Sexual assault and threats with gun reported in Oshawa


Published April 23, 2024 at 8:47 am

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An Oshawa man faces charges after a sexual assault and threats with a gun were reported to police.

A woman reported that she was alone on the corner of Simcoe Street South and Athol Street in Oshawa around 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19 when a man approached her and touched her inappropriately before walking away, Durham Regional Police said in a press release.

The woman told her partner, and the couple confronted the man.

The man then made threats with a firearm toward the couple before leaving the area, police said. The couple did not sustain any physical injuries, police said.

Officers searched the area and found a man a short distance away.

A search turned up  a concealed BB gun that resembled a revolver, police said.

Elvin Canonizado, 28, from Oshawa is charged with sexual assault, two counts of uttering threats, possession of a weapon for committing an offence, carrying a concealed weapon, and use of an imitation firearm during a commission of an offence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Const. Santoro of Central East Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2175.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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