Update: see previous posts – September 15, 2015 Gas-and-Dash Theft/Murder Reward of $25,000 Offered
Police in Montreal have arrested a suspect in a 2012 “gas-and-dash” theft that left a man dead in midtown Toronto.
Max Edwin Tutiven, now 42, was wanted on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 44-year-old Jayesh Prajapati. Tutiven was arrested around 9:30 am this morning after a Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued, said Montreal police spokesman Andre Leclerc.
Leclerc said investigators had received some information that Tutiven was in Montreal’s east-end. Police were going to get a warrant to enter the building, but Tutiven surrendered first, said Leclerc.
Two days earlier, Toronto police announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case at a news conference, marking the three-year anniversary of Prajapati’s death.
Police also encouraged the public to send tips on Tutiven’s whereabouts using the Twitter hashtag #TurnMaxIn.
Prajapati, a gas attendant, died as a consequence of trying to stop a vehicle that filled up with $112.85 in gas and attempted to leave the scene, police allege. The vehicle hit and then dragged him for a short distance before driving off. Prajapati was then taken to hospital where he later died.
Tutiven, who police said has ties to Quebec and Ecuador, was also facing two outstanding warrants for gas theft in Toronto issued in 2012 and a third in Montreal.
Tutiven evaded capture three years ago but will face second-degree murder charges once returned to Toronto.