Release Date: July 6th, 2020 - 5:22pm
Originator: D/Sergeant, Jared McLeod, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825 4747 ext. 2385
Contact: Detective, Melissa Parsons, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825 4747 ext. 2307
The Halton Regional Police Service has made an arrest in relation to an assault against an 18 year old female in the City of Burlington.
On the 5th of July 2020, the female victim was out for a walk along Palladium Way and observed a grey minivan drive past her a couple times slowly. As the female continued walking she came up to a forested area when she was suddenly grabbed from behind. The accused male proceeded to place one hand over her mouth preventing her from screaming and then grabbed her around the waist attempted to drag the female into the forested area. The female struggled with him causing them both to fall to the ground. The victim was able to escape at this point and proceeded to scream for help causing the male to flee the scene.
The accused ran back towards his parked grey minivan van which was previously observed by the victim. The female victim was able to take a cell phone video of the male driving away in his van at a high rate of speed. The victim called 911 and provided details of the incident as well as the license plate of the grey minivan to police.
The Burlington and Oakville Criminal Investigation Bureaus continued investigation into this stranger assault and arrested the accused outside of his residence in the Town of Oakville without incident.
Investigation by the Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau has led charges against the following individual;
Tanos EL-KHOURY (41 years old from Oakville)
EL-KHOURY was held for a bail hearing in Milton on July 6, 2020.
Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Melissa Parsons of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2307.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.