Charges laid in Richmond Hill murder
Home invasion investigation turned into a homicide
Two suspects have been charged in connection with a homicide in Richmond Hill and a home invasion in Toronto.
Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were called to a residence in Toronto on May 17 to investigate a home invasion that left two victims tied up and a dog killed.
During the course of this investigation, the two male victims told Toronto police that there was a third man who lived there who they believed to be in Richmond Hill but were unable to contact. The TPS contacted the York Regional Police ( YRP) to investigate an area where the third roommate was believed to be.
“So we went to check this area out and found the vehicle there with him already deceased in the car,” said Const. Laura Nicolle of the YRP.
The police found the vehicle, with the victim deceased in the driver’s seat, at the corner of Bayswater Avenue and Emily Court. The police were able to determine that the homicide occurred first. It’s alleged that the suspects, one a resident of Newmarket and the other a Richmond Hill resident, then drove to Toronto to commit the home invasion.
“The two suspects basically killed the victim and then attended a residence associated to the victim,” said Nicolle.
The cause of the homicide has not yet been determined.
The victims who were found at the house were not physically injured, but a dog living at the address was killed. Although there were firearms involved in the robbery, Nicolle confirmed that no firearms were discharged, not even in the killing of the dog.
The accused are now held in custody and will appear before the Ontario court of justice on June 1.
The charges include first-degree murder, robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent, forcible confinement and killing an animal.
Police are currently investigating any link between the suspects and the victims.