BC fugitive Brandon Teixeira arrested in California

Dec 2 2019, 3:43 pm

A BC man wanted for first-degree murder was arrested Sunday in California, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Brandon Teixeira has been the subject of a manhunt for more than a year in relation to the 2017 murder of Nicholas Khabra in Surrey.

Police have previously described Teixeira as “extremely violent,” and offered a $55,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“I can tell you that he did not go quietly,” Sgt. Frank Jang told reporters Monday.

A tip led officers to a residence in Oroville, California, over the Thanksgiving long weekend. They monitored the house beginning November 30, and on December 1 executed a search warrant.

Teixeira allegedly tried to escape by ramming an armoured police vehicle with his car and driving away, according to a news release from the Butte County Sherrif’s Office.

A second armoured police vehicle took out Teixeira’s car, and then he tried to escape on foot but a police dog helped capture him.

“The good news today is we found him. We found Mr. Teixeira,” Jang said. “And he’s going to have his day in court.”

Teixeira is now being held in federal custody while he awaits an extradition process.

Police also found nearly 12 kilograms of heroin, more than 1,000 OxyContin and percocet pills, and 18 kilograms of cannabis when they searched the home.

Multiple police forces worked to bring Teixeira into custody, including BC officers, US Marshalls, and SWAT teams from Butte County, the Chico Police Department, and Tehama County.