An alert Court Officer, on his way to work, helped nab the suspect who allegedly committed arson inside Old City Hall on July 16.
Court Officer Jonathan Cabral was at a Tim Hortons at Bay & Queen Sts. across the road from Old City Hall where he’s assigned, when he saw someone he believed was the suspect come in and sit at a table.
“I could see that he had on the same clothing he was wearing when it’s alleged he committed the crime,” said Cabral, who has been on the job for two-and-a-half years. “I kept a close eye on him while calling 52 Division to find out if there was still a warrant for his arrest.”
Cabral said the man spent about three minutes inside before exiting without making an order and taking a seat on a bench outside the Tim Hortons.
“By this time, I was able to get a better look of him and I told 52 Division that he was still there,” said Cabral.
He said officers arrived within two minutes and arrested the man without incident.
“He was compliant with the officers and didn’t resist arrest,” added Cabral.
George Powers, 48, of Toronto, was charged with break-and-enter, arson and two counts of failure to comply with probation.
Court officer Supervisor Eaton Hyde said Court Officers take their roles in the Service seriously both on and off-duty.
“Our officers remain vigilant in their day-to-day activities and have proven to be excellent ambassadors for our Service,” he said.