January 6, 2010
Photos released of New Year's sex suspects
By TAMARA CHERRY, QMI Agency
TORONTO -- Five men pictured in crystal clear images released by sex crimes cops today are being encouraged to turn themselves in after an alleged New Year's attack against two women at an upscale Toronto hotel.
The 22-year-old victims met the men at a New Year's Eve party on the CNE grounds before piling into a cab with them and heading to the Marriott hotel at Yonge and Bloor Sts. just after 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, Toronto Police Det.-Const. Melinda McAskill told reporters at a morning news conference.
The women were allegedly assaulted in their room before the men left the hotel.
McAskill stood next to photographs of five yet-to-be-identified men who are considered suspects in the case.
"We are appealing to these young men, turn yourselves into police," McAskill said.
While the men will likely face charges of sexual assault, additional charges could be laid as the investigation continues, McAskill said.
She also encouraged anyone who knows the men to call police or Crime Stoppers.
Calling the photos "evidence," McAskill wouldn't say whether the formally clad men, who were seemingly posing for the shots, were photographed at the CNE party.
"I'm confident that when people see this news release that someone will identify these men," she said.
"The pictures are extremely good. They're very clear," Const. Wendy Drummond added after the press conference. "It's virtually impossible that nobody will be able to identify them."
The case us one of six being handled by the sex crimes unit since the start of the year, Det. Anthony Charles said.
One of the other cases also involves a young woman sexually assaulted at the Marriott after New Year's Eve celebrations.
In the unrelated case, an 18-year-old women met a young man in the entertainment district who invited her back to a party at the hotel early Jan. 1, Charles said.
There were about six young men who were apparently friends and about four other young women who didn't know each other in the room, drinking alcohol, Charles said.
One of the men — not the one who invited her to the party — allegedly coaxed the victim out of the room and used his hotel key to get into the gym area where the woman was attacked sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., Charles said.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, 222tips.com, or by texting TOR and your tip to CRIMES.