High-profile Hells Angel found dead under Golden Ears bridge

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(video) --- Chad Wilson was a high-profile and popular member of the Hells Angels and his murder is expected to increase the volatility in the Lower Mainland gang landscape.

A full-patch Hells Angel with the Hardside Chapter was found murdered under the Golden Ears Bridge on Sunday.

Chad Wilson, a former Hells Angel in San Diego, then Haney, joined the biker gang’s newest chapter when it formed last year.

Several of his friends had reported him missing the night before his body was found in the 20000-block of Wharf Street, Postmedia has learned.

Firefighters were first called to the scene about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. They immediately called in the Mounties when they found Wilson’s body.

Friends of Wilson’s, wearing their death-head patched Hells Angels vests, soon showed up at the scene.

The body of a Hells Angel member was found underneath the Golden Ears Bridge in Maple Ridge. Arlen Redekop / PNG

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is working with Ridge Meadows RCMP on the case.

IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang confirmed Tuesday that the dead man was in fact Wilson – something Postmedia revealed Monday.

He said the 43-year-old “was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was not random.”

And he said IHIT will be working with various gang enforcement units throughout the region “that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.”

Wilson was a high-profile and popular member of the Hells Angels and his murder is expected to increase the volatility in the Lower Mainland gang landscape.

“While the motive for Mr. Wilson’s murder has not been confirmed, this is yet another reminder of the significant dangers posed to one’s life by being part of a criminal organization,” Jang said.

Wilson was known to police in several parts of the world.

In 2013, Wilson was charged in Spain with B.C. Hells Angel Jason Arkinstall and two associates after police there seized half a tonne of cocaine from a sailboat that had arrived from Colombia.

The Spanish government said one of the B.C. bikers was on the vessel, while the others were waiting in Spain. They were arrested in a restaurant in Pontevedra, a port in the northwest of Spain.

Officials said the drug conspiracy was linked to a member of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels — the same chapter that Wilson had joined as a prospect on Jan. 28, 2005.

Chad Wilson was being remembered by fellow bikers.

Wilson became a full-patch Hells Angel a year later on Jan. 28, 2006. Within a few months, he was in a jail cell in South Dakota, charged along with fellow HA member John Midmore with attempted murder for an Aug. 8, 2006 gunfight with members of the rival Outlaws biker gang.

Several bikers and passersby were struck. One Outlaw was paralyzed by Wilson.

But both he and Midmore claimed self-defence and were later acquitted.

Wilson, however, pleaded guilty in April 2009 to being an alien in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to four years in jail.

In his letter to the judge, Wilson claimed that he would have been killed if he had not shot at the Outlaws when he did.

“To have to go through this nightmare I have been through for the past 983 days … to have people think I am somehow at fault for the extreme injuries that not just Mr. Neale, but others suffered as well — psychological and physical — that is just outright wrong to do to me,” Wilson complained. “Don’t think for one second that I don’t live with the nightmare in my head.”

He said he had replayed the events that led to the shootout “over and over again in my head.”

“I come up with the same answer every time. If I did not have a gun that day — Aug. 8, 2006 — and I did not shoot back, I would be DEAD!!” he said. “This situation was 100% out of my control. I have the right to defend myself. I want to go home. I have everything great waiting for me, my drilling job, my kids, my wife and my dog and the number one thing, my LIFE!!”

He said being in jail is “true hell that I’ve been through.”

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