Stand Up for Hero

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 5 a.m. April 24, 2017
Updated: 10:06 a.m. April 24, 2017

A brave citizen lost his life while trying to stop a violent store robbery 14 years ago. Police are once again turning to the public for assistance to solve the cold case murder.

A close up of a man
Mohamad Nakib-Arbaji, a 53-year-old father, was killed when he tried to stop a robbery

On Monday, April 21, 2003, at around 10.35 p.m., a man entered the Daisy Mart Variety Store at  1174 Morningside Drive.He approached the lone female clerk who was behind the counter and pointed a silver handgun at her, demanding cash.

Mohamad Nakib-Arbaji, a 53-year-old self-employed taxi driver for over 20 years, tried to stop the robbery by grabbing the suspect. During the struggle, he was shot and collapsed on the floor.

The suspect, after shooting the deceased, went to the rear of the counter and attempted to open the cash register. When he was unsuccessful, he fled the store on foot. He was last seen running west on Sheppard Ave. E., towards Malvern Woods Park.

Cold Case Homicide #15 for 2003: Mohamad Nakib-Arbaji

Nakib-Arbaji was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect is described as a black man with a medium complexion. He was about 5’5”, with a very thin face and build and around 18-20 at the time. He was armed with a silver handgun and carrying a bag with short handles.

D/Sgt. Stacy Gallant said Nakib-Arbaji had five children.

“The youngest were three and one-and-a-half years old,” said Gallant. 

He had a simple message for the public.

“This man was killed while attempting to stop a violent armed robbery,” Gallant said. “Stand up for him, stand up for his family and the public and identify the killer.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS(8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

TPS crest watermark