Photos of '10 Most Wanted' G20 suspects released
Toronto police have released photographs of at least 10 people wanted in connection with vandalism during the G20 protests, and have announced the arrest of one man.
Police said Wednesday they have charged someone in connection with the damage of two marked cruisers in the Spadina Avenue and Queen Street West area on June 26 around 3:44 p.m.
Ashan Ravindhraraj, a25-year-old Toronto resident, appeared in court Wednesday. He has been charged with one count of arson and two counts of mischief over $5,000.
"He surrendered himself at 52 Division with the assistance of his lawyer," Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux told a news conference.
Two other suspects in a group of six photos were released last week have since been identified. They will be tracked down, Giroux said.
As to the G20 most-wanted list, "They are individuals who are not 'suspects,'" he said. "They are individuals who are wanted for criminal offences."
The problem lies in identifying them, Giroux said.
No allegations against Ravindhraraj have been proven in a court of law.
In the cases of those other suspects, police say investigators are accessing multiple databases in other provinces and in the United States to identify suspects whose photos police have obtained.
Giroux called on the public to continue helping police identify the suspects who are wanted on arson and mischief-related charges.
So far, police have received about 14,000 still images and another 500 videos, he said.
Windows were smashed and four police vehicles were torched on June 26 when G20 protests turned violent through the use of 'Black Bloc' tactics by a very small minority of anarchist vandals.
Upon identifying suspects investigators will comb through thousands of images and hundreds of videos submitted to police to connect the suspect to various incidents.
"I don't want to identify a person and run out and apprehend them. I want my officers to go through all the video… and lay one set of global charges," Giroux said.
"These people transition(ed) through the city... You can see them in a number of different areas committing criminal offenses.
"We come to you with the best possible images of individuals who are responsible for criminality."
Giroux noted that some rumours exist that one person in the photos was a police agent provocateur who incited violence.
"He is not a police officer. He is wanted for a number of criminal offences," the detective said.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney