Toronto woman confined, subjected to ‘ritualistic acts’: police

WATCH: Toronto police have charged a man after a sex trade worker was held against her will and sexually assaulted for 5 days. They also say he performed “ritualistic acts” on the victim. Catherine McDonald has the story.

TORONTO – A Toronto man has been arrested for allegedly holding captive a sex trade worker for five days and subjected her to “ritualistic acts.”

The alleged incident took place on March 31 when the 27-year-old victim was approached by the accused in the Sherbourne St. and Shuter St. area of downtown Toronto.

Police say the 43-year-old suspect, identified as Rejean Hermel Perron, brought the victim to his home in the Dundas Street E.. and Jones Ave. area where he produced a firearm and held her captive.

Rejean Hermel Perron, 43, has been arrested in a sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping and forcible confinement investigation. Toronto Police Service

“The victim was taken into his home where she was handcuffed and bound for five days,” said Sex Crimes Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins during a press conference Tuesday morning.

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It is then alleged the woman was sexually assaulted multiple times with a weapon whereby “ritualistic acts” were also committed.

“I can’t get into details. But he did do things that we are very unfamiliar with,” said Insp. Beaven-Desjardins.

Police say the woman managed to escape through the front door where a witness passing by called 911.

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Perron fled the area when police arrived but was later apprehended on April 6 following an investigation by the sex crime unit.

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The accused has since been charged with sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault.

Police say the suspect, Rejean Hermel Perron, brought a woman to this Toronto home where he produced a firearm and held her captive.

“Due to the nature and severity of this crime, we believe there may be further victims,” said Insp. Beaven-Desjardins.

Police say the accused, who is known to authorities, is originally from Timmins, Ont. and also spent time in the Chatham and London area, but has lived in Toronto for the past 10 years.

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