Police made quick decision in Bruce McArthur arrest to protect young man

Bruce McArthur 66 was charged with first-degree murder in the case of two missing men on Jan. 18 2017. HANDOUT  Facebook

McArthur was charged earlier this month with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 44-year-old Selim Esen and 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, before Toronto Det.

On Jan. 29, investigators added three additional first degree charges for the deaths of 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan, 47-year-old Dean Lisowick and 50-year -old Soroush Mahmudi.

Greg Downer, leader of the Toronto Missing Rainbow Community, speaks to reporters along side sisters of the missing and murdered Andrew Kinsman after the arrest of Bruce McArthur.

Last year, members of Toronto's gay community had raised concerns over recent disappearances of men who frequented the city's gay village neighborhood.

Canadian police are searching for more victims after they charged a self-employed Toronto landscaper with five counts of first-degree murder.

After a series of grim discoveries, police in Toronto believe they have a serial killer in custody-one who was able to operate undetected for years because he had a job that was ideal for hiding bodies.

Police were reluctant to label McArthur a serial killer following his January 18 arrest, but Idsinga now says that's likely the case.

Police have not revealed how they were able to obtain sufficient evidence in his death to charge McArthur. They said they were planning to excavate at two locations "where people might be buried", but said they did not know what, if anything, they might find.

On Monday, Idsinga said that unidentified remains belonging to at least three people had been found in some of the planters seized by police. Police say his alleged crimes are "unprecedented" in the city.

There, McArthur stored his landscaping equipment in exchange for mowing the lawn of the couple who owned the home, who were stunned by the allegations.

Kinsman was reported missing in June.

Photo of the 53 Mallory Crescent home on Google Maps, taken in September 2015. Lisowick was never reported missing, but police suspect he was killed in 2017.

The Toronto Police Department has faced criticism for initially trying to quell fears that a serial killer was targeting the community.

At a town hall meeting last summer, members of Toronto's gay community, anxious that a serial killer was operating in their midst, warned that the city's sex workers might be particularly at risk.

In September of 2017 Project Prism investigators identified McArthur as a person of interest in the probe. Police wouldn't discuss the specifics of what sort of relationship he had with McArthur, if any. In December, Saunders said publicly the evidence at the time led police to believe the disappearances were not a result of murders or a serial killer. The gas was being used to thaw the ground so investigators can begin digging around the property.

"The 519 extends heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick - and offers strength to the families of all those still missing", it said in a statement this morning.

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