IHIT arrests five in relation to two murders

Cold case team secures charges against people believed responsible for the killing of two Surrey men, one in 2006 and another in 2009

IHIT arrests five in relation to two murders

Homicide detectives have arrested five people who are believed to be responsible for two separate murders more than five years ago.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Monday that it had secured arrests in two separate cold cases.

The first homicide occurred on Oct. 25, 2006 when David Mitchell was severely beaten in a residence in the 11000-block of Ravine Road in North Surrey.

He was taken to hospital where he died.

IHIT has arrested four people in relation to that homicide.

Khalid Damien Arnaout, 35, has been charged with second-degree murder, while three others have been charged with manslaughter and accessory after the fact. They include: Charles Vincent Chambers, 34, Michael Ludwig Yost, 32, and Kevin Alexander Pigott.

IHIT has also arrested a man in relation to a murder that took place two-and-a-half years later.

On Feb. 2, 2009, Mounties responded to a complaint of shots fired from the second floor of an apartment building in the 13300-block of 105A Avenue.

They found 25-year-old James Ward Erickson dead from gunshot wounds.

IHIT has charged David Clifford Sadler, 29, with first-degree murder.

IHIT’s Cold Case Team was formed in 2012.  Since its inception the team has secured charges in relation to six different investigations.

Surrey Now Leader