Toronto murder suspect arrested by Halifax police

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A man facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a man on Davenport Road in Toronto last week was arrested early Sunday, Sept. 25, by police in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Anthony Brake, 46, was wanted for second-degree murder in the death of a 47-year-old man near Davenport and Old Weston roads on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Toronto police announced Brake’s arrest at a noon news conference at Toronto Police Headquarters today.

Det. Robert North, of the Toronto police homicide squad, said police know the identity of the victim, who had no fixed address, but are not releasing it at this time as they have yet to contact his next of kin.

“Toronto is a very big community and it can take quite a long time to identify and locate next of kin, especially if they live in different parts of the country or the world,” North said.

Police, fire and paramedics were called to 1987 Davenport Rd., believed to be Brake’s home, on Sept. 22 to check on the well being of a man. The victim was found dead with severe head injuries when officers arrived. A post-mortem examination identified the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma injuries. A weapon has not been found by police.

The victim and Brake “were acquaintances for an extended period of time,” North said.

At a press conference on Saturday, North had appealed to members of the public for help in locating Brake. On Sunday, he thanked both the public and the media for getting out the information about Brake which led to his arrest in Nova Scotia.

North said Halifax police received a call at approximately 1:15 a.m. this morning indicating that Brake was at a residence in the city. When officers arrived, Brake was identified and taken into custody in Halifax where he remains at this time.

“They got a call saying Mr. Brake was at the residence,” North said.

He said officers from Toronto will now be travelling to Halifax to interview Brake and then escort him back to face the second-degree murder charge.

“One of the questions our investigators will be asking is how did he travel there and where did he intend to go,” North said.
Brake is originally from the Maritimes, and was known by the nickname “Newfie”.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Toronto police homicide squad at 416-808-7400. Anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers online at or by calling 416-222-8477.

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