Calling it a “new strategy,” the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) said it is partnering with a Canadian public safety innovation project known as the Bolo program in its quest to capture “high-ranking UN gang member” Conor D’Monte.
In cooperation with Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, the Bolo (Be On The Lookout) Program is offering a reward up to $100,000 for any information leading to the arrest of Conor D’Monte. The reward is available for a period of six months.
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The CFSEU said it is seeking to bring D’Monte to justice for the 2009 murder of Kevin LeClair “and his criminal acts of violence that plagued the streets of British Columbia for several years.”
The investigation follows a period from 2008 to 2009, when BC’s Lower Mainland “was in the midst of the worst gang violence in its history,” said the CFSEU.
The two main rival groups, the Red Scorpions and the United Nations (UN) were “openly shooting each other’s members and innocent victims were killed in the crossfire.”
Police agencies across the region began joint investigations into the members and the groups, which culminated, over time, in the arrests and convictions of dozens of gang members and their associates.
In February 2009, Kevin LeClair, a Red Scorpions gang member, was murdered in a brazen daylight shooting at a strip mall in Langley. “While LeClair’s murder was one of many, it prompted one of the longest and most involved joint investigations in CFSEU-BC’s history, one that continues to this day,” the agency said.
The violence associated to the UN gang – including LeClair’s murder – “resulted in the CFSEU-BC and Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) joining forces,” the CFSEU said.
As a result of the combined efforts, between 2008 and 2018, there have been 18 arrests and 12 convictions of UN gang members and associates for serious offences, including murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
“One of those people that has been charged with the murder of Kevin LeClair and despite the best efforts of police, has continued to escape arrest, is Conor D’Monte, a high-ranking UN gang member,” said CFSEU Chief Supt. Trent Rolfe.
D’Monte “and his fellow gang members are responsible for an unprecedented level of brazen gang violence in the history of British Columbia,” he added. “Police will not rest until we have brought all those responsible to justice.”
Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of D’Monte is encouraged to contact their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. They can also leave a tip online.