Fugitive wanted for attempted double killing in Canada is found living in luxury Battersea tower block with its own rooftop pool
- Usman Kassim escaped Canada in April 2020 following an attempted murder
- He appeared on the world’s ‘most wanted list’ after he escaped two years ago
- Police found him this week at a luxury tower block in Battersea, South London
People living in a millionaire’s row flat block in London were left shocked when they found a man wanted over a drive-by-shooting was living next door.
Canadian Usman Kassim is on the world’s most wanted list after he attempted a double murderer in Toronto in 2020.
Police in Canada have described him as a ‘violent, armed and dangerous’ individual who they have been on the hunt for since he fled the country more than two years ago.
Kassim was found in an expensive, new tower block in Battersea, South London. The apartments, which can cost up to £1 million, are kitted out with communal facilities including a swimming pool, rooftop terrace and spa.
Canadian Usman Kassim (pictured) is on the world’s most wanted list after he attempted a double murderer in Toronto in 2020. This week he was found hiding out in a luxury flat in Battersea, South London
His affluent neighbours had no idea they were living in the midst of a fugitive, The Mirror reported.
The man has since been arrested by British police officers and was taken to Hammersmith Police Station in West London on Tuesday where he faces an extradition proceeding.
Police in Canada have said Kassim was driving a grey SUV when he fired his gun at two people in another car in April 2020 but missed. Not details of the motive for the attack were revealed.
The new flats, which sell for up to £1 million, are kitted out with communal facilities including a swimming pool, rooftop terrace and spa
At the time of his shooting a £30,000 reward was being offered for his capture as he was wanted for other crimes including harassment, assault and breaching a prohibition order.
While he was on the run in October last year, a woman said he held her at gunpoint in a car park, threatened her and drove her to a nearby petrol station.
Police found Kassim at the scene, but he managed to escape after ramming the police car.
Toronto Police Service, in Canada, issued this wanted poster Kassim escaped in April 2020. Prior to the attempted murder he was wanted for other crimes including assault, harassment and breaching a prohibition order. A reward of £30,000 was offered
He then fled the country. The International Criminal Police Organisation, known as Interpol, was sent an alert after he fled, asking police forces across the world to help capture him.
On Monday, the fugitive appeared at Westminster magistrates court by video link where he faced extradition proceeding for 10 charges – including the two murder attempts.
He will remain in custody until he reappears in court next week.
Toronto Police confirmed the arrest. A spokesperson said: ‘Usman Kassim is wanted for attempted murder and is on the Top 25 list of Canada’s most-wanted fugitives.’
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