A 17-year-old alleged Toronto murder suspect has had his charges updated to First-Degree Murder relating to “terrorist activity”
According to the Toronto Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on Monday, February 24, at 12:40 pm, officers responded to a call for a stabbing in the Dufferin and Wilson Avenue area.
Upon arrival officers found, a man and a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds outside the premises.
Police say that inside the business premises, a woman was pronounced dead on the scene and she was identified as 24-year-old Ashley Noelle Arzaga, of Toronto.
On Monday, February 24, a 17-year-old male, was arrested in Toronto and charged with First-Degree Murder and Attempted Murder.
According to law enforcement, shortly after the incident occurred, they contacted the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) after uncovering evidence that this crime was potentially a “terrorist activity.”
RCMP INSET worked in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service and they say they determined that “this crime was in fact one in which the accused was inspired by the Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist (IMVE) movement commonly known as INCEL (involuntary celibate).”
“Accordingly, a new Information was laid today alleging that these attacks were terrorist activity as it is defined in Canadian law.”
The teem is now facing First-Degree Murder – Terrorist Activity, and Attempted Murder, – Terrorist Activity.
Police say this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no further known threat to the public is associated with the accused at this time.
“On behalf of the homicide detectives tasked with bringing justice to the victims of these crimes, I would like to thank our partners at the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team for their efforts on this case,” said Inspector Hank Idsinga, unit commander of homicide at the Toronto Police Service. “We will continue to work together, joined in our shared goal of reaching a successful outcome for all involved.”
According to the RCMP, terrorism comes in many forms and it’s important to note that it is not restricted to any particular group, religion, or ideology.
For more information, you can reference the RCMP Terrorism and Violent Extremism Awareness Guide.