Christopher Skinner SUV death brings 3 more arrests

Toronto police investigating the 2009 death of 27-year-old Christopher Skinner, who was beaten up and then run over by an SUV, have arrested three more people.

Skinner, 27, was beaten and driven over in the Entertainment District in 2009

Court sketches of Jamaal Bond, left, and Nicholas Swaby, two of the accused men who were arrested and charged in the 2009 death of 27-year-old Christopher Skinner. (Alex Tavshunsky/CBC)

Toronto police investigating the 2009 death of 27-year-old Christopher Skinner, who was beaten up and then run over by an SUV, have arrested three more people.

Skinner was leaving his sister's birthday party in the Entertainment District around 3 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2009, when he tried to hail a cab got into an altercation with several suspects in a black Ford Explorer. Police say Skinner was beaten by a group of men and then run over by the vehicle.

It's believed the altercation may have began because Skinner's hand inadvertently brushed up against their car.

Skinner later died in hospital.

The additional arrests were made this week. The three latest suspects arrested have been charged with a range of offences including assault causing bodily harm and obstructing police.

The accused are:

  • Jamaal Phillips Bond, 23, of Toronto. He is charged with assault causing bodily harm and obstructing police. He was arrested on Thursday.
  • Nicholas Swaby, 23, of Toronto. He is charged with assault causing bodily harm. He was arrested on Tuesday.
  • Anthony Samuel, 24, of Toronto. He is charged with conspiracy to commit indictable offence of aggravated assault and obstruct police.

Swaby was also a captain with the Don Bosco Eagles, the Etobicoke high-school football team that was previously coached by Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Swaby has, in the past, spoken out in public about his admiration for Ford as his coach and as a role model for youth. Ford was fired as head coach in May.

With regards to the Skinner case, police last week also arrested and charged the alleged driver of the car, Agustin Caruso, 23, from Etobicoke. Caruso was charged with second-degree murder.

Anyone with tips is encouraged to contact Toronto police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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