Police in Mexico have arrested a man charged in the brazen February 2009 daylight shooting in a busy Walnut Grove mall, which killed 26-year-old Kevin LeClair of Abbotsford and the May 9, 2008, shooting death of Jonathan Alex Barber, 23, of Langley who was killed while driving a Porsche Cayenne in Burnaby.
The Mexican Attorney General’s Office issued a statement Monday that Cory “Franky” Vallee was arrested on Aug. 14 in the western state of Jalisco.
According to the bulletin, after Vallee was arrested for “administrative offenses,” a criminal record search determined that a “Red Notice” had been issued by the Interpol international law enforcement agency, something that is the closest thing to an international arrest warrant and calls on member countries to “seek the location and arrest of a person wanted by a judicial jurisdiction or an international tribunal with a view to his/her extradition.”
Vallee was deported to Canada on Sunday by the National Immigration Institute of the Mexican Ministry of the Interior, the bulletin said.
He is wanted for two counts of first degree murder.
Vallee is a member of the United Nations Gang who has a violent history and is known to carry firearms, police have said.
LeClair, an Abbotsford resident, died in hospital two days after he was shot several times at close range while driving his pickup truck.
He was chased into the busy Walnut Grove Thunderbird Village mall parking lot by two vehicles, one a van and the other a car.
As many as 40 shots were heard.
One witness told The Times she watched from her apartment balcony as a dark grey pickup was sprayed with bullets from what appeared to be an automatic weapon, fired from another vehicle in the parking lot of the shopping centre at 88 Avenue, east of 200 Street.
The day before the shooting, LeClair was seen giving Jonathan Bacon, the oldest of the Bacon brothers, a ride in his truck in Port Moody.
Vallee is also charged with conspiracy to murder the Bacons and their associates in the rival Red Scorpions gang.
Another man, Vancouver resident Conor D’Monte, described by police as a leader of the UN gang, has also been charged with the LeClair murder and is still at large.
Jonathan Alex Barber was killed while driving a Porsche Cayenne in Burnaby Burnaby along Kingsway near 14th Avenue.
Barber was taking the vehicle to have some electronics installed when he was shot by United Nations gang members who were after the Bacons.
Police described Barber as “a complete innocent just doing his job” who had no idea he was working on a vehicle that was linked to the Bacons.