Police Investigating Suspicious Incident
On May 17, 2016 the Guelph Police received a call about a youth being forced into a vehicle. It is alleged that at 4:00 p.m. a male was seen grabbing a male youth in a head lock and taking him back to his vehicle parked in the Lourdes parking lot. The incident was witnessed by several onlookers however no plate was obtained. Video captured at Lourdes was inconclusive but the vehicle appears to be a bright blue Sunfire, older model. The male made no effort to hide his activity and witness accounts differ between the boy being pushed into the rear of the vehicle him just getting in on his own. Police have not received any reports of a missing boy.
The male is described as being 30-40 years, 5’5”-6’ tall, heavy build with blonde buzz cut hair. He was a wearing either a yellow shirt or a baseball shirt with grey in centre/chest with yellow ¾ length sleeves and black shorts.
The youth is described as 12-13 years, approximately 5’8” and wearing a black and white hoody and jeans.
Police are asking that those involved or anyone with information about this incident contact Cst. S. Pettapiece at 519-824-1212 at extension #7479. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.csgw.tips.
Assault – arrest
On May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., the Guelph Police went to a Plymouth court residence for an assault complaint. It is alleged that two males that were known to each other became involved in a verbal argument. One of the males then punched the other in the face. The victim walked away from the altercation and called police. The male was arrested at 6:20 p.m.
Cory O’Connell, 35 years of Guelph has been charged with assault. He will appear in court on June 24, 2016.
Theft from cars
On May 17, 2016 the Guelph Police received three reports from Guelph residents about thefts from their cars. The locations were Deleware Avenue, Wyndham Street South and Willow Road.
This crime is easily avoided by locking your cars, keeping valuables out of sight or removed from your vehicle and parked in a well-lit and visible area where possible. If you do fall victim to this crime, please report using the Guelph Police CopLogic online reporting system. You can find this on the Guelph Police website under Online Reporting. You can also check out recent theft from car locations by going to our crime mapping page.
Canada road safety week
Canada Road Safety Week started May 17 and ends at midnight on May 23, 2016. It is an enforcement-driven initiative designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and ultimately, to save lives. This week has been strategically chosen, as it includes the first “summer” long weekend. More people are traveling and traffic collisions are more frequent. Police vehicles will be stationed at key locations and will be highly visible to remind people that safe driving habits will save lives and will reduce injuries on our roadways.
Targeted enforcement activities will be conducted in the areas of impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects of aggressive driving for all users; drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. As well, officers will be observing for the usage of hand-held devices that cause distracted driving. The week is also an education campaign to address the importance of safe driver behaviour. Finally, we want to raise public awareness of a new “Road Safety Strategy 2025”, an initiative that is “Towards Zero” in making Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2025.
Anyone can become a victim of unsafe driving – whether by direct involvement or when a loved one is affected. Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen this kind of devastation and because we know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.
Here in Guelph there have been too many deaths and serious injuries over the last number of years related to vehicle collisions. These collisions may be computed into numbers, but they represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, co-workers, neighbours. The Guelph Police Service believes this is unacceptable and that is why, in support of Canada Road Safety Week, we are participating in this initiative.
Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. More information about Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 is available at WWW.CCMTA.CA.
Police incidents from the last 24 hours
The Guelph Police were involved in 178 incidents in this time frame. Incidents involve everything from traffic stops and accidental 911 calls to domestics and break and enters.