Anti-gang unit investigates relationship between Ontario plane crash victims

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. — British Columbia’s anti-gang unit says it is investigating why an international fugitive was on a plane that crashed in northwestern Ontario and what his relationship was to the other passengers. sergeant.

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. — British Columbia’s anti-gang unit says it is investigating why an international fugitive was on a plane that crashed in northwestern Ontario and what his relationship was to the other passengers.

sergeant. Brenda Winpenny of the BC Combined Forces Special Law Enforcement Unit said on Wednesday police would also be looking for any links to BC gangs as they investigate the crash which killed Gene Lahrkamp, ​​36.

Lahrkamp was one of two Canadian suspects wanted for murder in Thailand in the death of Jimi Sandhu, who police say had gang affiliations in British Columbia when he died.

“We would look at why and what type of relationship, if any, he had with these other people,” Winpenny said.

Winpenny made the comment as Ontario Provincial Police identified the latest of four victims as 27-year-old Hankun Hong of Richmond, British Columbia.

The other deceased are Duncan Bailey, 37, of Kamloops, British Columbia, and Abhinav Handa, 26, also of Richmond, British Columbia.

Handa was the pilot and was flying the private plane, Ontario police said.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, which Ontario police say happened between Friday and Saturday.

The small plane left Dryden, Ontario at 9:09 p.m. local time and was heading for Marathon, Ontario. The wreckage was discovered 20 nautical miles southeast of Sioux Lookout, Ont., after the flight was reported to be overdue, the TSB said.

He did not respond to questions about whether there was cargo on board, what the weather conditions were during the flight or when exactly it crashed.

The accident happened nearly three months after Sandhu was allegedly killed on February 4.

Royal Thai Police have charged Lahrkamp and Matthew Dupre and asked for help in locating and arresting them after they fled to Canada, the anti-gang unit said.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed that it had sought a temporary arrest warrant for Lahrkamp and Dupre following a request by Thailand after the murder of an Indian national at the Beachfront Hotel Phuket.

“Due to Sandhu’s gang affiliations and background in British Columbia, CFSEU-BC conducted the investigation into the search for Lahrkamp and Dupre,” the Anti-Gang Unit said in a statement Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Winpenny declined to share anything about Sandhu, saying she knew nothing about his role in British Columbia’s gang landscape.

Dupre was arrested February 20 in Alberta with the assistance of local RCMP. He was taken into custody pending the extradition process, the anti-gang unit said.

The unit has notified international and domestic law enforcement partners of Lahrkamp’s death, he said.

Winpenny said the anti-gang unit was leading the search for Lahrkamp to secure his arrest for extradition. He has not pursued any charges in Canada, she said.

She said she could not share any further information about Lahrkamp or Dupre and had no details about the allegations in Thailand.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 4, 2022.

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