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'Wanted' man turns himself in

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A man who police said was wanted for robbery, forcible confinement and kidnapping turned himself in last week and was sentenced to one day in prison.

Chadwick (Chad) Weber, 35, turned up in Abbotsford provincial court on Jan. 23, along with co-accused Lewis Hyungil Kim, also 35.

Each pleaded guilty to an assault charge, down from an initial charge of robbery.

Weber received the one-day sentence, and Kim was fined $1,000 for the offence that occurred on July 23, 2012. On that day, a 28-year-old man was robbed of cash, electronics and jewelry by a group of men in the 1900 block of Catalina Crescent.

The victim suffered head injuries and required medical treatment.

Weber and Kim had also each been charged with kidnapping, while Kim faced an additional count of criminal harassment, but those charges were all stayed.

Provincial Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said he could not give specifics about that decision.

“The Crown was not satisfied there was a substantial likelihood of conviction on charges other than those on which the pleas were entered.”

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) issued a public notice on Jan. 14 that they were trying to locate Weber, and they were concerned about public safety.

In April 2012, police warned the public that Weber’s life was in danger and that anyone associating with him was at risk.

Police alleged that Weber was connected to the UN Gang, after he was arrested following a 2011 bust that turned up crack and powdered cocaine, cash and two bulletproof vests.

His current gang affiliation, if any, is not known.

His arrest was the APD’s first using their new armoured vehicle. Weber was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking.

His criminal record dates back to 1995, and he has convictions for crimes including assault, gun possession, uttering threats, obstructing justice, and breaches of his bail and probation conditions.

 

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