Police have identified a third suspect in the violent beating death of a 26-year-old American man outside a downtown Toronto nightclub earlier this month.
Julian Jones, of Baltimore, Maryland, who was engaged to be married, was at the Blnd Tger club on College Street with other American citizens for a close friend’s bachelor party when they were approached by a group of men outside of the club before 2:30 a.m. Nov. 6.
As Julian and his friends tried to walk away, he was separated from them and that’s when police said he was punched in the face causing him to fall and hit his head. Investigators said the suspects then stomped on Julian’s head. He died before he could make it to hospital.
Tobias Jones told Global News affiliate station WJZ 13 in a telephone interview earlier this month he was astonished and hurt after learning his son died while visiting Canada.
“My son was loving, kind, sharing, respectful and he had hope for mankind. He thought people would get better … I used to tell him on a regular basis that I was proud to have him as my son because he was a great son, a great brother, a great man,” Tobias said.
“He was on the path to become a great husband and after getting married, he’d have some children and be a great father.”
Kamari Folkes and Kenneth Omorogbe were arrested Nov. 9 and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with Jones’ death.
Andrew Christopher O’Brien, 28, was identified by police as the third suspect wanted in the investigation. A photo of O’Brien was not released by police, as they said it could compromise the integrity of their investigation.
Investigators said they were able to get witness accounts from both the club staff and patrons which helped lead to the arrests.
Police said earlier this month they intended to send investigators to Maryland to further interview Jones’ friends and possibly identify additional suspects.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone at or around the nightclub at the time of the fatal assault to come forward.
Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 416-808-1400 or 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.
Nick Westoll and David Shum contributed to this report