Homicide investigators have released security camera video of a suspect wanted in connection with murder in the city’s west end.
Sylvia Consuela, 34, was found dead in her apartment at 121 Kendleton Drive on January 28.
The mother of three, who lived alone, struggled with mental health and narcotic addiction issues. She supported her addiction through the sex trade.
“She was an extremely vulnerable resident of our city,” Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga said, at a press conference at police headquarters on February 5.
The suspect entered the building around 1.30 a.m., and made his way to the victim’s apartment. It is alleged that, over the next hour, he brutally assaulted her and suffocated her to death. He’s captured on security camera as he entered and exited the building.
Idsinga believes the suspect, who entered the building through an unsecured back door, is familiar with the surroundings.
“He definitely knows his way around,” said Idsinga, of the man who had his face partially covered.
The suspect is described as light-skinned and he was wearing light-coloured Nike Shoes, dark jeans that police believe are Red BBQ Remix jeans, black leather bomber-style jacket, grey hoodie-style sweater with a plaid pattern, black-and-white plaited scarf and a black toque.
“Somebody will know this suspect by his clothing or mannerisms,” said Idsinga.
He added that about 50 officers and Toronto Housing security personnel were canvassing a large area in north Etobicoke to gather further information and evidence to assist with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.