Two weeks after a Fort McMurray man was arrested and charged in a murder that has become linked with the alleged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford drug video, police say the Alberta man’s former home was the scene of a bizarre incident where a man allegedly fell from a fifth-floor balcony.
According to RCMP in Alberta, the 28-year-old Fort McMurray man is in stable condition in hospital after falling from the window of his downtown apartment balcony early Thursday. Police sources say the apartment building is the same address that Hanad Mohamed, 23 – who has been charged in the March slaying of Anthony Smith in downtown Toronto – was living in until at least last year.
Toronto police said that they are aware of an arrest at the Fort McMurray address, but don’t believe it has any connection to the ongoing investigation into Mr. Smith’s murder.
An RCMP press release says the cause of the fall is currently under investigation. It’s not known whether there is a connection between the victim and Mr. Mohamed, or whether the latter was still living in the apartment up until his arrest. The apartment was listed as Mr. Mohamed’s home until at least January, 2012, in a job application.
Mr. Smith’s death has been the source of intense speculation in recent weeks, after an image of Mr. Ford with his arm around the young man was circulated by owners of an alleged video showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine. The photograph was provided by the video owners in an attempt to show that the mayor had ties to the drug scene.
Mr. Ford has since denied reports of an alleged drug-use video, and said that he does not smoke crack cocaine.
The same northwest Toronto home where the photo was taken was also the site of an armed home invasion earlier this month.
Mr. Mohamed, who was arrested May 24 in Fort McMurray, worked as a security guard at Athabasca Lodge, and is now in custody in Toronto.
Nisar Hashimi, 23, has also been charged with first-degree murder in the case.