Monday, June 19, 2023

Leonardo Rizzuto wounded in hit attempt - update IV

Kevin Rochebrun
Two men who were arrested in connection to the attempted murder of mob boss Leonardo Rizzuto appear in court today. Kevin Rochebrun, 32, of Mascouche, and Steve Emmanuel Barthelemy, 34, of Rivière-des-Prairies, will appear at the Laval courthouse facing charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Kevin Rochebrun, associated with the Reds, was already known to the police for his armed attack on mafioso Marco Pizzi. Its said Francesco Del Balso, the man suspected in the hit attempt, had a contract on his head for $250,000.
Reports surfaced that the powerful Martin Robert had a meeting with Francesco Del Balso a few days after cops raided them. Robert and the mafioso are suspected of wanting to kill Leonardo Rizzuto.
A man was arrested as a suspect in the failed hit on Montreal Mafia boss Leonardo Rizzuto carried out last month. He was released hours later without being charged. Cops said the person is known to them for his ties to organized crime. The suspect is a 32-year-old man who has served time in the past for his role in another failed hit on a member of the Montreal Mafia carried out several years ago in Montreal. La Presse reported that Rizzuto was at the Romcafé on des Laurentides Blvd. in Laval before the shooting occurred.
Expert press in Quebec are advancing 3 theories on the attempted hit of the mafia boss. The first is the intense hatred kingpin Raynald Desjardins maintains against the Rizzuto clan. Attacks against his group by the Sicilians have been numerous. Firmly entrenched with the Calabrian mafia, Desjardin has long been expected to exact his revenge. The second hypothesis revolves around rising Calabrian star Vittorio Mirarchi. Mirarchi was the protege of Raynald Desjardins, and his ties to the 'Ndrangheta in Ottawa and Toronto are rock solid. He and Raynald Desjardins are now free after serving time for killing Salvatore Montagna in 2011. The third theory involves former friends of Leonardo Rizzuto. He never had overwhelming support and over the past several weeks meetings have been observed between different members of the Sicilians. A purge to remove Leonardo Rizzuto's leadership would not be a surprise.
Leonardo Rizzuto, 53, boss in the Montreal mafia, has been wounded in an attempted hit. His vehicle was fired upon on Highway 440 in Laval. His Mercedes GLE 53 was peppered with a least 6 shots. It was parked in front of a funeral home at the corner of the Highway 13 service road and Rue Principale after the injured Rizzuto drove to escape his attackers.
Rizzuto was shot in the leg.
See ----->Francesco 'Chit' Del Balso gunned down - update II