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News Release

Appeal for Witnesses in Toronto Custody Death

Case Number: 10-TCD-074

Mississauga (13 May, 2010) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an incident which took place in the early evening hours of May 5, 2010.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers with the Toronto Police Service stopped a vehicle on Steeles Avenue at Founders Road. One of the vehicle's occupants, Junior Alexander Manon, attempted to flee resulting in a short foot pursuit. Following an interaction with police, Mr. Manon was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. As a result, the SIU has commenced an investigation into this matter.

The SIU is appealing for witnesses who may have more information regarding this incident. The SIU Mobile Investigative Centre (MIC) and investigators will be at the location of the incident on May 14, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to interview potential witnesses. The MIC will be situated at the southeast corner of Steeles Ave. and Founders Rd., in the York University parking lot. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to visit the SIU Mobile Investigative Centre or contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342