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Public Safety Alert,
Renforth Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road,
Prowler and Reported Sexual Assault

Broadcast time: 21:00
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sex Crimes

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, it was reported to police that:

- on Saturday, July 28, 2018, between 11 p.m. and midnight, a man entered a home in the area of Renforth Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road

- he sexually assaulted a child

- he fled the scene in an unknown direction

It is further reported that:

- on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at approximately 11 p.m., a man was seen prowling in the backyard of the same home

The man is described as white, in his late 20's to 30's,approximately 5'8' to 5"9", with short dark hair, and wearing a dark jacket.

Police launched an investigation, including a canvas of the area.

As a result of these efforts, investigators learned of other suspicious incidents which include prowling on personal property, indecent acts, and/or exposures. These other incidents occurred in the area bordered by Rathburn Road, The West Mall, Bloor Street West and Renforth Drive.

Although these other incidents are of great concern to the police, we have no evidence to link them with the reported sexual assault at this time.

However, the investigation continues with witness interviews and additional canvasses of the neighbourhood.

Officers are asking anyone with home or business security cameras to review the content between Saturday, July 28 and Monday, July 30, 2018 and contact police if there are any images that could assist with this investigation.

Community members in this area are asked to be vigilant and come forward with any information about incidents, past or present, involving suspicious behaviour.

Investigators can be contacted at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Information about how to secure your home can be found here.

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Dominic Sinopoli, Sex Crimes