THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Tuesday finally confirmed the name of the victim of Sunday’s homicide as Chad Wilson, 43, of Maple Ridge and is requesting public assistance to further its investigation.
IHIT said Wilson was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was not random. IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the Lower Mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.
IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang said: “While the motive for Mr. Wilson’s murder has not been confirmed, this is yet another reminder of the significant dangers posed to one’s life by being part of a criminal organization.”
IHIT also appealed to the victim’s Hells Angels friends to tell police what they know might have led to this murder no matter what their involvement is in criminal activity because they want to solve his murder just as much as they do.
On November 18 at 11:28 a.m., the Ridge Meadows RCMP and other first responders were called to the 22000-block of Wharf Street in Maple Ridge, beneath the Golden Ears Bridge, for a report of a man found dead. Officers determined that the man was a victim of homicide.
IHIT took conduct of the investigation and continues to work closely with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
The VOICE had reported on Sunday: “A group of men reportedly wearing Hells Angels insignia crossed the police tape at the crime scene and were forced to go back by police (the incident was caught on camera by CTV), there is speculation that the victim might be connected to the Hells Angels.”
On Monday, a local newspaper referring to social media posts reported that the victim was Hells Angel Chad Wilson, but police refused to confirm it.
CTV reported on Monday that the victim was found off the main road with blood on his hands and face.
In July 2009, the Associated Press reported that jurors in South Dakota, U.S., acquitted Hells Angels bikers Chad Wilson of San Diego and John Midmore of Valparaiso, Indiana, of attempted murder for a 2006 gunfight that injured rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club members.
Attorneys for the state said Wilson and Midmore went to Legion Lake Resort, near a campground where the Outlaws gathered for the Sturgis motorcycle rally, opened fire and injured five people. But Wilson testified the Outlaws confronted the two outnumbered Hells Angels and he fired in self-defense after the Outlaws started shooting, AP reported at the time.
The report said Midmore had dual citizenship in Canada and Australia but was a resident alien. Wilson was a Canadian citizen and was in the US illegally.
Another US report at the time said: “Wilson is a Canadian citizen and a member of the Dago Hells Angels and Midmore is a dual citizen of Australia and Canada who is prospecting the Haney Charter of HA in British Columbia.”
According to international media, Wilson was arrested in Spain in 2013 and accused of being involved in a smuggling ring that used a chartered boat to move 500 kilograms of cocaine into the country from Colombia.
Wilson also reportedly helped found a new chapter of the biker gang called Hells Angels Hardside last year.
Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).