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July 2016

Man faces impaired driving and drug charges

Police Media Releases - 13 hours ago

A man faces impaired driving charges by drug and drug charges after a hit and run motor vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Halifax.  

At 12 a.m., police responded to a hit and run motor vehicle collision in the 200 block of Lacewood Drive. Officers searched the area and located a vehicle matching the description a short time later. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was arrested without incident.

A forty-two-year old Hammonds Plains man faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, impaired operation of a motor vehicle by drug, possession of cocaine and possession of ecstasy. He was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on September 6.

Police continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on a impaired driver, please call 9-1-1.

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Police investigate robbery

Police Media Releases - 15 hours ago

Halifax Regional Police is investigating a robbery that occurred on July 24 in Dartmouth.

At approximately 4:32 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the area of Ochterloney Street. A 30-year-old man was attacked from behind by two suspects while walking in the area. The first suspect is described as a white male and the second suspect was described as a black male approximately 5’9 to 6’ tall. The victim was unable to provide any other description. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone.  The victim was not injured. The suspects fled the area on foot and responding officers, including a K-9 unit, were unable to locate them.   

If you have information about this incident or the identity of the suspects, please call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Public statement – Sexual assaults involving taxi drivers

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

In response to the recent rash of sexual assaults involving taxi drivers, our Crime Analysis Unit has conducted a thorough analysis of similar incidents that have occurred in the last five years. We’re providing context so citizens can make informed decisions about their personal safety, and also outlining the police response so people are aware of what we’re doing to address the issue.

There have been 12 sexual assaults involving cab drivers since 2012: 2 in 2012, 1 in 2013, 1 in 2014, 3 in 2015 and 5 to date in 2016. We identified six suspects in seven of the twelve files. Charges have been laid in five; three are closed due to lack of solvability but will be reopened if additional information comes to light; another was closed at the request of the victim, a decision we respect as it’s her choice if she wishes to proceed with an investigation; and the remaining three are under active investigation. This chart depicts the disposition of each file:

 File

 Disposition

2012-171495 

 Closed due to lack of solvability

2012-176880 

 Closed due to lack of solvability

2013-110397 

 Closed due to lack of solvability

2014-118889 

 Charge of sexual assault laid

2015-68472 

 Charge of sexual assault laid

2015-84146 

 Charge of sexual assault laid

2015-163253 

 Charge of sexual assault laid

2016-70901 

 Investigation ongoing

2016-82770 

 Closed at request of victim

2016-101423 

 Charge of sexual assault laid

2016-106352 

 Investigation ongoing

2016-107173 

 Investigation ongoing


Commonalities include:

Offenders’ Profile: The offenders are described as men, in most cases with dark hair and between the ages 30-50. They commonly spoke with an accent.

Offenders’ Behaviour: The offenders are targeting women, aged 19-25 (in 11 of 12 cases), most of whom were travelling in the front seat. When committing the sexual assault, the offenders either had a lone female passenger in the taxi or waited until the woman was the only passenger left in the taxi.

In many of the incidents, the offenders insisted on no payment for the drive either before or after committing the sexual assault. The offenders often asked personal questions and attempted to flatter the victim.

In the majority of cases (9 of 12), the sexual assaults involved the offenders touching the woman in a sexual manner and forcibly kissing her, both during the taxi ride and at the woman’s destination. The offenders often attempted to pull the woman close to them. Some offenders asked for a kiss and/or forced a kiss.

Time & Place: All incidents took place between 8:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m., the majority on weekends and most often in spring/summer. The offenders most commonly picked up their fare in the downtown core.

The Police Response

We’re taking these sexual assaults very seriously and have a multi-faceted approach to addressing them:

  • Our Sexual Assault Investigation Team (SAIT) is thoroughly investigating each file, which involves working with Taxi & Limousine Services and individual taxi companies, who have been assisting with the investigations.
  • Our beat officers, members in both our Liquor Enforcement Unit and Quick Response Unit, as well as officers assigned to the Downtown Safety Strategy detail are actively engaging

with door staff and patrons in the downtown core, seeking any information on suspicious activity that’s worthy of note.

  • Our officers are discussing personal safety with downtown bar patrons and we’re also providing it here so people have full information about what they can do for their own personal safety:
    • Call a taxi instead of hailing one; this way, there’s a record of your request and which driver has been dispatched.
    • Before you get into a taxi, make note/take a photo of the taxi company name and roof light number. Once inside, make note of both the taxi license and driver license photo of the operator, both of which need to be clearly visible inside the taxi. Also ensure the taxi has a meter. If the required information or a meter is not present, don’t get in/get out immediately and call 3-1-1 to report a possible illegal taxi.
    • Sit in the back seat on the right-hand side of the vehicle, particularly if travelling alone, as it’s farthest from the driver and curb-side in the event you need to exit quickly.
    • Have your phone handy. If you ever feel uncomfortable while in a taxi, get out and/or call 9-1-1 immediately.
    • We’re interacting with taxi operators, highlighting that they, too, should report any suspicious behaviour to police. For their own safety, they should insist on lone passengers sitting in the back seat on the right-hand side of the vehicle. We remind the taxi industry that officers are available if they need police assistance at any time. 

We have said this many times but must reiterate once again that the women who have been sexually assaulted have done absolutely nothing wrong and have every right to believe it’s safe to get into a taxi; it’s the perpetrators who are purposely targeting young women accessing their taxis. The offenders must stop this unacceptable and violent behaviour.

Anyone with information about these incidents or any others is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Update: Police on scene of suspicious package call

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

At 11:04 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package call in the 1700 block of Brunswick Street in Halifax. Responding Officers located a suspicious package and subsequently shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Duke and Sackville Streets.

Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene and determined there was no threat. The package was determined to be a cooler style bag and nothing was located inside. All streets have been re-opened to traffic.

Police thank the concerned citizen and continue to encourage citizens to phone Police if they see anything suspicious. 

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Police on scene of suspicious package call

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

Halifax Regional Police is currently on scene at a suspicious package call in the 1700 block of Brunswick Street in Halifax. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is currently shut down between Duke and Sackville Streets and police ask that citizens find alternative routes. 

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Police charge man and woman after armed robbery

Police Media Releases - Yesterday

Officers assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the West Quick Response Unit, have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a robbery that occurred this past Friday in Halifax.

On July 22, at approximatley12:37 a.m., police responded to the 2100 block Gottingen Street in relation to a man who was robbed at gun point. The victim advised that he was robbed by a man and woman known to him after leaving the pharmacy with his prescription. The victim was not injured and both suspects were arrested a short time later without incident.

As a result of the investigation into the robbery, a search warrant was conducted in the 100 block of Kelly Street in Halifax. Officers seized cocaine, hydromorph, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash. A man and woman were arrested at the scene.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cordell Pyke and 23-year-old Jillissa Gourley, both of Halifax, have been charged with the following offences: robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and uttering threats. Cordell Pyke will face additional charges of possession of cocaine and possession of hydromorph and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today. Jillissa Gourley will face an additional charge of possession of cocaine and was released on a recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court August 30. 

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Police release pictures of shoplifting suspect

Police Media Releases - Jul 22, 2016

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a man responsible for a number of thefts from two local grocery stores. 

Between July 11- 21, officers responded to eight separate reports of a shoplifter at the Portland Street and Joseph Howe Drive locations of the Atlantic Superstore. Six of the thefts occurred at the Dartmouth location and two at the Halifax location. In all instances, a man entered the store and left with a number of items without paying. In most cases it was a large number of DVD’s, but in one occasion it was a few sets of earphones. 

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late twenties, medium build, often wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. 

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Note: A collage of pictures of the suspect is attached in below

Missing youth – police seek public’s help

Police Media Releases - Jul 22, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old male.

Skyler Patterson was last seen on Monday July 18 at 1 p.m. in the 100 block of Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth.

Skyler is described as an Aboriginal male with a fair complexion, 6’, 155 pounds, with short dark blonde hair and blue eyes. There is no clothing description available. 

There is no information to suggest that Skyler has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Skyler or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

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GO#16-108879 – Motorcycle crash

Police Reports - Jul 22, 2016

On July 22 at approximately 4:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency and EHS responded to a motorcycle crash on Barrington Street under the McKay Bridge. Barrington Street was temporarily closed in both directions from to the McKay Bridge ramps and Africville Road. Traffic was reopened at approximately 7:25 a.m.  

GO#16-108456 - Bricks falling from building

Police Reports - Jul 22, 2016

On July 21 at 2:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of bricks falling from a building on Rhuland Street in Halifax. The responding members discovered a large panel of the brick siding had separated and fallen from the 7th floor of an apartment building in the 5600 block of the street, landing on the sidewalk below. The responding members cordoned off the street, sidewalk and building exit near where the bricks had fallen, ensuring nobody entered or exited the area. Rhuland Street was temporarily closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Lucknow and South Park Street. HRM Building Standards assessed the situation and HRM Fire also attended. Nobody was injured as a result of the falling bricks.  

Fourth man charged in aggravated assault

Police Media Releases - Jul 21, 2016

Officer assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of the East Quick Response Unit, have arrested a Fourth man in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred on July 2 in Halifax.

On July 2 at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an assault call on Grafton Street near Prince Street. A 21-year-old man from Dartmouth was located at the scene with facial injuries and was transported to the hospital where his medical condition worsened. Officers were able to obtain descriptions of the possible suspects and the vehicle in which they fled. Approximately three hours later, officers responded to another unrelated altercation when a vehicle matching the description was stopped leaving the scene of this incident. As a result, 18-year-old Ky McKenna-Brown of Dartmouth was arrested and charged in relation to the assault. 

The investigation continued and at 11:48 p.m. on July 4, police arrested and charged 19-year-old Bryce Anthony Brooks.  On July 6, at approximately 6:30 p.m., police arrested a third man, 20-year-old Gregory Dylan Farrell of Dartmouth.

This morning at 1:20 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on highway 111, just before the McKay Bridge in Dartmouth. Twenty-one-year-old Brady Wheeler of Dartmouth was arrested without incident in relation to the assault. He is scheduled to attend Halifax Provincial court today to face charges of aggravated assault and additional charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to come forward by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

Police investigate sexual assault involving taxi driver

Police Media Releases - Jul 21, 2016

Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on July 15 in Halifax and was reported to police on the afternoon of July 19. Investigators were able to speak to the woman at length late yesterday afternoon.

Sometime between 8:30-9:30 p.m. on July 15, a man driving a taxi on Lacewood Drive picked up a young woman in what is believed to be an older model, four-door white car with a roof light. The man stopped the vehicle on Sherwood Street and when the woman asked how much she owed, the man said he was having issues with his meter and it would take a few minutes to fix. While waiting to pay, the man tried to kiss the woman, then locked her door and touched her in a sexual manner over her clothing without her consent. The woman was able to get out of the cab and go to a friend’s home.

The suspect is described as a man in his mid to late thirties, possibly of Middle Eastern descent, approximately 5’7” with short dark hair, an unshaven face and a pronounced nose. He spoke with an accent and was wearing strong cologne.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that this incident may be related to other recent incidents. Anyone with information about this incident or any other is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

Sexual assault investigations are very complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim, and we’re now in a position to report this incident to the public. 

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Second youth charged with first degree murder of Joseph Cameron

Police Media Releases - Jul 21, 2016

Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have arrested a 15-year-old male youth from Dartmouth in connection with the homicide of 20-year-old Joseph Douglas Cameron.

On March 29 at approximately 5:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth and found Cameron deceased on the sidewalk.

On June 23, a 17-year-old male youth was arrested at a residence on Spring Avenue, taken into custody for questioning, and later released without charges.

On July 7, a different 17-year-old male youth was arrested at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT without incident in London, Ontario. He was returned to Nova Scotia and is to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court on July 21 to face a first degree murder charge, as well as weapons charges.

Yesterday, a 15-year-old male youth was arrested without incident at 10:42 a.m. and is to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court today to face a first degree murder charges.

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Incident referred to SiRT

Police Media Releases - Jul 21, 2016

Halifax Regional Police has referred an incident to the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT). 

On June 3 at approximately 1:50 a.m., police were dispatched to the 5000 block of North Street in Halifax to respond to a noise complaint. Shortly after police arrived, a man approached and began yelling at the officers. The man was arrested for breach of the peace and transported to police headquarters.  

On June 14, HRP received a complaint from the man that one of the officers involved had used excessive force causing physical harm. On July 18, after receiving the man’s medical records, HRP referred the incident to SiRT. All media inquiries in relation to this referral should be directed to SiRT. 

GO# 16-108167 – Attempt theft from motor vehicle

Police Reports - Jul 21, 2016

At 1:19 a.m. on July 21, a resident living in the 100 block of James Windfield Lane in Bedford noticed a male suspect dressed in dark clothing enter his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. The suspect fled the area on foot without any property but was later apprehended by police with the assistance of a K-9 Unit a short distance away on the same street. The 15-year-old youth is facing charges of attempt theft from motor vehicle, trespass by night and breach of undertaking. He has been held for court in the morning.

GO# 16-108157 – Break and enter

Police Reports - Jul 21, 2016

On July 21 at 12:46 a.m., central members responded to the Hong Jun Restaurant located at 5677 Brenton Place in Halifax to a report that a male suspect had forced in a ground level window. Police located the 43-year-old male suspect on Spring Garden Road. A small quantity of cash belonging to the restaurant was found on the suspect. The suspect has been charged with break and enter and is being held for court this morning.

GO# 16-108138 – Assault with a weapon

Police Reports - Jul 21, 2016

East patrol units responded to a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of Bras Dor Lane in Dartmouth at 11:48 p.m. They located an 18-year-old man in a nearby parking lot with non-life threatening knife wounds to his head and shoulder area. Officers spoke to several people in the area, including the victim, but did not receive cooperation with respect to what had happened. Evidence suggests that the assault took place in a parking lot on Bras Dor Lane, where a knife was located. The victim was treated at the hospital for his injuries and released. It is believed the victim and suspect(s) are known to one another.

GO# 16-107872 – Vehicle/pedestrian collision

Police Reports - Jul 21, 2016

On July 20 at 3:55 p.m., a 5-year-old boy, along with family members, was attempting to cross Nantucket Avenue in Dartmouth in a non-crosswalk portion of the street when a vehicle travelling east ran over his foot. The youth was taken to the IWK where he was treated for a non-life threatening leg injury. The incident is still under investigation. No charges have been laid at this point.

HRP Sports Pals: Cops take to the Soccer Field with Youth

Police Media Releases - Jul 19, 2016

Tomorrow, officers will team up with several communities in Halifax to offer HRP Sports Pals, a one-day soccer camp for youth. 

Partnering with Dalhousie University Athletics, approximately ten officers will teach soccer skills and drills to 45 youth on Wickwire Field from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the day culminating in a fun-filled soccer match and cool down in the Dalplex pool. Community Response Officers who work in Central, West and East Divisions selected the participating youth.

HRP Sports Pals is the brainchild of Constable Dwight Hennigar who believes that police officers have many strengths and skills which they can share with the community, particularly youth who may not have the same opportunities as others.

Media are invited to attend Sports Pals, and are welcome to come kick a few soccer balls with the kids.

Advisory: thefts from vehicles

Police Media Releases - Jul 19, 2016

Halifax Regional Police are warning citizens after a rash of thefts from motor vehicles in the Dartmouth area.

As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our Comstat crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in the areas of Nadia Drive, Parkstone Road, Albro Lake Road, Jackson Road, Sea king Drive, Woodland Ave, Lancaster Drive and Fury Drive. Since July 1, police have received 10 reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in these areas alone. In most cases, the vehicles were left unlocked with attractive objects left in plain sight. 

Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes of opportunity with visible items tempting would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles (e.g. global positioning systems (GPS), satellite radios, cell phone chargers or other equipment that appears valuable) and lock the doors upon exiting. If it is absolutely necessary to leave items in your vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk out of plain sight before arriving at your destination.

Citizens who have had items stolen from their vehicles are asked to file a report by calling 902-490-5016. You can also file a report online at http://www.halifax.ca/Police/OnlineCrimeReporting/OnlineCrimeReporting.php

Citizens are encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020 if they observe any suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

Man charged with assault and uttering threats at Halifax gas station

Police Media Releases - Jul 19, 2016

Halifax Regional Police arrested a man in connection with two assaults that occurred yesterday afternoon in Halifax. 

On July 18 just before 4 p.m., police responded to an assault call at a gas station in the 6000 block of Quinpool Road. A man entered the gas station and started yelling threats at the employees. He then grabbed a 31-year old female employee by the throat and assaulted her, and when a 23-year-old male employee tried to intervene, the man assaulted him as well. Both employees attended the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses advised that the suspect was walking on North Street towards Dublin Street and officers quickly located the man. At 4:10 p.m., 52-year-old James B. Tweedale was arrested without incident. He is to appear in Halifax court today to face two counts of assault, two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and one count of overcoming resistance to commission of offence (choking).  

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Suspicious circumstances

Police Media Releases - Jul 18, 2016

Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package this morning in Halifax.

At 7:16 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious package in the area of Almon and Gottingen Streets. Responding officers located a suspicious package and subsequently shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Gottingen Street between Almon and North Street.

Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene and determined there was no threat. The package was determined to be a briefcase and nothing was located inside. All streets have been re-opened to traffic.

 

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Police investigating a sexual assault involving taxi driver

Police Media Releases - Jul 18, 2016

Halifax Regional Police were called to a Leaman Drive address in Dartmouth in response to a sexual assault complaint.  Police spoke to a 22 year-old female victim and learned that sometime shortly after 4 a.m. on July17, a man driving a taxi in the area of Salter Street picked her up in a van with a roof light. 

As the male driver was dropping her off outside of her destination he proceeded to touch the victim in a sexual manner without her consent, on the outside of her clothes.    

The suspect is described as a soft spoken Middle Eastern man, approximately 5’8” with a thin build, black hair, a scruffy beard and a big nose. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO# 16-106102 - Robbery

Police Reports - Jul 17, 2016

At 1 p.m. on July 17, a 21-year-old man was walking in the area of the 200 block of Lacewood Drive in Halifax when he was approached by two men who proceeded to assaulted him with a stick and take a small quantity of cash. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. One suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a blue hoodie, black shorts and a ball cap. The second suspect is described as a white man in his early 50s wearing blue shorts, a black t-shirt, short cropped hair, 5’8” height wearing eye glasses. Both suspects fled the scene on foot. It hasn’t been determined at this time if the victim and suspects are known to one another as the incident is still under investigation.

GO# 16-105724 -Attempted traffic stop of motorcycle - incident referred to SiRT

Police Reports - Jul 17, 2016

At 8:45 p.m. on July 16, an HRP member attempted to pull over a motorcycle that had exited highway 111 onto Braemar Drive. The motorcycle did not pull over but accelerated, went out of control and crashed. The 20-year-old male driver was transported to Dartmouth General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He faces a charge of driving while disqualified and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. The matter has been referred to the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT). Any media inquiries in relation to the incident should be forwarded to SiRT.

GO# 16-105619 - Swimmer in distress

Police Reports - Jul 16, 2016

UPDATE: The condition of the man pulled from the water in Kearney Lake has improved and is no longer life threatening. 

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On July 16, 2016 at 4:35 p.m. Halifax Regional Police responded to Kearney Lake where a swimmer in distress had been pulled from the water by friends. CPR was being performed on the 21-year-old male by his friends when police arrived. Officer’s eventually took over the CPR until the arrival of EHS and the man was transported to hospital where he remains at this time. His condition is believed to be life-threatening. Patrol officers and members of the General Investigative Section are investigating the incident.

GO# 16-105325 – Man charged with trespass by night and voyeurism

Police Reports - Jul 16, 2016

UPDATE: Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division continued on with this investigation and have charged a Halifax man with trespass by night and voyeurism.  Thirty-five year old Jonathan Carmon Jordan was charged with the above offences and released by a Justice of the Peace from police custody with conditions to keep the peace, not possess video recording or photo equipment, to remain in his residence between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to stay away from the victim and her residence.  He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court at a later date.

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At 1:19 a.m. on July 16, HRP received a call from a woman on Morris Street in Halifax who indicated there was a man watching her through her bedroom window. Upon their arrival, responding members arrested a 35-year-old man in the rear of the woman’s residence. The man remains in custody and the matter is still under investigation.  

Drug trafficking and unlawful production charges

Police Media Releases - Jul 15, 2016

Two men and two women face charges after three drug searches last night in Halifax and Hants County.

At 8:30 p.m., investigators assigned to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit with the assistance of members of the Quick Response Unit conducted a search at a residence in Riverside Corner in Hants County that resulted in the seizure of multiple marihuana plants, grow equipment and drug paraphernalia.

At 8:50 p.m., investigators searched a residence in the 0-100 block of Kraal Terrace in Halifax. Multiple marihuana plants, grow equipment and drug paraphernalia were also seized at this location. There were also six long guns that were not legally stored. Fifty-six-year-old James Gordon Smith was arrested at the scene without incident.

At 11:17 p.m., investigators searched a residence in the 0-100 block of Charles Meade Drive in Harrietsfield. A quantity of marihuana and cash was seized. Thirty-six-year-old Trevor Charles Miller, 38-year-old Shannon Irene Johnson and 40-year-old Natasha Miller were arrested at the scene without incident.

Trevor Charles Miller has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis, two counts of unlawful production of cannabis and two counts of breaching a recognizance. James Gordon Smith has been charged with twelve counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, and one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis and unlawful production of Cannabis. Shannon Irene Johnson and Natasha Miller have each been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. All parties are to appear in Halifax Court today.

Drug activity often involves violence that puts innocent citizens at risk and is detrimental to the overall safety of our communities. The HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit investigates complaints and targets people involved in the purchase and sale of drugs. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity to police at 490-5130. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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June vehicle/pedestrian collision stats

Police Media Releases - Jul 14, 2016

As part of our continued focus on pedestrian safety, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP have committed to releasing a monthly vehicle/pedestrian collision report to provide police and citizens with more contextual information on this issue. 

During the month of June, there were 13 vehicle/pedestrian collisions in Halifax. Month over month, this represents a slight increase (+4 incidents) from the 9 incidents reported in May 2016. Year over year, there was a slight decrease (-2 incidents) from the 15 incidents reported in June 2015. There is also a slight decrease in the number of incidents (85 incidents) when comparing the period January 1-June 30, 2016 to the same period in 2015 (87 incidents). 

For the period January 1-June 30, 2016, 55 per cent (47 incidents) of vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred in crosswalks. Of the 88 pedestrians involved:

  • 17 reported no injury
  • 45 experienced minor injuries
  • 15 experienced moderate injuries
  • 3 experienced severe injuries
  • 8 did not report their injuries to police
  • 0 pedestrian fatalities 

The full monthly report is available online at: 

http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/June2016VehPedReport.pdf

Advisory: Nine incidents of property damage in Halifax

Police Media Releases - Jul 13, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a rash of property damage incidents involving vehicles in the south end of Halifax.

Police have received nine reports of property damage incidents where the windows of vehicles were smashed out, usually in the overnight hours. These incidents occurred between April 29 - July11 in the following areas:   

  • April 29: 6200 block of South Street, overnight
  • May 1: 1500 block of Oxford Street, overnight
  • May 9: College and Carlton Streets, morning
  • May 20: 1700 block of Oxford Street, overnight
  • June 7: 800 block of Young Avenue, afternoon
  • June 12: 5000 block of Tobin Street, overnight
  • July 2: 6000 block of Waegwoltic Avenue, overnight
  • July 9: 1500 block of Lemarchant Street, overnight (picture attached of a man seen running from the area)
  • July 11:  1100 block of Tower Road, afternoon (man was seen walking away from area of this incident, described as possibly Asian or Aboriginal, approximately 20 years old, 5’5”, and wearing a grey hoodie) 

Investigators have provided a picture of a potential suspect in at least one of the incidents and are exploring the possibility that these incidents may be connected. If you recognize this man or have any information, please call 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

If you observe suspicious activity in your neighborhood, report it to police immediately. Try to get a good description of the person including height, weight, clothing and other details. If a vehicle is parked nearby, try to take note of the license plate number and the make and model of the vehicle. 

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Note: Picture of a possible suspect below

 

Update: Missing youth located

Police Media Releases - Jul 12, 2016

Haven Theriault was located safe and sound.

Halifax Regional Police wish to thank the public and the media for their assistance with this matter.

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Police are seeking the public’s help locating a missing Halifax youth.

Fifteen-year-old Haven Theriault was last seen on June 24 at 10:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of Robie Street in Halifax.

Haven is described as a white female, 5’4”, 170 lbs., with long brown hair and hazel eyes. She was wearing a black and white t-shirt, green shorts and white sneakers and carrying a black book bag the last time she was seen.

There is no information to suggest that Haven has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Haven or anyone with information on her whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5016.

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GO# 101547 - Suspicious circumstances

Police Reports - Jul 12, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who was overheard by a witness offering candy to a child over the weekend in Halifax.

At 11:15 a.m. on July 9, a witness observed a man driving a white Volkswagon offer candy to an approximately 6-year-old child who was walking on the sidewalk on Wellington Street. The child refused the candy and kept walking, and is believed to have entered an apartment building in the area.

To this point, no parent/guardian has called to report the incident to the police. As a result, Halifax Regional Police is asking the parent of the child who was offered candy on Saturday morning to call 902-490-5016.

Police are also looking to speak to the driver of the vehicle to determine his intentions. He is described as a white man in his forties who had a goatee, crew cut and an athletic build. Officers are asking the man or anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO# 16-102019 - Two men and a woman in custody following robbery

Police Reports - Jul 10, 2016

UPDATE: Members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a 31-year-old man from Millbrook, NS.  He will appear in Halifax provincial court on Monday, July 11to face charges of robbery and breaching a court order (recognizance). The other two people that were arrested have been interviewed and released from custody without charge. Investigators are searching for a second suspect in this matter. He is described as a white man in his early 20s, 5'5" with a scruffy unshaven face, buzz cut hairstyle, wearing a light coloured sweat shirt with horizontal blue stripes and dark blue pants.  Investigators are asking anyone with information on this second suspect or his whereabouts to the Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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At approximately 5 a.m. on July 10, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the Irving located at 2499 Robie Street in Halifax. The two male suspects had fled the business prior to police arrival. Information was provided by store staff that two men had produced a knife and robbed the store of cigarettes, money and other store product. The first suspect was described as a white man in his twenties with short dark brown hair and possible facial tattoo, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a hat. The second suspect was described as a white man wearing a striped sweatshirt and aviator-style sunglasses. A short time later, HRP arrested two men and a woman in the 5700 block of West Street in Halifax. These suspects are currently in custody being interviewed by members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. 

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have any knowledge of this incident and ask that they contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO# 16-101890 – Man and woman arrested in relation to home invasion

Police Reports - Jul 10, 2016

UPDATE: Members of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have completed their investigation and the man and woman that were arrested overnight will not be charged with offences related to the break and enter. The woman has been released from custody. The 33-year-old man has been remanded into custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial court on Monday July 11, charged with breaching a court order (recognizance).

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At 11:30 p.m. on July 9, East Division officers were called to the 0-100 Block of Farrell Street in Dartmouth in relation to a disturbance occurring inside an apartment. Upon arrival, officers spoke to a 41-year-old man who stated that a man and woman known to him broke into his apartment and assaulted him.  Simultaneously, other officers attending arrested a 33-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman for break and enter and transported them to Police Headquarters where they remain at this time. The victim in this matter was not injured. The General Investigation Section and the Forensic Identification Section are currently investigating and more information relating to this matter will be released when it becomes available. Investigators are asking anyone who has any information on this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO# 16-101423 - Cab driver charged with sexual assault

Police Media Releases - Jul 9, 2016

At approximately 2:50 a.m. on July 9, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report that a cab driver had kissed and touched a 20-year-old woman in a sexual manner without her consent. The victim and the cab driver were located by HRP in the 1800 block of Barrington Street in Halifax a short time later, where the cab driver was taken into custody without incident. As a result of the investigation, a 44-year-old Halifax man will appear in Halifax provincial court on September 8 to face the charge of sexual assault. 

Youth charged with first degree murder of Joseph Cameron

Police Media Releases - Jul 8, 2016

Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have arrested a 17-year-old male youth from Dartmouth in connection with the homicide of 20-year-old Joseph Douglas Cameron. 

On March 29 at approximately 5:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth and found Cameron deceased on the sidewalk. 

On June 23, a 17-year-old male youth was arrested at a residence on Spring Avenue, taken into custody for questioning, and later released without charges. 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, a different 17-year-old male youth was arrested yesterday at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT without incident in London, Ontario with the assistance of London Police Service and the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad. The youth is currently in custody in London and will be returned to Nova Scotia to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court at a later date to face a first degree murder charge, as well as weapons charges.

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Robbery Update GO# 16-99254

Police Media Releases - Jul 8, 2016

On July 5th 2016 at 10:50 am a male entered the Credit Union located at 155 Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth, he handed the teller a note indicating he had a weapon and demanded money.   The suspect fled the bank with cash and no employees were injured.  The investigation identified the suspect and  on July 7th  a 43 year old male was arrested without incident at a residence in Dartmouth. He will be attending Dartmouth court today to face charges of Robbery with a firearm.

Police warn citizen about commercial undetonated explosives found on construction site

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Halifax Regional Police received a report last night about commercial explosives found on a construction site in Bedford. 

On July 6 at approximately 9:20 p.m., police attended Abbington Avenue regarding commercial explosives found on a construction site. The caller advised that he was walking with his children in the area of the construction site, and located an undetonated blasting cap and slurry (commercial explosive). Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit attended and removed the two items that were taken to another site and safely detonated. Police returned to the area again today to do a visual inspection in the daylight and no further items were located. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has been contacted to further investigate this matter. 

Citizens are reminded to call 911 immediately if they come across what they believe to be commercial explosives.

GO# 2016-100144

Note: Pictures of the commercial explosives are attached below with the slurry on the left and blasting cap on the right.

Police warn citizen about commercial undetonated explosives found on construction site

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Halifax Regional Police received a report last night about commercial explosives found on a construction site in Bedford. 

On July 6 at approximately 9:20 p.m., police attended Abbington Avenue regarding commercial explosives found on a construction site. The caller advised that he was walking with his children in the area of the construction site, and located an undetonated blasting cap and slurry (commercial explosive). Officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit attended and removed the two items that were taken to another site and safely detonated. Police returned to the area again today to do a visual inspection in the daylight and no further items were located. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has been contacted to further investigate this matter. 

Citizens are reminded to call 911 immediately if they come across what they believe to be commercial explosives.

GO# 2016-100144

Note: Pictures of the commercial explosives are attached belwo with the slurry on the left and blasting cap on the right.

New scam involving callers claiming to be employees of Immigration Canada and HRP

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Investigators in the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are warning citizens about a recent telephone scam. 

On July 5 at approximately 3 p.m., police received a report that a 19-year-old woman received a call from someone claiming to be with Immigration Canada. The female caller told the woman that a complaint had been filed against her and she would require legal representation which would cost hundreds of dollars.  The victim was asked to forward the funds through Western Union and also to purchase iTunes cards and provide card information. The woman then received a follow-up call from a man stating he was a police officer advising her to send the money requested. The number on the call display was 902-490-5016, which a general inquiries telephone number from HRP. This number is believed to have been generated by a computer program. The woman, believing these to be legitimate calls, followed through with the requests and was defrauded out of hundreds of dollars. 

Police have seen a dramatic increase in fraudulent activity where callers are portraying themselves as members of different businesses and agencies and demanding money or items of monetary value. Often there are threats involved where the caller states that if the complainant does not do as requested immediately there will be repercussions. 

Citizens are advised that Immigration Canada and HRP do not conduct their business, request money or threaten citizens by phone in this manner. Citizens should not engage in conversation with anyone who is making calls of this nature and should hang up immediately. 

If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of this or any other scam, please report the matter to your local police agency.  There is no need to call police to report that you’ve been contacted in relation to this scam if you’re not a victim.

GO# 2016-99411

SiRT - Complaint of HRP deletion of video leads to no charges

Other Agencies News - Jul 7, 2016

Issued by the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT)

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The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) today released its report about an allegation that a Halifax Regional Police (HRP) officer wrongly deleted a civilian’s video of an arrest of a 17-year-old male. In late November, 2015, SiRT received the complaint from the male, who was arrested on June 30, 2015 while he was a resident of the Reigh Allen Centre in Dartmouth.

As the actions of the officer could constitute obstruction of justice, SiRT opened an investigation. It showed that on June 30 staff at the Centre called police because the male was in breach of court conditions and had caused damage at the Centre. When police arrived and attempted to arrest this male he resisted and there was a struggle. A second male youth was initially in the room where the arrest occurred, but left and then video recorded the encounter through a window.

This second male protested the actions of the police. As a result he met with one officer in the presence of a staff person. The officer told this male if there was relevant video on his phone it would be seized as evidence. The male showed the officer the video. The officer told SiRT that the video did not show the struggle to arrest the first male, but only began after the male was subdued. As a result he felt the video was not relevant. It appeared the second male was concerned that his phone would be seized if the video remained on his phone. The facts show the male either agreed to delete the video on his own with assistance from the officer, or the officer deleted the video. The officer now acknowledges he should have seized the phone with the video.

The facts support the officer’s statement to SiRT that the video only began after the first male was subdued. That also supports the officer’s position he thought the video was of no value. Thus, while the officer should have seized the phone as all evidence has some value, the facts available in this case are not sufficient to say the video was deleted for the specific purpose of obstructing justice.

Without the specific intent to obstruct justice, there are no grounds to support a charge of obstruction of justice. Thus no charges will be laid against the police officer.

A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.

Youth charged in connection with hoax phone calls

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Following an investigation by the General Investigation Section, a 15-year-old male from Bedford was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a series of hoax phone calls that took place this past January. 

Over the course of the afternoon on January 30, several businesses in the Dartmouth area received phone calls from a male identifying himself as a firefighter. The male continued to instruct the employee of the business to trigger the fire alarm as a routine test to their system. After consultation with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, it was verified that this was not a practice they employ. This was a hoax that caused undue stress to emergency services and is a crime.  

On July 5, at 5:30 p.m., investigators arrested the youth without incident in the 7000 block of Mumford Road in Halifax. He is to appear in Halifax Provincial Youth Court on December 15 to face a charge of mischief. The investigation into these matters is ongoing.

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Third man charged in aggravated assault

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Officers assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have arrested a third man in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred on July 2 in Halifax. 

On July 2 at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an assault call on Grafton Street near Prince Street. A 21-year-old man from Dartmouth was located at the scene with facial injuries and was transported to the hospital where his medical condition worsened. Officers were able to obtain descriptions of the possible suspects and the vehicle in which they fled. Approximately three hours later, officers responded to another unrelated altercation when a vehicle matching the description was stopped leaving the scene of this incident. As a result, 18-year-old Ky McKenna-Brown of Dartmouth was arrested and charged in relation to the assault. 

The investigation continued and at 11:48 p.m. on July 4, police arrested and charged 19-year-old Bryce Anthony Brooks.

A third man, 20-year-old Gregory Dylan Farrell of Dartmouth, was arrested last night without incident at approximately 6:30 p.m. at a business in the 100 block of Akerley Boulevard in Dartmouth. He is scheduled to attend Halifax Provincial court today to face charges of aggravated assault and robbery.  

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to come forward by calling 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Police release photos from bank robbery

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

Police release photos from bank robbery

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man who robbed a bank in Dartmouth on Tuesday.

Just after 10:50 a.m. on July 5, a man entered the East Coast Credit Union located at 155 Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth, gave the teller a note and indicated that he had a weapon. No weapon was seen by witnesses. The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed sum of money. Patrol officers, as well as the K9 Unit, attended but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-20s to early 30s, 5’10” with a thin build and no facial hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black ball cap, black jacket with a white shirt under a grey shirt and jeans.

Investigators are asking anyone who can identify the suspect and/or who has any information on this incident to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

GO#16-99254

Note: Pictures of robbery suspect are attached below. 

 

May vehicle/pedestrian collision stats

Police Media Releases - Jul 7, 2016

As part of our continued focus on pedestrian safety, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP have committed to releasing a monthly vehicle/pedestrian collision report to provide police and citizens with more contextual information on this issue. 

During the month of May, there were 9 vehicle/pedestrian collisions in Halifax. Month over month, this represents a slight decrease (-2 incidents) from the 11 incidents reported in April 2016. Year over year, there was a slight increase (+2 incidents) from the 7 incidents reported in May 2015. There is no change in the number of incidents (72 incidents) when comparing the period January 1-May 31, 2016 to the same period in 2015. 

For the period January 1-May 31, 2016, 54 per cent (39 incidents) of vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred in crosswalks. Of the 74 pedestrians involved:

  • 14 reported no injury
  • 35 experienced minor injuries
  • 11 experienced moderate injuries
  • 2 experienced severe injuries
  • 12 did not report their injuries to police 

The full monthly report is available online at:

http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/May2016VehPedReport.pdf

Robbery

Police Reports - Jul 7, 2016

Robbery
Leaman Dr near Albro Lake Rd, Dartmouth

A 41 year old female victim was walking on Leaman Dr near Albro Lake Rd in Dartmouth when she was approached from behind by approximately 5 males. One of the males from this group pushed the victim to the ground assaulting her and grabbed her purse. The suspect ran towards Primrose St. K9 attended but was unable to locate the suspect. The victim was not injured in this incident.
 
The suspect is described as a white male approximately 18 years old, clean shaven, curly hair on top, shaved on the sides of his head, wearing a white t-shirt, long gold chain, and grey sweat pants.
 

Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has any information on this incident or the suspect to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

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Police investigating bank robbery

Police Media Releases - Jul 5, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is currently at the scene of a robbery at the East Coast Credit Union located at 155 Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth.

Just after 10:50 a.m., a man entered the bank, gave the teller a note and indicated that he had a weapon. No weapon was seen by witnesses. The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed sum of money. Patrol officers, as well as the K9 Unit, attended but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-20s to early 30s, 5’10” with a thin build, long hair pulled back in a ponytail and no facial hair. He was wearing a black ball cap, black jacket with a white shirt under a grey shirt and jeans.

Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has any information on this incident or the suspect to contact police by calling 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Go #16-99254

Second man charged in aggravated assault

Police Media Releases - Jul 5, 2016

Officers assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have arrested two more men in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred on Saturday July 2 in Halifax.

On July 2, at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an assault call on Grafton Street near Prince Street. A 21-year-old man from Dartmouth was located at the scene with facial injuries and was transported to the hospital where his medical condition worsened. Officers were able to obtain descriptions of the possible suspects and the vehicle in which they fled. Approximately three hours later, officers responded to another unrelated altercation when a vehicle matching the description was stopped leaving the scene of this incident. One man was arrested in relation to the assault. 

Eighteen-year-old Ky McKenna-Brown of Dartmouth attended Halifax Provincial court yesterday to face charges of aggravated assault, robbery and two counts of breaching a probation order.  

The investigation continued and at 11:48 p.m. on July 4, police arrested two men. One was released without charges. Nineteen-year-old Bryce Anthony Brooks of Halifax is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today on charges of aggravated assault and two additional charges of breaching a probation order.  

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to come forward by calling  902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. 

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Police investigate sexual assault

Police Media Releases - Jul 4, 2016

Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on July 2 in Dartmouth. 

At 7:20 p.m. on July 2, police received a report that at approximately 4 p.m. that same day, a man walking in the area of Wyse Road approached a 13-year-old girl and asked where she was going. The girl did not speak to the man or make eye contact and continued walking. The man continued to ask her where she was going and when she refused to tell him, he touched her in a sexual manner over her clothing. The victim yelled at the man and he ran away northbound on Wyse Road. 

The suspect is described as a black man with a medium complexion, 50-60 years of age, approximately 5’6” with an average build, short grey hair with a bald spot on top and a short grey goatee. He may have a speech impediment. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a faded royal blue rain jacket.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.

Sexual assault investigations are very complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim, and we’re now in a position to report this incident to the public.

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Ontario man charged in connection with Halifax robbery

Police Media Releases - Jul 4, 2016

Following an investigation by the General Investigation Section, a man was arrested and charged in connection with a robbery that took place in Halifax this past March. 

On March 7 at approximately 4 p.m., a man entered the Guardian Pharmacy at 6199 Coburg Road, went behind the pharmacy counter where he produced a knife and demanded cash and drugs before fleeing. The suspect fled on foot on Lemarchant Street with a quantity of cash and drugs. None of the staff in the store were injured. 

On July 1, at 8:30 a.m., members of the High-risk Enforcement Action Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division arrested 32-year-old Charles Russell Clarke of Campbellford Ontario without incident at a correctional facility in Milton Ontario. He was transported back to Halifax that day and was held in custody for the weekend. He is to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face charges of robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of a probation order.

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Missing Person - police request public's assistance

Police Media Releases - Jul 2, 2016

Halifax Regional Police is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Dartmouth man.

Twenty-six-year-old Jacob Keating was last seen at a Halifax hospital at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 30. Jacob is a white man, 5'10" with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts and black and lime Adidas sneakers. 

There is no information to suggest that Jacob has met with foul play, however, police are concerned for his well-being. Officers request that Jacob or anyone with information on his whereabouts calls Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

GO # 16-97482 - Robbery

Police Reports - Jul 2, 2016

At 11 p.m. on July 1,  a 24-year-old man approached a marked police unit advising he was just robbed while walking through Flinn Park on Flinn Street in Halifax. The victim was approached from behind by the suspect who demanded his money. The victim was physically assaulted and relieved of his cigarettes.  During the incident, a second suspect remained a short distance away not involving himself in the physical confrontation. Both suspects walked from the scene towards Quinpool Road then towards Chebucto Road.

The  first suspect is described as a black man in his early 20’s, 6’3”, slim build, wearing white shorts, a red shirt with a Canadian flag and dark sneakers. The second suspect described as a younger black male.

The victim was treated near the scene by EHS for minor injuries.  The investigation remains ongoing and investigators are asking anyone who has information about this incident or who witnessed it to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.