American man faces 26 G20-related charges
Riot police walk by a burning police car in downtown Toronto during anti G20 protests on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)
Paul Johnston , CP24.com
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:55PM EDT
A 27-year-old American man faces more than two dozen charges in connection with alleged actions which caused an estimated $400,000 worth of damage during the G20 Summit in Toronto nearly three years ago.
Police say a man from New York City returned to Canada – where he was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant - from the United States voluntarily, surrendering to police Tuesday.
Police allege that a man:
- Used a hammer to smash the windows of a police vehicle, while an officer was inside, near Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue.
- Smashed the windows of both a Starbucks and Subway located on Queen Street West.
- Smashed windows and damaged ATMs at a Scotiabank branch located on Queen Street West.
- Threw a rock at a line of police officers.
- Threw a rock through a window of a TD Canada Trust branch located on Bay Street, injuring a security officer and customer.
- Jumped on a police vehicle and threw a rock at a police vehicle in the King and Bay streets area.
- Smashed windows at Commerce Court.
- Damaged windows at a TD Canada Trust branch located on Yonge Street.
- Entered an Urban Outfitters store on Yonge Street and removed several mannequins.
- Removed several mannequins from an American Apparel store located on Yonge Street.
- Along with two other suspects, used a metal street sign to smash a window at The Carlu on Yonge Street.
- Smashed windows at a Starbucks located on Yonge Street.
A suspect, identified by police as Joel Saleem Bitar, faces charges including assault of a police officer with a weapon, two counts of intimidation of a justice system participant by violence, five counts of mischief endangering life and 13 counts of mischief over $5,000.
He is scheduled to appear in court April 17 at 10 a.m.