A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 24-year-old Akil Whyte.
The Toronto man is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Leonard Pinnock on April 21. The 33-year-old Hamilton resident was in the Bowie Ave. and Dufferin St. area to drop off a friend in the early evening when he was murdered.
Detective Sergeant Joyce Schertzer is asking anyone with information on Whyte’s whereabouts to contact police.
“He is considered armed and dangerous,” she said at a press conference at police headquarters on September 18. “…If anyone is considering offering him assistance in evading arrest, I would caution them that there are criminal consequences to offering him any aid in that regard. Individuals harbouring Akil Whyte leave themselves vulnerable to prosecution.”
Schertzer urged Whyte to contact a lawyer and surrender to police immediately.
“Support agencies and other police services have been alerted to our interest in your quick apprehension,” she said. “Every police officer in the city of Toronto has your photograph. It is only a matter of time before you are apprehended.”
Homicide investigators discovered three key pieces of evidence linked to the murder.
On May 25, a video capturing the two suspects was released to the public in an effort to identify them.
At a news conference at police headquarters on June 14, Schertzer said a loaded semi-automatic gun, along with a black Nike hoodie and a Gucci side pouch, were recovered near the scene of the crime.
One of the offenders could clearly be seen wearing a hooded article of clothing and a side pouch.
While cleaning his backyard on June 13, a Bowie Ave. resident located the hoodie, pouch and a loaded semi-automatic pistol that appeared to be in poor condition. It was, however, fully functional and a round was accidently discharged.
The community response was vital in helping investigators identify Whyte.
“The residents in the area were very co-operative with investigators,” Schertzer said. “Secondly, uniformed officers in 13 Division worked in complete partnership with Homicide investigators. That combination helped us make the identification.”
Whyte is also wanted for trafficking cocaine.
The second suspect has not been identified.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police 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.