Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect known in Toronto rap circles as Top5 in connection with the North York slaying of a 20-year-old man back in January as reported by CBC News.
The young adult, Hashim Omar Hashi, was gunned down on Jan. 31 at 40 Falstaff Avenue, in the area of Jane Street and Highway 401.
According to police, Hashi was attempting to drive his car into the underground garage of an apartment building shortly before 9 p.m. when he was shot at numerous times. The vehicle then rolled and struck the closed garage doors.
The 20-year-old’s body was discovered lifeless in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A suspect vehicle spotted fleeing east on Falstaff Avenue was later found fully engulfed in flames at Earl Bales Park near Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue, investigators said.
About two weeks after the shooting, Toronto police arrested two people in connection with the killing.
They initially charged 22-year-old Hassan Ali, also known by the stage name Top5, with accessory after the fact to murder and failing to comply with probation after he was arrested in Windsor on Fe.13.
On May 20, police said that they had upgraded charges against Ali to first-degree murder, but they were having trouble locating him and issued a warrant for his arrest.
On Friday, police said that members of the LAPD arrested Ali in Los Angeles on Oct. 7 on a provisional American arrest warrant. He now faces charges of first-degree murder and three counts of failing to comply with recognizance.
Toronto man Emmanuel Missah, 24, was arrested back on Feb. 12 and is facing charges of accessory after the fact to murder and failing to comply with recognizance.
Ali’s social media accounts have remained active since the killing. The Toronto hip hop artist also at one time put out a challenge to the city’s mayor, John Tory, for a discussion. “You guys wanna link up? Call John Tory and tell him I fucking want a sit-down for fucking 30 minutes,” Top5 said during the Instagram Live. “I wanna spit my facts, and he’ll spit his facts,” he said. “I run Toronto, you fucking goof.”
The Mayor had previously stated, “I know the devastation and trauma that murders in our city have caused families and neighborhoods and it is very troubling to know someone charged with murder has so far not made himself available to the authorities,” before the IG call out by Top5.