Charges laid in Rich­mond Hill mur­der

Home in­va­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion turned into a homi­cide

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Jes­sica Wei

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.

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