SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The man wanted in the 2017 murder of Surrey’s Nicholas Khabra has been arrested in California, police say.
At a news conference in Surrey on Monday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Brandon Teixeira was located and arrested in Oroville, California on Dec. 1.
Teixeira, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Khabra in Surrey on Oct. 23, 2017. A woman who was with Khabra at the time was also injured in the attack.
Shortly after the shooting, police recovered a vehicle that was set on fire in Langley.
— Butte County Sheriff (@ButteSheriff) December 2, 2019
Police launched a manhunt that crossed provincial lines, with a reward of $55,000 for information leading to his arrest. In April, officers said he was believed to be in Alberta, possibly in Calgary or Edmonton.
Police said at the time that Teixeira was extremely violent and a danger to the public.
U.S. officers assisted with Sunday’s arrest in the northern California town, which has a population of just 20,000 people. The Butte County Sheriff’s office said a SWAT team, U.S. Marshals and local officers descended on a property in Oroville on Sunday morning.
They found Teixeira and another man, Jeff Guerrier of New York, but Teixeira tried to escape in a car, ramming an armoured police vehicle in the process.
Both men were arrested and police found 26 pounds of heroin, over 1,000 OxyContin and Percocet pills, and about 40 pounds of cannabis on the property.
Along with drug offenses, Guerrier was charged for harbouring and concealing a wanted felon.
Police did not say how Teixeria was tracked down.