The Fugitive Squad has released a list of eight wanted people who are believed to be living in the Greater Toronto Area.
While the Fugitive Squad doesn’t often reveal the names of fugitives believed to be in Toronto, the eight names on the list are now considered cold cases and can now be solved with the help of the public.
“These eight individuals are wanted for serious and violent offences like murder and child abuse…we want to be able to get them,” said Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks of the Fugitive Squad. Banks said one of the goals of the Squad is to prevent criminality from happening in Toronto and the GTA and to protect the citizens of the city. “Criminals don’t change their actions if they come to a different country. A child sex offender is a child sex offender."
The Fugitive Squad will not reveal names of people under investigation, with a case still open, since they don’t want to tip the criminals off, said Banks. However, since these cases are five years and older, Banks said they are now cold cases. Therefore, when police believe they have exhausted all leads they seek the help of the public.
Through the media and public awareness campaigns, Banks believes any citizen can help capture such fugitives.
“The police are the public and the public are the police,” explained Banks, quoting Sir Robert Peel, of the public’s role in helping bring criminals to justice.
And the public has been helpful in assisting with the arrest and extradition of wanted fugitives.
According to Banks, the first time such a list was made public was last year – and he would deem the exercise successful as it helped find three out of ten individuals. One man was caught because of an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.
Two men gave themselves up to police when they saw their names on the list being circulated in the media. The individuals on this year’s list are seven men and one woman. Seven are wanted in the United States and one in Jamaica. Banks said the Fugitive Squad works with police services across the globe. Banks adds that, if they become aware of fugitives leaving the city, the Squad informs the police force of whichever city they believe the criminal may be headed to pursue the lead.
The wanted fugitives are:
- Dan Agbasi, who has a full extradition warrant for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud
- Gifton Cousins, another American, who has a warrant for his arrest in the murder of a co-worker
- Daniel William Heirs, a former American police officer, who was dismissed from the service for alleged sexual criminal conduct with a minor, as well as being investigated for the murder of his wife
- Frederick McLean, wanted for multiple counts of child sex abuse and who is also on the US Marshals' 15 Most Wanted list
- Shadia Mahamad Muse, who is wanted for the death of her newborn child
- Andre Neverson, a suspect in two homicides in the United States
- Enrique Rodriguez, a Mexican national, who has warrants for his arrest in Maryland and New York for criminal sex acts, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child
- Peter Silvera, a former Jamaican police officer, wanted in Jamaica for two murders
Anyone with information should call the Fugitive Squad investigators at 416-808-5930. The public can also give an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers 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.