Toronto police make 6 arrests in Malcolm Marfo murder investigation
WATCH: The six alleged gang members are facing first-degree murder after early morning raids by police. Marianne Dimain reports.
TORONTO – Toronto police have announced the arrests of six suspects in connection to the murder of 22-year-old Malcolm Marfo who was fatally shot inside a Rexdale housing complex last month.
The arrests come after police conducted eight search warrants at apartment buildings in the Dixon Road area early Thursday.
Inspector Greg McLane said during a press conference that all six suspects face charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
“This comes as a result of information from the public and investigative techniques utilized,” said McLane.
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Marfo, 22, was shot outside of 2063 Islington Ave. on March 17, the same day Ahmed Siyad, 22, was also shot at the highrise a few hours earlier.
Siyad, the reported brother of the man allegedly extorted by Sandro Lisi, a friend of former Mayor Rob Ford, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A couple of days later, Siyad was arrested and charged in connection to a shooting in January and an armed robbery in February.
Police said Marfo was gunned down in a stairway when confronted by a group of people.
McLane said the suspects are members of the Dixon Road Bloods, the same group targeted in the Project Traveller guns and gangs investigation.
The accused have been identified as Saieed Hagi, 20, Sharmarke Farah, 18, Hanad Farah, 21, Ali Mohamed Isse, 21, Lioban Hussein, 20
and Mohamed Omar, 26.
Police say they are still looking for one outstanding suspect and are asking members of the public to come forward with any information.
With a file from James Armstrong