Police briefs: OPS make murder arrest, OPP catch con on the run

Special to WC Online

OTTAWA – Ottawa police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in the Feb. 21 murder of 20-year-old Sahure Yare.

On the night of the murder, police were called to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus to investigate the dying woman’s injuries after a vehicle dropped her off and fled the scene earlier that evening.

The police recovered the vehicle later that night and the investigation began.

On Feb. 23 Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Homicide Unit started seeking surveillance video and dash cam footage obtained from the area of Johnston Road between Conroy Road and Bank Street and Conroy Road between Walkley Road and Johnston Road.

By March 1 detectives had pinpointed a vehicle of interest, a grey-coloured four-door sedan caught on video around 6 p.m. the day of the murder.

“Police believe the victim was killed shortly thereafter in the area of Johnston Road and Pennard Way,” the OPS released in a statement.

By March 25, the OPS issued a Canada wide arrest warrant for a 16-year-old boy.

“The Ottawa police Homicide Unit has obtained a Canada Wide arrest warrant for (a youth), 16-years-old, of Ottawa,” the OPS released in a statement on March 25. “He is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Sahur Yare in February.”

The suspect was considered armed and dangerous.

Today (Aug. 5) the OPS captured their suspect.

“The OPS Homicide Unit has charged a 16-year-old with first-degree murder in the Feb. 21 shooting death of 20-year-old Sahur Yare,” the OPS released in a statement today. “He appeared in court today and was remanded into custody. As per the YCJA, the youth will not be named.”

OPP capture con on the run

GATINEAU – A man serving time for impersonating a police officer, along with a mittful of other charges, was apprehended in Gantineau following a week-long run from the police.

“The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad would like to advise the public that a federal offender who went unlawfully at large on July 27, has been apprehended in Gatineau,” OPP detective Sgt. Steve Sermet released in a statement today (Aug. 5). 

Kevin Belanger was located and arrested by the provincial R.O.P.E. Squad on Aug. 4. Belanger is serving a sentence of six years and three months for seven counts of personating a peace officer, five counts of fraud under $5,000, identity fraud, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, utter forged document, fail to comply with recognizance and using a badge to personate a peace officer.  

“The Provincial ROPE Squad would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this investigation,” Sermet said.

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