By Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review and Erin Cardone/Black Press
The man arrested in connection with the death of Revelstoke youth Daniel Jordan Levesque has a sketchy history that includes allegations of fraud throughout western Canada.
Joshua Tyler Bredo was arrested in connection with the death of Levesque following an altercation in an upscale Victoria condo on Aug. 3.
Bredo, 26, of Victoria, appeared at a telebail hearing on Thursday, Aug 4. Police forwarded a murder charge against Bredo, but Crown counsel has yet to approve that charge.
At about 5 p.m. on Aug. 3, someone from the Corazon apartment building at 732 Cormorant St. called 911. Police and paramedics attended the scene. Levesque and Bredo were both rushed to Victoria General Hospital with unknown wounds, where Levesque, 20, later died from his injuries.
The incident was initially reported as a double-stabbing but is now being considered an altercation. The cause of Levesque’s death has not been determined but it is still being investigated as a homicide, said Const. Mike Russell of the Victoria Police.
Russell called the scene “chaotic” when officers arrived. Initially, police had difficulties gaining access to the building, due to its security system.
“It was frustrating when we first got there, but it didn’t take very long for us to get into the building,” he said.
Eventually, a resident leaving the building let officers inside.
When they arrived at the suite, both men were bleeding. Levesque was in critical condition; he later died at hospital. Bredo was in serious condition, but was conscious. He was released from hospital later Wednesday night and was transferred directly to police custody.
Neither man had a history of run-ins with Victoria police.
Russell said, “We don’t have any indication of motive right now. Our officers are waiting to interview this male and see where the investigation goes from there.”
Russell couldn’t confirm whether weapons were found in the suite, or what might have been used in the attack.
Bredo has a sketchy history that involves several allegations of fraud. In 2008, the CBC reported that Bredo – going by the name of Joshua Baba – offered to set up a foundation in Prince George to honour a soldier who died in Afghanistan. He offered to put up the first $10,000 with his own money but he never delivered on the promise, leaving the father of the deceased soldier stuck with several outstanding bills and angry, ashamed and humiliated, the CBC wrote.
He next surfaced in Calgary in 2008, where he offered to set up a campaign to fight crime there, the CBC reported. Once again, he offered to put $10,000 of his own money for the campaign.
In 2009, Bredo was briefly the campaign manager for Calgary mayoral candidate George Dadamo but was fired when Dadamo learned of his history. He was also briefly listed as the communications director for the then fledgling Wild Rose Alliance Party in Alberta.
A year later, under the name Joshua Chartier, he offered to help Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks secure the Conservative party riding nomination. He soon split after learning Wilks was a former RCMP officer and left Wilks with the bill for some work he had arranged.
He also claimed to be putting on two events for the City of Cranbrook, which led the city to send out warnings to residents warning of the scam.
“I know he came off as someone that potentially had the ability of making things happen but the fact of the matter is I don’t think he could make much happen,” Wilks told the Times Review.