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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Update: Homicide near Princess Margaret Blvd. / The Kingsway


Please note, the Toronto Police Service are appealing once again for the public’s assistance in identifying an individual in connection to a homicide which took place near Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Alfredo Patriarca — known as Freddie to his friends — was a 42 year old husband and father of two. Today, his wife released the this open letter to the public:
“I am asking anyone who might know anything or anyone involved in the murder of my husband to please come forward with information that might assist in the arrest of the person responsible for taking his life.

Freddie was a very loving husband and my best friend. He was an extremely devoted father who adored his two little children. He was a son, a brother, an uncle and a man who was loved by so many.

Please don’t let the person who killed Freddie get away with taking such a good and giving man. No one has the right to take the life of another. The person responsible needs to be found before they do it again. People like this should not be walking the streets with the rest of us.”
During various Police briefings, the following details have been reported:
  • The victim arrived at his home (located just one house away from the intersection at Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway) and parked in his garage at approximately 6:20 pm
  • Between 30-60 seconds later, a lone individual (wearing what appears to be a winter coat with a fur-lined hood) is seen approaching the open garage from the direction of the intersection at Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway carrying a weapon
  • The same individual is seen leaving the garage 8 seconds later in the direction of the same intersection (at which there is an all-way stop)
  • During this time, 8 vehicles can be seen passing by the home
  • 9-1-1 was called immediately and several good samaritans rushed to assist to the victim
  • Police are reviewing 348 hours of security footage collected from the area
  • Police believe this was a targeted shooting
  • This victim has no known links to organized crime

Watch Police Briefing »

The video suggests that the individual was waiting for the victim, was familiar with the victim’s routine and may have been loitering in the area days before the incident took place. Police are asking for anyone who thinks they may recognize the individual in the video, their clothing, their movement or the circumstances surrounding the incident, to please come forward.

It was not disclosed whether the Police believe the individual had been waiting for the victim on their own, or whether they were waiting with other individuals.

Police are also urging the public to not let comments in the media about links to organized crime overshadow the severity of this crime. Police insisted during their briefing that the victim is not known for any links to organized crime and that they are not treating the investigation as such.

It was also noted during the briefing that while the individual’s coat may appear light-coloured in the video, that does not necessarily mean the individual was wearing a light-coloured coat, some security cameras can alter the appearance of coloured clothing in low light.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police at 416-808-7400 Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Original Report
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Please note, the Toronto Police Service have released security footage and are appealing for the public’s assistance in identifying an individual in connection to a homicide which took place near Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

During the Police briefing, the following details were reported:
  • The victim arrived home and parked in his garage at approximately 6:20 pm
  • Between 30-60 seconds later, a lone individual is seen approaching the open garage from the direction of the intersection at Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway carrying a weapon
  • The same individual is seen leaving the garage 8 seconds later in the direction of the same intersection (at which there is an all-way stop)
  • During this time, 8 vehicles can be seen passing by the home

Watch Police Briefing »

The video seems to suggest that the individual was waiting for the victim, was familiar with the victim’s routine and may have been loitering in the area days before the incident took place.

It was not disclosed whether the Police believe the individual had been waiting for the victim on their own, or whether they were waiting with other individuals.

It was also noted during the briefing that while the individual’s coat may appear light-coloured in the video, that does not necessarily mean the individual was wearing a light-coloured coat, some security cameras can alter the appearance of coloured clothing in low light.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police at 416-808-7400 Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

View Police Report »

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Previous Report
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Please note, a fatal shooting has been reported near Princess Margaret Blvd. and The Kingsway.

Police were called to the area at 6:24 pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 due to reports of gunshots. When the Police arrived, the victim was found in his garage. The homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

Police are appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen or heard anything, as well as anyone who may have home security camera footage from the area of the shooting. Police are also specifically appealing to those citizens who stopped to assist the victim at the time of the shooting. We ask that you contact Toronto Police Homicide.

There are multiple reports on the local news:

CBC News: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/etobicoke-shooting-1.3412788

CP24: www.cp24.com/news/man-shot-to-death-in-etobicoke-was-married-father-of-two-1.2746078

Toronto Star: www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/01/21/father-found-dead-after-etobicoke-shooting.html

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police at 416-808-7400 Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

View Police Report »

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.