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OPP provides an update on Omemee homicide investigation

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are looking to the public for help with bringing the investigation into the murder of an 18-year-old in Omemee to a resolution.

In February 2020, Ontario Provincial Police reported, police and emergency crews responded to assist a person who suffered a gunshot wound at a residence in Omemee. The victim was later identified as Alexander Tobin. He later died in a hospital.

“We have since recovered the firearm, we believe, was used to kill Alex, during an unrelated criminal investigation. It was known Alex was involved in the illegal sale of marijuana,” Detective Inspector Chris Josiah said, during a virtual announcement, on Thursday, April 14th.

During the announcement, OPP officials released new information in the case and pleaded with witnesses to come forward with any information they have. The new evidence shown to reporters includes dash-cam video and still photos of two suspects who fled the scene.

“One suspect is described as a black male with braided hair, of average height. He was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt, a ‘Moose Knuckle’ winter coat and black Nike-brand ‘Air Force One’ running shoes. The second suspect is described as a black male, who was wearing a blue, hooded winter jacket. He wore prescription eyeglasses with uniquely-shaped frames,” an OPP press release stated.

OPP officials also released a second video “depicting three suspects attending Murison Park in Scarborough in a black Audi sedan.”

“Two suspects are seen on foot, transporting, and are believed to have discarded evidence connected to Alex’s murder. Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the owner of the black Audi sedan and the persons, holding, what appears to be a blue winter jacket and a garbage bag,” the press release explained.

OPP has announced a reward of $50,000 for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for Mr. Tobin’s death. Information can be provided by calling an OPP tip line, at 1-844-677-5020, or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.

“Police cannot solve these types of crimes on our own. Especially those [which] have remained unresolved for longer periods of time than any of us want. Community safety and well-being is everyone’s responsibility,” Inspector Tim Tatchell said.

Detective Inspector Josiah had a message for the suspects, “Now is the time for you to come forward. I would encourage you to contact your lawyer and turn yourself into the nearest OPP detachment or local police agency,” he stated.

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