The subject of a public warning earlier this year from Abbotsford Police has been charged with robbery and forcible confinement after a man was forced from his vehicle and assaulted on Monday evening.
Const. Ian MacDonald said Chadwyn (Chad) Marcus Weber, 35, was with a group of men who allegedly took cash, electronics and jewelry from the 28-year-old victim in the 1900 block of Catalina Cres.
MacDonald said the victim, who was familiar with some in the group, suffered head injuries and required medical treatment.
Abbotsford Police were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. and began interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and looking for the perpetrators.
Members of the patrol division, gang suppression unit, drug enforcement unit and Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team located and arrested Weber at about 11 p.m. in a vehicle stop on Mt. Lehman Road.
The following day at about noon, Lewis Hyungil Kim – a 35-year-old associate of Weber’s – was also arrested by police in connection with the incident.
Kim has been charged with robbery, uttering threats and forcible confinement. He is due back in Abbotsford provincial court on Thursday, while Weber is scheduled for Monday.
Weber was the subject of a public warning in April, when Abbotsford Police stated there was a “significant” risk to Weber’s safety, and that people associating with him or in close proximity to him were putting their lives at risk.
“It’s safe to say that, in his past, he has at least had associations and spent time with people who are gang-involved,” MacDonald said at the time.
Weber was sentenced to 60 days in jail a year ago after pleading guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking. His arrest was the APD’s first bust using their new armoured rescue vehicle.
At the time, police alleged that Weber was connected to the UN Gang, although MacDonald said he did not know what Weber’s current affiliations might be.
The drug bust took place in an apartment in the 30500 block of Blueridge Drive, and Weber was among three people in the unit. Police seized crack and powdered cocaine, cash and two bulletproof vests.
According to the provincial court database, Weber has a long criminal record, dating back to 1995, when he was charged with, and later convicted of, assault and obstructing justice in Abbotsford.
Since then, he has racked up numerous convictions for offences such as assault, gun possession, uttering threats, breaches of his bail conditions and probation, drug possession and resisting a police officer.
In addition to Abbotsford, the offences have occurred in Chilliwack, Surrey, Penticton, Port Coquitlam and Vancouver. MacDonald said Weber has resided in Abbotsford for the last few years.