Friday, October 28, 2011
Vancouver police rescue kidnap victim in crime linked to gang in eastern Canada
Seven people are facing charges after police in Vancouver rescued a kidnap victim in a crime linked to a gang in eastern Canada.
The 29-year-old victim was abducted in the city's downtown on Oct. 20 and police were quickly able to trace the crime to a suburban Richmond business, which was put under surveillance, Desmarais told reporters. While police were working on a recovery operation, another team was watching as a blindfolded man was taken from the business and put in a vehicle.
Officers followed the car and watched as it pulled over and the kidnap victim was pushed from the vehicle. Police rescued the kidnap victim from the roadway. Other officers arrested five suspects in two vehicles, and police said two other suspects turned themselves in later.
"The kidnapping was financially motivated," Desmarais said. "Some of the individuals we arrested have documented links to the Red Scorpions and Independent Soldiers." Who in turn are both connected to the Hells Angels.
Those arrested are: 28-year old Nazfar Mirhadi of North Vancouver, 42-year old Demple Brar from Richmond, 28-year old Robert Carr of Abbotsford and 24-year old Edmond Gammel from Surrey. Three people from Kamloops are also in custody. They are 30-year old Thomas Crawford, 28-year old David Tarrant and 20-year old Veronica Moncur.
Thomas Crawford? He used to be with the IS but someone claims he got kicked out and was arrested for kidnapping in Vancouver on October 24 2011 but there has been a publication ban on that case already. That's bizarre. Usually only the Hells Angels get publication bans that fast.
What I want to know is which drug dealer did they kidnap and why did the police devote 41 investigators to the operation, which Desmarais described as "the largest deployment of our kidnapping protocol in recent years."