2 men, including rapper Top5, charged with accessory after the fact to Toronto murder

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Hassan Ali, better known as Top5, was arrested on Saturday night in Windsor, Ont., in connection to the murder of Hashim Omar Hashi, according to his lawyer.
Hassan Ali, better known as Top5, was arrested on Saturday night in Windsor, Ont., in connection to the murder of Hashim Omar Hashi, according to his lawyer.

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A Toronto rapper known as Top5 has been arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Hashim Omar Hashi.

Hassan Ali, better known by his rap moniker, was arrested on Saturday night in Windsor, Ont., according to his lawyer, Jordan Silver.

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Silver says his client was charged with accessory after the fact and transferred to Toronto, where he is awaiting a bail hearing.

Ali "maintains his innocence," says Silver, noting, "there's still a lot of information surrounding this that we're unaware of."

In a press release Monday afternoon, Toronto police said 22-year-old Ali has also been charged with two counts of failure to comply with probation, as well as three counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Ali has also been charged with possessing items valued at over $5,000 that were obtained by crime. He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Toronto police have arrested another man, 24-year-old Emmanuel Missah, in connection with the case, also charging him with accessory after the fact and failure to comply with a recognizance order. Missah is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Hashi, 20, was killed near Jane Street and Falstaff Avenue on Jan. 31. He was shot multiple times on entry to a parking garage while trying to return home. Hashi is Toronto's fifth homicide of 2021.

A family spokesperson described Hashi as "kind, humble and hard working."

Toronto police encourage anyone who has information pertaining to the case to call them at 416-808-7400 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.