According to unnamed sources cited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), police allegedly found a restrained man when they entered the apartment of suspected Toronto gay serial killer Bruce McArthur — the 66-year-old landscaper arrested and charged with the first-degree murders of at least five men near Toronto, Canada’s Gay Village.
The CBC says that when police officers forcibly entered McArthur’s apartment to arrest him on Jan. 18, 2018, they found a man (possibly an interested sexual partner) bound in restraints within the apartment. “Officers believed the man to be in imminent danger,” the CBC reported.
Police have also reportedly conducted interviews with three of McArthur’s previous sex partners, all men who said that they’d stopped dating McArthur because of unease over his preferred sexual acts.
Kerolos Saleib, an LGBTQ activist who works with the Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention, has accused Toronto police of selective policing and racial bias, claiming that authorities failed to investigate the disappearances of local gay men of color over the past few years until a white man, 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, went missing.
“All of a sudden this white guy goes missing, and then [police] start to put out warnings, and get more involved,” said Gay Village resident Andrew Stewart.
Kinsman is just one of the five men the suspected Toronto gay serial killer stands accused of murdering. The others include 44-year-old Selim Esen, 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi, 50 and 47-year-old Dean Lisowick.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said that in light of the recent investigation, he’s interested in hearing the local LGBTQ community’s feelings about police. Tory said, “I certainly want to address the broader issue of the community and its relationship with the police.”
During a press conference earlier this week, Toronto Police revealed that they’d discovered dismembered remains of at least three people in giant planters owned by McArthur’s clients. Police are asking anyone who had hired McArthur as a landscaper to come forward, believing he may have disposed of more remains in other yards.