This is not the first escape from the North Fraser Detention Center in Port Coquitlam. There were two in 2007 and 2008.
Rabih Alkhalil, a major known cocaine trafficker in Quebec, escaped Thursday while he was in custody in a prison in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, awaiting trial for first degree murder.
The fugitive is considered dangerous and should not be approached, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of Coquitlam.
He is one of four men charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy in connection with the June 18, 2012 shooting in Toronto's Italian Quarter. He was facing jury trial in Vancouver in connection with an organized crime-related homicide case.
Rabih Robby Alkhalil, 35, reportedly left North Fraser Detention Center, located a 30-minute drive from Vancouver, at 6:48 p.m. Thursday evening. He was reportedly seen leaving the center in a white Econoline van with of two accomplices posing as construction workers. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Kingsway Avenue.
Coquitlam RCMP say center staff reported her escape at approximately 7:30 p.m. They are asking for the public's assistance to find him.
Coquitlam RCMP are looking for Rabih Alkhalil, 35, who was last seen wearing a black suit and reflective jacket.
When Rabih Alkhalil was last seen, he was wearing a black coat and a reflective jacket. He has brown hair and eyes. At 1.78m (5ft 10) tall, he weighs 75kg (166lbs).
The fugitive was spotted leaving the center in this white van.
This is not the first trial the fugitive has faced.
Not only was he convicted of the premeditated murder of John Raposo in 2012 in Toronto, a crime for which he was to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years, but he was also convicted of counts of conspiracy to import and conspire to traffic cocaine following a trial in Longueuil, Quebec, in 2020.
A portrait of Rabih Alkhalil when he appeared in court for the murder of John Raposo in 2012.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison after an extensive police operation, Operation Loquace, which had dismantled a drug trafficking network. He was part of a six-person consortium that had branches in Quebec as well as Ontario, and to a lesser extent in British Columbia.
Rabih Alkhalil was in the detention center awaiting trial for the murder of Sandip Duhre in January 2012 in Vancouver.
This detention center has already experienced several escapes.
Two detainees have already left through the main door of the center pretending to be different people.
In the first case, in 2007, a prison guard helped inmate Omid Tahvili by letting him dress up as a janitor and walk him through the four security gates. The guard, Ediwn Ticne, had been promised $50,000 in exchange for his cooperation. The fugitive was never found.
In the second case, in August 2008, inmate Dean Sykes posed as another prisoner who was due for release that day- the. He was able to come to court and walk out. It was only a few days later that he was captured, 130 kilometers away, in Hope.
With information from The Canadian Press