Arrests made in Empire Cabaret murder
CTV News has learned police have arrested two men who may soon be charged with stabbing a man to death at a local bar.
On Nov. 18, someone stabbed 24-year-old Jeff Engen inside the club, and he later died of his injuries.
CrimeWatch reporter Kelly Dehn has learned officers with the Organized Crime Unit made the arrests Wednesday morning.
The two haven't been officially charged with the murder as of Wednesday evening. Police are questioning them, and sources say police could make more arrests.
The murder happened Nov. 18 inside The Empire Cabaret on Main Street. Jeff Engen was stabbed twice. One wound punctured his heart. Engen stumbled onto the dance floor and people tried to perform CPR, but he did not survive.
During the investigation, police released a composite sketch of a suspect they said they wanted to question in the murder.
CTV's Kelly Dehn has learned police knew who the suspect was all along. They actually released a drawing that resembled a mug shot in order to get people talking about what they may have known about the murder.
Nov. 18 at The Empire Cabaret was also the last place anyone saw former Hells Angels member Billy Bowden.
Former Hells Angel arrested in Whistler
CTV News has also learned police in B.C. have arrested Bowden in Whistler.
Police have been hunting for the man ever since he skipped out on a scheduled court appearance about a month ago. Bowden was scheduled to appear in court to answer to drugs and weapons charges.
Last year he was arrested in back lane near Corydon Avenue, and charged with possessing ecstasy and a 9 mm, semi-automatic hand gun.
Another man, Ken Houston was with Bowden when the arrest was made, and faced similar charges. Houston is a former officer with the Winnipeg Police Service. He resigned in 2003. The charges against Houston were dropped due to lack of evidence.
Bowden is no stranger to trouble, from both law enforcement and from the street.
When he was a Hells Angel in March of 2005, Bowden was shot while inside the Dirty Laundry lounge on Corydon Avenue.
Bowden was hit in the thigh, before someone he was with returned fire, and hit another man in the chest. Both men were treated for the injuries in hospital and released.
Winnipeg police officers have flown out to Whistler to bring Bowden back to Winnipeg. He is expected to arrive sometime Wednesday night.
With a report from CTV's Kelly Dehn