Homicide detectives just announced yesterday that the victim of Sunday’s slaying in Langley is high-ranking Hells Angel Bob Green of the Nomads chapter.Police were called to the 23700-block of 72 Avenue just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
They found Green — a North Burnaby resident — dead from “injuries consistent with foul play,” Cpl. Meghan Foster, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said.
Sources say he was shot.
“Mr. Green was a well-established member of an organized crime group, and it is believed that his homicide was not random. Currently, investigators are encouraging witnesses that fled the scene to step forward,” Foster said.
“While the motive for this homicide hasn’t been confirmed, the risk associated with this lifestyle is one that remains consistent. IHIT is looking to identify the individuals who fled the scene as they may have imperative information, but also to ensure their safety isn’t compromised.”
Foster wouldn’t say if police have a suspect in the murder.
“He was a ruthless guy in the underworld and he would exact territorial presence with violence and he would broker underworld deals over the years and always maintain that profile,” the retired cop said.
But he was also generally friendly and polite in his interactions with police.
“He was always out on the town and maintained a very high-profile. And for the most part, he was friendly to deal with, unless he got pissed,” he said.
Green loved to party and to show up at big events — like UFC matches and Canucks games.
“He loved going out. And loved his poker games. Loved his drinking and carousing. He is not reclusive. He is very engaging. A crazy hockey fan,” the retired officer said.
Postmedia has learned that Green was shot at a party — possibly after some kind of argument and that a suspect has contacted police. The suspect may have connections to the 856 gang- named after a phone prefix in Langley.
Green is close to members of the gang.
Green, who is married and has children, has lived for years near fellow Nomads in the Capitol Hill area of Burnaby, in a house assessed at $1.3 million.
A second former law enforcement officer said the murder “will cause quite a stir. It’s not that often that a Hells Angel in this province gets murdered.”
“They do go missing, and they occasionally get killed, but it is rare.”
Green got to know the Hells Angels who owned the Drake when he worked there. He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the mid-1990s, after being a member of a feeder club called the East Enders.
“He was a member of the original East Enders. They formed that little support club down on the Burnaby flats,” the second former cop said.
From the “puppet club,” Green joined the East End Hells Angels, as a hang-around and then a prospect before becoming a full-fledged member and getting his death-head patched vest in the mid-1990s.
Several years later, Green split off with other East End chapter members to form the Nomads chapter as the B.C. Hells Angels extended their reach in the province.