July 30, 2018 10:07 pm

B.C. police charge Ontario man in connection with 2009 gang murder

Kreshnik Ismailaj was arrested in Whitby, Ont., on Friday.

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SURREY, B.C. – Police in British Columbia have arrested and charged an Ontario man with first-degree murder dating back to what they say was the height of a gang war in Metro Vancouver.

Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton says 37-year-old Kreshnik Ismailaj is accused of the February 2009 killing of Kevin Leclair, and he’ll remain in police custody while a trial date is set.

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Police say in a statement that Ismailaj was tracked down by the provincial anti-gang unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., and arrested without incident in Whitby, Ont., on July 27.

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Kreshnik has no previous criminal record, and is believed to have recently moved to Ontario from B.C.

Houghton says the near ten-year-long investigation has involved hundreds of officers from B.C. and Ontario.

The anti-gang unit took over the investigation from B.C.’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team in late 2017, and is still searching for Conor D’Monte, a man allegedly linked to the death, who is believed to have fled Canada in 2011.

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