By Peter Edwards Staff Reporter
A longtime Ontario Hells Angel was shot to death execution-style in the parking garage of an apartment building on Danforth Avenue on Tuesday night.
Harry Lainas, 47, was a full member of the Hells Angels’ Simcoe South charter and formerly with the Keswick Hells Angels.
Police said they were called to 2301 Danforth Ave., near Oak Park Avenue, around 10:24 p.m. Tuesday night, where Lainas was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking garage.
Lainas was unconscious when paramedics arrived and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Shell casings were found near the body and police asked anyone with security video to call investigators. No description of a suspect was released.
Lainas narrowly escaped an attempt on his life roughly two years ago while collecting illegal gambling revenues in the same area where he was slain, a source who knew him said.
Lainas had brushes with the law that went back decades.
Lainas was named by police as being part of an organized crime ring that impersonated police while committing a string of GTA armed robberies in 2008.
That nine-month operation, called Project Betrayal, began after witnesses called 911 to report the September 2007 robbery of cash from two Montreal drug dealers at a Richmond Hill hotel.
Project Betrayal ended with 198 criminal charges laid against 25 people after a crime spree across the regions of York, Peel, Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe.
Project Betrayal investigators said they intercepted 50,000 phone conversations and seized body armour marked “Police,” police-style stun guns, handcuffs, illegal handguns, including one with a silencer, $140,000 in stolen lawn mowers, $1.6 million in stolen power tools, 300 marijuana plants, police-style radios, a money-counting machine, $108,000 in cash, plus 15 stolen luxury vehicles.
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