The man suspected in the 1999 shooting death of a Vancouver teen had help from another man who witnessed the slaying, according to extradition documents obtained by CBC News.

Vancouver police announced Tuesday the arrest in Los Angeles of B.C. native Ninderjit Singh for the killing of 18-year-old Poonam Randhawa in Vancouver in January 1999.

A deposition filed Wednesday by a California assistant U.S. attorney alleges that Singh was driving with a friend when he spotted Randhawa and asked the young woman to get in the back of their car with him.

As the friend drove, Singh shot Randhawa in the head dumping her body on the street near Granville Street and 47th Avenue West, where a woman discovered her body minutes later, the deposition claims.

The deposition was purportedly based on information supplied by a Vancouver police investigator.

The document also said the same friend allegedly drove to Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle with Singh and another associate, who gave him money to buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles.

Search found weapons

The deposition said a search of Singh's residence in Los Angeles last week turned up a shotgun, a rifle and two handguns — one of which was allegedly stolen.

The documents also revealed that Singh is also wanted in connection with a separate attempted murder allegation in Vancouver in 1997 in which a man was shot in the leg outside a movie theatre.


Ninderjit Singh, left, in 2011 and right, in 1999. (Santa Monica PD)

Police in Los Angeles arrested Singh, 33, last Friday after confirming his real identity with fingerprints obtained after a traffic stop.

Vancouver police had been pursuing Singh — who allegedly had assumed a false identity — since the killing of Randhawa nearly capturing him on a few occasions, police said Tuesday.

Without providing any details, Vancouver police also alleged Tuesday that Singh's  family — who live in both Canada and the U.S. — helped him "evade justice."

Canadian authorities will apply for the extradition of Singh, who remains in custody in Los Angeles.

With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor