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StreetBeat – May 10 – Peel Police Arrest Suspect In “Rapunzel” Robberies

Peel Police say they’ve nabbed a suspect allegedly responsible for 50 burglaries at high-end homes across the GTA.

A two-month investigation into a rash of break-and-enters culminated in an arrest Sunday at the 45-year-old suspect’s Mississauga home. The alleged bandit used ladders to get inside the high-end houses he targeted, authorities said – an M.O. that apparently prompted investigators to dub their probe “Project Rapunzel”.

Authorities claim he targeted luxury residences where a ladder was nearby and would skirt the home security system by sneaking in a second-storey window.

The man has been charged in connection to 27 break-ins in Peel Region, six in Halton and 17 in York Region. The suspect is alleged to have stolen more than $800,000 worth of cash, electronics and jewellery.

Ali Hussein Abu-Khalil, also known as Ali Ramadan, was scheduled to appear in a Brampton court Monday.


Photo Of Sex Assault Suspect Released

Police have released the photo of a man wanted for an alleged sexual assault in a west-end park in March.

A 19-year-old woman told detectives she met the suspect, 28-year-old Edmund Cherry, at a bar near Eglinton Ave. W. and Black Creek Dr. on March 24.

Cherry then reportedly took the woman to a nearby park and sexually assaulted her.

Passersby found her bleeding at the side of the road and brought her to 12 Division.

Cherry, who is wanted for sexual assault, assault and choking, is described as black, 6 feet tall, with short, black hair, a panther tattoo on his right wrist and a pierced right eyebrow.

If you can help, contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).