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Clock's ticking on accused killers #SabrinaAndClyde

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun


The hashtag for Toronto Police tweets about the murder of Sina Parsi is simply #SabrinaAndClyde.

It is fitting since it’s only a matter of time before alleged murderers Sabrina and Clyde are either caught or killed.

Just like Bonnie and Clyde in 1934.

The famous Texas duo managed to elude authorities for four years during a crime spree by the Barrow Gang that saw at least 15 banks robbed and a dozen people murdered.

Sabrina Chouart and Clyde Marshall, wanted for the murder of 32-year-old Parsi, are into Day 7 of their flight from police.

“They are definitely on the run,” Det. Shawn Mahoney said Tuesday. “Although we are getting lots of tips, we definitely have no idea where they are.”

It seems they may have discarded their cellphones, have no major amount of cash to sustain themselves and no known associates to harbour them. Police do not believe them to be “sophisticated” criminals or experts at alluding law enforcement.

It’s just a matter of time. Sooner of later, they will be captured by a camera somewhere — whether it’s at a business or somebody with a smartphone gets a pic.

“With today’s technology, it’s very difficult to stay under the radar,” said Mahoney.

Having said that, the couple — believed to be together for two years — have been able to do just that for almost a week.

The last known sighting of them, as the Toronto Sun’s Nick Westoll reported, was from a video surveillance camera showing them “leaving an eighth-floor apartment on Woolner Ave. around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday last week with their dog.” Later Parsi’s body was found in their apartment and their dog tied to a post in Etobicoke.

There is no trace of Sabrina, 27, and Clyde, 36. They had about a three-day jump on police.

“We are working on the premise that they did have time to leave town,” said Mahoney. “We have nothing that leads us to believe they are still in town.”

And then there are the sightings.

“Most of them are coming from northern Ontario,” Mahoney said. “None of them are confirmed so far but when there are so many from one place, it’s kind of like where there is smoke, there could be fire.”

The hot zone for tips incorporates Sudbury, Timmins, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.

“We believe somebody unknowingly may have helped them by giving them a ride,” he said, adding people outside of the city should be wary of assisting the pair.

If people do see them, Mahoney encourages people to call police immediately. Better yet, Mahoney said he would like Sabrina and Clyde to “call a lawyer” and “follow her father’s advice” and turn themselves in before anybody else gets hurt.

“Obviously we are concerned about a scenario where they have nothing to lose and are desperate,” said Mahoney.

Sabrina’s father, Martial Chouart, told Ottawa Sun reporter Corey Larocque: “I just want her to give herself in and make things right. She’s my sweetheart. I used to always call her sweetheart. Sweetheart, give yourself in.”

It’s the smart choice since “the longer they are outstanding the worse it looks for them,” said Mahoney.

Meanwhile, this has been devastating for the family of murder victim Parsi.

“They are taking it very hard,” said Mahoney. “His story is a Canadian story. He came to Canada from Iran at 11 years old, learned the language and has done very well. He had built a company and had no interaction with police.”

The cause of death and his reason for being in the apartment remain a mystery. What was the murder weapon?

What is known is there are plans for a funeral being considered for Saturday. Even though Parsi’s body has not yet been released to the family, there are plans underway with Saturday in mind.

Time will tell if his accused killers will still be on the lam then. One thing for sure is police are not going to stop looking for them until Sabrina and Clyde are captured.



June 9

  • Murder victim, Sina Parsi, 32, was last seen near Hwy. 400 and Teston Rd. in Vaughan around 11:20 p.m. after leaving a soccer game.


June 10

  • Parsi arrives at the apartment of his alleged killers, Sabrina Chouart, 27, and Clyde Marshall, 36, at 230 Woolner Ave. at around midnight, according to police.
  • Chouart and Marshall are last seen on surveillance video leaving their eighth-floor apartment at 4:10 a.m.
  • Multiple callers report seeing a dog between 5 a.m.-6 a.m. — later revealed to be the dog in the surveillance video — tied to a post on Dundas St. W., west of Islington Ave., according to police. The dog was picked up by Toronto Animal Services.
  • York Regional Police are notified at 12:43 p.m. that Parsi is missing and officers launch an investigation.


June 11

  • Police find Parsi’s vehicle in a parking lot near Jane St. and Alliance Ave., at 1:15 a.m., about 500 metres from the Woolner Ave. apartment.


June 12

  • York investigators follow up on information that Parsi may have been in the apartment and once they arrived late in the day, they found his body.
  • Toronto Police are notified of Parsi’s death late Friday.

June 13

  • Toronto Police release descriptions and pictures of Chouart and Marshall, who are wanted for first-degree murder.

June 15

  • Toronto Police release surveillance video showing Chouart and Marshall leaving their apartment building with a dog.
  • Det. Shawn Mahoney asks the public to pay particular attention to the pair’s distinct clothing and to call police immediately if anyone sees them.
  • Police say they have received several unconfirmed sighting reports in northern Ontario, as well as reports from eastern Ontario.


June 16

  • Toronto Police officers tweet out pictures of Chouart and Marshall using the hashtag #SabrinaAndClyde, asking people to report any sightings to police at 416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 - Compiled by Nick Westoll

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