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Ottawa police issue Canada-wide warrant for man wanted in Halloween murder investigation

Brandon Longo, charged with manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a man in Ottawa on Halloween night, has turned himself in, the Ottawa Police Service said on Nov. 12, 2019.
Brandon Longo, charged with manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a man in Ottawa on Halloween night, has turned himself in, the Ottawa Police Service said on Nov. 12, 2019. Ottawa Police Service

UPDATE: Brandon Longo turned himself in to police the afternoon of Nov. 12, 2019, the Ottawa Police Service announced. Read the latest here.

Ottawa police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a man wanted in relation to the murder of an Ottawa man on Halloween.

Austin Simon, 39, was stabbed in the 200 block of Murray Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Halloween night, according to police. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries, police said.

READ MORE: Ottawa police identify homicide victim from Halloween night stabbing

Now, the police service’s major crime unit has issued a national warrant for the arrest of Brandon Longo, a 24-year-old from Ottawa, who they have charged with manslaughter in relation to Simon’s death.

Ottawa police also arrested 33-year-old Ignace Kayiranga  and originally charged with second-degree murder, but have now upgraded his charge to first-degree murder. Police say Kayiranga is in custody.

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Police say they are still investigating the death and will not be releasing any more information at this time.

READ MORE: Man found dead at west Ottawa property, 2nd homicide in 24 hours

They are asking anyone with information about Longo’s whereabouts to contact Ottawa police’s major crime unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

To provide tips anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or download the Ottawa police app.

—With files from Christopher Whan.