Two men are facing Second-Degree Murder charges and the hunt is on for a third suspect in the beating death of 26-year-old American Julian Jones.
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.
“The deceased at that point became separated from his friends who didn’t want to take part in a confrontation,” Inspector Bryan Bott said, at a press conference at police headquarters on November 10. “A short time later, the deceased was discovered unconscious on the roadway and EMS personnel were called.”
Jones was pronounced dead on his way to hospital.
Bott said the support of witnesses, including the lounge’s management and employees and nearby security camera video led to the arrest of two suspects on November 9 without incident.
Kenneth Omorogbe, 25, and Kamari Folks, 23, both of Toronto, appeared in court on November 10.
“We are alleging that both of the accused played a role in Jones’ death,” said Bott.
He said investigators are not prepared to release photos of the accused and he’s asking media not to publish social media photos of them.
“By doing this, you would compromise future photographic line-ups yet to be completed,” said Bott. “This investigation is very active and ongoing and we are attempting to identify others responsible for the attack. There are still witnesses who are prepared to look at video for the purpose of identifying other suspects. So until such time as that process is exhausted, images will not be released to the general public.”
Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, the lead investigator, said the third suspect police is seeking is a white male in his late 20s, weighing 160-180 lbs. He was wearing casual clothing at the time of the incident.
“I have this image of him in and amongst the group of individuals,” he said. “My difficulty is that I don’t have any urgency to put him out there because I need to meet with security staff, here in Toronto, to show them the video and have them narrate it.”
Giroux said Homicide investigators may also travel to the United States to speak with the friends of the deceased who were with him at the lounge.
“The challenge that we have is that, as soon as his friends were interviewed, they immediately went back to the United States,” he said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to call them back in as I have done with security staff. I may have to send investigators there or ask the police in Baltimore to do that on our behalf.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at 416- 808-7400; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.