THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced on Monday that Jagpal Hothi and Jordan Bottomley have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the homicide of Andrew Baldwin, 30, in Surrey.
On January 24, Hothi and Bottomley were arrested by IHIT and later charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with first-degree murder for Baldwin’s death. Both accused men were scheduled to appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on Monday.
On November 11, 2019, at approximately 4:52 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a call for assistance from a home in the 10700-block of 124th Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found Andrew Baldwin unresponsive with critical injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Integrated Police Dog Services was brought in to conduct a search for the suspect, who was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with reflective material around the bottom of the pant leg. He was last seen northbound on 124th Street. Baldwin’s death was deemed a homicide and IHIT was then called in to take conduct of the investigation.
IHIT worked closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather further evidence.
“There was a great deal of coordinated effort by our investigators and many partners this past weekend that has resulted in charge approval,” said IHOT Sgt. Frank Jang. “IHIT is greatly appreciative of the support and assistance received from the many units that were involved in reaching this positive outcome.”
IHIT said that no further information would be released as the matter is now before the court.
Baldwin’s brother, 27-year-old Keith Baldwin, was fatally shot in downtown Chilliwack on October 22, 2019. He was on life support for some time, but did not survive.
At the time, IHIT Constable Harrison Mohr said: “The victim in this case was known to police. This appears to have been a targeted shooting, although our investigators are still looking into whether the victim had any direct connections to gangs or the drug trade.”