Mississauga woman pleaded for her attacker to stop before she was shot and left for dead, court hears

While on a 9-1-1 call for help, Alicia Lewandowski was heard pleading for her attacker to stop minutes before she was found shot and lying face down in the parking lot of her mother’s Mississauga townhouse complex, a Peel police officer testified Friday.Lewandowski was “in distress, out of breath and crying,” Const. Todd Chapman told a Brampton court of the information he was provided by the dispatcher as he raced to the address at Rathburn Road and Dixie Road.“The female was saying, ‘what are you doing, stop it,” Chapman said. “She even stated that she had been shot in the head.“She said she didn’t know if she was dead or alive,” Chapman recalls of the information he was given before arriving at the scene where Lewandowski was left to die. “She said she’s bleeding from the head and she said that her boyfriend was Joseph Chang and that the police are looking for him.”Before the call ended, Lewandowski told the dispatcher that “he’s trying to hide his gun,” Chapman recalls.Chapman’s account of the emergency call that came in around 5:02 a.m. on March 5, 2018, came Friday, day five of the first-degree murder trial of Joseph Chang, who’s accused of the shooting death of his then girlfriend, Lewandowski, 25.Chapman, who was sitting in his cruiser at the time, called for backup and made his way to the scene, arriving about six minutes after the call came in.Const. Adam Callan was among the first Peel officers to arrive at the housing complex, to find Lewandowski’s motionless body next to shards of broken glass and a cellphone in the parking lot adjacent to the Rathburn Road East house where she lived with her mother, Mira Lewandowski. “We rolled her over, to check on further medical status and her condition,” Chapman said. “We determined that she wasn’t breathing.”The officers quickly started CPR to revive Lewandowski, whose hair and head was bloodied. Moments later, the victim’s frantic mother rushed to the scene, asking officers if her daughter was shot, but police refused to let her near. Chapman later told Mira that her daughter had died.The trial, conducted via Zoom video conference before Ontario Superior Court Justice Jennifer Woollcombe, also heard how on March 3, just days before the shooting, firefighters had gone to Chang’s 23rd-floor midtown Toronto condo to respond to calls of flooding in the unit.Once inside the Balliol Street apartment, fire crews found a chaotic scene, with drugs and drug paraphernalia “all over the place,” as well as dozens of hypodermic needles floating in the pool of water gushing from a broken sprinkler head, Toronto firefighter Martin Suchma said.Even more bizarre to Suchma was that Chang, who was inside the chaotic unit, was scarcely responding to the crews commands to exit it.“He sort of just carried about his business,” Suchma said. “Effectively, saw that we were there, but kind of ignored us.”A seemingly confused and scarcely responsive Chang, who noted that he needed his keys, shuffled around the apartment before eventually following orders to leave.In his cross-examination of Suchma, Chang’s defence lawyer Randall Barrs honed in on his client’s seamingly bizarre state at the time. The trial has already heard testimony from neighbours at Lewandowski’s complex, who recall hearing four loud bangs the morning she was shot, followed by a woman screaming out and a dark vehicle leaving the scene.Lewandowski, a Humber College student, who was studying esthetics and spa management, was shot at least three times, including once to the chest and once to the head, when she called police.Video captured a dark-coloured vehicle entering the complex at 4:58 a.m., before exiting four minutes later.Lewandowski was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found three live rounds on the pavement of the parking lot.Her boyfriend, Chang, then 39, was arrested in Toronto about 14 hours later and charged with first-degree murder.He has pleaded not guilty.Alicia’s mother, Mira Lewandowski has told the court that Chang and her daughter had a “volatile” relationship and she tried unsuccessfully to keep her daughter away from the accused, and that, by 2017, she had become increasingly concerned after it became clear that the couple were drug addicts.Court has seen photographs of a black 2010 Infiniti G37S car, a handgun and two magazines seized by police.Investigators found several items in the car, including a purse and a wallet containing several items, including a health card belonging to the victim, and bail documents belonging to the accused.Jason Miller is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering crime and justice in the Peel Region. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him on email: jasonmiller@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

Mississauga woman pleaded for her attacker to stop before she was shot and left for dead, court hears

While on a 9-1-1 call for help, Alicia Lewandowski was heard pleading for her attacker to stop minutes before she was found shot and lying face down in the parking lot of her mother’s Mississauga townhouse complex, a Peel police officer testified Friday.

Lewandowski was “in distress, out of breath and crying,” Const. Todd Chapman told a Brampton court of the information he was provided by the dispatcher as he raced to the address at Rathburn Road and Dixie Road.

“The female was saying, ‘what are you doing, stop it,” Chapman said. “She even stated that she had been shot in the head.

“She said she didn’t know if she was dead or alive,” Chapman recalls of the information he was given before arriving at the scene where Lewandowski was left to die. “She said she’s bleeding from the head and she said that her boyfriend was Joseph Chang and that the police are looking for him.”

Before the call ended, Lewandowski told the dispatcher that “he’s trying to hide his gun,” Chapman recalls.

Chapman’s account of the emergency call that came in around 5:02 a.m. on March 5, 2018, came Friday, day five of the first-degree murder trial of Joseph Chang, who’s accused of the shooting death of his then girlfriend, Lewandowski, 25.

Chapman, who was sitting in his cruiser at the time, called for backup and made his way to the scene, arriving about six minutes after the call came in.

Const. Adam Callan was among the first Peel officers to arrive at the housing complex, to find Lewandowski’s motionless body next to shards of broken glass and a cellphone in the parking lot adjacent to the Rathburn Road East house where she lived with her mother, Mira Lewandowski.

“We rolled her over, to check on further medical status and her condition,” Chapman said. “We determined that she wasn’t breathing.”

The officers quickly started CPR to revive Lewandowski, whose hair and head was bloodied. Moments later, the victim’s frantic mother rushed to the scene, asking officers if her daughter was shot, but police refused to let her near. Chapman later told Mira that her daughter had died.

The trial, conducted via Zoom video conference before Ontario Superior Court Justice Jennifer Woollcombe, also heard how on March 3, just days before the shooting, firefighters had gone to Chang’s 23rd-floor midtown Toronto condo to respond to calls of flooding in the unit.

Once inside the Balliol Street apartment, fire crews found a chaotic scene, with drugs and drug paraphernalia “all over the place,” as well as dozens of hypodermic needles floating in the pool of water gushing from a broken sprinkler head, Toronto firefighter Martin Suchma said.

Even more bizarre to Suchma was that Chang, who was inside the chaotic unit, was scarcely responding to the crews commands to exit it.

“He sort of just carried about his business,” Suchma said. “Effectively, saw that we were there, but kind of ignored us.”

A seemingly confused and scarcely responsive Chang, who noted that he needed his keys, shuffled around the apartment before eventually following orders to leave.

In his cross-examination of Suchma, Chang’s defence lawyer Randall Barrs honed in on his client’s seamingly bizarre state at the time.

The trial has already heard testimony from neighbours at Lewandowski’s complex, who recall hearing four loud bangs the morning she was shot, followed by a woman screaming out and a dark vehicle leaving the scene.

Lewandowski, a Humber College student, who was studying esthetics and spa management, was shot at least three times, including once to the chest and once to the head, when she called police.

Video captured a dark-coloured vehicle entering the complex at 4:58 a.m., before exiting four minutes later.

Lewandowski was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found three live rounds on the pavement of the parking lot.

Her boyfriend, Chang, then 39, was arrested in Toronto about 14 hours later and charged with first-degree murder.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Alicia’s mother, Mira Lewandowski has told the court that Chang and her daughter had a “volatile” relationship and she tried unsuccessfully to keep her daughter away from the accused, and that, by 2017, she had become increasingly concerned after it became clear that the couple were drug addicts.

Court has seen photographs of a black 2010 Infiniti G37S car, a handgun and two magazines seized by police.

Investigators found several items in the car, including a purse and a wallet containing several items, including a health card belonging to the victim, and bail documents belonging to the accused.

Jason Miller is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering crime and justice in the Peel Region. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him on email: jasonmiller@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

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Clarkstown Police charged the driver, 18-year-old Alan Mendoza, with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

16-Year-Old Vlad Mosyuk Killed In New City Car Crash

NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A teenager was arrested in Rockland County after allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed another teen.

The victim’s name was Vlad Mosyuk, and he was just 16 years old.

Olivia Cunningham was his classmate and close friend.

“He was really caring and friendly. He had tons of friends. So many people love him,” she told CBS2’s Tony Aiello.

Vlad died in a three-car wreck Thursday night on a twisty section of Congers Road in New City.

Sixteen-year-old Vlad Mosyuk died from injuries he sustained in a car crash in New City on May 6, 2021. (Credit: CBS2)

He was a passenger in a black sedan along with a 17-year-old girl, who also suffered serious injuries.

Clarkstown Police charged the driver, 18-year-old Alan Mendoza, with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

Mendoza and his two passengers — all students at Clarkstown North High School.

“Having a 16-year-old die in Clarkstown, it really breaks our hearts. It’s a terribly tragedy, and it’s completely preventable,” Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said.

He says it’s another shock for local families. It comes just 12 days after the death of Suffern High School student Jacqueline Zangrilli, who was killed in a rollover accident in nearby Montebello.

The 17-year-old driver in that accident is charged with DWI and manslaughter.

Two deaths in less than two weeks — no doubt leading to many conversations about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“If you’re ever in that predicament, either call a parent, call an Uber, don’t get behind the wheel with somebody that you feel is drinking [and] driving,” parent Claudine Cunningham said.

Local officials realize more needs to be done to reach teens about the dangers of drunk driving and are strategizing how to do that.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Vlad’s medical bills and funeral costs: gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-vlad

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