The outstanding suspect in the death of a 12-year-old boy shot in the Jane St. and Stong Court area on November 7 has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder along with two other murders.
Dante Marroquin succumbed to his injuries four days later in hospital.
It is alleged that suspects exited a vehicle and began shooting at another vehicle.
There were four victims including Marroquin who were walking in the area at the time with his mother.
On November 9, an Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force Centralized Shooting Response Team arrested Rashawn Chambers, 24, of Toronto, and Jahwayne Smart, 25, of no fixed address, in the Bay Street and Dundas Street West area as they exited a store.
It is further alleged that three loaded firearms were recovered.
They face first-degree murder charges.
On November 12, Cjay Hobbs, 27, was arrested as he stepped off an aircraft at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport. He was returned to Toronto on November 17.
“He was known before he got on the plane in Toronto,” Insp. Hank Idsinga said at a press conference at 31 Division on November 17. “We however couldn’t make an arrest because the case was building on the day he fled. It was later that day that investigators had the grounds to arrest Mr. Hobbs. By the time we caught up to him, he was on that plane. We are able to tee up investigators in Halifax who arrested him once he got off.”
In addition to the first-degree murder charge in connection with the boy’s death, Hobbs faces two other counts of first-degree murder.
On May 26, Dimarjio Jenkins, also known as rapper ‘Houdini’, was shot and killed on Blue Jays Way in downtown Toronto. Two of Jenkins’ associates were charged with numerous firearms offences in relation to the occurrence.
Both are youths, one being 16 years old and the other 17. An arrest warrant remains outstanding for the 17-year-old.
On October 1, 27-year-old Hamdi Zakarie was shot and killed in front of his residence on Patika Ave. in Toronto. The victim was in the process of placing his five-month-old baby in the back of his car when he was shot.
It is alleged that Hobbs was the driver of the vehicles that transported the shooters to and from all three scenes.
He will make his first court appearance on November 18.
Idsinga said members of the community were shocked and outraged not only with the shooting of the 12-year-old boy, but the murders of Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Zakarie.
“Their assistance and support have been invaluable to the investigations,” he pointed out. “I think the community is getting fed up and frustrated with gun crime in the city…I have also noticed an uptick in tips coming in, not only through anonymous sources. Any little bit of information helps and I want to thank the community for that. I don’t think it’s any secret that people were absolutely outraged after Dante was killed.”
Idsinga recognized the 31 Division first responders and investigators from the Organized Crime Enforcement – Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force for their outstanding investigative work in the days following the shooting of the young boy.
“There was actually an officer who did CPR on Dante,” he said. “These are tough cases. It’s tough to deal with, but we have got some great counsellors that officers are taking advantage of. I don’t know what the long-term effect will be on their health, but they are obviously devastated.”
Supt. Ron Taverner said the community is still reeling after the death of the young boy.
“It’s outrageous that this has happened,” he said. “Not only this community is feeling it, but everywhere I go in Toronto and I have had texts from England. I want to thank the community for the support they have given to us and the tips that have been provided. I also don’t think we should forget about the family and the shocking and unbelievable grief they are going through.”
Idsinga said the investigation into the identity of the shooters for the Jenkins and Zakarie murders in ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com.