UPDATE: Brampton double stabbing revealed to be mother and son of man found in Highway 410 suicide
Police have now confirmed that a body found on Highway 410 was a result of suicide and have further clarified the relation of this death with those of a fatal double stabbing in Brampton.
Peel Region Police and emergency crews were called to a home on Josephine Court, Brampton at roughly 5:45 a.m., only 15 minutes before a body was found on Highway 410 around 6 a.m.
A New York man has been charged with federal hate crimes after stabbing five people. The stabbing took place last Saturday night at a Hanukkah celebration at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg.
The 37-year-old’s name is Grafton Thomas, he is from the village of Greenwood Lake. Thomas has been charged with five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon as well as causing injuries.
The incident took place in Monsey, N.Y. Thomas was previously charged with five counts of attempted murder along with a count of burglary due to the incident. Thomas’s bail is set at $5 million. Officials have called the incident an act of anti-Semitism.
According to the New York Post, the FBI is investigating whether Thomas is connected with a stabbing that took place on November 20, in Spring Valley.
The Spring Valley stabbing was around a ten-minute drive away from where the incident occurred this past weekend.
According to The Yeshiva World, prosecutors said that Thomas had a journal full of anti-Semitism and that he recently googled “Why Did Hitler hate the Jews.”
Prosecutors said they found “Adolf Hitler” and “Nazi culture” references in the journal. There were also sketches of swastikas and the Star of David.
In a statement issued by attorney Michael Sussman, Thomas’s family said, “Grafton Thomas has a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations. He has no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime.” they added, “He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races. He is not a member of any hate groups.”
“We believe the actions of which he is accused, if committed by him, tragically reflect profound mental illness.”
“Finally, we express our deepest concern and prayers for those injured physically and otherwise deeply affected by the events of Saturday night. … We thank those who rendered medical attention to each of those injured.”
On Sunday, Donald Trump commented on the incident in a tweet saying, “We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism.”
Peel Regional Police are investigating an incident caught on video and posted to Facebook.
The video, which was posted on to Facebook by user Binder Singh, has been shared over 1,500 times, with scores of commenters disgusted by the blatant and inexcusable assault.
The video, which lasts just over 15 seconds long, shows a man with an orange turban repeatedly beating a woman in the middle of the street.
The video caught the attention of many others once it made its way to Twitter, where Peel Police stated that they were already investigating the situation.
Shortly after, Peel Police also posted a link to support the end of domestic abuse against women, as November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 22 Div. investigators at 905-453-3311, extension 2233. A follow-up tweet said that the incident had been investigated.
The family of Hunter Haze Smith Straight, 3, says that the injuries inflicted upon their child has left the toddler brain dead and that he is to be taken off life support Friday.
The young boy was brutally assaulted earlier this week by his mother’s boyfriend, Daniel Jensen, who stabbed the child while he was sleeping, posing the child afterwards to avoid immediate suspicion.
He was later discovered by family and rushed to hospital where he was stabilized. However, the family has announced that an MRI has shown that the toddler has been left with severe brain damage. The family has decided to take him off life support.
A vigil is now set for 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the Children’s Hospital near Sherbrook Avenue, Winnipeg.
Investigators allege that Jensen was seen with the boy’s mother, Clarise Smith, at a bar. Jensen had been previously ordered to by courts to stay away from Smith. He allegedly assaulted the mother, before driving to the home where Hunter was sleeping and assaulting him multiple times.
Police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray said charges against Jensen may be changed if Hunter dies.
“Certainly if an individual passes away as the result of an assault, we will look at upgrading charges,” he said. However, he could not comment about Hunter being taken off life support due to privacy laws.
“This incident has been incredibly tough for all levels of emergency personnel,” said Murray.
“It’s one that will remain with officers for a very long time.”
Jordan Boswell, the NDP for the Brampton Centre riding, has been exposed on Twitter for having sexually shamed a sex trafficking victim in 2012. In his original post, Boswell was found making fun of the victim’s appearance, suggesting she was too unattractive to be considered by a pimp and sex trafficker.
“Geez they’re really letting everyone into that business these days #gottagetmesomeofthat,” Boswell wrote in a tweet caption to an article celebrating the woman’s freedom. The article’s headline was “Former teenage prostitute says more can be done to help vulnerable girls avoid life in the sex trade.”
The tweet was dug up earlier in the week and Boswell made a public apology via Twitter on Wednesday. He writes, “I deeply regret the hurtful and wrong comment I made on social media. I understand this type of language is offensive and harmful. I apologize unequivocally.”
Unsurprisingly, many are disappointed with the candidate, who was admittedly young when he made his inappropriate tweet. A major backlash soon ensued, and Boswell has all but disappeared since his apology, despite there only being three days until the election.