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Arrest in case of murdered Richmond Hill teenager at restaurant arson

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Police have made an arrest following an investigation into the July 2021 arson at a North York restaurant that killed an 18-year-old Richmond Hill resident.

On July 10, at approximately 3 a.m., Toronto police officers responded to reports of a fire at the Slam Restaurant, located at 3685 Keele Street.

Investigators claim that the restaurant was deliberately set on fire.

Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as 18-year-old Shahriyar Safarian, who had obvious injuries from the fire and was taking life-saving measures.

However, Safarian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Famous Safarian

At that time, the Toronto Police Department’s Homicide Division took over the investigation and issued a warrant for the arrest of 19-year-old Arian Ghasemmanesh.

On June 9, agents of the 33rd Division located and arrested Ghasemmanesh in the Parkway Forest Drive and Sheppard Avenue East area.

He has been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of arson, neglect of life. These allegations have not been proven in court.

He is due to appear in court on June 10 at 10 a.m.

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