Just over seven months after a Toronto man was murdered coming to the defence of his friend who was robbed, police have released security camera video taken on the night of the homicide, cobbled together from different security cameras in the area.
Andrew Surage, 47, was murdered on October 5, 2014, outside an after-hours night club at 325 Weston Rd. The married father, who was employed for a decade as a senior route manager at Interstate Batteries, succumbed to a gunshot wound to the chest.
At a press conference at police headquarters, Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson said Surage and friends were out celebrating that night when they ended up at the club – popularly known as Whispers – which is not licensed to sell alcohol.
“They didn’t like the atmosphere and decided to leave after having a drink,” said Gibson. “On the way out, one of Surage’s friends was robbed of a chain by a male suspect. The deceased came to his friend’s aid and asked the suspect to return the chain and leave his friend alone. The suspect refused and quickly left the area.”
About two minutes later, the suspect returned in a vehicle, believed to be a purple 1998 Honda Accord – in the company of three people, including a female.
The suspect is described as light-skinned, about 5’10” to 6’ with muscular build, and black curly hair with a pony tail. He was wearing dark clothing and a hoodie.
Gibson is appealing to patrons who were at the club on the night of the homicide, and recognize the suspect and the three other individuals, to contact police.
“We have spoken to a lot of people and are attempting to track down people who were at the nightclub,” he said.
Individuals with information can call Gibson directly at (416) 808-7400 Ext. 77405, 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.