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article imageToronto man facing 20 charges in arson/shooting case

By KJ Mullins     Jan 20, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - Fire bombs, threats, shots in the night are all part of a shooting and arson case in Toronto where one man has been charged with 20 counts. The incidents all stem from money and a legit business venture according to Toronto Police reports.
On December 26 the night sky lit up as a home at 2788 Bathurst Street in Toronto burnt. It wasn't the first time that Toronto Police had dealt with the victim that month, they had been to his home twice before.
Reports say that the accused and another man had been involved in a legitimate business venture. After a dispute about money the suspect believed he was owed came several incidents of threats to the victim and his family.
On December 3 it is alleged that the suspect went to a Winona Street home armed with a silver handgun. Walking up to the front door he fired two rounds into the door with the victim's wife and two young children inside the home. Not yet finished, it is alleged that the suspect fired an additional three rounds into the victim's vehicle sitting in the driveway. The gun was dropped on the driveway of an adjacent home as the suspect fled the scene.
Just three days later on December 6 it is alleged that the suspect returned to the Winona Street house with two other men at just after 1 a.m. At the time the wife and children of the victim were at home. The accused and the other men allegedly lit and threw four firebombs at the front of the home before fleeing the scene.
On December 19, 2010 Atanas Markov, 26, was arrested and charged with three counts of threatening death, extortion, two counts of attempted murder while using a firearm, discharging a firearm endangering life, unauthorized possession of a firearm, four counts of attempted murder, attempted arson with disregard of human life and six counts of possession of property obtained by crime.
Markov is also known as Michael Goldstein, 28, Romanov Alexander, 28, Basamir Gatsalov, 28, Alexander Stoianov, 29, Alexander Koln, 28, and Petroz Stanopol, 28.
He is scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Friday January 21, 2011, at 10 a.m. room 306.
Police believe there may be other victims.
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