A 29-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Toronto woman who police say was “brutally” sexually assaulted before she was killed.
Police say the body of 34-year-old Sylvia Consuelo was discovered in her northwest Toronto apartment in January by acquaintances who had gone over to socialize with her.
They allege that over the course of about an hour, a suspect had “brutally” sexually assaulted Consuelo, beat her and then suffocated her to death.
Police say Najib Amin, of Toronto, was arrested on Thursday and has been charged with first-degree murder.
Police have said Consuelo was a mother of three children but lived by herself.
They have said she was an “extremely vulnerable” person who struggled with mental health and narcotic addiction issues, and supported her addiction through prostitution.
Police had released security camera video of a suspect in February as they asked for the public’s help in the case.
The footage showed a man making his way to Conseulo’s apartment while wearing a black leather jacket, a sweatshirt with its hood pulled up and a scarf which covered most of his face. There was also footage of the man leaving.
“He’s in there for slightly over an hour and … it’s a little unnerving to see how calm and cool he is when he walks out there,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga had told reporters when the video was released.