Police hunt for fugitive with ‘history of violence’ and ties to Hamilton and Niagara


Published September 30, 2021 at 9:22 am

Rafael Eliseo Bonilla is wanted by police in connection to numerous charges. — Hamilton Police handout

A man with “a history of violence” and with ties to the Hamilton area and Niagara Region is wanted by police in connection to an investigation that has resulted in numerous assault charges

In a press release issued Thursday (Sept. 30), Hamilton Police said they are looking for a 26-year-old fugitive, Rafael Eliseo Bonilla.

“Bonilla is a high-risk offender with a history of violence,” police said in the release. “If he is observed, Police ask that members of the public call 9-1-1, do not approach.”

Bonilla is described as 5’ 8” tall and approximately 240 pounds.

He is wanted in connection to charges stemming from a July 2021 criminal investigation, police said.

The charges include:

  • Three counts of Assault Level 1
  • Two counts of Assault (Choke)
  • Assault Cause Bodily Harm
  • Two counts of Forcible Confinement
  • Two counts of Utter Threats
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Six counts of Fail to comply with release order
  • Fail to attend court and Surety Revocation

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bonilla is asked to contact Detective Constable Scott Yuill by calling 905-546-8911.

o provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

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