Toronto police have re-issued six public warnings about men wanted in firearm investigations as part of the force’s efforts to crack down on gun crime in the city.
The public warnings are related to investigations from 2009 to 2012. Constable Tony Vella said the police re-issued the warnings to show that “we’re not going to stop until we’ve got these illegal firearms off the streets.”
While not connected to this summer’s shootings at the Eaton Centre or the Scarborough block party at which two people were killed and 23 wounded, Constable Vella said the public warnings are an “indication of our efforts to locate these people through the public’s help ... and we have more officers on the street looking for them.”
In an interview with The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, police chief Bill Blair said the force is trying encourage people to come forward with tips.
Adrian Pascal, 24, is wanted in connection with a shooting on Canlish Road on Dec. 27, 2011, to face several charges, including attempted murder while using a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is described as 6’ tall and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
Maurice Poku, 20, is accused of shooting a man and woman on Albion Road on Dec. 11, 2011. He is described as 5’11”, 135 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
Police also issued a warrant for Robert Owen Cave, 23, of Toronto, for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man Nov. 3, 2009, in the Keele Street and Finch Avenue area. He is described as black, 5’8”, 172 pounds, with short, black hair and brown eyes. He has “protection” tattooed on his left forearm and “guidance” on his right.
Police also allege that Ibrahim Khiar, 26, of Toronto was trafficking a firearm in August, 2011. He is described as 6 feet tall, and 220 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a scar on his right shoulder.
Keri McKnight, 30, of Toronto is wanted for possessing a prohibited firearm after police allegedly found a Tech 9 sub-machine gun and ammunition inside a home on Goodwood Park Court on Nov. 10, 2011. He is described as 6 feet, 177 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
Abshir Olow, 23, of Toronto is wanted in connection with a shooting on May 1 on Ardwick Boulevard. He is described as 6’2”, 180 pounds, with brown eyes, and hair possibly worn in corn rows.