Alleged gunman in Moka Cafe and Espresso Bar murder arrested on Toronto Highway 400

A police manhunt for the alleged gunman accused of shooting four people, killing two, at a Vaughan café in June ended Friday on Highway 400, not far from the original crime scene.

, 27, was traveling in a vehicle with Tashari Bennett, 25, when York Regional Police made the arrest in connection with the June 24th attack at the Moka Café, near Islington Avenue and Highway 7. Maria Voci and Christopher Desimone were pronounced dead at the scene, while two other victims were taken to hospital, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Hay is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, while Bennett is charged with being an accessory after the fact — and breach of recognizance.

“This arrest comes as a direct result of the hard work of the investigative team in our homicide unit,” York Police Chief Eric Jolliffe said in statement. “These men and women have been working tirelessly on this investigation since this tragedy took place.”

Hay had a well-documented history of violence before the Moka shootings, with over 50 criminal convictions. In 2007, he was arrested for the murder of David Latchana. The 23-year-old was shot in the head after being identified as a “snitch.”

Hay was eventually convicted of manslaughter for the killing and sentenced to seven years in prison, a term he would laugh at during sentencing, calling out to the judge, “F— you, faggot,” as he was being led from the court in chains.

At the time, Justice Kenneth Langdon described Hay as being “beyond any hope of redemption.” Hay was on parole in June when police allege he entered the café at 8:18 a.m. and started spraying bullets.

Now he is back in custody.

Hay and Bennett are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Saturday.

National Post, with files from Adrian Humphreys

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