An Alleged Double-Murderer Was Apparently Mistakenly Released From An Ontario Jail
Police only discovered the criminal was gone this morning.
Now, this isn't the kind of news you hear every day, and that's probably for the best. Police say an accused double-murderer escaped from Thunder Bay District Jail in northwestern Ontario on Wednesday night, April 1. He had been due to appear in court today, Thursday, April 2, via video link.
UPDATE: At 2:46 p.m. on Thursday, Thunder Bay Police announced that the accused has been re-arrested.
EARLIER: Thunder Bay Police revealed in a release that Kareem Zedan, 22, managed to flee from the prison on Wednesday evening.
Officers said they only learned he had vanished from his cell on Thursday morning.
However, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Solicitor General says officers were notified immediately that an inmate had accidentally been released, per CP24.*
No details on how this may have happened are currently known.
Zedan, who is from Pickering in the GTA, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder regarding two deaths in Brantford, Ontario, last year.
64-year-old Larry Reynolds and 62-year-old Dorothy Lynn Van Every were found dead back in July 2018, according to CHCH.
The alleged killer was arrested in Thunder Bay last week, on March 24, around 1,500 kilometres from the crime scene.
According to CTV News, Reynold and Van Every were a married couple. They were shot to death inside their own home.
A resident had reported a suspicious vehicle near the scene of the shooting about 51 minutes before it happened, but no police car was dispatched to investigate.
Per Global News, police said they had determined that the shooting was targeted, although no motive was confirmed.
"I can't get into the details of how we caught wind of him, his presence in Thunder Bay, or any of the sequences leading up to his arrest," Derek Rogers of OPP West Region told CTV at the time of his arrest last week.
Shortly after the incident in July, Brantford Police released footage showing the shooter.
According to police, Zedan is black, six feet one inch, tall, thin, with black hair and brown eyes. Police also released a photo of the suspect.
He is considered dangerous and is possibly armed.
The public is asked not to approach him if he is spotted, and to instead call 911 or 807-684-1200 or submit tips via Crime Stoppers.