2 ar­rested in death of UB stu­dent in Toronto

Ju­lian Jones was beaten Satur­day out­side night­club

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Kevin Rec­tor Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Colin Campbell con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. krec­tor@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/rec­tor­sun

Toronto po­lice have ar­rested two men in the fa­tal at­tack on a Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more stu­dent last week­end, al­leg­ing they beat him while he was al­ready ly­ing on the ground.

A third sus­pect re­mains at large, they said.

Ju­lian Jones, 26, was in Canada’s largest city for a bach­e­lor party to cel­e­brate the up­com­ing wed­ding of a friend when he was punched and kicked in the head about 2:30 a.m. Satur­day, po­lice said. He was pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the at­tack was un­pro­voked and oc­curred af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion out­side a night­club be­tween two other groups. Jones and his friends did noth­ing wrong, po­lice said.

On Wed­nes­day, po­lice ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent two Toronto men who they al­lege were in­volved in Jones’ beat­ing: Ken­neth Omorogbe, 25, and Ka­mari Folkes, 24. Both men have been charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der, po­lice said Thurs­day.

“These are def­i­nitely peo­ple who have been iden­ti­fied by wit­nesses as be­ing party to the at­tack,” said De­tec­tive Sgt. Gary Giroux.

Video of the at­tack sug­gests that the in­juries that led to Jones’ death were suf­fered while Jones was al­ready un­con­scious and “in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion on the ground,” Giroux said.

Both Omorogbe and Folkes made a brief ap­pear­ance in a Toronto court­room Thurs­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Toronto Star. They will re­main in cus­tody, with their next ap­pear­ance in court sched­uled for Nov. 22.

Both men have “some past crim­i­nal bag­gage,” Giroux said, but he did not elab­o­rate. Court records show Folkes was con­victed of an as­sault in 2011 and sen­tenced to a year of pro­ba­tion and $500 in resti­tu­tion, the Star re­ported.

Giroux said po­lice are still look­ing for a third sus­pect who was also iden­ti­fied through sur­veil­lance footage as be­ing in­volved in Jones’ beat­ing.

Po­lice with­held pho­to­graphs of Omorogbe and Folkes, and asked mem­bers of the me­dia to do the same, be­cause of­fi­cers still have to in­ter­view wit­nesses. Those wit­nesses will be asked to iden­tify sus­pects in the at­tack us­ing photo line­ups, and should not be ex­posed to im­ages of the sus­pects be­fore­hand, Giroux said.

“It’s go­ing to be an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion-based pros­e­cu­tion. It’s not go­ing to be a foren­sicbased pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

As part of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Giroux said he or his in­ves­ti­ga­tors may need to travel to Bal­ti­more to con­duct ad­di­tional in­ter­views — in­clud­ing pho­to­graphic line­ups — with mem­bers of Jones’ group who were wit­nesses to por­tions of the at­tack.

Giroux may also so­licit the help of Bal­ti­more po­lice in that process, he said.

Po­lice thanked wit­nesses and busi­nesses in the area where the at­tack oc­curred for their “tremen­dous co­op­er­a­tion.”

On Wed­nes­day, To­bias Jones, the vic­tim’s fa­ther, said Toronto po­lice no­ti­fied him that they had made ar­rests in the case.

“I’m feel­ing very en­thu­si­as­tic about that con­ver­sa­tion,” he said.

He said po­lice told him he could share the in­for­ma­tion. He wants to keep his son’s death in peo­ple’s minds to help solve the case, he said.

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