Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Richmond Hill Murder victim Matthew Arcara, What we now know
Two of the victim’s pals 40 KM’s away tied up and held prisoner during an armed robbery.
And a dead dog.
They say when it comes to investigating a homicide, the first 48-hours are crucial. York Regional Police had the first puzzle pieces solved in just 36.
YRP were called at 6:50 a.m. Thursday for an unusually parked vehicle on a quiet residential street in Richmond Hill. A deceased man found shot to death in a black Jeep is what York homicide detectives started with.
“We determined quickly it was a homicide,” said Const. Laura Nicolle, adding detectives immediately went to work.
The first thing they needed to do was determine who the victim was. It didn’t take them long.
Matt Arcara, just 22, had been shot and killed and left in the normally tranquil Oak Ridges area along the Bayswater Ave. near Emily Crt.
Police traced his residence back to the 69th floor of a posh new condo building at 100 Harbour St. in Toronto, where they not only learned the construction worker was living, but that he had roommates who were also touched by this heinous crime.
Detectives were working on a theory that after the victim was shot to death and left out in Richmond Hill while two suspects took his key and went to the apartment and robbed his roommates, tied them up and killed a large dog that Arcara was often seen walking in the area just south of the Air Canada Centre.
Homicide investigation in Richmond Hill after a man was
found deceased in a vehicle outside of a residence in the area of Bayswater
Avenue and Emily Court in Oakridges. A media officer will be at the
scene at 12 to assist media
— York Regional Police (@YRP) May 17, 2018
They say when one is committing a major crime, one is prone to making major mistakes.
“There are always forensics that police can use, but what stands out in this case is the number of surveillance cameras these suspects would have had run across,” said crime specialist Ross McLean, who is a former Toronto Police officer.
Not just in the downtown area, but dash cam videos and home security ones, too.
By Friday afternoon YRP had announced it had made an arrest in this case. Investigators said Arjuna Paramsothy, 31, from Newmarket, has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a firearm and forcible confinement. He has also been charged with using a “disguise with intent to commit a crime” and with killing an animal.
The accused will be back in court June 1.
But police are not done yet. They are searching for a second suspect.
“Just incredible police work,” said McLean. “Fast off the mark and very impressive.”
There is also the human side to this, since a young man is dead. His friends and family were reeling with the horrible news — more than a dozen of them heading to the scene of the murder to leave flowers and candles while others took to social media, including the deceased’s brother.
“I want you all to go up to your sibling(s), hug them and tell them you love them because you never know when they will taken away from you,” he tweeted.
I want you all to go up to your sibling(s), hug them and tell them you love them because you never know when they will taken away from you
— Adamo (@23Adamo) May 17, 2018
CP24’s Steve Ryan and Cam Woolley, both former cops, also received a statement from Arcara’s family saying they “expected (Matt) to amount to greatness one day. He was responsible and ambitious and was definitely going to be a leader of industry. At 22, he had already started his own business. He was a beautiful young man who loved his brother and his parents more than anything in the world. He was taken away too soon.”
Moving quickly, police have one person already in custody. And they are on the hunt for one more.
A GoFundMe for the Arcara family has been set up at: www.gofundme.com/matthew-arcaras-funeral.
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