A new incident earlier this week in Hamilton, a suburb of Toronto, reinforces the hypothesis of some collaboration between Ontario and Quebec mafia clans.
At approximately 4:30 pm Monday, a Mercedes carrying three individuals circulated on St. Clair Boulevard, in front of Pat Musitano's residence, a prominent Ontario Mafia clan leader - formerly linked to the Sicilians - who escaped a spectacular murder attempt last April.
Presumably worried about the passing of this suspicious vehicle, a 76-year-old man, who was in a Buick car parked in the entrance to Mr. Musitano's residence, pressed the accelerator and hit.
As a result of the impact, the three occupants of the Mercedes, one of whom was wearing a mask, fled on foot while removing clothes, leaving their vehicle behind. The septuagenarian who was driving the Buick was slightly injured. He refused to collaborate with the investigators.
Later, an individual describing himself as the owner of the Mercedes introduced himself to the police. He was arrested and charged with conspiracy for murder and leaving the scene of an accident.
We do not know for the moment the identity of the man who is 25 years old, lives in the Saint-Hubert borough in Longueuil and has no criminal record in Quebec.
The young man was not very cooperative and was released under conditions, pending further proceedings. It has also been established that the Mercedes vehicle comes from the Saint-Hubert borough.
The Hamilton police are investigating this case, which appears to show links or, at the very least, a new exchange of services between criminal groups in Ontario and Quebec.
Québec labor force
This is at least the fourth event in two years in which an Ontario criminal is targeted and where the suspects have a connection with Quebec.
The police observed suspects aboard a car registered in Quebec before Angelo Musitano, brother of Pat, was murdered on May 2, 2017.
On January 30, the nephew of former Montreal Mafia boss Paolo Violi, Cece Luppino, was murdered at his home in Hamilton by a suspect whom the police believe to be a Quebecker.
In recent months, four Montrealers have been arrested and charged with the murder of Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, a 32-year-old Hells Angel who was killed on March 11 when he was leaving a Mississauga training room.
A source told La Presse that the use of Quebeckers for settling accounts in Ontario could mean a rapprochement between criminal groups of the two provinces and aim to confuse the tracks by using the labor of a province. other province.
Several murders or attempted murders have occurred recently in organized crime in Ontario. Sources mention a power struggle between mafia clans and a conflict in the sports betting world.
Towards new tensions?
The large-scale Sindicato operation last week by York police against the Figliomeni clan, one of the largest in Ontario, could cause further tension.
Hamilton police say the three black suspects on board the Mercedes were hit in front of Pat Musitano's residence on Monday, aged between 25 and 30 years. Two of them are about 6 feet tall and are described as having an athletic body.