Moun­ties lo­cate man tied up in back of SUV

The Province - - News - BY CAR­MEN CHAI STAFF RE­PORTER

Ridge Mead­ows RCMP said they had a “lucky catch” when they found a 52-year-old man beaten and bound in the back of an SUV Fri­day.

Plain­clothes po­lice of­fi­cers say they were fol­low­ing a 38-year-old man de­scribed as a “high-vol­ume” crim­i­nal, not know­ing he had a se­verely beaten vic­tim in the trunk.

The sus­pect was pro­hib­ited from driv­ing, said Ridge Mead­ows Staff-Sgt. A.J. Bod­den. “When they took the op­por­tu­nity to ar­rest him, low and be­hold there’s a guy tied up in the back. It’s kind of a sur­prise when you’re a po­lice­man,” he said.

The driver was ar­rested near 119th Av­enue and 227th Street in Maple Ridge af­ter Moun­ties fol­lowed the SUV for half an hour. Kenneth Marcel Lavallee, 38, faces seven charges, in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping, rob­bery with vi­o­lence and driv­ing while pro­hib­ited.

Lavallee has con­vic­tions for rob­bery, as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and pos­ses­sion of drugs in mul­ti­ple cases lead­ing back to 1999. Lavallee was re­leased from jail in April af­ter serv­ing about nine months

Lora-Lee San­dra Lock­hart, 39, Tracy Michele Sel­lick, 45, and Frank William Char­trand, 34, all of Maple Ridge, also face charges, in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping, forcible con­fine­ment and danger­ous driv­ing.

Bod­den said the vic­tim, whose name has not been re­leased, knew the sus­pects and was known to po­lice. He said the al­ter­ca­tion was drug-re­lated.

“They’re friends of as­so­ci­ates. They’re an in­ter­est­ing com­mu­nity of crim­i­nals,” Bod­den said. “I wouldn’t say [the vic­tim] is an an­gel.”

The vic­tim was rushed to Ridge Mead­ows Hospi­tal to treat fa­cial in­juries and frac­tured ribs. He had also been beaten with a beer bot­tle.

“He took a pretty good thump. It’s go­ing to take him a while to get mov­ing again,” Bod­den said.

Bod­den said po­lice be­lieve the vic­tim was tar­geted for money in an ex­tor­tion bid. “It wasn’t a for­tune but some of th­ese guys will do an aw­ful lot of vi­o­lence for a lit­tle bit of gain.”

He said po­lice didn’t know where the vic­tim was be­ing taken. “It’s one of the mys­ter­ies we’ve never been able to fig­ure out. What were they go­ing to do to him?”

The four ac­cused ap­peared in court Mon­day in Port Co­quit­lam. Sel­lick was re­leased, while the three oth­ers re­main in cus­tody.

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