Newspaper article The Canadian Press

One Charged, Two Wanted in Alleged Mob Hits in Southern Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

One Charged, Two Wanted in Alleged Mob Hits in Southern Ontario

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One charged, two wanted in alleged Mob hits


Police have arrested one man and launched an international manhunt for two others in a pair of alleged Mob hits in southern Ontario, investigators announced Thursday, saying the deaths appear to be the result of a power struggle within the Mafia's ranks.

Jabril Hassan Abdalla, 27, was arrested this week and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and three of conspiracy to commit murder, police said at a news conference in Hamilton.

The arrest was the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the 2017 deaths of Angelo Musitano -- a member of a notorious crime family who was shot dead in the driveway of his Hamilton home -- and Mila Barberi, who was shot while in a car with her boyfriend in Vaughan, Ont.

"It was evident from the beginning that (Musitano's) very public execution was likely a result of his involvement in the family business," said Det. Peter Thom of the Hamilton police. "Although we don't know the exact motive, there appears to be some sort of power struggle going on."

Barberi was struck by bullets intended for her boyfriend, Saviero Serrano, who was also shot but survived, said Thom, alleging Serrano's father is tied to organized crime in York region.

Investigators issued Canada-wide arrest warrants for Michael Cudmore and Daniel Tomassetti, who are believed to have fled to Cancun, Mexico. Canadian investigators plan to be in touch with Mexican authorities and Interpol to expand that warrant internationally, Thom said.

Cudmore's family, however, worry that he may be dead, Thom noted.

He allegedly joined Daniele Ranieri, a person police were investigating, in Cancun in May 2017, Thom said. But Ranieri was found dead in March, three years after fleeing to Mexico to escape an Ontario arrest warrant, police said.

"He had been bound and executed," said Thom. …

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