On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at at 2:56 a.m., members of the Barrie Police Service, along with Barrie Fire and Emergency Services responded to a report of an explosion involving a parked motor vehicle at 108A Anne Street in the City of Barrie.

Upon arrival, the involved motor vehicle, that was parked in an outdoor parking lot was located, and a short distance away, an unexploded improvised explosive device was found in an adjacent garden. 

Resources from the Barrie Police Service were utilized during this investigation and included the Tactical Support Unit, Explosive Disposal Unit, Criminal Investigation Division and Forensic Identification Unit. At scene assistance was also received from the Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit and specialized services from the Urban Search and Rescue Unit who provided expertise in post explosion scene examination.

This ongoing investigation has been conducted by detectives from the Barrie Police Service Major Crime Unit, a suspect has been identified.

The Barrie Police Service is seeking the assistance of the public in locating 36-year-old William Ivan Downey who is presently wanted for his involvement in the early September morning explosion. He is believed to be somewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, with a strong belief that he could be somewhere in Toronto, York Region, or Durham Region.

Police are sharing pictures of Mr. Downey and believe that he may have changed his appearance by shaving his head. He is otherwise described as being 5’5”, 160lbs., with a slim build and a full beard.

Given the nature of the pending charges, police are encouraging anyone who knows the whereabouts of William Ivan Downey to not approach him, but to call 911 immediately.

If you have information, you can also contact the Barrie Police Service tip line at 705-725-7025 Ext 2160 or the lead investigator Det/Const HOWE at [email protected].

Further details will be provided only as the investigation permits.

Occurrence #: BA23062777
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon

 

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