Toronto couple wanted for murder arrested in Budapest after fleeing country

TORONTO – Two suspects wanted for a homicide and attempted murder in Hamilton in February have been arrested in Hungary, police said Monday.

Hamilton Police Acting Detective Sergeant Jim Callender announced on Monday that Oliver Karafa, 28, and Yun (Lucy) Lu Li, 25, were arrested in Budapest by Hungarian police on Saturday. .

“It was one of those trips that made a lot of progress and a lot of new information that led to this and I want to thank all the efforts of the partners there in Eastern Europe, especially the Hungarian active research team, ”says Callendar.

Police issued arrest warrants for the couple three months ago in the murder of Tyler Pratt, 39, and the attempted murder of a woman.

On February 28, police responded to a shooting in the Arvin Avenue and Hilton Drive area shortly after 7 p.m.

Upon arriving, HPS says they found the 26-year-old woman with a gunshot wound by the side of the road. The woman was taken to hospital in serious condition. While officers were investigating, they discovered the body of Tyler Pratt.

The two victims knew each other, but police did not say how.

A few days after the shooting, Hamilton police announced that Karafa and Li had fled the country to Eastern Europe. Police say the couple likely fled the country within 24 hours of the incident.

Sgt. Callendar told media on Monday that HPS is “very comfortable with the motivation [of Karafa and Li], but I will not discuss it, as it would be proof in court.

Li and Karafa are being held in Hungary and the extradition process is underway, Hamilton police say.

The trials of the individuals will be held in Canada, according to Callendar.

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