Man charged in Centretown detonations

Posted On Friday September 24, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 24, 2021     12:02pm 

(Ottawa) – Since August 3rd, 2021, the Ottawa Police Service Central Investigation Unit has been investigating several reported detonations in the Centretown area.  In all related incidents, no one had been injured.

On September 23rd at approximately 5:45 p.m., a call was received by police indicating that a man had just placed what appeared to be a small explosive device in the 300 block of Catherine Street.  Frontline Officers attended the call and subsequently arrested a man.  

The homemade devices in these instances demonstrated the potential to cause harm to anyone in very close proximity to the detonations.

Gordon AHLSTROM, 51 year old, from Ottawa was charged with: 

  • Mischief/Obstruct property X5
  • Intent to cause explosion/cause damage or death X4

He is scheduled to appear in court today. 

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