Two florist shops robbed, woman killed in Toronto

«We’re aware of the similarities. It’s premature at this point to make a connection. »


Homicide detectives are investigating whether a Thornhill florist shop robbery might be linked to the holdup and killing of Toronto florist Felicia Hosany.

In both cases, a florist shop was robbed and the female owner bound with duct tape at the back of the store. In Hosany’s case, the tape covered the nose and mouth, and she suffocated.

  • "We’re aware of the similarities," Det.-Sgt. Steve Ryan of Toronto Police Services said Saturday of the two robberies. "It’s premature at this point to make a connection."

  • The Thornhill crime took place Wednesday around 9 p.m., York Regional Police said.

  • Two suspects — both identified as tall, thin men wearing black knee-length coats, gloves and black masks — raided Tulip Florist at 7398 Yonge St.

  • Both suspects were carrying handguns.

  • They directed the owner to the back, tied her with duct tape and fled with cash, police said.

  • About 24 hours later, Hosany was found smothered in the rear washroom of Flowers by Felicia, near Wilson Heights Boulevard and Sheppard Avenue.

The shop had no security camera, Ryan said, but videotape has been recovered from a camera across the street.

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