Third man named in Homicide investigation

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:20 p.m. November 18, 2016

Homicide investigators have released the identity of the third suspect wanted in connection with the beating death of 26-year-old American Julian Jones.

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Det. Rob North speaks to the media

The victim and five friends were in the city for a bachelor party at the Blnd Tger Lounge at 559 College St.

At approximately 2.25 a.m., on November 5, while patrons were exiting the lounge, the deceased and his friends were set upon by a group of men wanting to fight. Becoming separated from his friends, the American was discovered unconscious on the roadway and EMS personnel were called.

Jones was pronounced dead on his way to hospital.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 28-year-old Andrew Christopher O’Brien of Toronto. He is wanted on a charge of Second-Degree Murder

At a press conference at police headquarters on November 17, Detective Rob North said the suspect is known to frequent the Scarborough areas and has ties to other jurisdictions within the Greater Toronto Area.

North made a direct plea to O’Brien to surrender to police.

“If you are watching this, I am urging you to contact a lawyer and/or turn yourself into the nearest police station, wherever that may be,” he said. “Rest assured we will leave no stone unturned in locating you, arresting you, and putting you before the courts.”

The Homicide officer also made a special appeal to anyone who is in contact with the suspect.

“If you know his whereabouts, and are assisting him in evading capture, I recommend that you stop doing so immediately or you, too, may face jeopardy in a court of law,” he added.

Two suspects are already in custody for the homicide.

Kenneth Omorogbe, 25, and Kamari Folks, 23, both of Toronto, appeared in court on November 10, a day after they were arrested without incident.

North said O’Brien is the last suspect wanted in the murder.

“We identified him after going over hours and hours of video surveillance from businesses and residences in the area of the Blnd Tger restaurant and in speaking and re-interviewing witnesses who we have already spoken to,” he pointed out.

North and another homicide investigator will travel to Maryland next week to speak with Jones’ family and re-interview his friends, who left Toronto shortly after speaking to police.

He said investigators are not prepared to release photos of the accused and he’s asking media members not to publish social media photos of them.

“In fairness to both Mr. Omorogbe and Mr. Folkes, who are currently in custody, and in fairness to the witnesses at the upcoming preliminary inquiry in Toronto, we wouldn’t want to compromise the investigation at this point,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at 416- 808-7400; 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.

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