Post Panda Game incidents investigation has concluded

Posted On Monday October 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 18, 2021      4:45pm 

(Ottawa) — The investigation by the Central Criminal Investigation Section into acts of mischief in Sandy Hill on October 2nd following the Panda Game has now concluded. No further charges have been laid.

We wish to thank the Ottawa community who contacted police and provided investigators information/tips to assist in the identification of individuals.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 15, 2021      9:00am

Further charges laid in ongoing Panda investigation - multiple individuals identified through public tips

(Ottawa) — Public tips received by the Central Criminal Investigation Section have contributed to the identification of more individuals (per photos released on October 7th) as well as other involved people whose images had not been released by police.

In total, five more people – three men, a male youth, and a woman – have been charged. This brings the total to eight.

Over the weekend, charges of Mischief over 5000$ and Participate in unlawful assembly were laid against an 18 year old Ottawa man and a 17 year old Young Person (per the YCJA). A 19 year old man was processed with an Adult Pre-Charge Diversion.

So far this week, police also charged an 18 year old Ottawa woman with the same offences as noted above.  An 18 year old man and a 21 year old man, both from Ottawa, were charged with Mischief over 5000$ and Take part in a Riot.

If you can identify any of the individuals, seen in the remaining photos posted at ottawapolice.ca/pandagame, or if you recognize yourself, please contact 613-236-1222 ext. 5166.

If you have any video/photo evidence, please send it to: CentralCIU@ottawapolice.ca.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 7, 2021      6:08pm 

Panda Investigation: Charges laid against three individuals - police release more photos of persons to identify

(Ottawa) —This week, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Central Criminal Investigation Section has identified all 10 individuals (shown in photos released on October 4th) and laid charges against three persons involved in acts of mischief in Sandy Hill last Saturday evening.

Two 20 year old men from Ottawa and a 22 year old man from Haliburton, Ontario have been charged with one count each of Mischief over 5000$ and Participate in unlawful assembly, per the Criminal Code of Canada.

Investigators have released another 18 images today and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying more individuals.

The investigation continues and investigators are reviewing images and videos submitted to the OPS or gathered by officers from surveillance video or social media.

If you can identify any of the individuals from the photos posted at ottawapolice.ca/pandagame, please contact 613-236-1222 ext. 5166.

If you have any video/photo evidence, please send it to: CentralCIU@ottawapolice.ca.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 4, 2021      4:45pm 

Panda Investigation: Police begin to release photos of individuals for identification

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is asking for the public’s help to identify multiple people in relation to criminal behaviour that occurred in Sandy Hill on Saturday evening.

Police are reviewing multiple images and videos submitted to the OPS or gathered by officers from surveillance video or social media.

If you can identify anyone in the images, please contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5166. If you have information about or images of criminal acts that were committed, please also contact police.

Investigators are examining all available footage, with the assistance of City and community partners, to identify the persons responsible for incidents of mischief and cause disturbance reported that evening, including a car that was overturned on Russell Avenue and one person assaulted.  

A special web page for these photos has been created at ottawapolice.ca/pandagame and they are being shared on OPS social media platforms. More images are expected to be released this week.

Video/photo evidence can be sent to: CentralCIU@ottawapolice.ca.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, October 3rd  2021     1:00pm 

Investigation into Post-Panda Game Incidents

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is investigating several incidents of criminal behaviour after a large crowd gathered in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa last night following the Panda Game.

Police are reviewing social media, video and other investigative information gathered last night after thousands of people gathered on several streets including Russell Avenue.

OPS and other City partners had a very large presence throughout the day on Saturday for the traditional pre-Panda Game festivities.  The pre and post Game events were very safe and did not disrupt the neighbourhood.

However, just after 8p.m., large crowds began to gather in Sandy Hill at multiple addresses.

OPS redeployed a large number of officers and called out members of the Emergency Services Unit. The officers worked to control and manage the groups of people with partners from the RCMP, and City By-law, Paramedics and Ottawa Fire Services.

In some cases, the crowds became very disruptive. In one incident, a car was overturned and a person was assaulted. Police are reviewing evidence and will be laying any applicable charges under the Reopening of Ontario Act, Liquor Licence Act, City By-laws as well as any criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada. 

These behaviours are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Investigators have been assigned to identify anyone who committed crimes. The OPS will also work with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University staff where students from those were involved in these behaviours.

At this time no one has been charged.

The OPS wants to thank all the officers, frontline responders, City of Ottawa By-law and Public Works personnel along with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University staff for their work under very difficult circumstances.

We are committed to keeping the community safe and fully understand the concerns from neighbourhood residents and property owners. Victims of these crimes will also be supported.

Anyone with information regarding any criminal behaviour or who has evidence like photos or video is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Central Criminal Investigation Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5166.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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