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Update of Threats to Local Schools

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Broadcast time: 11:35 am Date: November 16, 2018

On November 14, 2018, beginning at approximately 11:30 am various schools in Sarnia, both from the Catholic School Board and the Public School Board, began receiving phone calls to their offices. The calls were directed at the person speaking on the phone and threats along with profanity and obscenities were directed at the individual speaking on the phone.

The various calls went on for approximately 45 minutes. School officials had immediately contacted the Sarnia Police Service and both Youth Branch and Criminal Investigative Branch detectives began their investigation. From the information received and due the nature of the incidents, school officials and the police did not believe that students or staff were in danger.

The Sarnia Police did continue their investigation into this matter and were able to determine that the caller was from the Toronto area.

On November 15, 2018, after reaching out to the Toronto Police Service for assistance, a 28 year old male from Toronto was taken into custody by the Toronto Police Service.

That same evening members of the Sarnia Police Service attended Toronto to continue the arrest and transported the accused back to Sarnia to face his charges.

Currently Ahmad Zafar, 28 years of age, from Toronto, is in custody and is awaiting a bail hearing. He faces five counts of criminal harassment and 11 counts of uttering threats.

Constable Giovanni Sottosanti

Media Officer

Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168

Cell: 519-312-8986

Email: [email protected]