Man allegedly crashes car into Porsche dealership after breakup with girlfriend

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A 20-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drove his car through the front window of a Porsche dealership and then scrawled graffiti on several vehicles — all because of a breakup, police say.

It was around 11 p.m. Monday night when police at 51 Division received the call about a collision in the area of Parliament St. and Front St.

But before the phone rang, police already knew something had happened — their division headquarters is across the street from the Porsche dealership in question.

“Someone called it in, but I think our front desk people who were here, they actually heard it as well,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Hoffmeyer.

When police arrived on scene moments after the cacophony of smashing glass and metal had ended, they found that a new vehicle had joined the Porsches on display.

The front of the car had gone through the window and struck several Porsches. As for the accused driver, he was unhurt and still on scene — scrawling graffiti on the cars around him.

“It seems to be motivated by his recent relationship breakup,” Hoffmeyer said. “After he drove in, he exited his vehicle and did some graffiti on some Porsches he didn’t hit. Some of the graffiti he put on cars was in relation to that. ‘I’ll show you’ — I don’t know what he intended to show this person.”

The damage, “if you take everything at the high end,” could amount to almost $100,000, Hoffmeyer said, including up to $75,000 in damage to the cars, and up to $20,000 in damage to the store itself.

Rakhmatullo Sotvoldiyev, of Toronto, 20, is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall court at 10 a.m. Tuesday, facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of mischief causing damage over $5,000 and one count of mischief causing damage under $5,000.

Hoffmeyer said the vehicle was a used car that had been recently purchased, but was not from that dealership. It had Newfoundland plates, but Toronto police spokesperson Jenifferjit Sidhu said it was registered to a local address. The accused is facing charges relating to improper registration of that vehicle as well.

Despite the man’s dramatic actions, Hoffmeyer believes hitting the Porsche dealership was not the man’s end goal.

“It’s literally around the corner from our station. Two hundred feet, maybe,” he said. “I believe his whole motivation was to spend some time with the police. I think he wanted to make a statement, and he wanted to spend time here with us. So he chose to do that.”

With files from Jack Hauen

Alexandra Jones is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexandraMaeJ

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Girlfriend of man shot to death by Edmonton police claims officers used excessive force

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The girlfriend of a wanted man killed by police on Boxing Day in an Edmonton parking lot believes police used excessive force.

Buck Evans, 34, was shot by multiple officers around 2 p.m. last Wednesday after the truck he was riding in was stopped by police in the parking lot of the Urban Village condo complex.

‘We all bleed the same’

« I had to watch someone I love gunned down, when literally there could’ve been different ways of going about it, » ​ Melissa Dumais said in an interview with CBC News. « I just don’t see how it’s fair. We all bleed the same. We all feel the same. » 

Dumais said she has been consulting with a lawyer and plans to pursue litigation against the officers involved. 

« I hope that I can get the cops that did this to him, because I am going to be taking it to court, » Dumais said. « I have enough evidence that this was excessive force.

« It may make my life a living hell, in the end. So be it. » 

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), an independent provincial agency, is investigating the shooting. The organization investigates actions involving Alberta police that result in serious injury or death.

Edmonton police say Buck Evans had several outstanding warrants and was considered armed and dangerous. (Facebook)

In a statement released last week, ASIRT said Evans refused to get out of the truck when ordered to by police. ASIRT said Evans fired a gun before he was shot by the officers.

At the time, Evans was wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation and had outstanding warrants against him. Police believed he was armed and dangerous, and a tactical unit had been following the truck.

« Independent evidence gathered to date would suggest that the man was in possession of a firearm and that the firearm was, in fact, discharged by the man, » the ASIRT release said.

Dumais said she was in the truck with Evans and a friend on the day of the shooting. She said police stopped them and ordered her and their friend to get out of the truck.

After speaking to Evans, she got out and was arrested. Dumais said Evans had tears in his eyes when he spoke to her.

Edmonton police shot and killed a 34-year-old man Wednesday. ASIRT is still investigating. 1:03

She said when she got out of the truck, Evans was sitting in the backseat with his hands up.

« The gun was nowhere near his hands, » she said. « The driver had his hands up, I had my hands up. And Buck had his hands up. »

Dumais said she knew Evans had a gun when she got into the truck earlier that day.

« He knew what was coming, » said Dumais, who had been dating Evans for about two months. « He knew he was going to die that day. »

She said the gun was on the floor when she got out of the truck.

Video of the incident shows police vehicles surrounding a truck near the Urban Village condo complex in southeast Edmonton. A barrage of gunfire can be heard on the video.

« The amount of gunshots that I heard go off, it just goes to show that either way he was going to die that day, » Dumais said. « Whether he complied or he didn’t. »

Dumais was in handcuffs across the parking lot when the police began firing. The last time she saw Evans, he was being loaded into a stretcher. 

She said she knew he was dead. 

« Being handcuffed, there was nothing I could do, » she said. « You want to be there for the person you love. You want to be beside them when they take their last breath. »

Change in behaviour

Dumais said Evan’s demeanour had changed in the days leading up to his death. He seemed frantic and was constantly looking over his shoulder.

« He told me that he felt like something bad was going to happen, » she said. 

When she saw the gun in the truck, Dumais said, she questioned Evans about it. She described it as an SKS, a type of semi-automatic rifle.

« I seen that, and I instantly knew something was wrong. »

Dumais, who shared an apartment with Evans in the west end, said she did not know that he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

« I just want people to know that Buck wasn’t a monster that they portrayed him out to be. He had a good heart. He’s gone through a lot, but he’s still a good person at the end of it all. »

ASIRT did not respond to an inquiry from CBC News. It is not known when their final report on the shooting will be released.

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Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson awake from coma, girlfriend says

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Montreal boxer Adonis (Superman) Stevenson is awake from his coma some three weeks after suffering a brain injury in a fight, according to a statement released by his partner Simone God. 

« Despite recent reports being leaked to media, I wanted to clarify that Adonis is awake, » God wrote in a news release sent Saturday evening. 

« He is healing from his injury in the private company of his family and his dedicated medical team. Adonis is a world champion in the ring and is exhibiting that same grit, strength and determination in his recovery. »

God added in her statement that she would be taking over « all business related to Adonis as the ‘Superwoman’ he always tells me I am. » 

Stevenson suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fight Dec. 1 and has been under treatment in a Quebec City hospital, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec-Université Laval (CHU). 

The CHU says it is not yet in a position to comment on Stevenson’s condition. 

His girlfriend’s news comes shortly after his promoter Yvon Michel stated on Thursday that the 41-year-old’s condition has not improved.

Stevenson’s condition deteriorated after he was helped into the dressing room following the fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

He was transported to hospital by ambulance and was admitted with a traumatic brain injury that required rapid neurosurgery.

Dr. Alexis Turgeon, an intensive-care specialist, told reporters earlier this month that the majority of patients suffer lasting effects from such injuries.

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