Gridley man accused of aiding Canadian fugitive

In this undated photo released by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is Sam Koh.

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Gridley man had been hiding one of British Columbia’s most wanted fugitives in a 2008 killing prior to his violent arrest, authorities said Wednesday.

Butte County sheriff’s deputies said Sam Koh, 40, harbored Brandon Teixeira, 28, in the days before the Canadian man rammed his SUV into a sheriff’s armored van while trying to escape earlier this month.

Canadian police had described Teixeira as extremely violent and had offered a $55,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Sheriff’s officials said the latest arrest came after they served search warrants at Koh’s two residences and found multiple firearms, marijuana, and signs of illegal marijuana cultivation and sales.

Koh pleaded not guilty Wednesday to harboring Teixeira, illegally growing marijuana, possessing marijuana for sale and using his residences to illegally sell narcotics and marijuana.

His attorney, Stephana Femino, did not immediately return telephone and email messages seeking comment.

Deputies had previously arrested a New York man at the same time as Teixeira on suspicion of harboring a wanted felon and possessing drugs for sale.

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