Ryerson student charged after “roof-topping” incident


Fourth-year Ryerson journalism student Eric Do, 27, faces three charges related to breaking and entering after three Toronto men were found  “roof-topping.”

UPDATE: Charges dropped

According to a Toronto police report, Jaswinder Brar, 34, and Tomer Ryaboi, 34, were with Do, who was allegedly taking photos from the observation deck on the roof of the building at 18 Wellington St. W. on Monday at 5 p.m.

The report also says the three men were charged with breaking and entering, and mischief under $5,000. Brar and Do were also charged with possession of break-in instruments. According to the police report, two of the men were found in an “off-limits” area with tools to break locks that were forced open to gain access to the premises.

“Roof-topping” is the hobby of exploring the tops of buildings sometimes with the intention to take photos. Depending on how access to the building is gained, it may also be illegal.

Do regularly posts photos of his adventures to social media, especially Instagram, where he has over 3,000 followers.

The three men are scheduled to appear in court March 16.

The building at 18 Wellington St. W. is Commerce Court East, an office building whose tenants include the upscale restaurant Jump, and law firms.

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