Man tried to blow up Dominican friars home, police say

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Propane gas dispersed in home as residents slept

CBC News

Posted: Dec 10, 2012 4:53 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 10, 2012 10:08 PM ET

A man faces attempted arson and attempted murder charges after he tried to blow up a home where Dominican friars live, Toronto police say.

Police allege that a man went to a home in the College and Huron area early Monday morning, and then “dispensed propane gas into the home while four occupants slept.”

The man left, but soon returned to the same home, at which point he was discovered by two of the occupants who woke up, police say.

The man fled the scene but was later apprehended by police in the area.
‘We’re still in shock about it’

CBC News has learned that the home is a residence for a group of Dominican friars. The friars are a Roman Catholic religious order of preachers.

Father Marcos Ramos was asleep when police say an intruder broke into his home and tried to kill him and three other priests inside.

“We’re still in shock about it,” he told CBC News. “I was sound asleep, I thank God that at least it didn’t happen, because I would have probably gone to eternity in my sleep.”

The home is located next to a daycare.

Police say the motive for the alleged acts is not yet clear.

But Ramos said another occupant had a connection to the accused.

“The person knew somebody in our community years ago, used to work with this person on some project before,” Ramos said.

“That’s the only thing I know, there’s only one person in the house who knew who this guy was.”

A 53-year-old Vaughan, Ont., man now faces 15 criminal counts, including four counts of attempted murder and four counts of attempted arson.

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