Canada’s most wanted fugitive arrested in PEI in connection with Toronto homicide

A suspect in a fatal shooting in Toronto’s east end last summer was arrested in Charlottetown, just a week after he topped Canada’s most wanted fugitives list.

Michael Bebee, 35, was arrested without incident by Charlottetown police at a business on Belvedere Avenue around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.

Bebee was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with the shooting death of Shamar Powell-Flowers near Danforth and Carlaw avenues in the early morning hours of July 23, 2023.

His arrest came exactly one week after he was listed as the most wanted fugitive on an updated list published by the BOLO (Be on the Lookout) program.

In a news release Wednesday, Charlottetown Police Services (CPS) said they were contacted by Toronto police investigators late last week asking for help with tips they had received indicating Bebee may have been at the Prince Edward Island.

Authorities said Toronto detectives would travel to PEI to return Bebee to Ontario in “the coming days.”

“This arrest demonstrates that collaboration between law enforcement, the media, the public, Crime Stoppers and organizations like BOLO makes our communities safer and stronger,” Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw said in a statement. Press release.

“I want to thank Charlottetown Police Services for apprehending the suspect, BOLO and Crime Stoppers for working together to make our communities safer. We truly hope this arrest brings some comfort to Shamar’s family and loved ones. Powell-Flowers.

Bebee faces a charge of second-degree murder and appeared in court May 1 in Charlottetown, police said.

In a statement shared by Toronto police, Powell-Flowers’ mother said it’s difficult to describe the “flood of emotions” she felt when she received a call from the detective. Sergeant. Trevor Grieve informing him of the arrest in the case.

“An immense weight had been lifted,” Charmaine Flowers said.

“I have a lot of gratitude. I thank the Bolo Program for taking on our case, the Toronto Police Homicide Unit investigation team for their tireless efforts towards justice and the respect and dignity they have shown our family since our paths crossed. in the most unfortunate way, and to the members of the media who amplified this campaign.”

Toronto police said in the statement that Bebee was arrested following a tip from the public, however, it is not immediately clear if a reward of up to $100,000 previously offered by the BOLO program will be paid.

In her statement, Charmaine Flowers expressed her gratitude to the person who gave police the information they needed to arrest Bebee. He thanked that person for allowing him and her family to “take our next steps on this terrible journey.”

“Please know that if my beautiful Shamar were alive and things had changed, I would not have hesitated to help his family in any way I could,” she said.

This is not the first time Canada’s top BOLO fugitive has been arrested shortly after the list was updated.

In 2022, Abilaziz Mohamed was arrested just hours after being named the country’s most wanted person. A $250,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest and hours later someone submitted an anonymous tip and Mohamed was arrested. He was wanted for first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Craig MacDonald, 43, in Scarborough.

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