Calvin Powery-Hooker & Nathan De Jong charged with first-degree murder in death of Hells Angel Suminder Grewal

Suminder Grewal Photo courtesy Kim Bolan / Vancouver Sun
Suminder Grewal Photo courtesy Kim Bolan / Vancouver Sun

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) tweeted late on Saturday night that first-degree murder charges have been laid against 20-year-old Calvin Powery-Hooker and 21-year-old Nathan De Jong in the shooting death of 43-year-old Hells Angel Suminder Grewal of Surrey on Friday morning. They will appear before a judge in BC Provincial Court on Tuesday.

Later, IHIT in a press release said: “The two accused men are known to police and investigators are firm in their belief that this was a targeted incident.”  

IHIT and its partners forwarded their findings in the investigation for charge approval consideration to the B.C. Prosecution Service that approved the first-degree murder charges on Saturday.  

As reported in The VOICE on Friday, August 2 at 9:20 a.m., Surrey RCMP were called to the 3000-block of 152nd Street for reports of shots fired.  Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene and found Grewal with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.        

The VOICE was the first to identify the victim on Friday morning.

According to IHIT, immediately following the shooting, members of the public phoned police with information regarding a suspect vehicle which was quickly passed on to all officers.  Frontline officers of the Surrey RCMP, members of CFSEU’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team and Police Service Dog Garner of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) responded promptly and were able to intercept the suspect vehicle and subsequently arrest two men in connection with the earlier homicide.  These two men remain in police custody. 

Sources say the vehicle in which they were fleeing got a flat tire and members of the public informed the police about it. The men tried to escape on foot but were apprehended by police.

IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang said: “Mr. Grewal was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was targeted.  IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the Lower Mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.”

Grewal (also known as “Allie”) had joined the Hardside chapter in Surrey a few years ago.

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, who had just taken over as the new mayor at the time, had expressed his concern about it, saying that Hells Angels were not welcome in Surrey.

According to one news report, Grewal was inside a Dodge Viper at the drive-thru at Southpoint Exchange Mall when two masked men fired some seven bullets into the vehicle. They blew out a passenger-side window.

Global BC reported that a man told them that victim’s car was second in line for the Starbucks drive-thru, that is shared with a financial institution.

He said: “When I looked in, the victim … was slumped over and I could see a wound from his belly.”

He said that he was on the phone to 911 and “they said go ahead and put pressure on the wounds, which I did, and while I was doing that he jerked twice, and I was pretty confident he passed then.”

“We urge anyone who had recent contact with Calvin Powery-Hooker and/or Nathan De Jong to contact IHIT as soon as possible,” said Jang on Saturday.  “IHIT is appealing to the public for dash cam video from drivers who were travelling along 152nd Street between 32nd Avenue and 96th Avenue around the time of the shooting.”   

Anyone with information, who has yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

No further information will be released as the matter is now before the court, IHIT said.