Police seek further witnesses or victims related to sexualized assault at Whitehorse business

May 23, 2023
Whitehorse, Yukon

News release

Whitehorse RCMP is informing the public of an on-going sexualized assault investigation.

Any additional victims or witnesses are encouraged to reach out to police or seek assistance from community resources.

On May 8, 2023, two different women reported allegations of sexualized assaults that took place at a hair salon in Whitehorse. Both women independently reported the same suspect and similar actions that took place on different days while they were at the Best Cutz salon for a haircut.

On May 12, 2023, Ali Ahmad Kaied Makawi, age 28 of Whitehorse, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault related to this investigation. Mr. Makawi was released on conditions including attending future court appearances.

The business where these offences occurred, Best Cutz in Whitehorse, is aware of the allegations and has been cooperative throughout the investigation.

Police officers from the Yukon RCMP Specialized Response Unit are the lead investigators on this file.

It is possible that there are other victims who are not yet known to police. Investigators ask that anyone with information contact police.

"It can be immensely difficult to come forward and speak about sexualized assaults," says Cpl. Michael Simpson, supervisor with the Yukon RCMP Specialized Response Unit. "We and our partners at organizations like Victim Services and SART want to help those who have been victimized to find the way that they are most comfortable getting help. Resources and people are available to hear you and assist you, whether that means speaking with police or with another ally in the community in a way that makes you feel safe and supported. You are not alone. We are here if you wish to report any concerns to SRU."

Contact information for police: Whitehorse RCMP dispatch 867-667-5555.

If you or anyone who know has been a victim or a witness to this or any other sexualized assault investigation, the following resources are available in Whitehorse:

SART: The Yukon's Sexualized Assault Response Team (SART) provides a safe and confidential network of services that focus on needs and choices. SART is available to people of all of sexualized assault of all genders, ages, and sexual orientation who have survived a sexualized assault, to guide the process or be an ally.

Victim Services: Victim Services provides services and help for victims dealing with a range of different crimes, regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime, a charge has been laid, or there has been a conviction.


Contact information

Cst. C. McCann
Whitehorse RCMP
4100 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT

File number: 2023-625690 /2023-625552

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