One man arrested, 2 still wanted on Canada-wide warrants in Etobicoke murder

Toronto police identify three suspects wanted in connection to fatal shooting of 26-year-old man.

Toronto police have arrested one of three men wanted on Canada-wide warrants for the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the west end earlier in May.

Mississauga resident Andre Douse, 21, turned himself in to police on Wednesday night after he was charged with first-degree murder of Blain Gerrardo Grindley.

Two other suspects – Brampton resident Michael Smith, 29, and Mississauga resident Dayne Sitladeen, 27 – are also charged with first-degree murder, and still wanted on Canada-wide arrest warrants.

Police said Grindley was found unresponsive by officers in a townhouse complex in Etobicoke, on John Garland Boulevard, near Humber College Boulevard, after 1 p.m. on May 1.

The Toronto resident was pronounced dead at the scene.


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In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Toronto police identified the three men wanted for the murder in the investigation. Investigators said the suspects should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Smith, 29, is described as five-foot-four and 170 pounds with black hair in braids.

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Sitladeen, 27, is described as five-foot-eight and 146 pounds.

Homicide squad Det. Steve Henkel said an extensive video canvass was done at the time of the murder. He said working with police partners in the Greater Toronto Area as well as witness interviews, investigators were led to the three suspects.

“I’m appealing to Mr. Douse, Mr. Smith and Mr. Sitladeen to contact a lawyer of your choice, and make arrangements to turn yourself in at the nearest police station,” said Henkel. “This investigation is continuing and (is) far from over.”


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He added that he could not discuss the motives behind the murder.

Global News spoke to Grindley’s mother, Allison Ashley, last week and she described her son as fun and loving. She said she wanted him to be remembered as someone who cared deeply for his family and friends.

Anyone with information is asked not to approach the suspects, and to call 911 immediately.

— With files from Erica Vella

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