Detective who solved the ‘York You Rapist’ case reveals a major misdemeanor that caused him to be caught


Toronto –
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A Toronto detective who cracked down on the “York You Rape” case has uncovered a major mistake by the suspect, which ultimately led to his arrest.

There were eight sexual offenses at York University between July and September 2001, which started with groping, but escalated into a sexual assault with a knife when a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted with a knife.

At the time, Toronto police had warned students to be careful.

“I’m afraid, I’m afraid to go to school. It’s supposed to be a safe place,” said one student in 2001. “It’s a little worrisome going on campus.”

The suspect was called “York You Rapist,” and there was a heavy police man hunt to arrest him before he struck again.

Steve Ryan, a crime analyst at CP24, was the detective in charge of solving the investigation. He recalls how a victim had sexually assaulted her with a knife at night.

“It’s very dark and this guy, who’s out of the bushes, makes this big knife and pulls her into the woods. He pulls her into the trees, asks for her bank card and PIN number. And then he rapes her. Knife Point,” .

The victim gives the police a good description of her attacker and the police cruisers gather on campus and in the neighborhood that night, but he escapes.

But not before leaving a major clue to his identity at the gas station in front of the university.

“What we found is that he came to this gas station using a survivor’s ATM card with his PIN number and he made several attempts to get money out of his account,” Ryan said.

The suspect did not know, Ryan said, that the security camera was pointing directly toward him and investigators now have a video and a clear picture of the wanted man.

At the time, Toronto police called the surveillance video a “significant advance,” adding that it was a crucial clue to cracking the case.

The police released the picture to the media and the picture of the suspect was spread on television. Ryan said delivering a picture of the suspect to the public is key to solving the case.

“This is a fantastic resource … the media is putting out the message, and then everyone in this community is now a cop with eyes,” Ryan said.

Ryan said the suspect was wearing a distinctive jacket, a black and white soccer jacket, “Kappa.”

Ryan said, “If you know someone who has that coat, you’ll definitely notice it. Then we set up a hotline and then the calls started.”

Police set up a task force to catch the “York You Rapist” and hundreds of calls were coming.

Investigators had to check every single clue, but Ryan, who is in charge of the task force, says there is a hint that the caller has knowledge of the suspect.

“This guy by the name of Philip Foramsky went to high school on 31 Division Road and ran to Hamilton because he had a clue that he was a sex offender and robber. It was an anonymous call. We never learned who it was.”

While officers were checking all the names coming into the tip line, another officer was tasked with finding Foramsky.

“And we tracked every single clue,” Ryan said. “You need to clear every tip, so we have a late afternoon call that Philip Forumsky did it and he’s in Hamilton. Now we’re going to find Philip Forumsky.”

However, at the time, Ryan says, Foremsky was another name he wanted to see. They found an 18-year-old in Hamilton and were asked to come in.

“The officers of the 31 Division made a phone call on my behalf and they came with their mother and agreed to the DNA, buckle swab, which is basically a Q-tip that goes into the tube you rub into your cheek. You are well informed.

Faremsky went with his mother to the police department near York University. Since all the people were identified on the tip line as potential suspects, they went to give the DNA sample to see if it matched the DNA remaining on the victim’s body.

“Until I do that, when you finish the job and you run projects looking for a name, you often get people who swear they know who did it,” Ryan said. “You get a lot of false confessions. So when I saw that suggestion, Philip Foremsky said,” I was interested in it, but I haven’t seen it, because I’ve seen it a million times. After having reviewed all legal terminology regarding their rights and no consensus swab, they gave swab.

The DNA swap will be sent to the lab but the results will take days. Meanwhile, Ryan says the officers who took the swab wanted to come to his office and meet Foramsky.

“Why not go down and see what he says?” That’s what I thought. “

At the moment, Foramsky is just one of hundreds of names the police are looking for.

Ryan says he came down and opened the door and immediately realized that he was the man sitting next to his mother, who was using a 22-year-old victim’s ATM card in a gas station security video and was withdrawing money from her account.

“I was pretty much convinced it was the same guy,” Ryan said, taking a seat and beginning to interview Foramsky.

“And his mother said to me,” I’ll never forget this. Paraphrasing, of course, ‘This guy, no matter who he is, he has to catch. He’s dangerous, and I worry about university students. My heart is basically hurting for him.’ “Ryan said.

She was talking about student victims who would soon learn that they were victims of her son. By this time, however, Foremsky had not yet pleaded guilty in front of his mother or detective.

“He basically says,‘ I didn’t rape her, but I did rob him. ’And I still believe that he confessed to that robbery, because he knew very well that he was holding video surveillance using his ATM card.

Ryan said he was convinced that Forumsky was lying about sexual harassment, so he took his mother from the police interview room to the department lobby.

“And she told me, ‘I knew video surveillance was theirs.’ She is not talking about sexual harassment, she is talking about the ATM at the gas station.

She had seen her son’s face in the news, but had not called police. Ryan says she understands her dilemma.

Forumsky lived with his mother in a house near the gas station where his picture was captured and near the university where sexual harassment occurred.

Ryan goes back to the interview room and arrests Poremsky on charges of armed robbery, but now a second interview attempts to convince him to be a “York U rapist.”

“In the second interview, I showed him surveillance photos and I told him, ‘There is no doubt that it is you. There is no doubt. I want to know why you did this. You are taking money from this woman’s account. And I know it and I want to know why. ‘ And he pleaded guilty.

The detective needs all the evidence he can get. He has a confession and DNA, but the results have not yet returned from the lab.

Ryan stated that he wanted a 22-year-old woman wearing a cloth and a 10-inch knife in her throat.

Foremsky told investigators that he threw knives and clothes into the sewer on the university property.

Foremsky was handcuffed and placed on the back of a police cruiser and told to show police what drainage was.

But Ryan says Foremsky gave all he had that day and was lying about the existence of certain things.

“I remember the look on his face as we were driving towards the library, where he claimed to have poured it. As we got closer, he was shrinking more and more in his chair and his face was turning. Because of the pale, now when he thought about it, he clearly knew there was no knife and now he Realizing, ‘Oh God, he didn’t bring me in that knife, do they look for it? Are they really looking for it?

Ryan thinks Foremsky underestimated the detective’s desire to punish this sexual predator, including drainage to secure evidence.

Eventually, Foramsky tells police that the knife was hidden under his mother’s shower, and that the police were not looking for a place to accept Ryan.

As they prepare to go to trial, the student who survived the last assault must be prepared to take a witness stand, a terrible ordeal for survivors of any sexual assault.

Ryan recalls an interview with her the night of the attack.

“When he attacks me, I hear his chains sticking together around his neck. I hear the trees rustling, the leaves are from the trees as he is on me. I can smell the smell of alcohol or smoke on his breath. Digging, he was stabbing at my side while he was attacking me. “

In Ryan’s experience with the Sexual Offenses Unit, he says that survivors of sexual assault make good witnesses.

“They’re looking everywhere. They don’t see you as a suspect. They’re watching everything around them and they’re explaining everything in detail.”

The former detective said that whatever Foremsky did to her that night, it would never go away.

“The last time I spoke to her was probably a few years later. I have to say, ‘Live with it every day.’ So if you smell smoke, cigarettes, if you hear chains or chirping birds, and you remember it, how do you get rid of it?

A year after his arrest, Foremsky pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault with a weapon.

He faces up to five years in prison and a 22-year-old woman who was raped with a knife does not have to testify in court.

At the age of 23, and released from prison, the Toronto police held a news conference and declared that Foremsky had returned to the community and was in danger of being re-offended.

He was ordered to check in with the police regularly and stay away from university campuses.

Two decades later, the man who led investigators to “York You Rapist” remains anonymous.

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