POLICE NOTES: SIU Called, Hold and Secure, and Murder Arrest

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.

Murder Charge Issued After Family Despute

A 68-year-old Guelph man was found deceased when police were called to a south end address on Tuesday afternoon for a family dispute. After investigating, a 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene, and charged with second degree murder. The investigation is ongoing and police do not believe there is any risk to public safety.  If you have any information, call Detective Constable Joel Apps at 519-824-1212 ext. 7162 or email him at japps [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Hold and Secure at South End Schools

Five south-end Guelph schools were briefly placed in Hold and Secure after reports of a suspicious male in the area Thursday morning. At around 11 am, police were called about a man with a possible weapon in the area of Scottsdale and Wilsonview, but they were unable to find him after a search. The suspect was described as a white male in his 60s, tall and thin wearing a grey waist-length winter coat and grey wool toque. Police believe he may have been carrying a toy or replica firearm. If you have any information, call Constable Carson Skipper at 519-824-1212, ext. 7283, or email him at cskipper [at] guelphpolice.ca.

SIU Investigating Suspicious Vehicle Call

The Special Investigations Unit is looking into a incident at Silvercreek and Paisley on Sunday afternoon. According to the Guelph Police media release, officers arrived on scene and became involved in an interaction with a “suspicious” male. During the interaction, a gun was fired, and the male sustained injuries that required him to be take to the hospital for treatment in stable condition.

The SIU media release offered some more details. A Guelph Police officer shot a 44-year-old man after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Officers located a man in the vehicle, there was an interaction between officers and the man and one officer ended up shooting the man. Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case by the SIU. If you have any information, you can get in touch with the the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online here.


A 38-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, resisting arrest and several counts of disobeying a court order on Wednesday morning. A tenant at a Gordon Street apartment building reported being assaulted by the suspect who had been at the same building the day before uttering death threats while holding a small knife.


Police are investigating after a former tenant of a downtown apartment building was seen on video surveillance breaking in just after midnight on Tuesday. The former tenant was observed entering the building shortly after midnight and repeatedly kicked one of the apartment doors until it gave way, causing extensive damage.

A suspect did $50,000 in damage to a a business at Woodlawn and Victoria after breaking through the roof to gain access to one business and then attempting to break through an interior wall to get into another business. The suspect is described as a male, possibly white with an average build and wearing a dark coat, blue snow pants, a mask and gloves and he left tools including a sledgehammer and a ladder behind. If you have any information, call Constable Erik Ugarte-Bravo at 519-824-1212, ext. 7365, or email him at eugarte-bravo [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 41-year-old Guelph woman charged with possessing identity documents, uttering forged documents, uttering threats and trespassing by night after she broke into an apartment near Bristol and Raymond sometime on Sunday night. The apartment’s occupant, who is in her 90s, woke up at 3 am on Monday morning and found her door open, and her iPad and wallet missing.


A 54-year-old Guelph man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of breaching probation and failing to leave a premises when directed. Police seized nearly $4,000 worth of suspected fentanyl as well as $390 in cash from a man hanging around a downtown apartment last Friday afternoon.

A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with seven counts of breaching a probation order and three counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. On Tuesday, Guelph Police were told that a man wanted several charges of breaching probation had been picked up in another jurisdiction. He was found with more than $2,600 worth of suspected cocaine, fentanyl and prescription pain pills on his person.


Police are investigating a rental scam after an 18-year-old victim got in touch with Guelph Police on Thursday. The victim had been communicating via email with someone she believed to be a male renting out a downtown condo, and sent a total of $6,000 via e-transfer before the subject stopped communicating with her. If you have any information, call Special Constable Amanda Chalmers at 519-824-1212, ext. 7516, or email her at schalmers [at] guelphpolice.ca.

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.


A man stole a BMX bike from a Woodlawn West business on Thursday evening, but he accidentally left his phone behind. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin build, brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a maroon tank top, black jeans, black high-top running shoes with green laces, a white belt and a black toque. The bicycle was a blue and black Rebel X2 valued at approximately $200. If you have any information, call Constable Samantha Worthington at 519-824-1212, ext. 7326, email her at sworthington [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A red 2021 Dodge Ram Rebel with tinted windows and a black tonneau cover was reported stolen Thursday morning from a driveway near Ironwood and Kortright. If you have any information, call Special Constable Amanda Chalmers at 519-824-1212, ext. 7516, or email her at schalmers [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two people were arrested Tuesday morning at a business on Eramosa Road after police spotted a stolen Audi sports car out front; one suspected was taken into custody inside the business and another was arrested at a location nearby. Police seized more than $8,000 worth of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription pain medication as well as two knives.

A 33-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, occupying a stolen motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, five counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and breaching probation. Also, a 28-year-old Guelph woman was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000 and occupying a stolen motor vehicle.

A woman was arrested by Guelph Police for loitering and refusing to leave a business at Gordon and Kortright early on Monday morning at 2:30 am. She refused to provide identification and gave police a name they though was fake. She was arrested for obstructing police, and three counts of possessing stolen property under $5,000 after a search revealed property and documents belonging to three different people.


An 18-year-old Guelph man was charged with speeding and stunt driving Wednesday morning after he was clocked doing 85 kilometres per hour in a 40 zone on College Avenue West.

Also on Wednesday morning, a 20-year-old Kitchener man was charged with speeding, stunt driving, driving without insurance and several other Highway Traffic Act violations after getting caught doing 116 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone on Maltby Road. The vehicle also had the wrong plates attached.

A 22-year-old Guelph man was charged with speeding and stunt driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after being caught driving 108 kilometres per hour in 60 zone along Stone Road East last Saturday night. The car was impounded, which is especially bad for the speeder because it was a rental car.

A 52-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation and refusing to provide a breath sample, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after police were called to a Edinburgh and Municipal about a man who had sat in his vehicle for over an hour. One empty and one half-empty vodka bottle were found inside the car.

Other Notes

A 54-year-old Guelph man was charged with mischief under $5,000 and uttering death threats after he punched and kicked a vehicle, which resulted in him breaking the side mirror. He also yelled at the driver and uttered death threats feeling, apparently, that the driver drove too close to him while driving through the parking lot.

Total calls for service last week: 1,633

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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