Past police incidents regarding Bruce McArthur resurfaced after alleged survivors came forward with stories of their encounters with him.
McArthur reportedly had a run-in with the law in 2016 when he allegedly attempted to choke a man. With this incident coming to light, people are asking why police let McArthur go.
McArthur’s History with the Law
Self-employed landscaper, Bruce McArthur, 66, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder. The suspected serial killer allegedly hid the remains of his victims in planters on his clients’ properties.
His victims are men who went missing from Toronto’s Gay Village. So far, six men —Majeed Kayhan,Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, and Skandaraj Navaratnam— were identified as victims. Authorities are looking into identifying a seventh victim.
While these men didn’t survive an encounter with McArthur, a few lived to tell their stories.
As the investigation intensifies, authorities uncovered McArthur’s past run-ins with the law. Months before his last two alleged victims disappeared, McArthur was interviewed by police for assault.
According to reports, he had a sexual encounter with a man (whose identity remains anonymous) in 2016. The encounter ended with the man reporting McArthur to police for attempting to strangle him.
It was at least the second time McArthur was interviewed by investigators. However, he was not arrested.
McArthur was also interviewed in 2013 when officials were investigating the disappearances of Skandaraj Navaratnam and Majeed Kayhan.
Many are questioning why McArthur was let go after being interviewed regarding the disappearances. In 2016, conflicting accounts from both the victim and McArthur led to no charges being filed.
It’s not known if the interviewers who looked into the 2016 incident referred to McArthur’s 2013 interview.
Survivors Recount Escape from McArthur
Sean Cribbin and Peter Sgromo went public with their encounters with McArthur, as investigators uncover more potential victims.
Sgromo knew McArthur for more than 10 years. When he returned to Toronto for a brief period last year, he took up McArthur’s invitation to meet. The meeting reportedly ended with McArthur violently twisting Sgromo’s neck and trying to force sexual contact in the back of his van.
Sgromo escaped thanks to his self-defense training. He didn’t, however, go to the police because he thought McArthur simply liked it rough.
Cribbin met McArthur through a dating app and they had a casual sexual encounter in 2017. The date ended with Cribbin unconscious in McArthur’s apartment. Cribbin didn’t go to the police, but authorities contacted him in connection with the current investigation.
After speaking to police, Cribbin realized he was choked until he lost consciousness. He didn’t know he was in danger at that time until he found out that there were photos of him bound in a “kill position.”
By Cribbin’s account, it was revealed that McArthur filmed or photographed the men he is accused of killing.
Toronto police recently released the photo of an unidentified man believed to be his victim. They wouldn’t reveal how they found the photo, but a source told the media that it was from McArthur’s computer.
About whether they let McArthur slip through their fingers earlier, lead investigator, Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said, “We’re accountable for what we do. I’m not the one to decide whether mistakes are made or not, but I think it’s certainly needs to be investigated.”