Most-wanted fugitive in Canada arrested after cops get tip from the public


Published May 1, 2024 at 3:47 pm

Canada's most-wanted fugitive arrested.
Michael Bebee, who was wanted by Toronto Police and considered the most-wanted fugitive in Canada, has been arrested.

A man hunted by Toronto Police and last week named Canada’s most-wanted fugitive in connection with a 2023 murder has been arrested in Prince Edward Island thanks to a tip from the public.

Police said in a news release Wednesday afternoon Michael Bebee, 35, of Toronto, was arrested on Tuesday in Charlottetown by police there. He was wanted in connection with the July 23, 2023 murder of Shamar Powell-Flowers, 29, in the area of Danforth Avenue and Carlaw Avenue in Toronto.

A $100,000 reward was offered last week by police and Crime Stoppers for information leading to the capture of Bebee, who on April 23 was placed at the top of Canada’s latest Top 25 Most Wanted list. The list is compiled periodically by the BOLO Program, which takes its name from a popular police term, “be on the lookout,” and seeks to “leverage social media, technology and innovative engagement to encourage citizens…to be on the lookout for Canada’s most wanted.”

BOLO works in cooperation with police forces and Crime Stoppers programs across Canada.

Toronto Police said Bebee appeared in court in Charlottetown on Wednesday. He’s charged with second-degree murder and arrangements are being made to bring him back to Toronto, according to authorities.

“This arrest proves that collaboration between police services, media, the public, Crime Stoppers and organizations like BOLO makes our communities safer and stronger,” said Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw.

Maxime Langlois, executive director of the Bolo Program, said the latest arrest shows the “power of the collective eye” in hunting down fugitives.

Meanwhile, a man hunted by Peel Regional Police for more than a year in connection with the murder of a young woman who was gunned down as she worked the night shift at a Mississauga gas station remains among Canada’s 25 most-wanted fugitives.

Dharam Singh Dhaliwal, 31, wanted on a Canada-wide first-degree murder warrant since shortly after the Dec. 3, 2022 shooting in which Pawanpreet Kaur, 21, of Brampton, was killed while working inside the kiosk at a Britannia and Creditview roads Petro-Canada, appears at No. 9 on the list.

A $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest is being offered and he’s considered to possibly be “armed and dangerous,” police said last week.

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