Ronjot Dhami, suspect in assault on autistic man, was arrested in Alberta in 2016

Ronjot Singh Dhami
Photo: Peel Regional Police

Could the suspects try to flee to India or the U.S. like some South Asian suspects have in the past?

 

BY RATTAN MALL

 

RONJOT Singh Dhami, 25, who Ontario’s Peel Regional Police on Tuesday night identified as one of the three males responsible for a vicious assault on a male with autism in the City of Mississauga, was one of seven people who were arrested in December 2016 after three firearms and more than $40,000 in drugs and cash were seized from four homes in Alberta’s Grande Prairie. He was 23 years old at the time.

Dhami was charged with two counts of possession of drugs and possession of proceeds of crime.

Another South Asian who was also charged in the same case was Karman Singh Grewal, then 19, of Langley. Grewal was charged with possession of drugs (two counts), possession of proceeds of crime, and breach of recognizance (three counts). Grewal’s breach charges stemmed from a previous Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) investigation that took place in October 2016.

Dhami was also charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking in Kelowna in 2014 when cops pulled over a vehicle in which he was a passenger. While in a cell, he excreted small quantities of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl from his rectum. Police found seven small plastic bags containing 1.24 grams of heroin, 23 bags containing 5.86 grams of crack cocaine, and 23 bags containing 4.59 grams of fentanyl. But a B.C. Supreme Court judge in 2016 found that the RCMP had unlawfully arrested him.

In January 2017, Dhami was acquitted. The Crown prosecutor in the case told the media: “The evidence was excluded at the end of day and as a result there was no evidence of any drugs found and as such there was no further evidence called and Mr. Dhami was acquitted on all charges.”

On March 13, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Peel Regional Police responded to a violent assault that occurred in the Square One bus terminal located at 200 Rathburn Road West in Mississauga.

As a result of overwhelming tips from the community, investigators on Tuesday identified one of the suspects as Dhami of no fixed address.  His last known address is in Surrey, B.C.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant for Dhami has been issued and he is wanted for one count of aggravated assault.

Police said that Dhami and the other two suspects may still be in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and are being encouraged to call a lawyer and surrender to police.

Anyone who sees Dhami or the other suspects is asked to call police immediately, and do not approach them as they are extremely dangerous.

To view the video with the suspects, click here.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who may have information concerning this investigation to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121 Ext 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelpolice.ca.

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