Police are seeking at least five suspects in an early-morning murder in the city just over two months ago.
Tariq Mohammed, 31, was killed instantly at The Garden Restaurant, 153 Dundas St W. at around 4 a.m. on November 16, following a robbery in the restaurant’s washroom.
The deceased and a group of individuals had attended the Muzik nightclub before making their way to the popular after-hours restaurant.
Once seated at the front of the restaurant, Mohammed and a friend, who was wearing three large gold chains, went to the washroom at the back of the restaurant where they were confronted by three men, two armed with semi-automatic pistols.
Another violent altercation took place at the front of the restaurant, resulting in Mohammed’s murder behind the take-out counter. Two firearms were used during the attack.
Two female patrons – ages 28 and 20 - in the restaurant were struck by stray bullets. They were treated at an area hospital.
On January 16, two suspects were arrested.
Marcus Gibson, 22, and Ceyon Carrington, 28, face First-Degree murder and robbery with firearms charges.
In addition, Gibson faces charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and failing to comply with a recognizance.
Carrington faces additional charges of two counts of aggravated assault.
Gibson and Carrington will remain in custody until their trial.
“They are known to the police and they are violent people,” said Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux at a press conference at police headquarters on January 30. “They have criminal baggage.”
Giroux said he’s turning to members of the public and other police services to help identify the outstanding suspects because the case is going to be an identification-based prosecution.
“I am asking the public, or any members of various police services, to call if they recognize who these individuals are,” he said. “…These individuals are not novices to the criminal justice system. These are going to be people who are extremely dangerous and people who have been involved in criminal offences in the past.”
The suspects include a man and woman who entered the restaurant at 3.47 a.m. with the other offenders and take up positions against the west and north walls respectively.
Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide at 416-808-7400 or 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.