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The mystery around the arrest of a new suspect in the Surrey Six killings of 2007 is that it happened at all.

Police are happy that Quang Vinh Le was arrested in the Philippines this week, but baffled that the 24-year-old Lower Mainland resident wandered from Vietnam, which has no extradition treaty with Canada, to the Philippines, which does.

"He may very well have let his guard down and wasn't being vigilant," said Corporal Dale Carr, spokesman for the regional Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

"It's a really good question you need to ask Mr. Le."

Mr. Le, described by police as a founder of the Red Scorpion Gang in Metro Vancouver, was arrested by members of the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation as he arrived at Manila's airport at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

In October 2007, police came upon the scene of a bloodbath in a 15th-floor Surrey apartment.

Six men - two of them innocent bystanders, the remaining four known to police with gang links - were found dead, victims of execution-style shootings that have since been linked to gang conflicts in the region.

The deaths prompted an ongoing investigation, which continues to involve about 40 officers.

Mr. Le's trip to Manila was no surprise to Canadian investigators.

"We had information we felt was good information and acted on it. It ended up being truthful," said Cpl. Carr, who would not say how police obtained the advance warning.

IHIT investigators, with Interpol help, obtained a "red notice" international request for partner law-enforcement agencies to find and arrest Mr. Le on the 2007 murders.

"The indications I have is that it was a non-eventful arrest," Cpl. Carr said.

In early April, Dennis Karbovanec pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and a count of conspiracy to commit murder in the case.

Three other men - James Bacon, Matthew Johnston and Cody Haevischer - have also been charged. Allegations against them include charges of conspiracy to kill Corey Lal, 21.

IHIT announced yesterday that the Crown has approved a charge of conspiracy to commit the murder of Mr. Lal against Mr. Le.

Mr. Le was born in Vietnam, but had become a Canadian citizen. Police are asserting that he fled Canada in early 2008 to escape culpability in the Surrey slayings.

Arrangements are being made for his return to Canada.

Once again, police said yesterday they expect to make further arrests in the case, but refused to elaborate.

"If they facilitated anything in this homicide, we will be looking to facilitate charges," said Cpl. Carr. "Anybody that had any level of involvement with the murder of these six people is being looked at by investigators."

Eileen Mohan, the mother of one of the victims, said she was pleased with yesterday's news.

Her son, Chris, was one of the two bystanders - the other was Abbotsford fireplace repairman Ed Schellenberg. Chris Mohan lived with his family across the hall from where the killings occurred and is thought to have been somehow caught up in the events while on his way out of his apartment.

"I know the investigation is still ongoing. It isn't over. We will know it's over when IHIT says it's over," she said.

"I'm hoping everyone who has a hand in Chris' death is held accountable."