POLICE NOTES: Attack at Bullfrog, Train Car Break-In, and More Grandparent Scams

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.

Man Charged After Stabbing at Bullfrog Mall

An 18-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose Wednesday afternoon after police were called to Bullfrog Mall on Eramosa near Stevenson. Two male youths were transported to hospital for treatment, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening and they were both swiftly released from hospital.

As a result of the incident, one school in the immediate area was placed in lockdown while several others were placed in a hold and secure as a precautionary measure. All these measures were lifted just before 2 pm after two males were arrested. The second male was released without charges after further investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing, so if you have any information, get in touch with either Detective Constable Mary Ellen McEwen at 519-824-1212, ext. 7174 or mmcewen [at] guelphpolice.ca; or Detective Constable Syed Ali at ext. 7145 or sali [at] guelphpolice.ca. You can also upload videos or photos from the incident by following this link.


A 31-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assault with a weapon, breaching probation and trespassing after she threw coffee in the face of an employee at a downtown aid agency Monday morning. The woman had trespassed at the agency a few days earlier and when the employee reminded her that’s what prompted the assault.

A 35-year-old Guelph man was charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief under $5,000 after two teens aged 14 and 15 were chased through a townhouse complex by man they didn’t know with a machete.


The glass front door smashed at a business near Harvard and Gordon, and approximately $2,000 worth of lottery tickets were taken. If you have any information, call Constable Brett Nymeyer at 519-824-1212, ext. 7227, or email him at bnymeyer [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two train cars being restored in the area of Elmira and Independence Place were broken into sometime in the last week and approximately $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from one of the cars. If you have any information, call Constable Victoria Deston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7454, email her at vdeston [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 46-year-old Sault Ste Marie man was charged with two counts of break and enter and breaching a probation order after he broke in to a laundry room at an apartment building at Julia and Silvercreek with another man.

A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing break-in instruments, resisting arrest, failing to attend court and breaching probation after police patrolling in the area of Exhibition Park Tuesday morning saw a man hiding behind a tree with a propane torch in his hand. He also had bolt cutters in his possession.


A 38-year-old Guelph man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a weapon, theft under $5,000, possessing stolen property under $5,000 and breaching probation. The man fled an Elmira Road business after trying to shoplift and when police caught up with him they found a spring-assisted knife and approximately $5,600 worth of suspected fentanyl in a search.


A Guelph resident in her 70s got in touch with police last Friday to report that she gave $20,000 to the perpetrators of a grandparent-esque scam, $7,000 to supposedly bail out her nephew, and $13,000 for supposed medical expenses of a woman injured in a collision to connected to her nephew’s arrest. She later learned that her nephew had never been in a collision in the first place.

Police are looking for the two men who came to the victim’s home to pick up the money; the first is described as possibly Indian, 5’7”, black hair in a ponytail, thin build wearing dark clothing and the second described as a white male, 5’8”, stocky build with short brown hair and wearing light clothing.

If you have any information, call Constable Samantha Worthington at 519-824-1212, ext. 7326, or email her at sworthington [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 24-year-old Toronto man was charged with fraud under $5,000, utter forged documents, obstructing police and four counts of possessing identity documents after trying to open a bank account at a Guelph bank on Thursday afternoon.

Two men from Montreal, aged 22 and 23, were arrested for fraud over $5,000 on Thursday after police officers where lying in wait for them to pick up the fruits of their scam. A Guelph man was called by someone posing as his granddaughter and was told he needed to provide $18,000 to get her out of custody. He made arrangements to pay, but spoke to his real granddaughter before the scammers picked up the cash, and the trap was laid.

If you think you might be a victim of any fraud, call the Guelph Police Non-Emergency line is 519-824-5154, or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or  online at their website.


Someone or someones broke into a building under construction near the intersection of Paisley and Elmira sometime last weekend. Tools and equipment including a generator, rotary laser and more than a dozen batteries with chargers were reported missing. If you have any information, call Constable Victoria Deston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7454, email her at vdeston [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen property over $5,000, breaching probation and failing to comply with an undertaking. The man was located and arrested on Tuesday in connection to an incident in January when an SUV was stolen from a west end gas station while the owner was inside paying for gas.


A 77-year-old Guelph man was charged with stunt driving after he was clocked driving 91 kilometres per hour in a posted 50 zone last Friday on Arkell Road. He was one of six drivers stopped for speeding in a 90-minute period after police received a complaint about traffic in the area.

A 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a traffic stop last Saturday night. The driver failed a roadside test after leaving the Manor, and then further testing done at police headquarters showed that he had twice the legal alcohol limit in his system.

A 36-year-old Woodstock man was charged with speeding and stunt driving after getting caught doing 114 kilometre per hour in a 60 zone along Woodlawn Road West at around 4:30 am on Thursday.

Two separate vehicle collisions took place within 20 minutes of each other on Tuesday morning, one at at Gordon and Lowes that sent two people to hospital and another at a downtown parking lot where one person was taken to hospital.

Police are looking for a white female with a heavy build and dark hair who was driving an older beige or silver possibly Chrysler Town and Country after an incident Wednesday night. A minivan fled police at a high rate of speed during a traffic stop at Edinburgh and Speedvale, but police gave up the pursuit in the interest of safety as the van was speeding and weaving in an out of oncoming traffic. The van was last seen heading south at Woolwich and McTague.

If you have any information, call Constable Victoria Deston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7454 or email vdeston [at] guelphpolice.ca, or call Constable James McMichan at ext. 7427 or email jmcmichan [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

Police are looking for a white male in his 20s to 40s, average height, scruffy grey beard and wearing a bright yellow hooded jacket, black pants, a backpack and black headphones. On Wednesday morning, he damaged a car while crossing the street at Stevenson and Eramosa, slamming his hands on the hood and kicking the passenger door. When the driver pulled into a parking lot to check the damage, the same man approached and pulled the driver’s door open wide, causing a crease in the door which prevented it from closing properly. He was last seen walking on Eramosa Road toward Meyer Drive.

Total calls for service last week: 1,600

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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