Durham Region Police are on the hunt for a 17-year-old male who they believe is responsible for the murder of a casino security guard on Thanksgiving Day. The tragic incident took place at the Pickering Casino Resort, near Highway 401 and Brock Road, in the early hours of the morning. The victim, 34-year-old Michael Ferdinand, was shot while on duty and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
During a news conference, Det. Sgt. Brad Corner of the force’s Major Crime – Homicide Unit stated, “(Ferdinand) was doing his job and ensuring the safety of all patrons of the casino. He was senselessly shot and killed. Michael went to work that day and didn’t come home. We now owe it to his family, friends, and co-workers to bring those responsible to justice.”
The police have obtained judicial authorization to identify the suspect, Tyjae Nosworthy-Smith, and have issued a Canada-wide warrant for second-degree murder. The authorities have released an image of Nosworthy-Smith, describing him as a Black male, standing at five foot eight inches tall, and weighing 110 pounds. He has also been known to have connections to North York’s Driftwood area. The public has been urged to provide any relevant information that could lead to his arrest, but they should not attempt to approach him as he is considered “armed and dangerous.”
Corner also warned that anyone found to be aiding the suspect in evading the police will be prosecuted under the Criminal Code of Canada. Investigations into the motive behind the murder are ongoing, with Corner stating that it does not appear to be a premeditated attack. In the meantime, authorities are urging Nosworthy-Smith to surrender to the authorities and seek legal representation.
Anyone who has seen Nosworthy-Smith or has any information about his whereabouts is advised to call 911 immediately. The police are committed to bringing the perpetrator to justice and providing closure to Ferdinand’s family, friends, and colleagues.