A Toronto man wanted in connection with a shooting murder that happened in North York almost 10 months ago was arrested on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police arrested Hassan Ali, 22, in California while he was acting on a preliminary U.S. arrest warrant, according to Toronto police.
Ali, a Toronto resident, faces a first-degree murder and three counts of non-compliance with the shooting death of 20-year-old Hashim Omar Hashi. Hashi was shot several times in the evening of Jan. 31 as he drove into his apartment garage at Falstaff Ave 40. He died on the spot and was the city’s fifth homicide of the year.
Ali, also known as the rapper Top5, with a significant fan base on social media and YouTube, had been under house arrest earlier this year, but reportedly broke his surveillance bracelet and fled after being asked to face charges.
Toronto police would not comment on the collaboration with the LAPD that led to Ali’s arrest, or whether he will be extradited to be charged here. A spokesman told Star that this remains “an active and ongoing investigation.”
At the time of the incident, it killed. Sgt. Ted Lioumanis told reporters that a stolen car pulled up behind the victim’s car, a person ran out from the passenger side and ran up to where Hashi was sitting in the passenger seat and fired several shots into the car.
A few hours later, police would locate the stolen vehicle, a black 2017 Honda Civic, engulfed in flames at Earl Bales Park, about a 15-minute drive northeast of where the shooting took place.
Hashi’s death was devastating to his family and society at large as he was described as a humble and hardworking student with a promising future.
“Mr Hashi was not involved in any gang activity, nor was he involved in any gang affiliation,” Lioumanis said at the time. “He had a promising future and he was a very respected young man.”