A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of 20-year-old Conrad Grizzle who eluded the grasp of police on the evening of June 16.
He’s wanted in connection with the murder of Douglas Parker who was shot to death on May 24 shortly after he and a group of friends exited a taxi at 60 Walpole Ave.
Parker suffered several gunshots wounds to his chest while his friends, who were also shot, are recovering.
Considered armed and dangerous, Grizzle was not present at a location where police executed a warrant.
“We just missed him,” Detective Joyce Schertzer said at a media conference at police headquarters on June 17.
Grizzle is wanted for second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Schertzer advised the suspect to surrender immediately.
“We have alerted all border security, neighbouring police services and other supportive agencies with regards our interest in your immediate apprehension,” she said. “…Every police officer on duty in Toronto has your photograph and the Chief of Police has afforded our investigative team every resource available to bring you into custody. Seek the advice of someone you trust, speak to competent counsel and turn yourself in.”
Schertzer also sent out a public message to anyone who is offering the suspect assistance in avoiding police arrest.
“There are criminal consequences to providing him comfort, shelter and assistance in any way and those who harbour Conrad Grizzle will be prosecuted accordingly,” she added.
Based on statements of witnesses who were in the area at the time of the shooting, Schertzer said it’s clear that Parker was the intended target and the incident stemmed from a pre-existing dispute.
She’s appealing to other witnesses to come forward.
“I invite members of the Walpole community to come forward and talk to police regarding their observations on that day in a meaningful way,” she said. “Witness participation is a very important aspect of every police homicide investigation. We are interested in obtaining statements from those who were there that day.”
A nine millimetre handgun was recovered from the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 9-1-1, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.