A man convicted of first-degree murder for a rash shooting on a crowded restaurant patio in Little Italy more than a decade ago has escaped from a British Columbia prison.
Rabih (Robby) Alkhalil, 35, was one of four men convicted in the death of Johnny Raposo on June 18, 2012, at the Sicilian Sidewalk Café on College Street.
A man dressed as a construction worker shot Raposo four times in the head at point-blank range as soccer fans gathered on the patio to watch a Euro Cup game.
It was later revealed in court that the shooter, Dean Wiwchar, was a paid hitman who was hired by the three other accused parties – Alkhalil, Nicola Nero and Martino Caputo – to carry out the killing as part of a feud with roots in the criminal underworld.
Alkhalil was thelast of the four suspects arrested in the killing and had to be extradited from Greece.
All four men were ultimately sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years in 2017.
RCMP in British Columbia say that they believe Alkhalil left the North Fraser Pre-Trial Center in a white Ford Econoline van with “two others who were posing or employed as contractors” on Thursday night.
“All the suspects were wearing high-visibility vests, but the public can expect that they have changed their clothes,” Mounties said Friday.
It is not clear where he went next.
“Alkhalil is considered dangerous, so if you see Alkhalil, police ask that you not approach him and instead call 911 immediately,” an RCMP news release states.
The RCMP say that Alkhalil was last seen wearing a black jump suit and a high visibility vest.
Police say they are preparing an Interpol Red Notice for all three people.