2 charged in fatal Yaletown massage parlour stabbing
Vancouver police say two men have been charged in the stabbing death of a Yaletown massage parlour operator.
Jeffrey Qi Feng Bian was found bleeding from stab wounds in an 18th-floor Yaletown condominium on June 11. He died later in hospital.
On Monday, police announced they have arrested and charged Justin Lam, 20, of Vancouver with first-degree murder, and Derick Chin Wai Wong, 20, also of Vancouver, with manslaughter.
Both men were also charged with one count each of unlawful confinement, use of an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence of robbery, and robbery.
Police said the men were trying to rob an illegal massage parlour Bian was operating in the suite in the building at 1067 Marinaside Cres. at the time of the stabbing.
With the help of video footage and the co-operation of two women found in the suite when Bian was discovered, it took police eight days to make the arrests.
Bian had been renting the suite for five months, said Vancouver police Supt. Rob Rothwell, and investigators believe several other massage parlours may also have been targeted in a string of related robberies.
"We believe there may be some organized crime aspect to it, which is still being investigated and explored, but it's not attributed to any specific gang," said Rothwell.
"Our investigators are asking for the public's assistance in this matter, in that we have some concern other similar illegitimate massage parlours or brothels may have been targeted, again, in the belief that those individuals would be reluctant to come forward to police," he said.
Lam and Wong are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.