Toronto

Rejean Perron accused of abducting, sexually assaulting woman

Toronto police say a sex-trade worker was held against her will for days in downtown residence, where she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man she had met on the street.

Gun used to force sex worker to go inside a downtown residence, police say

Sex-trade worker abducted, assaulted: police

Toronto

6 years ago
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A Toronto man is accused of abducting a sex-trade worker and holding her captive for five days 2:41

Toronto police say a sex-trade worker was held against her will for days in downtown residence, where she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man she had met on the street.

The 27-year-old woman told police she was approached by a man in the Sherbourne Street and Shuter Street area on March 31.

Suspect Rejean Hermel Perron, 43, was arrested on Monday and has been charged with sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault. (Toronto Police Service)

"It is alleged … that the victim, who is a sex-trade worker, from Toronto, met the accused and agreed to attend his home in the city of Toronto," said Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Beaven-Desjardins said the man found the woman on the street and the two discussed a "business transaction and it continued on from there."

But the officer said that when the pair arrived at the residence the woman became "uncomfortable" and wanted to leave.

The man is alleged to have produced a firearm at that time and used it to force the woman into his home, a residence in the Dundas Street East and Jones Street area.

"The victim was … handcuffed and bound for five days," Beaven-Desjardins said. "While in the home, the accused repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim."

Investigators believe that the woman was "targeted" by the man, Beaven-Desjardins said.

Passerby 'heard her screams'

Beaven-Desjardins said that on Sunday, the woman managed to escape onto the porch of the home.

"She managed to get herself to a point where she could actually get out the front door and that's when somebody was walking by, heard her screams and called us," Beaven-Desjardins said.

The woman was taken to hospital, but has since been released. Beaven-Desjardins said she is recovering from her ordeal.

A man left the scene after the woman got outside, police said.

Suspect Rejean Hermel Perron, 43, was arrested on Monday and has been charged with sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault.

He is scheduled to appear in court today.

Neighbours told CBC News that Perron had been living in a rooming house in the Dundas Street East and Jones Street area.

Police said Perron is originally from Timmins, Ont., though he has also lived in Chatham, Ont., and in London, Ont.

He has been living in Toronto for the past decade.

Beaven-Desjardins said the accused is known to police. Investigators have reached out to the Ontario Provincial Police as part of their investigation.

"When we get crimes of this type that we believe are transient or can happen over many jurisdictions, we notify the OPP — their serial predator unit — and they look into the information that they have and see if there is anything else that can be linked to this individual," Beaven-Desjardins said.

With a report from the CBC's Natalie Kalata

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