Thomas Reardon was known to the street community in the east side of downtown Toronto. He was also known to be a sexual predator among women who lived and worked on the street, police allege.
Reardon had evaded police for almost a month after he was named a suspect in a series of sexual assaults in August. The local agencies that deal with the homeless all knew who the man in a picture released by the Toronto Police was but often the picture was seen just hours too late for his capture. His luck ran out yesterday when he was picked up by police in Pickering.
Toronto Police Service
Thomas Reardon, 34
Constable Wendy Drummond said in a phone interview that "an arrest has been made but we believe there are more victims out there. Anyone that has information about this case is urged to connect the police or victim services."
The police know that getting that information will be difficult. Reardon targeted local sex trade workers, women who are less likely to tell the police about being assaulted. Some of those women have come forward to outreach workers a source who wished not to be named confided but they are leery of talking to the police.
At least three victims have talked to the police.
Reardon has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, threatening bodily harm and forcible confinement.