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James expected to face conspiracy count in Surrey massacre; and associate pleads guilty spiracy to commit the first degree murder of Corey Lal. A convoy of black SUVs Matthew James Johnston, transporting members of 24, of New Westminster and the province’s emergency reCory Ray Haevischer, 24, sponse team swarmed into a of Nanaimo have also been quiet Abbotsford subdivison named along with Bacon Friday morning. and Karbovanec in the conAbbotsford Police blocked spiracy to murder Cory Lal. off road access to Strathcona Police said they are affectCourt while a RCMP helicoping their arrests Friday. ter buzzed overhead. James Bacon and his The police team spread out brother Jarrod, 25, are curaround the cul-de-sac; sniprently facing multiple fireers training their rifles on KARBOVANEC arms charges from two sepathe Bacon brothers’ family rate RCMP weapons investihome. gations. Minutes before 11 a.m. Last May, the Integrated James Bacon was ordered Gang Task Force issued a out of the house, told to drop public warning about the his cellphone and crawl on dangers of associating with his hands and knees towards the Bacons, after finding out waiting officers. the trio were being targeted Spread-eagle on the ground by the UN Gang. for a weapons search, Bacon James Bacon narrowly eswas then cuffed and arrestcaped death after a brazen ed. Police expect Bacon to be assassination attempt on charged with conspiracy to Jan. 20 at a busy Abbotsford commit murder in connecintersection. tion to the Surrey Six slayTo protect public safety ings at an apartment tower Abbotsford Police had been JOHNSON in October 2007. tailing the two brothers The six murders at the every time they left their Balmoral Tower apartment complex in Surrey were the worst gang- Strathcona Court home. Karbovanec, who also survived a tarrelated hit in B.C’s history and believed to be the work of those associated to the Red geted hit in Mission on New Year’s Eve, is a long-time friend and associate of the Scorpions gang. Dennis Karbovanec appeared in court brothers. He is also facing 11 gun charges after Friday to plead guilty to three counts of his arrest in October when Abbotsford second degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in connec- Police discovered a loaded handgun and silencer in a secret compartment in his tion to the killings. Karbovanec is a close associate of all GMC Yukon. He had a court-ordered lifethree Bacon brothers, James, Jarrod and time ban on possessing weapons when he Jonathan, who have all been under in- was arrested. He graduated from W.J. Mouat tense police scrutiny for their alleged gang activity and connection with the Secondary with the eldest brother, 28-yearold Jonathan Bacon, in 1999. Red Scorpions. It was Jonathan who made arrangeTwo of the victims in the apartment were innocent bystanders Abbotsford res- ments for the transfer of a huge cache ident Ed Schellenberg and Surrey youth of illegal weapons and explosives to the Abbotsford Police in February 2008 as Chris Mohan. Police believe he and Mohan were killed part of a plea bargain for Karbovanec. Bacon turned over 114 sticks of stolen because they were potential witnesses who could identify the people who also dynamite, a grenade, seven handguns, murdered 22-year-old Edward (Eddie) two shotguns, a rifle and an Uzi automatic machine gun. Sousakhone Narong, 21-yearJames Bacon and old Corey Jason Lal, his Karbovanec were both also 26-year-old brother Michael arrested in December 2006 Justin Lal, and 19-year-old after Abbotsford Police Ryan Bartolomeo, all Surrey stormed Castle Fun Park residents. following reports of men in Narong, the Lal brothers body armour at the amuseand Bartolomeo were all ment park. known to police and are beMatthew Johnston was relieved to have links to gangs cently detained along with and the drug trade. James after police seized Karbovanec has pleaded their vehicles in the underguilty to the murder of ground parking lot of an Mohan, 22, Bartolomeo and Abbotsford shopping mall. Michael Lal of Surrey. He

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