Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New Reward for Apprehension of Murder Suspect

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There is a new reward for a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in the city.

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BOLO Program Director Max Langlois said there is an up to $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Kiarash Parzham who is ranked at number four on BOLO’s Top 25 Canada’s Most Wanted List.

“The only condition for this reward to be paid is that your tip leads to the arrest of Mr. Parzham,” he said at a press conference at police headquarters on March 14. “All tipsters are eligible for the reward, whether you call 9-1-1, the police or Crime Stoppers. And, if your tip is successful, you will be given the reward you deserve in a matter of days just like we have done many times in the past.”

The reward is available until October 14, 2023.

On Wednesday June 15, 2022 at about 10:10 p.m., Toronto police responded to a call for a shooting outside the Yonge & Sheppard Subway Station.

They located 28-year-old Kian Hoseyni who had been shot on the sidewalk. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, despite lifesaving measures by police and paramedics.

Through their investigation, Toronto Police Homicide and Missing Persons Unit identified 30-year-old Kiarash Parzham who faces a charge of first-degree murder.

On June 24, 2022, a Canada wide warrant was issued for the suspect.

“This is a renewed appeal in partnership with the BOLO program for anyone who has information in regards to the location of Kiarash Parzham,” said Detective Sergeant Jeff Allington.

Described as six-feet tall, 180 lbs. with dark hair, he also has several tattoos on his upper left arm. Photos are available on the Crime Stoppers and BOLO websites.

Allington said Parzham is known to have contacts in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), particularly in Richmond Hill, and in Vancouver.

“Anyone with information on his location should not approach him as he is believed to be armed and dangerous,” he noted. “Contact your local police service or call Crime Stoppers if you believe you know where he is.”

The Homicide officer warned anyone who is assisting Parzham in hiding from police that they can and will be charged as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

“This charge carries the maximum penalty of life in prison,” said Allington. “I would encourage Kiarash Parzham to contact a lawyer and make arrangements to turn yourself in.”

BOLO – Be On The Look Out – is a term that is commonly used in movies and television shows and also within the law enforcement community.

Launched in 2018, the BOLO program is an initiative leveraging social media and technology to make sure citizens are on the lookout for Canada’s most wanted so they can report sightings and submit tips to help the police arrest these wanted people.

The program amplifies Toronto Police’s most wanted notice.

“As of today, BOLO will deploy its usual outdoor and digital amplification campaigns, including billboards and bus shelter ads, asking citizens to be on the lookout,” said Langlois. “Today, BOLO is also renewing with a practice we had to put aside during the pandemic – flyers. TPS members and I will canvass specific neighbourhoods of the GTA, including Richmond Hill, asking store managers to leave stacks of these leaflets on their counters.”

Toronto Crime Stoppers Chair Sean Sportun re-iterated that community safety is a shared responsibility.

“Crime Stoppers will always guarantee your anonymity and you will never be required to testify, so we urge you, if you know the whereabouts of Mr. Parzham or you have any information that can assist investigators in locating him, to come forward, speak up and break the code of silence. By doing so, you will be making a difference in the safety of your community.

“Our collective message to Mr. Parzham today is, thanks to this partnership, your world just go a bit smaller. Do the right thing. Contact a lawyer and turn yourself in.”

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