A man wanted in connection for a sexual assault and robbery in the city, 16 years ago, surrendered to police on September 18, a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Stacy Gordon Armstrong, 56, surrendered at 14 Division and was charged with sexual assault, robbery and failure to comply with probation.
A 33-year-old female sex trade worker was in the Queen St. and Beaconsfield Ave. area on June 28, 1998, around 7.30 a.m., when she was approached by the suspect. It’s alleged he took her to the rear of a building and sexually assaulted her. He then fled on a mountain bike.
The victim and two her friends lost sight of the accused after a chase that concluded in theCollege St. and Roxton Rd. area.
At a press conference at police headquarters on September 19, Detective Ali Ansari of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Cold Case section said forensic evidence led to Armstrong’s arrest.
“I cannot get into further details because that will jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” he said. “…There was a lot of evidence that was gathered at the time of the original investigation that we looked at.”
Ansari reiterated that cold cases are never forgotten.
“We will investigate them to the best of our abilities, hoping for a positive conclusion, no matter how long it takes,” he added.