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20-year-old man charged with sexual assault and robbery

Nov 25, 2022

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested and is facing a number of charges related to a sexual assault and robbery.

On Thursday, November 17, 2022, at approximately 1:00 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a retail location on King George Road after receiving a report of a sexual assault and robbery.

Through investigation it was determined that the accused entered the retail store and locked the door prohibiting anyone from entering. He then threatened the female employee with a weapon, preventing her from leaving, before sexually assaulting her.

The accused then directed the employee to remove cash from the register and received an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency. 

The accused left on foot and the victim immediately called police.
 
The accused was located nearby and arrested without incident. Search incident to arrest revealed a hammer in possession of the accused.

As a result of the investigation, Austin HEARN, 20, from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Sexual Assault with a weapon 
  • Robbery
  • Possession of Stolen Goods Under $5000 
  • Forcible Confinement 

The accused was held for bail. 

At this time, the Brantford Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that should you find yourself a victim of sexual assault to remember the following information:
  • It is not your fault. 
  • If you are not already, go to a safe place and call someone you trust for support.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible. A medical examination is important to detect injury and for possible protection against sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy. 
  • Report the assault to the police. Brantford Police Service can be reached at 519-756-7050 or in the event of an active emergency situation, always call 911.

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CRIME BRIEF: November 25, 2022

Nov 25, 2022

Type:               Assault
Incident:       22-48220
Location:      Market Street South

On Thursday, November 24, 2022, at approximately 3:00 P.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report of an assault that had occurred at a Market Street South location.

Investigation revealed that the accused female initiated a verbal altercation with the victim while on foot within the parking lot located at Market Street South.

As the victim attempted to remove herself from the situation, the accused is alleged to have struck the victim in the face before shouting profanities and hate speech.

As a result, the accused, a 38-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Assault 
  • Public Incitement of Hatred 
 


Type:               Mischief
Incident:       22-47890
Location:      Queen Street

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at approximately 8:45 A.M., officers were dispatched to attend a mischief related call at a Queen Street location.

Investigation revealed that a man defecated in a stairwell outside a Queen Street residence.

Officers attended, located the suspect, who was arrested without incident.

As a result of this incident, a 39-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with Mischief, contrary to the Criminal Code.



Type:               Weapons
Incident:       22-47889
Location:      Market Street

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at approximately 9:30 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Market Street and Dalhousie Street for a weapon related call.

A report was received to indicate that a verbal confrontation occurred between two men and escalated with the accused threatening violence and brandishing a firearm.

Officers attended the scene and located the accused nearby. The accused was arrested without incident. Search incident to arrest located the weapon, determined to be a pellet gun.

Additionally, information was received to indicate that the accused was in violation of a valid release order.

As a result, a 37-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Possession of Weapons for Dangerous Purpose 
  • Assault with a Weapon 
  • Failure to comply with Judicial Release (Release Order) 
The accused was held for bail. 
 


Type:              Break and Enter
Incident:       22-47625
Location:      Allenby Avenue

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, at approximately 3:15 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a break and enter that occurred at a residence located on Allenby Drive.

Police were advised that a man allegedly broke a window and gained entry to the home.

Residents were home at the time of the incident and called 911 for help. Officers attended, located the man in the home. 

The accused was arrested without incident and held in custody pending a show-cause hearing. 

Search incident to arrest located a quantity of illegal prescription drugs in his possession.

No physical injuries were sustained by the residents.

As a result of the incident, a 36-year-old man from Toronto stands charged with the following:
  • Break, Enter a dwelling house with intent to commit an indictable offence contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule 1 - Other Drugs contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
 

 
Type:               Impaired
Incident:       22-47624
Location:      Clarence Street

On Friday, November 20, 2022, at approximately 3:00 A.M., hours, patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a motor vehicle travelling northbound on Clarence Street, towards the intersection of Dalhousie Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was observed by officers, failing to stop for a red light at the intersection.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and when speaking with the accused, observed signs of impairment.

Roadside breath testing was conducted, which the accused failed.

The accused was subsequently arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
Information provided found the accused to be in violation of the terms of his G2 driver’s licence.

As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Novice Driver - B.A.C. Above Zero, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Red Light - Fail To Stop, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 

Additionally, the vehicle was impounded and the driver’s licence of the accused, suspended.
 


Brantford police warn residents about sextortion scam

Nov 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

The Brantford Police Service are issuing a public warning regarding the exchange of intimate photos or engaging in intimate encounters online after recently receiving several reports of sextortion.

Sexting material can be used to exploit, bully and blackmail individuals. Sexting is when an individual sends a sexually explicit photo, video, or message to another person by phone or computer. Sextortion is when someone threatens to send your sexually explicit photo, video, or message to other individuals if you do not provide them with more sexual content or financial compensation.

It is illegal for an adult to distribute any intimate image of another adult without that person’s consent. Sharing a sexually explicit image of a child is always illegal.

Often, sextortion cases remain unreported due to the sensitive nature of the images and the victim may often be too embarrassed to file a report. Youth may also be hesitant to seek adult assistance and will often comply with threats to try and manage the situation on their own.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to have conversations with their children about the risks associated with using technology to experiment sexually and the potential risk of blackmail/extortion. Parents should also talk with their children about deleting and blocking unsolicited messages or communications from unknown persons online, as well as being careful who they add to social media.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are being extorted:
  • Immediately stop all communication. Deactivate (but do not delete) any of the accounts you are using to communicate with the individual.
  • For youth – Ask a parent or guardian for assistance.
  • DO NOT comply with the threat. In other words, never pay money and never send additional photos. The situation will NOT get better by doing either of these things. If money has been paid, check to see if it has been collected and, if not, quickly cancel the payment.
  • Keep the correspondence. Keep information such as the person’s username(s), social media account information, a copy of the communications, along with any images and/or videos that were sent.

More information regarding sextortion and sexting, including downloadable resources for parents, is available at www.cybertip.ca

Other resources for youth:
  • CMHA Distress Line – 403-327-7905 or toll free 1-888-787-2880
  • Kids Help Line – 1-800-668-6868 
  • AHS Mental Health Helpline (24 hours) – 1-877-303-2642

Anybody who believes they have been a victim of sexual exploitation, can report it to the Brantford Police Service 519-756-7050 or, call 911 if in an emergency. Anonymous tips may also be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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Brantford police warn residents about grandparent scam

Nov 22, 2022

Brantford Police Service are issuing a warning to older residents in the community after receiving reports of a scam targeting these citizens.

Grandparent or Emergency Scam – What is it?

This type of fraud occurs when the fraudster contacts the victim, claiming a family member is in crisis and needs money. Although the fraudster can claim to be any family member (e.g., aunt, uncle, child) or friend, grandparents may be particularly vulnerable. 

Typically, a call is made from someone claiming the victim's grandchild or family member is in trouble. They have even been reported to impersonate the grandchild or family member. Often, they say that they have been arrested or involved in a collision and need money. Usually, the victim is instructed to send money immediately. 

Sometimes a second call will be made from someone pretending to be a lawyer or police officer. Scammers will advise the victim that a payment for bail or a fine is required to have their loved one released. If the victim agrees to pay the requested amount, suspects will arrange to pick up the funds in person with a "courier” or will ask the victim to send cash in the mail. The victims are often told they cannot talk about the investigation with anyone and advised that they will go to jail if they talk about it.

BPS have received an increasing number of incidents involving Grandparent Scams in 2022, ranging in amounts between $9000 and $20,000 per incident.

The Brantford Police Service wish to remind residents of the importance of fraud education and protecting oneself from becoming a victim. We also encourage spreading the word to those, such as the elderly, who may be particularly vulnerable to these fraudsters and may be targets of these high-pressure scams.

TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
  • Take time to think. The fraudster will make it sound urgent and will pressure you.
  • Contact the family member in question. Emotions may be running high but take the time to check.
  • Ask questions only family members would know.
  • Call someone you trust or police for an opinion about the call. 
  • If you suspect it is a scam, it may be - just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.
  • Do not send any money.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 and your financial institution immediately. You can also report online at: https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting 

If you have not experienced a financial loss but have received a fraudulent call, such as the Grandparent scam, please report the incident by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraud.ca/index-eng.htm 

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2 Arrested, Firearms and Over $1,100,000 in Illicit Drugs Seized in Project MENACE

Nov 18, 2022

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Through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario supported Project MENACE which was a Brantford Police Services joint investigation with the Six Nations Police Service, further assisted by the Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Response Unit.

A two-month long drug investigation commenced in early fall of 2022, involving several suspected drug dealers engaged in trafficking cocaine and fentanyl within the City of Brantford and throughout Southwestern Ontario.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 17, 2022, the Brantford Police Service executed six Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants. 

Brantford Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Diana Avenue, Brantford. Ontario Provincial Police Service Tactical Response Unit assisted with entry into the residence. Upon search of the residence, police located and seized the following items:
  • 1,619 grams (approx.) of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $242,850
  • 942 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $94,200
  • Loaded Taurus .38 handgun with extended magazine (prohibited firearm)
  • Large quantity of Canadian currency

Brantford and Six Nations Police Service’s simultaneously executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence located at St. George Street, Brantford. Members of the Brantford Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), Criminal Intelligence Unit, K9 Unit and Patrol Unit all assisted with entry. Upon search of the residence, police located and seized:
  • 1,986 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $810,000
  • 85 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $8,500
  • Loaded 9mm Glock handgun with laser site (restricted weapon).
  • Canadian currency

Brantford police simultaneously executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Grey Street, Brantford.  The Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit assisted with entry into the residence. Upon search of the residence, police located a small amount of prescription medication.
 
Brantford and Six Nations Police Service’s simultaneously executed another Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a premise on Papple Road in the County of Brant. Members of the Brantford Police Tactical Intelligence Generated and Enforcement Response Unit (T.I.G.E.R) and Six Nations Police Drug Unit searched the premise and located the following within two motor vehicles:  
  • 111 grams (approx.) of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $16,600
  • 182 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $18,200

As a result of Project MENACE, an estimated total street value of $1,178,310 of illicit drugs, two loaded handguns, a switch-blade knife, two motor vehicles, an estimated $200,000 worth of jewelry and prescription medication were seized. Two men from Brantford have been charged with a number of offences:  

Colton DENNIS, 27, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (cocaine)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (prohibited), contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Knowledge possession of an unauthorized firearm contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code 

Ryan FORBES, 24, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (fentanyl)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (cocaine)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (restricted), contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Tampering with serial number contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Knowledge possession of an unauthorized firearm contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a firearm with altered serial number contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a prohibited of restricted firearm with ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession firearm contrary to prohibition order, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach recognizance order, contrary to the Criminal Code 

Project MENACE is another successful joint project helping to minimize the threat to our communities caused by the distribution of controlled substances, including firearms. By disrupting the operation of criminal networks, our goal is to assist our communities by reducing the violence surrounding the trade of illicit substances. 

"I am extremely proud of the excellent work and collaboration demonstrated by the Brantford Police Service and the Six Nations Police Service. This investigation has resulted in removing over $1,000,000 in illegal drugs, firearms from our community – the largest seizure of its kind thru a BPS and SNP led investigation. I would also like to thank our policing partners and agencies, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, Brantford Police Services, Six Nations Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and Guelph Police Service for their assistance,” stated Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Services.


In support of the search warrants and arrests related to Project MENACE, the Brantford Police Service would like to recognize the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario, Six Nations Police Service, Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and K9 Unit, OPP West Region Emergency Response Team.

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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CRIME BRIEF: November 17, 2022

Nov 17, 2022

Type: Road Rage / Assault
Incident:       22-46972
Location:      Lynden Road

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 8:00 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a road rage incident that occurred in the area of Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Lynden Road.

Investigation revealed that the victim and the accused had been travelling eastbound on Highway 403 in separate vehicles, both exiting at Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

The accused is alleged to have been driving in an aggressive manner, cutting the accused off several times.

The victim arrived at a Lynden Road location, as did the accused. 

A verbal dispute occurred between the two men. The dispute escalated to physical violence when the accused is alleged to have punched the victim in the face.

As a result, a 31-year-old man from Brant County stands charged with Assault contrary to the Criminal Code
 


Type:               Robbery
Incident:       22-46937
Location:      Colborne Street 

On Monday, November 14, 2022, at approximately 11:00 P.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a robbery at a convenience store located at Colborne Street and Rawdon Street.

A report was received to advise police that a man had entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money from the store employee before leaving on foot.

Officers attended and located the accused nearby. The accused was arrested. Search incident to arrest located the knife alleged to have been utilized in the incident.

No physical injuries were received by the victim as a result of the incident.

As a result, Brendan REANSBURY, 18, of Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Robbery 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose 
The accused was held for bail.
 


Type:               Impaired
Incident:       22-46556
Location:      Colborne Street  

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, at approximately 2:00 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a Colborne Street location after receiving a report to advise of a possible impaired driver.

Officers attended, located the suspect vehicle, and conducted a traffic stop at Stanley Street near Darling Street.

Speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of intoxication.

The accused provided a sample of breath for a roadside breath demand, which registered a fail. He was then arrested and transported to provide suitable samples of breath. Both samples were over twice the legal limit.

As a result, a 32-year-old man from Ohsweken stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • 80 Plus contrary 
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded and the driver’s licence of the accused, suspended.



MISSING PERSON: Kimya EVANS-MORGAN, 14

Nov 16, 2022

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The Brantford Police Service are seeking the public’s assistance to locate missing person, 14-year-old female, Kimya EVANS-MORGAN. She is also known to go by the alias of Mya EVANS-MORGAN.

There are concerns for the safety of the missing person and the Brantford Police Service is requesting assistance with locating EVANS-MORGAN. Last seen by her family the evening of November 15, 2022, EVANS-MORGAN is known to frequent the Mississauga and Brampton area.

EVANS-MORGAN is described as a brown-skinned female, approximately 5’1”, 100 lbs., brown eyes, black/brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black, puffy coat, with white and burgundy Air Jordan shoes.

Anyone with knowledge of EVANS-MORGAN’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Ryan Groen of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2206. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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MISSING: Jordan JOHNSTON, 33

Nov 16, 2022

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The Brantford Police Service are seeking the public’s assistance to locate missing person, 33-year-old male, Jordan JOHNSTON.

JOHNSTON was reported missing to the Brantford Police Service on November 3, 2022.  Police have reason to believe that Jordan JOHNSTON is currently of no fixed address and is currently seeking temporary residence within the city of Brantford.  The Brantford Police Service are appealing to local residents for information, which may assist in locating him.

JOHNSTON is described as a white, male, approximately 5’7”, 117 lbs., thin build with a shaved head and is believed to have unshaven facial hair.  Clothing description not available.

Anyone with knowledge of Jordan JOHNSTON’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Constable Torek of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2272. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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BPS seek two suspects wanted in commercial robbery

Nov 15, 2022

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The Brantford Police Service are actively investigating a pharmacy robbery and are seeking information from the public.

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a commercial robbery that had just occurred at a pharmacy located in the area of Terrace Hill Street and St. Paul Avenue.

Police learned the suspects entered the store, assaulted the employees, and obtained an unknown quantity of property and then fled the scene. The employees were not physically injured during the robbery. 

Police are actively seeking two suspects, which were described as follows:

Suspect #1:
Male, black, approximately 6'0" tall, wearing a black, puffy winter jacket, white shoes, black balaclava, black pants, and blue gloves. 

Suspect #2:
Male, black, approximately 5'5" tall, wearing a black jacket, black balaclava, black shoes, black pants, and blue gloves.

Anyone who may have information related to the incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Groen of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 ext. 2206.

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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