Toronto police may have saved the life of a man who was in Bruce McArthur’s apartment at the time of his arrest.
Police had McArthur under surveillance the day he was arrested at his Thorncliffe Park area home.
A police source tells CityNews that on Jan. 18, police saw a young man enter McArthur’s 19th floor apartment, and that’s when officers decided to move in.
The source says when police broke down the door, they found the man handcuffed to McArthur’s bed.
The young man was not hurt and later interviewed by police.
The Toronto police forensic unit remains on scene, combing the apartment for evidence.
The source said photos were found on McArthur’s computer that helped investigators identify some of the victims.
The 66-year-old has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and police believe that number will rise as the investigation continues.
Investigators are searching approximately 30 properties connected to McArthur, who worked as a self-employed landscaper.
Police say they recovered the remains of three individuals from a home on Mallory Crescent, a property in Leaside used by McArthur to store landscaping equipment, but the remains have not been identified and it’s unclear if they’re connected to the five victims.
“Right now, where we’ve recovered the bodies, are from large planters and they’ve been hidden in the bottom of these planters, so we’ve seized quite a few planters from around the city,” Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said in a news conference on Monday morning.
“They can’t be identified because they are skeletal remains and they have been dismembered so we have to wait for DNA tests… before we can identify those remains.”
Following his arrest, McArthur was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. On Monday, three more charges of first-degree murder were added, in connection with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47.