Kingston City Police have arrested one of Quebec’s top 10 most wanted criminals.
Fugitive Idir Benkhodja – on the loose since last June – was pulled over by police with another man in a routine traffic stop at 7:15 pm on Brock Street.
Police ran an identity check and discovered that one of the occupants – suspected to be Benkhodja – was wanted in Quebec in connecting with a shooting outside a nightclub in in Brossard, a south-shore suburb of Montreal, in June 2009.
In that 3:30 a.m incident, a 21-year-old woman was struck in the jaw by a bullet. The suspect then fled the scene in a black Chevrolet Avalanche accompanied by another individual.
Benkhodja now faces one charge of aggravated assault and a second of discharging a firearm with an intent to wound in connection with that incident.
He goes by the nicknames “Smurf” and “Taliban,” according to Lobgueuil police Constable Mark David, and is a 26-year-old Canadian citizen of Algerian origin.
The 10-most-wanted list from the Sûrete du Quebec – currently occupied by all men – does not rank the most sought criminals in any particular order.
Benkhodja’s most wanted web poster says he has been implicated in cases involving the harassment, obstruction and intimidation of Montreal police officers. Only one of those cases led to charges.