Persons of Interest in Murder

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:02 p.m. January 14, 2015

Police are seeking two persons of interest in connection with the murder of 47-year-old Wasfi Ghalban last month.

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Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone speaks to reporters about Persons of Interest in the murder of Wasfi Ghaliban

Responding to a call for service at 200 Wellesley St. on December 3, 51 Division officers were directed to a second-floor apartment where they found the victim’s lifeless body.

The person who called police was concerned after not seeing or hearing from his friend since December 1.

“Mr. Ghalban was observed to have significant trauma to his body,” said Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone, at a news conference at police headquarters on January 14, where images of the Persons of Interest were released. “At this time, we are not releasing the cause of death. It appears that this was a targeted attack and robbery may have been a motive.”

In the released images, one of the men appears to enter the building’s lobby at around 9.50 p.m. on December 1. He holds the door for a second male and they are observed walking through the lobby, where one goes to the elevator and the other appears to use the stairs.

Security video of persons of interest in Homicide #54/2014

“The first male is wearing a hat with what appears to be a distinctive drawing or design at the back, and the second male is wearing a winter hat with ‘ROOTS’ written at the front of it,” Carbone said.

In addition to the two men of interest, Carbone wants to talk to anyone who interacted with Ghalban on Monday December 1, between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.,  or had dealings with him in the past.

The deceased, who was single, has family in the Greater Toronto Area and Europe and operated a tattoo and piercing shop on Yonge St.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carbone at 416-808-7400, 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.

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