The son of the Toronto-based real estate firm Canada Homes Inc. has been arrested and charged with murder after his girlfriend’s body was found on May 26 at the couple’s condo unit in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
As reported by Dan Taekema of the Toronto Star
, Blake Leibel—son of renowned developer Lorne Leibel—has been apprehended by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The younger Leibel’s partner, Iana Kasian, was determined to have suffered “blunt force trauma” to the head, leading to her death.
Acting on a missing person report by Kasian’s mother, police went to the apartment and found the younger Leibel “agitated and unresponsive”.
“He had barricaded himself in the apartment, had placed furniture and bedding all around to prevent us from entering,” homicide detective Lt. Dave Coleman said.
Further reports stated that the couple “had a child in common,” who is now under the custody of a family friend.
Los Angeles County records revealed that the May 26 arrest marked the second time Leibel went to jail in the span of a week. His previous incarceration at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility ended just a few days before on May 20, when he was released on $100,000 bail.
As of press time, the Leibel family has yet to make a comment on the arrest.