Cold case suspect sought

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:22 p.m. June 2, 2014
Updated: 8:24 a.m. June 3, 2014

Toronto Police is seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect in a 22-year-old cold case investigation.

Composite sketch of a man with a mustache wearing a jacket and a shirt underneath
Re-Drawn suspect's composite of Feb 18, 1992

On February 15, 1992 at around 2.30 a.m., a 23-year-old woman was leaving a restaurant in the vicinity of Bay & Temperance Sts. when she was approached by a man who claimed he had been mugged and needed assistance to get back to his hotel room.

The woman agreed to his request, which was later changed to Union Station. En route, the suspect directed her to drive into a laneway in the Simcoe St. and Richmond St. W. area, where he assaulted her and fled the scene.

“He viciously beat her and sexually assaulted her, then apologised for his actions, before leaving,” said Detective Ali Ansari of the Service’s Cold Case Unit.

“The original investigation failed to identify the person responsible for this crime and so the case went cold.”

The suspect was described as an Aboriginal male, tanned complexion, 28-35, 5’8”-5’9”, with a slim build, short brown hair parted at the side and a moustache.

“We are hoping someone would have seen something who can help us make an arrest,” said Ansari.

“It was just a few hours after Valentine’s Day had ended and we are trying to see if anyone in the downtown core at that time would have run into this person.”

Ansari said a composite produced in 1992 was not appropriate for release.

“The way it was done then is different from what is done now,” he pointed out.

With assistance from a forensic artist, a new composite to look like the suspect was produced.

Ansari said cold cases are not forgotten.

“We are always doing our best to solve them,” he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

TPS crest watermark