Suspects wanted in Vaughan man's murder no longer travelling with dog: police
Sandie Benitah, CP24.com
Published Monday, June 15, 2015 3:28PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 15, 2015 10:59PM EDT
A man and woman wanted in the murder of a 32-year-old Vaughan man could be hitchhiking their way out of town, Toronto police said Monday as they released a surveillance video which showed the suspects walking out of the apartment where the man’s body was found.
Detectives have been hunting for suspects Clyde “Marcus” Marshall, 36, and Sabrina Chouart, 27, since Friday when a man who had been reported missing was found dead inside their Woolner Avenue apartment. Sina Parsi was reported missing early last week by his wife.
He was last seen at a soccer game in the area of Teston Road and Highway 400 on June 9 at around 10:15 p.m.
At the time, police said his disappearance was “certainly out of character.” Detectives also said they were curious about “peculiar” activity on his bank account after he went missing.
York Regional Police, who were investigating the matter as a missing persons case, were led to a parking lot near Jane and St. Clair on June 11. That’s where they found his vehicle and his wallet.
Parsi’s body was located late Friday night on June 12 inside an apartment buiding nearby on the eighth floor. Police say the suspects had been living in that unit for about two years.
On Monday afternoon, detectives released a surveillance video that show the couple leaving their apartment carrying large hiking backpacks at 4:10 a.m. on June 10 – hours after the victim was last seen. They also had a dog with them. While they walked down the hallway to their elevator, the video shows the woman turning around and going back into the apartment for a few moments before rejoining the man and the dog at the elevator. While the woman had gone inside, the man is seen stooping down to clip a leash on the dog.
“We believe at some point on (June) 10th, (Parsi) became deceased,” Det. Shawn Mahoney told reporters during a news conference Monday afternoon as he showed the surveillance video. “He is in that apartment at that point.
"The backpacks lead us to believe they are not returning to that address," he said.
Mahoney said detectives received a number of sightings of the two in northern and eastern Ontario since police released photos of the suspects Saturday. Some of the witnesses reported that they had been hitchhiking however none of the sightings have been verified.
“These (suspects) are wanted for first-degree murder,” he said. “The theory is they have ties to those communities in northern and eastern Ontario. Again, that’s not verified. We’re hoping to verify that information with someone.
“They’re not terribly sophisticated and we believe they don’t have the means to go outside the country,” he added.
Mahoney would not comment on Parsi’s cause of death or how the victim and the suspects knew each other.
“They obviously knew each other because he ended up in their apartment but I won't comment as to the relationship,” was all Mahoney would say.
He said they believe Parsi went to the apartment at around midnight but Mahoney would not say if he went in alone or voluntarily.
“We have an understanding as to why (he went into apartment) but I'm not releasing that,” he said.
Marshall is described as white, standing six feet tall and weighing 145 pounds. He has a thin build, brown short hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo on the right side of his neck and arm.
Chouart is described as white, standing five-foot-seven and weighing around 130 pounds. She has a thin build and brown hair.
In an update Monday night, Toronto police Const. Jennifer Sidhu said that both suspects are now travelling without the dog. According to Sidhu, the animal was found tied to a post in the Dundas Street West area two days ago.
Mahoney urged the public to watch the video and pay particular attention to the suspects clothing as he believes they are still wearing the same thing. Hesaid the public should avoid approaching the suspects but urged them instead to call 911 immediately.