Killer lay in wait be­fore shoot­ing An­caster man

Po­lice are prob­ing whether ties with or­ga­nized crime are be­hind the mur­der of local real es­tate agent

The Hamilton Spectator - - Front Page - NI­COLE O’REILLY

A HAMIL­TON EN­TREPRENEUR and real es­tate agent with as­so­ciates in or­ga­nized crime was shot dead as he walked into his An­caster home in a “tar­geted” killing.

The killer hid in bushes and lay in wait for Al­bert Iavarone to re­turn home Thurs­day night, Det. Sgt. Peter Thom said Fri­day.

The 50-year-old was shot around 9:55 p.m. as he walked from his car, which was parked out­side 32 Sun­flower Cres. in An­caster’s quiet Scenic Woods neigh­bour­hood.

Po­lice have de­scribed the killer only as a man who drove a sil­ver car.

“It was def­i­nitely tar­geted. This in­di­vid­ual set out to ac­com­plish a task and that task was to kill Mr. Iavarone and he ob­vi­ously suc­ceeded,” Thom said.

Iavarone’s wife and two chil­dren were in the house at the time and it was his fam­ily who made the 911 call.

When emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived, they found Iavarone at the en­trance of his home with a gun­shot wound to the up­per body.

De­spite paramedics’ ef­forts, he was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

“Mr. Iavarone had no crim­i­nal record but he is known to po­lice as he is as­so­ci­ated to in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in tra­di­tional or­ga­nized crime in the Hamil­ton area,” Thom said.

Neigh­bours ex­pressed shock at the shoot­ing. But Thom stressed this was a “very tar­geted at­tack” and po­lice don’t be­lieve there is any threat to the pub­lic. De­tec­tives do not yet know a mo­tive.

Thom wouldn’t spec­ify which or­ga­nized crime groups or peo­ple Iavarone was con­nected to or whether the con­nec­tion was business or per­sonal.

Thom is also the case manager of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the May 2, 2017 mur­der of An­gelo Musi­tano, who was shot in the drive­way of his Wa­ter­down home. He said it’s “a pos­si­bil­ity” the two mur­ders are linked, adding de­tec­tives are “keep­ing all op­tions open.”

Po­lice be­lieve Musi­tano was shot by a hit man, who was also re­spon­si­ble for the shoot­ing death of a woman in York Re­gion two months ear­lier.

In the lat­est mur­der, Hamil­ton po­lice will once again speak with in­ves­ti­ga­tors in other ju­ris­dic­tions to look for ties to other crimes.

In the last two years, there has been a surge in Mafia-re­lated crimes , in­clud­ing mur­ders, bomb­ings and ar­sons, in the Hamil­ton and the Greater Toronto Area.

Just two weeks af­ter An­gelo Musi­tano’s mur­der, the St. Clair Boule­vard home of his older brother, Pasquale (Pat) Musi­tano, was sprayed with bul­lets. No one was in­jured, but the shoot­ing was seen as a warn­ing shot to the re­puted fam­ily crime boss.

“It’s our be­lief that there is some­thing go­ing on in the un­der­world, maybe a power strug­gle,” Thom said.

“I’m not sure that this par­tic­u­lar case fac­tors into that, but that’s cer­tainly some­thing that we’re alive to.”

In the An­caster case, po­lice have gath­ered surveil­lance video, in­clud­ing from the vic­tim’s home. Un­like the Musi­tanos, Iavarone’s fam­ily has been co-op­er­a­tive with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

So far, po­lice know the shooter drove onto Sun­flower Cres­cent, which is north­east of Mo­hawk Road West and Scenic Drive. From the south end of the street, he did a three­p­oint turn in front of the Iavarone home, parked and got out.

The shooter hid in the bushes “for an ex­tended pe­riod of time” un­til the vic­tim ar­rived, walked up and shot him. He drove away in the sil­ver car in the same di­rec­tion he’d come from.

De­tec­tives and foren­sic of­fi­cers searched the home Fri­day with po­lice tape block­ing ac­cess to it, parts of two neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties and a nearby path­way. A black Cadil­lac Es­calade and white Mercedes-Benz, re­mained in the drive­way of the two­s­torey, sin­gle-fam­ily home.

Neigh­bours ex­pressed shock at the shoot­ing. Sev­eral said they had been home or out for a walk, but none noted hear­ing gun­shots and only re­al­ized some­thing was wrong when they saw po­lice.

Thom said he un­der­stands shoot­ings raise alarm, but he stressed this was a “very tar­geted at­tack.” Po­lice don’t be­lieve there’s a threat to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Neigh­bours said the Iavarones are quiet but friendly, and could of­ten be seen en­ter­tain­ing and en­joy­ing their back­yard pool. Records show the fam­ily bought the home in 2004, with its ti­tle in the name of Iavarone’s wife, An­drea Iavarone.

Al­bert was a real es­tate agent at a Royal LePage on Ry­mal Road East.

“We were shocked and sad­dened to hear the news, “Joe Fer­rante, bro­ker of record with Royal LePage State Realty, said in an email. “Our thoughts and prayers are wit h his wife and chil­dren.”

Thom said Iavarone was in­volved in a “bunch of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ven­tures” in ad­di­tion to real es­tate.

Part of the work for po­lice in the com­ing days will be to get a bet­ter idea of who he was.

This is the fifth homi­cide in Hamil­ton this year. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Det. Ja­son Cattle at 905-546-4167. To re­main anony­mous, con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 or crimestop­per­shamil­ton.com.

Al Iavarone, mur­der vic­tim

CATHIE COWARD THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Hamil­ton po­lice probe the homi­cide scene at 32 Sun­flower Cres. Al­bert Iavarone was fa­tally shot at the home Thurs­day night.

BARRY GRAY THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Det Sgt. Peter Thom pro­vides de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at news con­fer­ence Fri­day.

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