Rewards of $50,000 each are being offered for information leading to the arrests of two men wanted in separate murder investigations as part of an ongoing partnership with the BOLO Program to harness the public to find fugitives.
On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at around 5.40 p.m., Toronto Police responded to a call for a shooting on Trehorne Dr. in the Dixon & Scarlett Rds. Area in Etobicoke.
The two victims were driving northbound on Scarlett Rd. when the occupants of a second vehicle beside them started shooting.
One of the victims, 21-year-old Habil Hassan, of Toronto, died later in hospital.
Police charged two individuals, including one who surrendered on April 22, 2021.
The other accused, Mohamed Hassan, is wanted on Canada-wide warrants for first-degree murder and attempted murder.
He is described as being 22 years old, 5’8” and weighing 160 pounds.
“We believe that he is still in the Greater Toronto Area, actively evading arrest,” said Inspector Hank Idsinga, at a news conference at police headquarters on July 7.
He warned the public not to take any action to arrest the suspect.
“He may be armed and dangerous,” said Idsinga.
On September 18, 2021 at about 9 p.m., police responded to a call for a shooting near Oak and Sumach Sts. near Regent Park.
Three victims were struck by gunfire, including 27-year-old Regent Park Community Centre employee Thane Murray, who died at the scene.
“He was a well-regarded public servant and a much loved community member,” said Idsinga, of Murray. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
On December 13, 2021, investigators charged three individuals in the case. Two of the accused were located and arrested on the same day.
Jabreel Elmi is wanted for first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The 28-year-old suspect, who has a lazy right eye, is 5’7” weighing 180 lbs.
Police believe he is also in the GTA evading arrest.
“We do not need you to be a witness or testify in court,” said Idsinga. “The cases against Mohamed Hassan and Jabreel Elmi are ready to go to trial. We simple need your help with locating them. If you are helping either of these men evade arrest, you may be charged with accessory after the fact. The criminal charge could result in life in prison.”
BOLO – Be On The Look Out – is a term that is commonly used in movies and television shows and also within the law enforcement community.
Launched in 2018, the BOLO program is an initiative leveraging social media and technology to make sure citizens are on the lookout for Canada’s most wanted so they can report sightings and submit tips to help the police arrest these wanted people.
Since launching their Top 25 Most Wanted Campaign, four fugitives have been arrested, three wanted by Toronto Police.
“What we did on April 26 is to unleash the power of the collective eye,” said BOLO Program Director Max Langlois. “All fugitive cases are important, and what we wanted to do on that day, is bring more awareness to this issue in general.”
Just a few hours after an unprecedented $250,000 reward was offered for the number one suspect, Abilaziz Mohamed, was arrested after anonymous information was received about his location.
Mohamed was wanted in the murder of Craig MacDonald.
Crime Stoppers Toronto Chair Sean Sportun said anyone calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online 222tips.com will always remain anonymous and never be contacted by police or have to testify in court.
“Come forward, speak up, Break the silence, by doing so you’ll be making a difference in your community,” Sportun said. “Crime Stoppers is committed in our efforts to mobilize the community to see it, say It, stop It. You remain anonymous, criminals don’t.”