Durham Regional Police have announced that they have identified Tyjae Nosworthy-Smith, a 17-year-old suspect, in the murder of Michael Ferdinand, a 34-year-old casino security guard in Pickering. Nosworthy-Smith is wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the killing that occurred on Oct. 9.
A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Nosworthy-Smith, who police have described as male, Black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 110 pounds, and having a tattoo on his left elbow that reads “Chantelle.” He is also known by the nickname “Baby2” and has ties to the Jane and Finch area of Toronto. Police stated that he is considered armed and dangerous and are urging the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if they see him, rather than approaching him.
Detective Sgt. Brad Corner emphasized police’s plea for the public’s assistance in locating Nosworthy-Smith during a news conference. He mentioned that the police had identified Nosworthy-Smith as a suspect after conducting weeks of witness interviews and analyzing surveillance footage.
The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, according to Corner. He emphasized the police’s commitment to bringing those responsible for Ferdinand’s death to justice for the sake of his family, friends, and co-workers.
Following Ferdinand’s tragic death, his co-workers set up a GoFundMe page that raised nearly $40,000 for his wife and family. One of Ferdinand’s former co-workers, Viny Cuello, described the senseless act of gun violence that led to Ferdinand’s untimely death and emphasized the impact Ferdinand had on their lives.
The police are urging anyone with information on Nosworthy-Smith’s whereabouts or anyone who has been in contact with him since Oct. 9 to contact the Durham Regional Police Homicide Unit at 905-579-1520 ext. 5444 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-2477. Additionally, they are encouraging Nosworthy-Smith to seek counsel and turn himself in to the authorities.
It was stated that Nosworthy-Smith is a minor, but police have obtained judicial permission to use his name and image publicly for the next five days, with the authorized use of his image and name expiring on Nov. 11 under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.