residence.
 
A cellular phone which had been seized was examined by investigators who located multiple child pornography images and videos.
 
As a result of this investigation, a 19-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Possession of Child Pornography x 2
  • Access Child Pornography
 
This investigation is now before the courts.
 
As the accused was under the age of majority at the time of the alleged incidents, his name cannot be released as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit Cybertip.ca
 
Additional information from the RCMP regarding Project H is included below.    
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RCMP collaborates with New Zealand in global online child sexual exploitation investigation that leads to arrests in Canada

March 2, 2022 Ottawa, Ontario News release
Following an international operation led by New Zealand's Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) into online child sexual exploitation, 47 Canadians have been arrested and 12 children have been removed from abusive situations. To date 186 charges have been laid in Canada. The global operation is ongoing.
Operation H, the largest online child exploitation operation led out of New Zealand, was launched in October 2019 by DIA's Digital Child Exploitation Team. The team received an alert from an Electronic Service Provider who discovered a large number of subscribers using the platform to share some of the most graphic and violent child sexual abuse material online.
 
In October 2019, New Zealand's Digital Child Exploitation Team advised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) of a secure cloud storage site containing some of the most horrific child sexual abuse material. More than 90,000 online accounts were identified in New Zealand as having possessed or traded child sexual abuse material including many more around the globe.
 
The NCECC collaborated with the NZ DIA and Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) units across Canada to help advance their individual investigations. The operation resulted in arrests in 8 provinces over the past two years.
 
The NCECC is the central point of contact for investigations related to online sexual exploitation of children across the country and internationally when the victim or offender is Canadian. It includes a team of victim identification specialists trained in advanced investigative techniques including forensic image and video analysis. They work closely with other victim identification specialists around the world to identify and rescue victims of online child sexual abuse.
 
Reports of online child sexual abuse material should be reported immediately to local police or to Cybertip.ca
 
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Online child sexual exploitation is borderless and is among the most heinous crimes targeting our most vulnerable – our children. This global operation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts. The RCMP and its partners around the globe are committed to detecting, identifying and safeguarding children from online child sexual exploitation. Operation H is a prime example of how global collaboration can help all of our countries to protect children.
Supt. Andre Boileau, Officer in Charge, NCECC
Quick Facts:
  • In fiscal year 2020/21 the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Crime Centre received 52,306 reports/complaints/requests for assistance for online child sexual exploitation. This was a 510% increase from 2013/14.
  • Across Canada arrests in relation to Operation H were made in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
  • Operation H brought together national and international agencies including Europol, Interpol and the 5 Eyes. In total, 12 countries were involved, resulting in 832 cases investigated and 146 children safeguarded.
 
Associated links
  • To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit Cybertip.ca
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