A $50,000 reward is being posted for anonymous information leading to the arrest of T’Quan Robertson.
The 24-year-old, who is accused of attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting incident where two young girls were shot at a playground just over a year ago, is the subject of the Crime Stoppers and Bolo program reward announced on June 25, 2019.
Deputy Chief Peter Yuen is urging Robertson to do the right thing and call a lawyer.
“There’s nowhere to go and we will apprehend you sooner or later,” he said. “We are not looking for witnesses or people to testify. This case is ready to go to trial and we are just looking for the location of the suspect.”
Police believe that Robertson is still in the province.
“We believe that people may be helping him avoid capture and we want to remind them that it is a criminal offence to do so,” said Yuen.
On June 14, 2018, two girls – ages nine and five – received gunshot injuries while playing in a park at Alton Towers Circle in Scarborough.
Sheldon Eriya was arrested the next day and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and the reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.
On June 17, police identified the two other men they allege were involved in the shooting.
Tarrick Rhoden was arrested last August by the Ontario Provincial Police Minden detachment while T’Quan Robertson remains at large.
BOLO – Be On The Look Out – is a term that’s commonly used within the law enforcement community.
Administered by the Stephen Cretier Foundation, the Bolo program is a breakthrough initiative leveraging social media and technology to make sure citizens are on the lookout for Canada’s most wanted so they can report sightings and submit tips to help the police arrest these wanted people.
“Over the next few weeks, the people of Toronto and Ontario will come across the T’Quan Robertson ‘Most Wanted’ notice as they watch or read the news, as they check their social media feeds or simply as they walk or drive by,” said Bolo Program Director Maxime Langlois. “If you know or think you may know where T’Quan Robertson is, I urge you to submit your tip to Toronto Crime Stoppers.”
In partnership with Toronto Crime Stoppers, the Bolo Program is offering a reward up to $50,000 for any information leading to Robertson’s arrest.
Langlois had a direct message for Robertson.
“Mr. Robertson, with the amplification campaign we are launching today, everyone in Toronto, Ontario and Canada will not only know that you are wanted for a playground shooting that put two young girls in hospital and traumatized them and their community for the rest of their lives, but everyone will also know that there’s a $50,000 reward for tips leading to your arrest,” he said. “So there’s nowhere to hide and there’s indeed only one right thing to do and that’s to grab the phone, call a lawyer and make arrangements to turn yourself in.”
Though Toronto Police has partnered in the past with the Bolo program, this is the first time that a cash reward is being offered until December 25, 2019.
The T’Quan Robertson case was chosen by the BOLO Program committee and supported by Toronto Crime Stoppers.
“We at Crime Stoppers, just as everyone else in the city, were saddened by the victimization of these two young girls and see the great importance of bringing those accused of this crime before the courts,” said Crime Stoppers Toronto Program Chair Sean Sportum.
He said that individuals who see Robertson can still call 9-1-1 and remain anonymous. They will be transferred to Crime Stoppers Toronto after they give information.
“They can relay the information to the operator and then will be connected with a Crime Stoppers representative,” Sportum said. “Crime Stoppers has never revealed the identity of an anonymous source.”
They can also contact Crime Stoppers directly at 1-800-222-TIPS.
A total of seven billboards went up in Toronto shortly after the news conference.
“We have ad trucks that will be driving around strategic neighbourhoods identified by the lead investigator in this case,” said Langlois. “We have a significant Facebook and Instagram promoted campaign unwrapping at this very moment.”
The Bolo pilot program was launched in May 2018 at Toronto Police headquarters.
“As we expanded to other cities, especially in the Lower Mainland region in Vancouver, we built a partnership with Crime Stoppers there in which we started to offer substantial rewards,” Langlois said.
Since the program launch on May 1, 2018 up to April 30, 2019, nearly 200 tips have been generated through the BOLO campaign in various cities.