Police executed a search warrant at the Devils Army clubhouse in Campbell River on August 10, 2017. File photo

Island biker gang president granted bail in homicide case

Richard Ernest Alexander charged with first-degree murder in connection with 2016 killing

  • Jan. 11, 2019 1:23 p.m.

Richard Ernest Alexander, the man accused of a 2016 Vancouver Island murder, has been granted bail ahead of his trial.

Alexander is president and a founding member of the Devils Army, a Campbell River-based biker gang that has been active since 2009, according to police.

The $600,000 bail reportedly comes with a long list of conditions: he can’t have contact with former associates from the Devils Army or other outlaw biker clubs or wear any clothing or other items with their logos or insignia.

He’s also reportedly required to cover up gang-related tattoos, can’t own weapons, can’t leave B.C. without written permission from a bail supervisor and can’t travel outside of Canada.

READ MORE: Police make arrest in connection with 2016 Vancouver Island homicide

Alexander is reportedly living on the Lower Mainland and can’t visit Vancouver Island except for court hearings or for visits with his lawyer.

He’s also reportedly subject to a curfew, and visitors to his home are restricted, among a number of other conditions. Reasons for his bail reportedly can’t be released due to a publication ban.

His case is slated for a preliminary inquiry in September.

READ MORE: Sayward suspicious death upgraded to homicide

He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last October by BC’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit in connection with the March 2016 murder of 30-year-old John Dillon Brown of Saanich.

At the time of Alexander’s arrest, police said that more than 200 officers were involved in the investigation.

Brown’s body was found in a car near the one-way bridge into the North Island town of Sayward in March 2016. He was a father and a mixed-martial arts fighter who competed under the name “Tomahawk.”

READ MORE: Police raid clubhouse of Devils Army motorcycle gang

In August 2017, a major raid took place in Campbell River as police executed a search warrant at a location they described as a known clubhouse for the Devils Army.

In a media release following the raid, police described the Devils Army as an outlaw biker club “known to be a support club for the Haney Hells Angels chapter” with “five full-patch members and two strikers.”

Just Posted

Added webcams give drivers more views of Malahat and highway to Sooke

Five new DriveBC webcams installed in high traffic locations on Vancouver Island

Four Grizzlies crack NHL’s central scouting list for 2019

Newhook, Campbell, Bucheler and Berger earn NHL notice

Legend of Victoria dog ‘Cody’ lives on with successful pet drive

Charmaine’s furniture store collecting donations for Victoria Pet Food Bank

Evicted UVic student questions Saanich’s housing bylaw

Emma Edmonds had been living with six roommates, while the bylaw states you cannot exceed four

Skygazers spot mysterious flaming object during Sunday’s lunar eclipse

University of Victoria astronomer explains the “glowing object”

Royals test unbeaten streak on Hockey for Hospitals night

Marty and the Victoria Royals host Hockey for Hospitals night on Feb. 2

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

POLL: Do you support a speculation tax on vacant homes in Greater Victoria?

Homeowners have begun to receive letters asking if they should be exempt… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Most Read