Toronto police have made an arrest in the 2009 death of a 27-year-old man who was beaten, run over and left to die.
According to police, Christopher Skinner was killed on Oct. 18, 2009, around 3 a.m. when he was approaching Victoria and Adelaide Streets on the way home from his sister’s nineteenth birthday.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant told reporters police have charged the driver of the vehicle, then 19-year-old Augustin Caruso with second-degree murder.
Sgt. Gallant said Caruso, an Etobicoke man, was arrested yesterday.
The vehicle allegedly involved in the incident has been seized and Mr. Caruso is expected to appear in court today.
Sgt. Gallant said there were a total of six occupants in the vehicle at the time of the incident and there could be more arrests. He said two of the occupants were female, but they were not involved in Mr. Skinner’s beating.
When asked about those in the vehicle, Mr. Skinner’s mother Ellen said, “it’s horrible and they have to live with that for the rest of their lives.”
She said her son was “larger-than-life.” She spoke about the friends he constantly brought home for holidays, his enthusiasm for music and the many other memories her family has of him. She vows to “honour his spirit.”
Her husband Warren Skinner said he “never lost hope” that police would make an arrest.
Since Mr. Skinner’s death, his family and police have been pleading with anyone who has information about the occupants of the black SUV that hit Mr. Skinner to come forward with details. The family had raised a $100,000 reward with police pitching in another $50,000 for anyone who could help.
Last month, on the fourth anniversary of the murder, police finally identified the make, model, colour scheme and year of the SUV involved in the incident. They also released a photo of the vehicle.