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On April 25, 2002, a road repair crew found the body of an 18-year-old man in a Chatham-Kent bush lot, off of Vasik Line, near Highway 401. The victim, Riad Baroud, had been bound and restrained, stripped of his shoes and identification, and extensively beaten.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation identified “Lay” Savang Sychantha as one of the suspects in this murder case. Baroud worked at Pizza Supreme 2 for 1, at Wyandotte Street East and Pillette Road, in Windsor, Ontario, which was owned by Sychantha.
On April 22, 2002, a witness saw Baroud get into a white Toyota with Sychantha. Within the next hours, Sychantha and his accomplice would have beaten the victim to death and disposed of his body.
Sychantha is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for the murder of Baroud. On April 23, 2002, he fled to Laos, where he was born. Investigators believe that he may now have returned to Canada and living in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, under an assumed identity.
Sychantha must be considered dangerous. Anyone offering him assistance in evading arrest may be considered an accessory after the fact. Section 240 of the Criminal Code of Canada states that “every one who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”