When emergency services arrived, an apartment on the 11th floor was on fire.
It is alleged that:
– the accused used a tire and a refrigerator to barricade the apartment door, and a tire to barricade the balcony doors,
– he used an accelerant to set both tires on fire,
– he rappelled from the 11th-floor balcony to the 10th floor, getting assistance from a tenant on the 10th floor in bringing him to safety,
– the accused fled to the lobby of the apartment, where he was driven away from the scene,
– tenants tried to put the fire out, but were unable to get into the apartment, and pulled the fire alarm.
It is further alleged that:
– at approximately 2:52 a.m., police and ambulance responded to an unknown trouble call in the Lakeshore Boulevard West/Bathurst Street area,
– officers attended and located the above accused, who ran from police,
– a brief foot pursuit ensued, the accused stopped running and tripped an officer, causing her to fall to the ground,
– a struggle ensued and the accused began pulling at the officer’s handgun,
– the officer had to use both her hands to prevent the accused from taking her gun,
– a second police officer and a EMS paramedic assisted the officer in gaining control of the accused, and placed him under arrest.
Murat Belir, 29, of Toronto, is charged with:
1. Arson: Disregard for Human Life,
2. Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest,
3. Disarming a Peace Officer.
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, October 14, 2010, room 101, 10 a.m.