Car theft network: three Molotov cocktails after gunshots in Laval

Targeted twice by gunfire last February, a man whom police link to the largest car theft network in the city saw his restaurant targeted by incendiary objects Wednesday morning in Laval.

According to our information, the Laval Police Department (SPL) arrested two men suspected of being linked to arson attacks that occurred in the early morning in commercial buildings near Highway 13.

Around 2 a.m. on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, three Molotov cocktails were thrown in front of adjacent businesses, including the Antika Resto-Lounge restaurant.

This establishment belongs to Ali Chaaban, 35, whom the police consider to be an important member of a vast international network of theft and export of parts and luxury vehicles.

The two neighboring businesses, a Mondou pet supply store and a Second Cup Coffee Co. restaurant, were also targeted with incendiary objects. The flames were quickly brought under control.

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Riddled with bullets

The identities of the two individuals arrested Wednesday are still unknown. The latter were still being encountered by the police at the time of writing these lines. One of them is said to be a minor.

On February 9, Chaaban’s luxury Mercedes SUV was riddled with a dozen gunshots in Laval. Chaaban miraculously survived and escaped with minor injuries to his arm.

Chabaan was the victim of an attempted murder on February 9, and escaped with an arm injury

Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland

The following week, at least three high caliber bullet holes pierced the front door of the Antika Resto-Lounge. A 27-year-old man, Julien Terron Martin, was arrested. He was charged with discharging a firearm and mischief.

ntika Resto-Lounge

The front door of the Antika Resto-Lounge was smashed by at least three gunshots in February 2024.


The company Cube express, owned by Chaaban and located in the Lachine borough of Montreal, is of interest to police intelligence services as part of investigations into car thefts.

It is part of a list of around ten establishments, including garages, warehouses and import-export companies, which would be used by a vehicle theft and export network, according to police documents consulted. by our Investigation Office.

– With the collaboration of Maxime Deland

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