Toronto man charged with ‘senseless’ murder after stealing victim’s necklace: Police

A Toronto man is facing a first-degree murder charge following an alleged robbery spree in which he blatantly targeted and shot two men to steal their chained necklaces.

Police were called to a plaza parking lot on the southwest corner of Morningside Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough just after 3 a.m. on May 7.

Two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim, identified as 36-year-old Peter Oscar Khan of Ajax, was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later discharged.

Det. Sgt. Tiffany Castell said police believe a lone suspect approached Khan, ripped his chain off his neck at gunpoint, and fatally shot him.

“The suspect then casually walked away, and about 100 metres away in the parking lot, found another victim who had a chain around his neck. He ripped the chain off his neck at gunpoint, as well,” Castell said on Wednesday. “The suspect got into the suspect vehicle… and drove away from the area.”

Toronto police released suspect and suspect vehicle photos after an early morning shooting in the Morningside Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area of Scarborough that left one man dead on May 7, 2022. (Toronto Police)

Castell said police linked the two incidents to an earlier robbery that took place hours before in the area of Kennedy and Ellesmere.

“We believed that the suspect and the suspect vehicle were one and the same in the two investigations,” she said.

On May 8, one “keen eye” officer located the suspect vehicle in the Kennedy and Ellesmere area. While on the scene, de Kloet said the suspect returned to the car, fled, and was later apprehended by investigators.

He was identified as a 27-year-old man from Toronto. He was initially charged with robbery and on Tuesday, was charged with first-degree murder in Khan’s death.

“This was a very tragic incident. A senseless act of violence, where Mr. Khan lost his life and two people were robbed and victimized in our city,” Castell said. “It highlights the best of what can happen when the police and community act together.”

Castell said officers are concerned that there may have been other robberies between the time that the other crimes were committed. Investigators are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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