Canadian authorities have extended a reward for information that will contribute toward locating and arresting one of Canada’s most-wanted fugitives, who is from Vancouver.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 41-year-old Conor Vincent D’Monte of Vancouver for the first-degree murder of 26-year-old Kevin LeClair and for conspiracy to murder the Bacon brothers and their associates.
LeClair was a gang member who had switched from the United Nations (UN) gang to its rivals: the Bacon brothers and their affiliates, the Red Scorpions, while D’Monte is believed to be a high-ranking member of the UN gang.
After 4 p.m. on February 6, 2009, an exchange of gunfire broke out at a busy parking lot at the Thunderbird Village Mall in Langley.
Bystanders reported witnessing several individuals firing guns at a grey Lincoln pickup.
The targeted victim, LeClair, received multiple gunshot wounds and he died from his injuries in hospital two days afterward.
According to investigators, the shootout in the Vancouver suburb strip mall was part of the ongoing Lower Mainland gang war.
On January 24, 2011, the RCMP charged several UN gang members for the murder of LeClair.
After a three-year international manhunt, a UN hitman was located and arrested in Mexico in 2014. After he was returned to Canada, he was convicted of first-degree murder on June 1, 2018.
Another individual involved in the murder was located and apprehended in Oshawa, Ontario, on July 27, 2018.
The English-speaking D’Monte, who has both Canadian and Irish nationalities, was last seen in the Vancouver area in January 2011, and fled Canada in early 2011.
He was last seen in August 2011 in Southern California, and is associated with a drug network in Mexico.
In Canada, he has been known to frequent Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal. He has ties to the Los Angeles, California, area, and he has also been known to travel to Spain and Asia.
He is known to have numerous connections in Canada and the U.S., as well as in Asia, Europe, and Mexico.
D’Monte, was born on January 8, 1978, has also used the aliases Brian Black, Manuel Nico Ortega, Benzo, “B”, and Leonard Gordon Douglas.
He is 185 centimetres (six-feet, one-inch) tall and weighs 91 kilograms (201 pounds). He has brown eyes, with a left eye piercing; black hair, though he is balding and may have a shaved head; and an olive complexion.
He has double moles on his right cheek.
He also has a tattoo of two Chinese characters on his right shoulder (which means warrior or knight), a “Conrock” tattoo on his left shoulder, and a tiger and dragon (also described as a tiger and a bird) tattoo on his upper left back.
Anyone who sees him should consider him armed and extremely dangerous, and should not take any action to apprehend him.
Anyone who offers him assistance in evading arrest may be considered an accessory after the fact.
Anyone with information about him should call 911, the B.C. Integrated Homicide Investigation Team at 1-877-551-4448 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Those in the United States can call the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) at 1-877-926-8332.
Working with the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, the BOLO Program (BOLO is a term that police use for be on the lookout, and the program supports police in raising awareness about Canada’s most wanted suspects) announced in January a reward of up to $100,000 Cdn (or $75,000 U.S.) for any information that leads to the arrest of D’Monte.
Although investigators have received over 20 tips since the reward was announced, according to a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) news release, D'Monte remains at large.
The CFSEU-BC, in collaboration with the USMS, is continuing its campaign with the BOLO Program and announced on October 15 that the reward has since been extended but is only available until January 30, 2020. Full details are available at the BOLO Program website.More