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Possible Ex-Boyfriend Of Slain Actress Charged With Assault

Almost a week after SFU student Maple Batalia’s murder, an ex-boyfriend is expected to be released after turning

himself in. Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal is expected to be charged with allegedly assaulting Batalia and another individual. A warrant was issued on September 29th for Dhaliwal’s arrest in connection with the assaults, he has turned himself in to police as of Monday morning.

He is facing two counts of assault on two people in connection with an altercation on September 24th.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Grainger would not say whether one of the victims was Maple Batalia, 19, who was gunned down in a Surrey SFU campus parkade on Sept. 28. Grainger would only say both victims were 19 years old at the time of the alleged assault.

The assaults allegedly took place at the Tim Hortons on King George Highway at 96th Avenue at 4:45 a.m. PT.

“My understanding is that [he] engaged in a confrontation with these two other individuals … which led to a pushing and shoving match and punches being exchanged with one of the individuals,” Grainger said.

“After that violent altercation occurred, [he] fled from the scene.”

Police were called, he said, and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for the man’s arrest.

Batalia, a model and actress who aspired to be a doctor, was shot multiple times around 1 a.m. last Wednesday in the Central City mall parkade, just metres from the entrance to the Simon Fraser University, where she took health-sciences classes. She died in hospital.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen said on Thursday that investigators were following up on information from Batalia’s family about an ex-boyfriend with whom she’d recently broken up. However, Thiessen would not say at the time whether police had interviewed him or if he was a suspect.

Batalia’s family told police last week that her ex-boyfriend had earlier confronted her at a Surrey restaurant. Her father said they broke up after she found out something bad about him, and suspected that rage or jealousy was a cause Batalia’s death.

Hundreds of people gathered in Surrey’s Holland Park Friday to remember Batalia during a candlelight vigil.

Sources: CBC News | The Province

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