CRIME SCENE: Deadly 2020 house fire in Markham ruled an accident

A break in some GTA cases. Appeal for help in others.

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After what police call “a lengthy and thorough investigation,” York Regional Police have concluded a tragic Markham house fire that killed two children in 2020 was accidental.

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So no one faces charges.

On May 17, 2020, shortly after 10 a.m., police, paramedics, and firefighters were called to a residence on Bur Oak Ave. — near Kennedy Rd. and Major MacKenzie Dr. — after a loud explosion and fire.

Responders found three people with serious injuries who were transported to hospital.

A 12-year-old boy was located deceased inside the home two days after the explosion.

On July 22, 2020, a six-year-old boy who was in hospital for weeks succumbed to his injuries.

A family of five resided at the location.

A 14-year-old boy, and the 41-year old mother of the kids suffered critical injuries.

The father, Tahir Hamid, was not home at the time of the incident.

The Sun previously identified the family as his wife as Chia and their kids as Ahmed, 14, Zheer, 6, and Aran, 12.

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Shakkim Edward, 23, arrested in a human trafficking investigation on June 16, 2021.
Shakkim Edward, 23, arrested in a human trafficking investigation on June 16, 2021. Photo by Handout /Toronto Police

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECT COULD HAVE MORE VICTIMS

Toronto Police are concerned there may be more victims who suffered at the hands of a suspect arrested this summer in a human trafficking investigation.

Shakkim Edward, 23, of Toronto, was arrested June 16 and faces ten charges including forcible confinement, trafficking in persons, and possession of cocaine.

Investigators now believe there might be more victims.

As they released Edward’s photograph Wednesday, they said they are encouraging “all affected individuals to come forward.”

The investigation by the Sex Crimes – Human Trafficking Enforcement Team began May 29.

Police say “through a combination of deception and coercion, an adult female was sex trafficked out of an apartment in Toronto over a two-day period.”

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Investigators allege all of the money earned throughout the offence period was turned over to the accused.

A police search at a Toronto apartment allegedly led to the seizure of a replica firearm and illegal drugs.

Edward appeared in court June 17.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Investigators need help identifying this man, who is a suspect in a 2020 kidnapping.
Investigators need help identifying this man, who is a suspect in a 2020 kidnapping. Photo by Handout /Toronto Police

PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT IN 2020 KIDNAPPING

Police are asking for the public’s help in trying to identify someone they consider “a person of interest” in a 2020 kidnapping case.

Investigators with 52 Division say in the early hours of January 21, 2020, a man in his 20s was kidnapped from the area of College and Yonge Sts. and then held against his will.

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The victim was later found by police in Richmond Hill.

On Wednesday, police released a photograph of a man saying “there is reason to believe the person in the attached photo is involved.”

Officers would like to speak to him or anyone with information.

Devon Patten, 18, was shot dead at an Oshawa townhouse complex on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Facebook)
Devon Patten, 18, was shot dead at an Oshawa townhouse complex on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Facebook)

FIVE SUSPECTS NABBED IN 2019 OSHAWA MURDER

Two years after a deadly shooting in Oshawa, Durham Regional Police have arrested three more suspects – after taking two others into custody last week – in connection to the death of an 18-year old man.

The case stretches back to Aug. 1, 2019, when police were called to a townhouse complex on Pentland St. in Oshawa after several shots were heard just before midnight.

Devon Patten, 18, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.

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At the time, police said several suspects were seen fleeing the scene.

On Wednesday, investigators announced Tyrone Wilson, 22, of Toronto, Micheal Galloway, 20, of Hamilton, and a 17-year-old Pickering girl have been arrested and each charged with first-degree murder.

Last week – on Sept. 23 – police arrested Ramanujan Ratnavel, 22, of Toronto, and an 18-year-old Toronto man, who can’t be named because he was 16 when Patten was killed, and charged them both with first-degree murder.

Anyone with new information is asked to contact Det. Mamers or Det. Alves of the Major Crime Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5247.

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