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Man Wanted in Prowl By Night Investigation,
Dundas Street East and Leslie Street area,
Gerard Silas Purcell, 40
Man Arrested

Broadcast time: 11:45
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Unit: 55 Division
Phone: 416-808-5500
Case #: 2021-1906510

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of an arrest in a prowl by night investigation.

It is alleged that:

- between May 2021 and October 2021, a man had been targeting various residences in the Dundas Street East and Leslie Street area, also known as the Leslieville area

See previous release

See previous release

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 3:19 p.m., Gerard Silas Purcell, 40, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1. four counts of Attempt Break and Enter
2. two counts of Prowl by Night
3. Criminal Harassment
4. two counts of Trespass by Night
5. Assault
6. Assault-Choking

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park Court, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10 a.m., room 501.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, 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 or Google Play.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Greg Yan, 55 Division