POLICE NOTES: Uber Assault, More Sextortion, and High Speed Bust

There are 145,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot going on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days.

***Please note that not all offenses and police calls are reported in the daily Guelph Police media release.


A 35-year-old Cambridge woman is charged with two counts of assault, obstructing police and breaching an order after she and another woman caught an Uber outside an establishment on Silvercreek South early Friday morning. One of the women became upset with the other and began punching her, and when the driver stopped the car to try to break up the assault, he was struck several times in the face, causing him to start bleeding. No one needed medical attention, and the suspect was discovered to have a condition sentence order after giving a fake name to police.


A white Dodge Ram pick-up truck was used to smash in the front door and pull the security bars off the window of a business on Silvercreek at Campbell Road, and a quantity of tools were stolen. Police are looking for three suspects: 1) male, tall with a thin build and wearing a red jacket, blue jeans, a blue hat and a black mask; 2) male, white, average height, medium build wearing a black jacket, grey hoodie and grey/green pants; and 3) male, average height, medium build, black leather jacket, blue jeans, grey shoes. If you have any information, call Constable James Perdicaris at 519-824-1212, ext. 7382, or email him at jperdicaris [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with four counts of break and enter, five counts of theft, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing break and enter tools and three counts of breaching probation. The suspect allegedly attempted to enter cars and homes in the area of Durham and Glasgow last Friday morning before entering two homes on Raymond Street and stealing a bike from a shed at a third. Police found him in the carport of another home and they recovered stolen property from him as well as a large knife hidden in his jacket.


A 52-year-old Guelph man was charged with three counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and failing to appear in court after spotting him at an address on Woolwich near Speedvale. During a search, officers found suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine with a total value of approximately $5,000.


Guelph Police are reporting that there have been a dozen incidents of so called sextortion scams since the beginning of December. In most cases, the victim is contacted through social media by someone unknown to them. Following conversations, which could include the stranger sending a supposed nude photo of themselves, the victim is asked to provide an intimate image only to have the suspect turn around and threaten to share the image with the victim’s friends or family if they do not pay money. Police remind you never share intimate images online, especially if you are not sure who you’re sending them to.


A rental truck was stolen from a business on Southgate Drive last Friday evening. The missing truck is a yellow 16-foot Ford cube van with Penske written on the side and #791611388 on the back. If you have any information call Constable Samantha Worthington at 519-824-1212, ext. 7326, or email her at sworthington [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Someone tried to steal a cube van from a business on Southgate Drive on Thursday morning. Sometime overnight the driver’s door was pried open and the ignition was pulled from the vehicle on a 2013 cube van. If you have any information, call Constable Adam Kernan at 519-824-1212, ext. 7379, or email him at akernan [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A woman caught a suspect in the act of removing the catalytic converter from her SUV early Sunday morning in the area of Imperial and Woodlawn. The suspect was wearing all black and a backpack and fled the scene in a white pick-up truck with red markings on the doors. If you have any information, call Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, or email him at felayoubi [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Officers found a 2005 Honda Civic in a downtown parking lot that had been stolen from a residence on Grange Street last month. Three people were seen leaving the vehicle on Carden Street at 3:30 am Tuesday morning: 1) a white male with a dark beard and wearing a blue jacket, blue pants, a white hoodie and a blue backpack; 2) a white female with blonde hair and wearing a dark jacket and pants over a pink sweater; and 3) a white, unknown gender and wearing a white sweater and pants with black spots and a blue vest and pulling a blue wagon with some kind of vegetation inside. If you have any information, call Constable Jay Martin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7181, or email him at jwmartin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 43-year-old woman and 28-year-old man from Toronto are charged with theft under $5,000 and possessing stolen property under $5,000 after they tried to steal a large quantity of vitamins and other items in a bag at a business on Eramosa Road Monday afternoon.

A 34-year-old Kitchener woman was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, occupying a stolen motor vehicle, obstructing police, two counts of possessing a controlled substance and driving without a licence after she was spotting in a pick-up truck on Silvercreek South on Sunday evening. When she saw the police, she tried to hide and a check of the license plate revealed that it was stolen in another jurisdiction. Small amounts of suspected crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl and cannabis were located during a search.


Police are looking for witnesses to a collision at 2 pm last Saturday afternoon, a grey Toyota hatchback hit a grey Honda minivan at the intersection of Gordon and Edinburgh, and one driver was taken to Guelph General Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Mike Powell of the Traffic Services Unit at mpowell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 58-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after he had a drink while waiting for an oil change on Speedvale Avenue Tuesday morning.

A 57-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after officers saw a man leave a licensed establishment on Woodlawn East and get into his vehicle.

A 17-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, stunt driving and speeding, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after police spotting someone driving 115 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone on Stone Road East. When the officer tried to pull him over, the driver cranked it up to 130 on Watson Parkway South, swerving to avoid stopped vehicles and then losing control and striking a hydro pole. A female passenger sustained facial injuries and was taken to hospital.

Other Notes

A 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with failing to attend court and obstructing police after he gave a fake name and birth date to officers who were called the scene of Quebec and Norfolk on Wednesday after a report about a pair of suspicious males.

A 42-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking and failing to appear in court. Officers spotted him leaving an address on Carden Street Wednesday morning.

Total calls for service last week:  1,675

If you have any information about the crimes or incidents mentioned above, you can also call Guelph Wellington Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or post online at csgw.tips.

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