Friday January 24, 2020 -Peterborough man facing additional six counts of sexual assault as further victims come forward following incidents at local spa

Ongoing Investigation:

A 60-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with an additional six counts of sexual assault in an ongoing investigation involving incidents at a local spa.

On December 9, 2019 a victim attended a Peterborough spa for a massage. It was reported that during the appointment the accused, employed as a registered massage therapist at the time, sexually assaulted the victim. As a result of the investigation, on December 10, 2019 officers attended a Peterborough residence where the accused was arrested and charged with sexual assault.

On December 12, 2019 it was further reported to police that during a massage appointment on December 6, 2019 at the same local spa the victim was sexually assaulted and assaulted by the accused. As a result of that investigation the accused was further charged with sexual assault and assault.

Since those reports, an additional six new victims have come forward to police.

As a result of that further investigation, on January 24, 2020 the accused, Gerard Sylvester Rodrigues, 60, of Parkhill Road West, attended the police station where he was charged with an additional six counts of sexual assault.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later today (Jan. 24).

The investigation is ongoing and there may be further victims. Anyone with further information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 ext. 261 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Thursday January 23, 2020 – Update regarding investigation into posters in the downtown

Over the past few weeks the Peterborough Police Service received reports of posters with potentially concerning content that were being posted throughout the City.

In consultation with the Crown Attorney’s office it was determined that these posters do not meet the threshold to be deemed a hate crime.

Our Service continues to encourage anyone that sees material with potentially concerning content being posted to immediately contact police and do not assume police are already aware of it or assume someone else has reported it. To make a report please call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca.

In 2017 our Service developed and re- launched the NoH8 cards that were distributed by police and other partners. The cards help explain what a hate crime or hate incident is, what to do if a person is a victim or a witness of a hate crime or incident and provides phone numbers to various community agencies and partners. The cards are still available in the lobby of the police station.

We will continue to work with our community partners to ensure our community is a place where all residents feel safe and welcome.

Thursday January 23, 2020 – Havelock, Ontario man facing numerous weapon related charges following incident

Calls for Service:

(Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 23 at 8 a.m.)

Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose Arrest:

A 35-year-old Havelock, Ontario man is facing numerous weapons charges following a Tuesday morning incident at a local restaurant.

On January 22, 2020 at approximately 7:17 a.m. officers were dispatched to a restaurant in the area area of Park and Albert Streets for a report of a man banging on cars and possibly in possession of a handgun.

Officers arrived on scene and located the male suspect in the area of Perry Street who fled on foot when he saw police. While fleeing from police the male ran through a local business and when confronted by an employee the male brandished a knife toward the employee and threatened the employee then continued running.

Officers engaged in a foot pursuit and were able to apprehend the male in the area of Stewart Place and Park Place. While attempting to place the male under arrest the male resisted.

Through the investigation officers located the male’s vehicle in the area of Park Street and observed a handgun inside the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Brett Lee Humphrey, 35, of Highway 7, Havelock, Ontario, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose X2
  • Careless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Resist peace officer
  • Breach of firearm regulation – transport firearm or restricted weapon

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Jan. 23).

Thursday January 23, 2020 – Oshawa man charged with human trafficking

A 30-year-old Oshawa, Ontario man has been arrested and charged with human trafficking following an investigation.

On January 22, 2020 the Peterborough Police Service’s Special Victims Unit engaged in a proactive human trafficking investigation. Through the investigation, which included the use of social media platforms, a female victim was identified.  On January 22, 2020 officers located the female victim and through the investigation it was revealed that the victim was being trafficked.

On January 22, 2020 at approximately 8 p.m. officers attended the area of Lansdowne Street West where the accused was located and placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation Tristan Haughton, 30, of William Street West, Oshawa, Ontario, was arrested and charged with traffick in persons.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Jan. 23).

Wednesday January 22, 2020 – Peterborough man charged with mischief following incident with Charlotte Street parking meter

Calls for Service:

(Jan. 21 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 22 at 8 a.m.) 90

Mischief Arrest:

A 41-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with mischief following an incident on Charlotte Street.

On January 21, 2020 officers attended the area of Charlotte Street to investigate a report of a male trying to cut down a parking meter with a saw. A description of the male was provided to police.

A short time later officers located the male matching the description walking in the area of Charlotte Street.
As a result of the investigation Aarron Matthew Sherwin, 41, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 20, 2020.

Break and enter:

The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward after two storage trailers located at a Cavan, Ontario construction site were broken into and tools stolen.

Sometime between 5 p.m. on January 20, 2020 and 7 a.m. on January 21, 2020 unknown person(s) entered a construction site located on Highway 7A in the Township of Cavan Monaghan and stole several tools from two storage trailers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Stolen Bulldozer:

The Peterborough Police Service is investigating after a stolen bulldozer was later recovered in the Village of Lakefield.

Sometime during the weekend of January 17, 2020 and January 19, 2020 a bulldozer parked at a lot on Pioneer Road in Peterborough was stolen and later recovered on Concession Street in the Village of Lakefield.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Tuesday January 21, 2020 – Peterborough man charged with possession of child pornography following search warrant at residence

Calls for Service:

(Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 21 at 8 a.m.) 102

Possession of child pornography Arrest:

A 22-year-old Peterborough man is facing child pornography charges following an investigation.

On January 21, 2020, police executed a search warrant at a downtown residence in Peterborough where electronic devices were located and seized.

As a result of the investigation, Jacob Ferguson-Kerr, 22, of Bolivar Street, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today. (Jan 21)

The Peterborough Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to protect children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the internet. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.


Domestic assault Arrest:

A 55-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following a Monday afternoon incident.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on January 20, 2020 the male victim was walking south on Aylmer Street North when he was approached from behind by a man he knows who began shouting at him then proceeded to assault him. An altercation took place between the two men in which the accused was reported to have brandished a large knife and threatened the victim.

The victim fled the area on foot while then accused continued to yell threats.  The incident was reported to police and officers were dispatched to the area.

On January 20, 2020 at approximately 7:45 p.m. officers located the accused at an Aylmer Street North residence where, as a result of the investigation, he was placed under arrest.

Jeffrey Leon Dodds, 55, of Aylmer Street North, is charged with the following:

  • Assault
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Fail to comply with a probation order X2

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Jan. 21).

Jan. 18 – Jan. 20, 2020 – Peterborough man facing charges including assault causing bodily harm following investigation

Calls for Service:

(Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 18 at 8 a.m.) 115

(Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 19 at 8 a.m.) 76

(Jan. 19 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 20 at 8 a.m.) 75

Assault causing bodily harm Arrest:

A 42-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement following a Friday evening incident.

On the evening of January 17, 2020 the accused and female victim became involved in a verbal dispute while at a Peterborough residence. During the dispute it was reported that the accused assaulted and choked the victim and prevented her from leaving the residence. Following the assault the accused left the residence. Police were contacted and officers attended.

A short time later officers located the accused at a Peterborough residence. As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault causing bodily harm – choke, suffocate or strangle
  • Forcible confinement
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody, appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on January 18, 2020, was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court later today (Jan. 20).

In order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident the name of the accused will not be released.

Impaired Arrest:

A 34-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges after  having driven to the police station while impaired.

Shortly before midnight on January 13, 2020 a male attended the police station to speak with an officer on an related matter. While speaking with the male in the front lobby of the station the officer noted a strong odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the male’s breath. Through the investigation it was revealed that the male had driven his car to the police station.

A subsequent breath test revealed the male had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system while operating a motor vehicle. It was also revealed that the male is a novice driver.

As a result of the investigation Tit Shing Mak, 34, of Voyageur Street, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus
  • Novice driver – Blood alcohol concentration about zero (Highway Traffic Act)

He was issued an automatic 90 day drivers licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment. The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 19, 2020.

Break and enter: George Street North

The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at a George Street North business.

Sometime between 6:45 p.m. on January 18, 2020 and noon on January 19, 2020 unknown person(s) broke into a George Street North hair salon through an insecure door. Once inside the thieves stole items including a television and hair products.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Break and enter: McDonnel Street residence

The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a break-in at a McDonnel Street home.

Sometime between 3:50 p.m. on January 18, 2020 and 4:20 p.m. on January 19, 2020 unknown person(s) broke into the home through a locked window. Once inside thieves stole several pieces of clothing and accessories including watches and purses along with electronics.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Scam Alert! Police warning the community about a new scam circulating in the area

The Peterborough Police Service is warning the community about a new scam circulating in the area.

We recently received several phone calls from persons reporting that they have received a telephone call from a person stating they are an “officer of the government.” The fake “officer” then provides a badge number to seem more legitimate.  People are being told by the fraudsters that they are investigating several accounts being opened up under their Social Insurance Number (SIN) and are asked to confirm their name, last three numbers of their SIN and their postal code.

We remind residents to never give any person information over the phone, especially their SIN number, before confirming the identity of the caller. Always hang up, call your bank, a family member or a trusted friend before disclosing any personal information or making a payment over the phone.