A man wanted in connection with a shooting of two girls at a playground and another for a 2017 murder were arrested by Toronto Police officers July 28 as part of a firearms investigation.
Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force and Emergency Task Force officers executed a search warrant as part of a firearm investigation related to Jahmal Palmer, 33, who they arrested as he left a home.
Once inside, officers identified T’Quan Robertson, 25, who is accused of attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting incident at the Scarborough playground that left two girls, aged nine and five, injured. He was the subject of a $75,000 reward for an anonymous tip leading to his arrest by Toronto Crime Stoppers and the Bolo Program.
Also found in the residence was Alexander Fountain, 29, who was wanted for First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder, from an April 2017 shooting that left Samatar Farah, 24, dead. Fountain was also subject of an advertising campaign by the Bolo Program to make people aware of people wanted by police services across Canada.
A loaded firearm and drugs were also seized as part of the ongoing investigation.
Chief Mark Saunders announced the arrests.
“This is a very good day for all of us and the families that have been victimized by these two individuals,” Chief Saunders said, noting that nothing can repair the harm done. “There was a lot of leg work and community help and assistance to get us to where we are today.”
At a news conference at police headquarters on July 29, Insp. Joe Matthews said a loaded 40 Taurus handgun, 14 rounds of ammunition, two over-capacity magazines, approximately one ounce of cocaine and $6,000 in proceeds were seized.
Also arrested were 27-year-old Skylar Wilson and Pamela Boampong, 30, who both didn’t have criminal records.
They each face seven charges, including possession of a loaded firearm. Palmer faces 10 charges, including possession of a loaded firearm, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.
Robertson was the subject of the Crime Stoppers Toronto and Bolo Program reward for anonymous information leading to his arrest. The reward was recently increased to $75,000 by the Bolo program.
At the time of the reward announcement, Insp. Jim Gotell said police aren’t looking for witnesses or evidence to enhance their investigation.
“Our case is concluded and we are ready to go to trial,” he said. “We don’t need any help in that regard. What we need is to know where Mr. Robertson is. He has been evading police and arrest for the last two years.”
Police believe that Robertson is still in the province and Gotell warned anyone that is helping him to evade arrest that there are serious consequences.
“To family, friends and associates of Mr. Robertson I say that if you are helping him, I want you know this,” he added. “Toronto Police will arrest and charge you for accessory after the fact. We believe Mr. Robertson is dangerous and we need to get him off the street.”