Forensics Leads to Sex Assault Arrests

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 5:07 p.m. November 12, 2015

Sex Crimes investigators have made two arrests, including one for a crime committed 25 years ago.

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Austin Wycliffe Thomas, 49, extradited back to Canada to face charges in connection with a 1990 sexual assault

On November 10, Austin Wycliffe Thomas, 49, was extradited from the United Kingdom and charged with sexually assaulting a woman on July 27, 1990.

At a press conference at police headquarters on November 13, Detective Ali Ansari said the victim was sleeping in her ground floor apartment in the  Millwood Rd. and Overlea Blvd. area when the suspect allegedly entered the apartment through an open window and sexually assaulted her.

“Police were called and an intensive investigation ensued,” said Ansari. “Even though physical evidence was collected at the scene from the woman, the investigation failed to identify the perpetrator.”

In 2002, Project Timeless – a cold case review project undertaken by Sex Crimes – was launched.

“These cases are reviewed with an eye towards attempting to solve them by taking advantage of the advances in DNA technology, the improvements in fingerprint technology and reaching out to justice sector partners and agencies,” Ansari said.

The 1990 sexual assault on the woman was one of the cases reviewed and a male DNA profile was developed and placed in the national DNA data bank. In 2013, when another cold case review was conducted because of the improvements in DNA and fingerprint technology, Thomas was identified as a suspect.

Ansari said his identity was allegedly confirmed with assistance from the Centre of Forensic Sciences, Interpol in Ottawa, police in Manchester, England and Cambridgeshire Constabulary who were able to obtain further physical evidence.

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Police believe there may be more victims after Temitope Michael Olusoga, 30, was charged with a sexual assault in south Etobicoke

Thomas was charged with break-and-enter to commit an indictable offence, sexual assault causing bodily harm, attempted choking and threatening bodily harm.

In an unrelated case, an arrest was made after a female teenager was sexually assaulted in the city’s west end.

On September 27, a 19-year-old woman was waiting for a bus at  Kipling Ave. and Birmingham St. when it’s reported the suspect allegedly  sneaked up on her, covered her mouth and dragged her into a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.

Acting Inspector Joanne Rudnick said that, through evidence submitted to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for DNA analysis, 30-year-old Temitope Olusoga of Toronto was allegedly identified as the suspect and arrested.

Anyone with information can contact Sex Crimes at 416-808-7474; Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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