TO Police Raid House for Possession of Explosives

Published: June 23rd 2010
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Byron Sonne residence where explosives were found.
Pic: CTV screenshot

A 37-year old Torontonian man by the name of Byron Sonne faced a bail hearing Wednesday morning. Sonne faces multiple G20 related charges stemming from a series of counts including intimidation of justice system participant by threat, intimidation of justice system participant by watch and beset, mischief, and possession of dangerous weapons and explosives.


The arrest was executed following a police raid of Sonne’s house located in the predominantly Jewish suburban area of Forest Hill on Tuesday at around 2 p.m.


Sonne is a Toronto private investigator who owns a computer company. Toronto broadcaster and internet strategist, Jesse Hirsh, has indicated on his Twitter account that Sonne is also a member of an organization called HackLabTo and Surveillance club. The organization’s website expresses their concern for their arrested member and advertises itself as “Toronto’s hacker collective” and a community space with members that include artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers. However, Hirsh has stated that Sonne “had planned to monitor police and share via Twitter.” Hirsh has also exposed that “Byron also indicated he was trying to trigger alerts by buying innocuous items… seems he successfully got their attention.”


Jillian Van Acker, spokeswoman for the G20 Integrated Security Unit, the police force responsible for securing the summit, said that the arrest is part of an “ongoing investigation” though police have said that it is of no risk to the public. Police stated that the ongoing investigation was part of the force’s “ongoing effort to ensure a safe and secure G20 Summit.”


The search of the house belonging to Sonne and co-owner Kristen Peterson, began after no one reportedly answered the phone at the million-dollar home on Elderwood Drive in the Bathurst and Eglinton area on Wednesday. The house is now surrounded with yellow police tape while approximately 50 officers as well as the emergency task force and the bomb squad investigate further. 


No additional details have emerged, though ISU spokesperson Const. Michelle Murphy told CTV News that she could not explain the charges because they deal with evidence in the case. She also noted in a news release issued Wednesday morning that the investigation is being kept under wraps in order “to protect the integrity of the investigation, further details will not be released.” 


Sonne is also the sole proprietor of Halvdan Solutions, listed as an information technology company on his LinkedIn profile. The address of the company was found to be the Elderwood dr. house, Sonne’s own household. According to Sonne’s profile, he specializes in computer and network security and is also a licensed private investigator and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. His experience summary says “I make order out of chaos.”

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