Cornwall Ontario Human Smuggling & Ottawa Bank Robbery – POLICE Blotter for Tuesday DEC 2, 2014 #CRTF #CCPS #OPS

Human smuggling charges by CRTF-SOC

On December 2, 2014 the Cornwall Regional Task Force – Serious and Organized Crime (CRTF-SOC) team and partners announced the results of an eight (8) month investigation that led to the arrest of three (3) individuals alleged to be involved in smuggling humans into the United States through the Cornwall area.

The file was initiated earlier this spring when US Border Patrol officers arrested three (3) Polish individuals that were found illegally in the United States. The investigation revealed that they had originated from Canada. This prompted a collaborative investigation led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) from Cornwall, Toronto and Lansdowne, Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS), Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS), Toronto Police Service (TPS), York Regional Police (YRP), Ontario Ministry of Finance (MOF), United States Border Patrol (USBP) and United States Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) which is a Homeland Security Investigations Task Force.

During the investigation, officers were able to establish that Polish Nationals would arrive in Canada via Toronto Pearson International Airport or Montreal Trudeau International Airport. They were met by one of the three (3) suspects in the investigation and driven to the Cornwall area to be smuggled into the United States via the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. As a result of their efforts, officers were able to arrest and charge the following individuals with Human Smuggling related offences:

  • Marek ALBINOWSKI, age 65, from Toronto, Ontario,

  • Wladyslaw PIPIEN, age 69, from Markham, Ontario

  • Robert FITZSIMMONS, age 58, from Cornwall, Ontario.

In addition, ALBINOWSKI was also charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. Their first court appearance is set for December 2, 2014 in Cornwall, Ontario.

I am pleased with the outcome of this investigation” says Inspector Kimpan, Officer in charge of the CRTF-SOC, “through collaborative efforts, with our partner agencies, we were able to dismantle this criminal group and further protect the integrity of our shared border”.

Cornwall Community Police Service


Cornwall, ON – A 20 year old Long Sault male was arrested on December 1, 2014. He is bound by an Undertaking Order and a Probation Order with the relevant conditions to abstain from communicating with or going near his estranged girlfriend, and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. It is alleged that between November 15 and December 1, 2014, he has been in regular contact with her. It is further alleged that he assaulted her during this period of time by hitting her in the eye. Police were contacted and an investigation was conducted. He was charged Assault, three counts of Breach of Undertaking and one count of Breach of Probation. He was held for a Bail Hearing. His name is not being released in order to protect the identity of the victim. The victim did not suffer any injuries as a result of the assault.

Ottawa Police Service

Robbery Unit investigating two bank robberies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday December 2, 2014      9:30 am

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating two bank robberies, which are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.

On November 5, 2014, at approximately 4:00 pm, a lone male attended a banking institution situated along the 400 block of Rideau Street.  The male approached a bank employee and produced a note indicating he was armed and demanding money.  No weapon was seen. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed quantity of cash.  There were no injuries.

On November 29, 2014, at approximately 10:15 am, a lone male attended a bank situated along the 6400 block of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard in Orléans. The suspect approached a bank employee and initially made out to conduct routine business. The suspect then produced a note demanding money. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed quantity of cash. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as being a black male, approx. 6’0″-6’2″ (183 cm-188 cm) and approx. 150-160lbs (68 kg-73 kg), thin to medium build, clean shaven with possibly a thin moustache and dimples.  He spoke English with and had a deep voice. (images attached.)

Anyone with information with respect to these robberies, or any other robbery, is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

Seeking public’s assistance in identifying man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 2, 2014     8:20 am

(Ottawa)-The Ottawa Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspicious male who entered a school at the 1-100 block of Carola Street (Craig Henry area) in Ottawa.

On November 25th, 2014 at 8:15am, an unknown male entered school grounds and offered a young child some candy. The unknown male left the area before being identified by staff. A witness also on school grounds took a picture of the male as he left. (View photo)

Unknown male is described as white male with dark tanned complexion, 25 to 35 years of age, medium build, short dark hair, dark beard, white coat, dark track pants, white shoes.

Wanted for Break and Enter on Island Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 01, 2014   4:40pm 

(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in finding Nicholas LALONDE.

During the night time hours of November 26th, 2014, LALONDE entered a home on Island Park Drive, Ottawa.   He stole computers and alcohol from inside the residence, and then a motor vehicle from that driveway (the vehicle has since been recovered in Gatineau).

Nicholas LALONDE, 20 years old, of no fixed address in Ottawa is wanted for;

  • One count of Break and Enter
  • One count of theft of motor vehicle
  • One count of driving while prohibited
  • Three counts of Breach of NCO Undertaking

Police laid close to 1000 charges against motorists in September and October

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 28, 2014 2:23pm

Ottawa – The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) focused on school bus / school zone safety, vehicle occupant constraints, distracted driving and stop sign enforcement during the months of September and October.  As a result of the enforcement initiatives, 990 charges were being laid against road users.

Targeted enforcement theme

Resulting charges


Resulting charges


School Bus / School Zone Safety



Vehicle Occupant Restraints



Distracted Driving



Stop Signs



Total charges during September and October



The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sûreté du Québec, Department of National Defence’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.

Ottawa residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.

Robbery Unit investigating a violent home invasion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday November 28, 2014   10:47am

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating a recent home invasion that resulted in serious injuries to one person.

On November 15, 2014, a home invasion was reported to the Ottawa Police that had occurred the evening before.  On November 14, at approximately 8:30 pm, two occupants, one male and one female, were in an apartment at 180 Lees Ave.  Two suspects gained entry to the apartment, armed with a crowbar or hammer, and a machete. The male occupant was struck with the crowbar or a hammer and lapsed into unconsciousness.   The female was put to the floor, then bound and blind-folded.  One of the suspects was also carrying a syringe and threatened to stab the female occupant.    The two suspects spent time searching the apartment, stealing a quantity of items.  The occupants were able to free themselves.  The female then drove the male victim to the hospital.   Police were called the following day by a family member.  The male remained in a coma for several days but his condition has since improved and he has been released from hospital.

Investigators do not believe this to have been a random event.

The Robbery Unit is today releasing a short video clip, and stills, which best capture the two suspects arriving in the building.  The Robbery Unit is releasing a short video clip, and stills, which best capture the two suspects arriving in the building.

The suspects (stills attached) are described as follows:

Suspect #1 – Male, Caucasian, 5’10’, 230 lbs, 30 years, shaved head, wearing a red Adidas sweater, black jeans.

Suspect #2 – Male, aboriginal, 6’, 170 lbs, 30 years, dark hair, wearing a black coat, a blue hooded sweater, black jeans, and carrying a red back-pack.

Sexual Assault investigation in Barrhaven

(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section is investigating the report of a sexual assault that occurred in a private home near the intersection of Cedarview Drive and Maravista Drive in Barrhaven on November 25, 2014, shortly after 7:30pm.

In the early evening, a woman in her twenties was in her home when an intruder entered the residence through an unlocked front door.  The woman was sexually assaulted inside her home, and the male suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect, who had a knife and wore a disguise over his face, was described as 5’8” (173 cm) thin build, wearing a grey hoodie, black athletic pants and runners. He may have had tanned colored skin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944.  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.



  1. Cornwall is highly renowned as SMUGGLERS RIDGE and made the headlines of Time Magazine back in 1993. The Martelle days sure were exciting. Even when my husband and I would walk on the path where Domtar was located the shots that we would hear was unbelievable from the Native Reserve.

  2. Hopefully, soon this will be a thing of the past. Or at least find another border point to use for illegal activities.

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