The spouse of a reputed street gang leader arrested following a shooting at his Old Montreal boutique last week had a change of heart about spending another night in jail, Thursday.
Cheryl Bailey, the mother of Ducarme Joseph’s five children, was arrested last Friday and faces a charge of possessing of a prohibited weapon – a silencer that was found in the apartment she shared with Joseph.
The Crown did not object to Bailey’s release on bail on Thursday, providing she not speak to or visit Joseph while the two await their trials. But Bailey was adamant that she would not accept the bail conditions and opted to spend another night in jail in order to challenge them on Friday.
Then, it seems Bailey changed her mind.
Four hours later, when reporters were no longer in the courtroom, Bailey returned to tell the judge she would accept the conditions after all.
Bailey, 41, was released after agreeing to respect a curfew, deposit $1,000 and promise not to communicate with Joseph in any way.
'Dangerous' street-gang leader
Joseph, the owner of the Flawnego boutique, was also arrested on Friday, one day after the shooting that left two men dead and two men wounded.
On Monday, Joseph pleaded guilty to charges he breached his bail conditions by associating with individuals named by the court. He was also charged with being in possession of a prohibited weapon — the silencer that was found in his apartment.
Joseph, 41, whom police have called the most dangerous street gang member in Montreal, was ordered to remain behind bars pending his upcoming trial on assault charges related to a previous incident.
During his bail hearing on Monday, police detectives said Joseph is the leader of the 67 gang, named after a bus route in Montreal’s Saint-Michel district, and affiliated with the Crips gang, also known as the Blues.
Just 90 minutes after he fled his boutique through a back door, Joseph met with a hitman to plot revenge, the detectives said.
Investigators believe Joseph was the intended target of the attack at the Flawnego boutique. Police have speculated that the professionally executed slayings were an act of retaliation connected to the criminal underworld.
Police sources have said the incident, which created a stir in an area popular with tourists, may be related to the slaying of Nick Rizzuto Jr., who was gunned down in December. Rizzuto was the son of the reputed head of the Montreal mafia, Vito Rizzuto.
Vito Rizzuto is currently in a medium-security prison in Colorado, serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering in connection with three murders in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1981.