Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pair charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting death of Angelo D'Onofrio - Update

A total of nine men, all members of the 'Reds', were arrested in police raids. Police also seized firearms, ammunition, cellphones and electronic material. Those arrested face a variety of charges, including arson, home invasion, fraud, conspiracy and weapons offences. This is the second time in four years that the police apprehended Reds for a murder ordered by the mafia. Five alleged members of Unit 44, a Rivière-des-Prairies gang near the Bô-Gars, are awaiting trial for liquidating Gaétan Gosselin, a friend of Raynald Desjardins, in 2013.

Theus, Lufiau, Comoe and Christmas are also accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at three establishments linked to the entourage of the Rizzuto clan.
The quartet set fire to a commercial building on Rivière-des-Prairies Boulevard Maurice-Duplessis, owned by a relative of Marco Pizzi. Experts believe Angelo D'Onofrio, shot down at the Café Sinatra, was confused with Tony Vanelli, a close friend of the Cotroni clan who joined Vito Rizzuto when he took control of The Montreal mafia in the early 1980s.

Ebamba Ndutu Lufiau, 28 (left) and Jeff Joubens Theus, 25, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Angelo D'Onofrio.
Two men arrested in a crime sweep have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 72-year-old Angelo D'Onofrio a year ago

Charges involve fires that were set at buildings owned by people with known ties to the Rizzuto organization.
D'Onofrio was shot to death on June 2, 2016. The shooting was carried out after Rocco Sollecito, 67, a high-ranking member of the Rizzuto organization was gunned down near the end of May 2016. The men who were arrested “are tied to street gangs.” The Montreal police said the investigation began following D’Onofrio’s murder, and investigators eventually tied the men to seven violent crimes “committed on behalf of organized crime.”