Vancouver police have announced the arrest of a young man whom the department considered one of the six most dangerous gang members in Lower Mainland.
Ekene Anigbo, 22, was arrested Thursday (October 7), according to VPD.
Anigbo was wanted BC-wide for several outstanding arrest warrants for violating his probation and assault.
VPD investigators from the Forces Organized Crime Department, working under the Taskforce Threshold, located and arrested Anigbo in Richmond.
Charges were subsequently approved against Anigbo.
“At the time he was arrested, Anigbo had a rifle, a pistol and ammunition in his possession,” said Constable Tania Visintin of VPD in a media release. “Today, he has been charged with four new firearm crimes related to those weapons, and he remains in jail until his next court date.”
In May, VPD listed Anigbo as one of its “Dangerous Six”, a list of men in connection with gang activity in the region, who were not necessarily “in demand” at the time, but who police thought could soon be perpetrators of crime or targeted in a shooting. With gang conflicts at the time, VPD stated that they increased focus on these six men and others who were known participants in gang activity.
“Every day, the same gangsters go to our grocery stores, they go to our restaurants, they go to our public spaces, and they pose a significant threat and risk to the public, which is why we have taken these extraordinary measures,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Howard Chow at the time. .
It was at this time that VPD announced a new task force, called the Taskforce Threshold, to tackle the current gang situation. “The purpose of the task force is to gather resources and expertise from VPD’s investigation and operations departments for an immediate response to gang violence,” explained Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Wilson.