TORONTO – A 51-year-old Toronto man faces numerous charges for allegedly threatening to kill an assortment of government, military and police officials in Ontario.
Toronto Police say they began investigating the accused after receiving “numerous” criminal harassment complaints from across the province.
“He has been threatening everyone from top politicians to senior Toronto Police officers and even high-ranking military personnel,” Det. Cheryl Jones, of 42 Division, alleged Friday.
She said the man, who is originally from Sri Lanka, is accused of issuing “death threats and hate propaganda” via email and “continually calling and harassing people” over the phone.
The detective was unable to elaborate on the threats because the investigation is ongoing.
The man’s computer was seized as part of the investigation.
Jones said it’s believed the accused has sent threatening emails to “hundreds of people.”
Rupen Balaram-Sivaram was arrested on Wednesday and he remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing that is expected to be held on Tuesday.
At this point he is charged with three counts of criminal harassment, three count of uttering death threats and one count of personation to disadvantage.
But additional charges are pending, Jones said.
It’s also believed there may be other victims who have not yet come forward.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation, including those who believe they have been victimized by the accused, should call investigators at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).