One of Canada’s most-wanted fugitives, a Mississauga man, arrested in U.S.


Published March 27, 2024 at 9:55 am

Mississauga man arrested in U.S. on first-degree murder charges.
Kensworth Alton Francis,, of Mississauga, is shown here on security camera footage around the time of the incident in question.

A Mississauga man named one of Canada’s most-wanted fugitives after a July 2022 double murder at a Vaughan nightclub has been arrested in the U.S.

Authorities south of the border said United States Marshals in Hartford, Connecticut arrested Kensworth Alton Francis, 28, on Tuesday and he’s in the process of being returned to Canada and into the custody of York Regional Police.

A U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson said in an email to Francis appeared in federal court there yesterday and waived extradition. Once back on Canadian soil, he’ll face two charges of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Francis, believed to be originally from the Bahamas, was being sought by police here on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with the early morning July 23, 2022 shooting deaths of two security guards at the ATL Lounge on Highway 7 West in Vaughan.

Kensworth Francis, 28, of Mississauga.

The victims, who were working at the time, were shot and killed during an altercation.

A third person, a 20-year-old woman who was a patron at the club, was also shot, but she survived.

Soon after the shooting, police in York identified the Mississauga man as a suspect. Detectives believe his image was caught on security video footage.

“An altercation took place in the lounge that led to the shooting,” York police said at the time of the incident.

Last May, Canadian authorities placed Francis at No. 7 on Canada’s 25 Most Wanted list.

Compiled periodically by the BOLO Program, which takes its name from the popular police term “be on the lookout,” the list names those considered by police to be the most dangerous.

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