Police ID victim, suspect charged in fatal North York stabbing
Paul Johnston and Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:20AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:31PM EST
Toronto police have identified a 20-year-old man fatally stabbed outside a North York bar early Tuesday morning – as well as a suspect currently in custody.
It happened on the sidewalk outside Gucci's Bar and Grill near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue at around 2 a.m.
At the scene, police found the victim with stab wounds to his neck and torso. He was transported to hospital where he later died.
In a release Tuesday afternoon, police identified the victim as Kiowa Wind McComb.
A second victim, 23, ran to the Merrill and Patika avenues area, where he was picked up by paramedics and rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Following the stabbing, police said two suspects left the scene in a cab. One of those suspects was arrested a short time later when police pulled over the cab. The second suspect remains outstanding after getting out of the taxi before it was stopped by police.
“The suspects left in a cab and we do have images of both of them so I am suggesting to the outstanding individual that he should seek some legal advice and come forward,” Toronto police Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux told reporters at the scene earlier Tuesday.
Giroux said the stabbing took place following a physical altercation between the two suspects and the two victims.
He said he believed the altercation may have started inside the bar, but that investigators had not been able to confirm that detail as the establishment was closed by the time police arrived and any patrons who were inside had already left the scene.
“I don’t think it is going to be gang related. I think it might be a dispute that started here and was then taken outside,” Giroux said.
No description of the second suspect has been provided by police.
In Tuesday afternoon’s release, police identified a suspect currently in custody.
Andre Appleton, 35, of Toronto, is charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.
He was scheduled to appear in court sometime today.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 ext. 7387 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).