Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in recovering a car involved in a double murder in Scarborough.
On Friday, April 29, at 9.47 p.m., officers from 41 Division responded to a shooting at the LCBO located at 85 Ellesmere Rd. Upon their arrival, they discovered a male and female in the backseat of a vehicle who had been shot numerous times.
Joseph Anzolona, 26, and 24-year-old student Cynthia Mullapudi succumbed to their injuries.
They had attended the LCBO with two other friends to make a purchase. Shortly after Anzolona and the female in the front passenger seat -- who accompanied him into the store – returned to the vehicle, a lone gunman approached the vehicle, opened the rear door and fired numerous rounds into the seat area at the back of the vehicle.
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle that was waiting for him.
The alleged gunman – 24-year-old Harris Nnane – was arrested by members of the Integrated Guns and Gangs Task Force on Sunday, May 1, around 7.30 pm. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
At a press conference at police headquarters on May 6, Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux said a citizen photographed the suspect’s car in the parking lot of the LCBO.
“Another citizen recorded the license plate and repeated it to himself over and over again until he had the opportunity to record it in his cell phone,” he pointed out. “The homicide squad is extremely grateful to all the citizens who remained on scene and co-operated with this investigation.”
Police are looking for a Ford four-door grey Fusion registered to Julianna Talevski, 24, of Toronto. The license plate number is BYYW 755.
“This is the car that was used and it has huge significant value,” said Giroux. “We would like to recover that car as soon as possible.”
He added that Talevski has a connection to Nnane and investigators are speaking with her lawyer.
“If the community recognizes Ms. Talevski’s picture in relation to where she lives or where she might park this particular vehicle, I encourage them to call the homicide squad,” Giroux added. “I am also encouraging anyone at the scene that evening who haven’t spoken to police to contact us.”
Anyone with information in the double homicide are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux at (416) 808-7400 ext. 77387; 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.