Bail hearing delayed for strip club drive-by
Published Tuesday, March 10, 2009 1:42PM PDT
The man police call a "major player" in the notorious UN gang will not be released from custody for at least another week.
Barzan Tilli-Cholli, 26, of Vancouver was arrested along with four others last week in connection with a targeted shooting outside a Surrey, B.C., strip club on Feb. 16.
Police say the intended target was an associate of the Abbotsford-based Bacon brothers who was sitting in the back seat.
All of the accused appeared in Surrey court Tuesday morning for a bail hearing, but the date has now been put over until a week from today.
Four accused will remain in custody until then.
A fifth suspect, Sarah Jane Trebble of West Vancouver, has been released on a promise to appear in court later this month after being charged with being in a vehicle knowing a firearm was present.
The proceedings are covered under a publication ban.
Tilli-Cholli faces two charges of attempted murder, along with 23-year-old gang associate Aram Ali of Vancouver and 26-year-old Nicola Cottrell of New Westminster.
Last week, RCMP E-division Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass trumpeted the arrest of Tilli-Cholli, saying police had made a "major strike" against Metro Vancouver gangs and a "major win for public safety."
But Bass admitted the UN gang was widespread, and that suspected gangsters have ties that spread into Alberta.
B.C. Organized Crime Units have been working in conjunction with both the Calgary and Edmonton municipal police departments to assist B.C. forces.
"These are already significant arrests and charges," said Bass, "but we must emphasize that the investigation continues, and will continue until all those responsible for the recent wave of violence are held to account."
There have been 33 shootings in B.C.'s Metro Vancouver since late January -- 14 of them fatal.