An Abbotsford gang associate who was the subject of a public warning by police has been charged with robbery and forcible confinement.
Chad Marcus Weber, 35, who police believed was a possible target for gang violence back in April, was arrested Monday night after a man was forced from his vehicle and assaulted by a group of males.
The 28-year-old victim suffered head injuries that required medical treatment after his attackers stole cash, electronics and jewelry from him in the 1900 block of Catalina Crescent around 5:30 p.m., said Const. Ian MacDonald.
The injured man, who is known to police, was acquainted with his attackers, said MacDonald.
Weber was arrested later during a vehicle stop on Mt. Lehman Road at 11 p.m.
Another suspect associated with Weber, 35-year-old Lewis Kim was arrested at noon on Tuesday in connection with the crime.
Kim appeared in Abbotsford provincial court on Wednesday and is charged with robbery, uttering threats and forcible confinement.
"Both Weber and Kim have backgrounds and criminal histories that include weapons and drug offences," said MacDonald.
"This incident is consistent with that."
The extraordinary warning to the public, Abbotsford businesses and Weber's friends and acquaintances that it was dangerous to associate with him is still in effect, said MacDonald.
"We haven't rescinded that warning," he said.
The advisory around Weber is similar to one issued about Abbotsford's notorious Bacon brothers by the B.C. Integrated Gang Task Force in June 2008.
After that warning, the Lower Mainland and Abbotsford in particular suffered a spiral of gang violence in a war between the Red Scorpions and UN Gang, with a peak of six targeted hits taking place here in 2009.
More recently, eldest Bacon brother, Jonathan, was shot dead in a targeted attack outside a Kelowna hotel and casino on Aug. 14, 2011.
Weber was most recently sentenced to two months in jail in July 2011 for possession for the purpose of trafficking after he was busted in an APD raid that netted cocaine, cash and two bulletproof vests.
At the time, police said Weber was one of the individuals "jockeying" to control the Abbotsford drug trade.
He was reportedly linked to a faction that had splintered from the Duhre Group that moved into Abbotsford after a wave of arrests weakened the Red Scorpions and UN Gang.
Weber has had connections to a number of gangs in the past and it was not clear which groups he was tied to when the warning was issued, said police.