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American man beaten to death during unprovoked fight in Toronto identified

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 7th, 2016


A 26-year-old man visiting from Maryland for a bachelor party is dead after a fight outside a bar in Little Italy on Saturday morning.

Police said the incident appears to have been an unprovoked attack.

Officers arrived at Blind Tiger Restaurant on College Street at Manning Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. and found a man with head trauma.

Toronto Homicide Det. Robert North said the man was in an ambulance on the way to hospital when he was pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Julian Jones on Sunday morning. Police said Jones was engaged to be married but this was not his bachelor party.

North said a group of males were visiting from the U.S. for a bachelor party when they were approached by a group of seven to nine males as they stepped outside the establishment.

“They advised they didn’t want to be in a fight and were just having a good time, but at that time our deceased was punched and repeatedly kicked in the head,” said North.

The group of males reportedly fled south on Manning Avenue towards Dundas Street, and police are asking anyone in the area that may have video of the incident or were in the area to come forward.

Police have released descriptions of the suspects. The first is a slim, white man, 26 to 27 years old, with short, black hair, who was wearing a black top and black pants. The second is black, 26 to 27 years old, with a large build – described as looking like a football player – with a full beard, wearing a black fitted top and black skinny jeans.

Security footage and images of the suspects have been gathered and police urged the suspects to come forward or they will be releasing their images to the public.

Police initially said that a third person in a red baseball cap was a suspect, but are now saying they just want to talk to him.

The homicide unit continues to investigate.

The homicide unit is investigating after one man is dead after a fight in Little Italy. CITYNEWS/Ken Hama

Correction: Police originally said the victim was 24 years old.


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