A West Island resident with a long criminal record is among three Montreal-area men named as suspects this week in the recent murder of a Ontario-based Hells Angel who was killed in Mississauga.
Marckens Vilme, 28, of the Pierrefonds borough, was arrested Wednesday along with Brandon Reyes, 24. After being transported to Toronto, Vilme was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, a 32-year-old Hells Angel who was with the gang’s Niagara chapter. Initially, the Peel Regional police identified Reyes as Jonathan Martinez-Reyes, but it appears he gave them a false name at the time of his arrest. Brandon Reyes is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
According to a statement issued by the Peel Regional Police, Deabaitua-Schulde was shot near a commercial plaza in Mississauga on Monday at 11:18 a.m. “and later succumbed to his injuries.” The release also noted the Montreal police “is supporting us in our investigation.”
In 2014, Reyes was among four men arrested as suspects in a series of armed robberies carried out in Montreal. Three years later, Reyes pleaded guilty to several charges in the case. On June 13, 2017, he was sentenced to an overall six-year prison term but, with time served factored into the sentence, he was left with only 14 months.
During a news conference this week, the Peel Regional police said both Vilme and Reyes “are believed to be members of organized crime.” According to La Presse, Vilme has had past ties to the Ruff Ryders, a street gang based in the West Island that has operated with support from the Hells Angels for years.
In 2010, Vilme, a former star football player as a young teenager, was charged with an attempted murder investigated by Montreal police and, while he was under arrest, they searched a home in Vaudreuil-Dorion while investigators were trying to track down an Uzi-style automatic firearm. The attempted murder charge was dropped on Sept. 3, 2010.
In June 2011, Vilme pleaded guilty to a long series of charges, including cocaine trafficking and several counts related to firearms, and was sentenced to a 21-month prison term.
He was out on parole on that sentence when, on Nov. 23, 2012, he was pulled over by police who noticed a car he was in, along with two other people, was driving erratically in St-Zotique. While police officers dealt with the two other men, Vilme jumped behind the wheel of the car and drove off. He lost control of it as police officers continued the pursuit the vehicle crashed. During the pursuit police noticed Vilme had tossed a bag out of the car. They recovered the bag with a loaded handgun inside.
Vilme pleaded guilty in that case as well and was sentenced to an overall 40-month prison term.
At the time of his arrest on Wednesday, Vilme was on probation as part of a sentence he received, on Nov. 28, for having threatened a man, in Montreal on July 7, 2018. He also has an assault case pending at the Montreal courthouse.
The Peel Regional police have also issued a Canada Wide Warrant for Joseph Pallotta, a 38-year-old Montreal resident also accused of first-degree murder in the biker’s death. Pallotta is described as, 5-foot-10, 245 pounds; he has a heavy build, brown eyes, and brown graying hair.
“Since Joseph Pallotta is considered armed and dangerous do not approach him. If you see him call 911 immediately,” the Peel Regional police stated in the release.