A total of six alleged members of the Dixon Road Bloods gang and their associates were arrested in an early-morning sweep on April 2.
Homicide officers, with assistance from 23 Division and Emergency Task Force members, made the arrests after executing search warrants in the Dixon Road area.
The arrests come on the heels of the March 17 shooting of Ahmed Siyad, who was subsequently charged with robbery and firearm-related offences, and the murder of Malcolm Marfo, who was gunned down five hours later in the same apartment building at 2063 Islington Ave., where Siyad was shot. Investigators have no indication of the motive behind the murder.
This homicide occurred just minutes after police had cleared the scene of Siyad’s shooting.
Liban “Chunky” Hussein, Muhamad Omar, Saieed Hagi, Shamarke Farah, Ali Mohamed Isse and a young person have been charged with First-Degree Murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Hanad Farah, who was targeted in the police operation, is still on the loose and a warrant will be issued for his arrest. The 21-year-old, who lives at 340 Dixon Rd., will be charged with First-Degree Murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
“I recommend very strongly that this individual turn himself in to authorities immediately,” Homicide Unit commander Staff Inspector Greg McLane said, at a press conference at police headquarters.
He also added that a 23-year-old man, Ahmed Mohamud, who allegedly became physically violent with officers executing the warrants, was arrested and charged with assault and immigration-related violations.
McLane said his officers will continue to investigate, analyze and correlate information and evidence to further this investigation and identify other crimes that the group arrested and/or their associates might have been involved in.
“I encourage anyone who has any information that may assist us in these investigations to come forward and contact a member of Homicide,” he said. “Your information is extremely valuable to us and we will do everything in our power to ensure your safety and security.
“Without the cooperation of members of our communities, these violent offenders will continue to victimize them and their communities, impacting their overall safety and security where they live and work. Any piece of information, no matter how small or insignificant, may be of great value to the investigators. We cannot do this without your assistance.”
Individuals can contact the Homicide Unit 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.
Members of the Dixon Road community can also contact Toronto Police Service Somali Liaison Unit officers at 416-808-2363.
Anyone who has information on Marfo’s homicide can contact Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux at 416-808-7400 Ext. 7-7387 or Detective Shawn Mahoney at 416-808-4300 Ext. 7-7814.
23 Division Unit commander Superintendent Ron Taverner assured community members that their neighbourhoods are safe.
“I just want to reassure the community that the police will vigorously investigate and charge people involved in a crime or individuals who are supporting those crimes,” he said. “Our community, the Rexdale community, by and large is made up of very law-abiding citizens and when things like this happen, it sheds a negative light on the community. But the facts are that most people are law-abiding and want to do the right thing. We want to reassure the community that the police are there to support them.”