Images emerge of the arrest of murder suspects in Ontario, Hungary
CTV News Toronto has obtained exclusive photos that show the moment two Ontario murder suspects were arrested in Budapest.
Oliver Karafa, 28, and Yun (Lucy) Lu Li, 25, both of Toronto, were arrested by Hungarian police on Saturday.
The couple are wanted by Hamilton Police for first degree murder in the shooting death of a man and the attempted murder of an unidentified woman earlier this year.
On February 28, Hamilton police responded to a shooting in the Arvin Avenue and Hilton Drive area just after 7 p.m. At that time, police said they found a 26-year-old woman with gunshot wounds on the side of the road. .
She was taken to hospital in serious condition. As officers investigated, they said they discovered the body of a deceased man identified as Tyler Pratt, 39, from British Columbia, who was moving to the Greater Toronto Area.
The two victims knew each other, but police have not disclosed the nature of their relationship.
A few days after the shooting, Hamilton police announced that they believed Karafa and Li had fled the country to Eastern Europe. Police say the couple likely left Canada within 24 hours of the incident.
Hamilton police announced Monday that the couple had been arrested in Hungary following an international search. Local police said the two were on the street in an area of Budapest known as the “Holiday District” when surrounded by uniformed officers.
After the couple are in custody, police say they found two fake Slovak identity cards
The extradition process to bring the two men back to Canada for trial is underway and a preliminary extradition hearing has now been concluded.
Karafa is the same man who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed into a pole in Toronto in 2012, killing passenger David Chiang. Karafa was sentenced to five years in prison for impaired driving, criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving.
With files from CTV News Toronto’s Abby Neufeld, CP24’s Sean Leathong and Kerrisa Wilson