Man charged with Rockland shopping centre homicide was tied to B.C. gang

Samuel Jamahl Chand is alleged to have been the shooter in the death of Maxime Lenoir, a drug trafficker who was killed on Aug. 23.

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The man arrested in Vancouver as a suspect in the murder of a drug trafficker outside Town of Mount Royal’s Rockland shopping mall was linked to a gang in British Columbia while serving a sentence for attempted murder.

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Samuel Jamahl Chand, 33, of Vancouver made his first appearance at the Montreal courthouse on Sept. 27, after he was transferred from the custody of a police force in B.C. to the Montreal police. He is charged with the first-degree murder of Maxime Lenoir, a 44-year-old drug trafficker who was gunned down outside the shopping centre in broad daylight on Aug. 23.

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Widens Point du Jour Paul, 27, of Montreal was apprehended in Ottawa on the same day as Chand; when the arrests were made, the Montreal police alleged that both men are tied to organized crime. Point du Jour Paul is alleged to have acted as the getaway driver in the shooting. His criminal record indicates he is tied to a street gang based in northern Montreal.

Chand recently completed a lengthy sentence for an attempted murder carried out in Surrey, B.C. in 2009. Decisions made by the Parole Board of Canada while Chand served that sentence reveal he was linked to a gang in B.C. after he tried to avoid being arrested while out on a statutory release and carrying a loaded firearm.

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In January 2019, Chand failed to return to a halfway house for curfew when he was the passenger of a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic stop. When he was asked to produce identification, he provided a fake ID card and then bolted from the vehicle. While he tried to flee on foot, he tossed away a bag that had a loaded firearm in it; when police caught up to him, they found he was carrying a knife and three cellphones.

“The driver of the vehicle was known to police and identified as being a member of (a gang),” the Parole Board of Canada noted in a decision it made in 2020 after Chand had been returned behind bars.

The previous decisions in his case made no mention of him being tied to organized crime, but his release was revoked in 2019 in part because Correctional Service Canada believed he was connected to a “security threat group,” a term used as a classification for all criminal organizations whose members are incarcerated in federal penitentiaries.

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According to the decision made in 2020, Chand “denied any affiliations to gangs of criminal organizations.”

The same parole decision reveals Chand had an upbringing “full of drug abuse, violence, crime and neglect, in and out of foster care, and making connections with other troubled youth. Your mother and her boyfriend were drug addicted, had financial difficulties and were often left transient and homeless; your biological father was never involved in your life.”

The decision also notes that Chand would often run away from foster care homes to see his mother. In 2007, when he was in his late teens, his mother and her boyfriend died in a car accident. According to the decision, Chand’s life “went downhill” following his mother’s death and he “became more involved in criminal activities.”

In 2009, he tried to kill a drug dealer in Surrey — the crime he was serving time for when he violated his release. He fired four shots toward a car the drug dealer was riding in with his father. No one was injured in the shooting, but it occurred near an elementary school just as students were heading outside.

The case involving the murder in Town of Mont Royal returns to court in November.

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