LAPD near refugee Toronto rappers wanted for murder

Top5’s five-month flight from the trial ended Thursday when he was arrested in Los Angeles

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Toronto’s most coveted rapper is now behind bars.

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Hassan Ali, better known by Toronto hip-hop fans as Top5, was remanded in custody by the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday on a preliminary arrest warrant.

Details of his arrest are not yet known.

Ali was notorious for mocking investigators and regularly communicating with fans via Instagram Live while on the run from a murder charge, accused of shooting dead 20-year-old Hashim Omar Hashi on January 31.

Hashim Omar Hashi, 20, was fatally shot on Falstaff Ave.  Sunday, January 31, 2021.
Hashim Omar Hashi, 20, was fatally shot on Falstaff Ave. Sunday, January 31, 2021. Posted

Hashi, who police say had no criminal record and no gang ties, was shot down as he drove into the parking garage at 40 Falstaff Ave., near Jane St. and Hwy. 401.

The getaway car used by the perpetrator was later found burned in Earl Bales Park, near Bathurst St. and Sheppard Ave. W.

Ali was originally charged in February with the accessory-after-fact, and despite objections from both police and Crown, the next month was released with strict conditions, including an ankle monitor and orders to stay away from social media.

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Shortly before police upgraded his charge of murder in the first degree in May, Ali reportedly cut his ankle monitor over and jumped the city over — with rumors about where he was from Toronto to western Canada.

He did not let on the run disrupt his music career, but released new music and even a music video while he was on the lamb.

Ali appeared regularly on social media, including frequent broadcasts on Instagram Live, where he taunted both police and rivals and issued denials that he was either on the run or wanted by police.

“I did not cut off my bracelet,” he said during a June broadcast.

“I’m not on W, I do not know why you think I’m on W.”

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In a July issue, he demanded a sit-down with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

“Call John Tory and tell him I f—— want a sit down if —— 30 minutes,” Ali told fans commenting on his legal issues. “I want to spit my facts, and he wants to spit his facts. I’m driving Toronto, you fool. ”

An Instagram Story posted on Top5’s account early Friday morning simply said, “The process has just begun.”

Ali was a new and controversial figure in Toronto’s hip hop scene.

His first taste of fame came in 2014 via a mention of Toronto hip-hop pill Drake, which gave Ali a shout out on Instagram for his song Shirt from Shawty.

In August 2020, Top5 brought the 401 traffic to a standstill while recording a scene for a never-released music video.

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A video clip posted on Top5’s Instagram shows Ali performing live on the eastbound assembly lines just east of Jane St. – where the Fallstaff housing complex serves as a backdrop.

The stunt resulted in OPP slapping Ali with an accident.

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