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  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY PD

SEX OFFENDER RELEASED TO SURREY

Earon Giles out from a twenty-two year jail term     

CPL ELENOR STURKO

urrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Earon Wayne Giles was released from prison on May 24, 2019, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

In 1997 Earon Giles received a twenty-two-year sentence after being convicted of 6 counts of Break and Enter and Sexual Assault committed against women in the City of Surrey.

Earon Giles has been deemed a high risk to re-offend and is currently subject to a number of court ordered conditions, including, in part,

1. Keep the peace and be of good behaviour. 2. You shall remain within the Province of British Columbia unless prior written permission to go outside the Province is obtained from the Court.

3. You shall have no contact, direct or indirect, with any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

4. You shall not attend within 300 metres of any known residence, place of employment or educational facility of any of the victims of the offences for which you have been convicted or any known members of their immediate families.

5. You shall not consume or possess alcohol or any controlled substances as listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act excluding prescription medication prescribed to you by a licensed physician or dentist and you can only consume prescribed medication in the dosage prescribed by the doctor or dentist.

6. You shall not enter any bar, tavern, liquor store, beer and/or wine store, or business whose primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

7. You shall not possess, own or carry any weapon, including but not limited to any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, and any related authorizations, licenses and registration certificates.

8. For the duration of this order, you must obey a curfew by being inside your residence between the hours of 10PM and 6AM, each day.

9. You shall not possess any tool or device that can be used for the purpose of restraint, including but is not limited to: duct tape, straps, rope, or wire unless specifically needed for onsite employment which is approved of by your bail supervisor.

10. You must not possess any tools or instruments capable of use from criminal activity, including: pry bars, screw drivers, bump keys, bolt cutters, pliers, blow torches, grinders, night vision goggles, slim jims, lock picks except while on your property and for the purpose of employment and then only when immediately engaged in work or travelling to or from your place of employment.

If you see any suspicious behaviour including, but not limited to a breach of these conditions, do not approach Mr. GILES, but contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

SOVIET-MADE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE SEIZED

Illegal driver snared in Chilliwack     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n May 22, 2019, plain clothes officers in the Abbotsford Police Department Crime Reduction Unit observed a vehicle being operated by a male who was known to be a prohibited driver. Due to the subject’s previous dangerous driving behavior, officers surveilled the vehicle until it stopped in a Chilliwack parking lot, and the occupant, 39-year-old Tyler HOULE exited. 

 

With the assistance of the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service Unit, Mr. HOULE was arrested without incident on outstanding warrants.  A search of his vehicle yielded a loaded and unregistered SKS rifle. Police continue this investigation.

 

HOULE is facing additional charges of prohibited driving, and of occupying a vehicle knowing a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm or non-restricted firearm was contained inside, contrary to Section 94(1) of the Criminal Code.  HOULE was released subject to several court conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17, 2019.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN PD

MAN CAUGHT TWICE FOR DUI IN SAME DAY

Second time and his dad's car was impounded for 30 days     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

North Vancouver driver was arrested yesterday for impaired driving, a mere 3 hours after he was suspended for the same thing.

On Thursday, May 23, at 12:25 PM, North Vancouver RCMP received a report from a cyclist who saw an erratic driver crash into a parked car in the area of Capilano Rd. and Montroyal Blvd. Frontline officers attended and investigated the caused of the crash. The driver, a man in his 30’s, was uninjured, but evidence at the scene prompted officers to complete a thorough assessment of the driver’s alcohol consumption.

After the driver failed a breath test using a roadside screening device, officers seized his driver’s license and prohibited him from driving for 90 days. The vehicle, which belongs to his father, was also seized and will be impounded for 30 days. In order to make sure the man returned home safely, officers dropped him off at his house.

In an episode of déjà vu, just 3 hours later, around 3:30 PM, police received another report of an erratic driver who almost hit a cyclist, then crashed into a parked car on Lonsdale Ave. The same officer attended the scene and found the same man behind the wheel. This time the man was driving his mother’s car. It appeared he had continued drinking after his last accident, and, after another assessment of his alcohol consumption, officers arrested him for impaired driving. His mom’s car was impounded for 7 days.

This guy should probably never go to Vegas, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. It’s unbelievable. And sure, there is something comical about it but that humour has to pass quickly. He could have killed someone. Many other drunk drivers have. We need to keep these people off the road, and that's what we try to do every day.

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ARSON SUSPECTED IN HOUSE FIRE

Van used to ignite house     

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Emergency Services were called to a residence in the 2200-block of Bedford Pl for a vehicle on fire. Upon arrival, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service located a fully-engulfed minivan near the residence. Fire crews found smoke in the garage and attic areas of the home, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residence. 

 

Police investigators have learned that at approximately 3:15 am, the minivan was backed into the residence’s driveway by an unknown man.  An accelerant was thrown into the van, and lit on fire. A male suspect, wearing a hoodie, jeans and dark shoes, was seeing running from the driveway. 

 

At the time of this fire, the residence was occupied by four adults and a child. Luckily, all were able to exit the home.  All were taken by BC Ambulance Service to hospital for smoke inhalation, and one male was treated for a burn to his hand.

 

Abbotsford Major Crime Detectives have assumed this investigation.  At this time, investigators are unsure as to the motive. 

 

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HOMELESS CAMP DEATH

Fire in shed off of 97A     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is currently investigating a fire and the discovery of a deceased person in the area of 97A Avenue and 137A Street. 

 

On May 24, 2019 at approximately 2:30 am, Surrey Fire Services requested the assistance of Surrey RCMP in response to a fire in a shed at a homeless camp located at 97A Avenue and 137A Street. After the fire was extinguished, Surrey Fire Services personnel discovered a deceased person inside the shed. 

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of the investigation and will be working with Surrey Fire Services to determine the cause of the fire, as well as the BC Coroner Service to identify the deceased person.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS TAKE DOWN DRUG NETWORK

Eight facing chrges     

CPL ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is advising the public of the successful conclusion of a lengthy drug investigation linked to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

Between April and August of 2018, the Surrey RCMP Drug Section, with assistance from Surrey’s Serious Crime Section and the Vancouver Police Department, conducted an investigation into individuals allegedly responsible for a prolific drug trafficking network in Surrey and Langley.

On May 8, 2019, after consultation with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, 51 charges were laid against eight individuals for Trafficking and Possession for the purpose of trafficking in fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Those charged are:

• Jeffrey Donald Lessard, 31 years old from Coquitlam
• Janet Lynn Horvath 53 years old from Langley
• Jonathon Joseph Thomas, 37 years old from Langley
• Garrnett Thadeous Flannigan, 35 years old from Langley
• Joshua James Pellerin, 33 years old of No Fixed Address
• David John Hudon, 27 years old from Surrey
• 18-year-old female from Delta (who was a youth at the time of the alleged offence)
• 17-year-old male youth from Surrey

Lessard is also facing eight additional charges for Trafficking and Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine from an unrelated investigation.

“Drug trafficking remains a significant contributing factor in gang related violence across the Lower Mainland,” said Surrey RCMP Pro-active Enforcement Officer Inspector Mike Hall “Together with our partners, we will continue to strategically target individuals and networks connected to the illicit drug trade.”

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

SKIER HIT IN THE HEAD WITH POLE

Mounties seek assaulter     

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are appealing to the public for more information in their investigation of a skiing injury to a youth.

On March 30, 2019 just before 7PM, a 13-year-old was skiing with a friend on Grouse Mountain. He was on the bottom third of The Cut, to the left of the Screaming Eagle Chairlift. Skiers on the chairlift would have seen him below and to the right. The youth swerved to avoid another skier, believed to be an adult male of unknown age.

As he did so, the male struck the youth with his ski pole. Police have been not been able to gather enough evidence to determine whether this was intentional or accidental. The adult skier was described only as wearing a yellow ski jacket. The youth was wearing tan/brown ski pants, a white Adidas hoodie with black logo on the front, and green and black ski boots.

The tip of the adult’s ski pole struck the youth on his temporal bone and punctured his skull by approximately 3cm. The youth did not fall down and he was unaware of his injury until the bottom of the run, where an unidentified woman noticed and offered help. We would like to speak with the woman who helped him.

The youth was picked up by his parents. He received stitches for the small laceration, but his symptoms continued to worsen, and as a result he was brought Children’s Hospital.

With the assistance of the youth’s parents, we are making a renewed appeal to the public for information about this incident (previous appeal here). We have exhausted all available investigational avenues, and in order to move forward with the investigation, we need more information from witnesses. We want to speak with the kind woman who helped the young man. We want to speak with anyone who saw what happened. We also are asking the skier who was involved in this incident to do the right thing and come forward. Lastly, we are asking anyone who knows the adult skier involved, to please contact us.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Yushi Ebisawa by phone at 604-969-7345, or by email at yushi.ebisawa@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

PERVERT SOUGHT

Police look for suspect, offer tips    

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

orth Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about a male who exposed his genitals to a young female.

On May 15, 2019, at 3:40 PM, a lone man driving a silver SUV approached a 13-year-old female in the 200 block of 27th Ave. West, in North Vancouver. The man called her over on the pretence of asking for directions. When she approached, he made a lewd comment and exposed his genitals. The young female ran away and was not physically harmed.

The man is described as:

• Caucasian male
• 40-50 years old
• Slight accent of unknown origin
• Balding with brown hair on the sides
• Black sunglasses
• Double chin
• Wearing a blue and white zippered sweater

A police sketch artist has completed a composite drawing of the suspect in the hope that someone will recognize him and contact police. "We want parents and children to take extra precautions until we can track this man down," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, Media Spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "It’s a reminder for parents to talk with their kids about how to increase their safety in public."

This incident bears a resemblance to similar reports on the North Shore in the past year. While police are continuing to investigate the possibility that these incidents are linked, they are currently treating them as separate.

Anyone with information about this crime, or who recognizes the suspect, is asked to call Cst. Aaron Land at 604-969-7510

Here are several tips to get the conversation about safety started with your kids:

Everyday Basics:

• Know your home address and landline phone number
• Know how to contact your parents on their cell phones or at work
• Know how and when to call 9-1-1 in an emergency from a landline phone and from a cell phone
• Establish a secret word for your family. This should be used in emergencies to identify a ‘safe person’ other than their parent or caregiver
• Play what if games with younger children to reinforce these safety messages

In the Community:

• If possible, give your child a cell phone when they are away from home
• Children and teens should play and walk to places with a buddy. If they become separated or lost, they should tell someone with a nametag (for e.g. a cashier or security guard) immediately. If there is no one with a nametag, preferably, they should tell a female
• Avoid long conversations with strangers. If someone you do not know asks you personal questions, such as: "Where do you live?" DO NOT answer! Run away or leave the situation immediately
• It’s okay to say NO to adults who ask you to do something for them, such as: help them find a lost pet, join them in an activity or game, or give them directions
• Never walk with or accept a ride, money or gifts from strangers or even someone you may know, without checking with your parents. Keep a safe distance (two arm lengths) from strangers and cars that approach you
• If a person tries to grab you - scream loudly, make a lot of noise, and try to create a disturbance (e.g. knock things over, scatter belongings, kick wildly). Shout, "Help, this person is not my parent!" Run to a safe location like an open store
• If a vehicle is involved, try to take notes describing the suspicious vehicle, license plate, and the stranger’s description. Call 9-1-1 for help

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

STAMP COLLECTION FOUND

Police look for rightful owner after bags of postage stamps    

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

Update:

The Abbotsford Police Department is pleased to advise that the stamp collection found earlier this week by a Good Samaritan has been returned to its rightful owner – the Abbotsford chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. This stamp collection had been donated to the fraternal society by a stamp collector, and was stolen from a Masonic Hall last Thursday during a meeting.  

 

These donated stamps had been prepared for sale to collectors, with the proceeds being used to purchase materials to make dressings for cancer patients.  Each month, the women of the Order of the Eastern Star meet and hand-make an average of 18 dozen dressings, which are then sent to the BC Cancer Agency for distribution to cancer patients, free of charge.

 

We extend out thanks to the community for spreading the word about these stolen stamps. We are so pleased to be able to return the collection to this worthwhile cause!

 

Good Samaritan located a large collection of cancelled stamps that were hidden away in a bush located in central Abbotsford. Tens of thousands of stamps in this collection have been carefully separated into section, packaged and labelled. If you or someone you know has lost their collection of cancelled stamps, please contact Sgt Judy Bird via e-mail.

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING

CCTV important factor in catching Johol and charging him   

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP officers investigated and were able to quickly identify and track down the suspect thanks to CCTV surveillance video. Harmit Johal, 42-years-old, of Surrey has been charged with one count of Personating a peace officer and two counts of Fraud.

 

“The public needs to be aware that police will never contact or solicit them for the purpose of checking if their money is counterfeit,” says Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Greig. “Never give cash to someone you don’t know or are meeting for the first time. Contact the police immediately to verify any suspicious requests you have received.”

 

If you have been a victim of a similar occurrence, please contact the Surrey RCMP or your local police. Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

ABBY MAN STARTS FIRE IN HOME

ERT responded to barricaded man   

CPL. J. THOMAS

his morning at 10:32 am, Abbotsford Police Officers attended a residence in the 31700-block of Southdale Crescent to conduct a follow-up with a female victim from a domestic violence investigation.  While the officers were inside the residence, they learned that the male suspect from the domestic investigation was inside the home, breaching his court ordered conditions to have no contact with the female and to not attend her residence.

The AbbyPD officers ensured the female victim, her 11-year-old child and the basement suite tenants were safely removed from their home while police contained the residence to arrest the male.  The male suspect was classified as a barricaded male and the Abbotsford Emergency Response Team and Crisis Negotiators were called out to assist.

At 1:49 pm the Emergency Response Team officers containing the residence observed an exterior window break and could observe smoke and fire inside the master bedroom.  The lone barricaded male then exited the residence and was taken into police custody.  The male suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to hospital for treatment.  No other persons were injured.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service responded to the partially engulfed residence, which sustained extensive damage. Fire Investigators will continue to assist with the investigation.

The 35-year-old male remains in police custody facing Breach of an Undertaking  charges.  Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives, the Forensics Identification Unit and Fire Rescue Investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the suspicious fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, to text APD at 222973 (abbypd) or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

SAR FINDS LOST KIDS

Three fell from cliff   

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

oquitlam RCMP worked with Search and Rescue to locate 2 young children age 6 & 7. Efforts began late yesterday when the kids and their father were traversing down at trail on Burke Mountain. All three fell down a steep treacherous cliff.

The father was able to make the difficult climb up the cliff while injured to get help. Three SAR Team's (Coquitlam, North Shore, Maple Ridge) actively searched to locate the kids. Assets on site to help include, helicopter, drone and Police Dog. The kids have been located and are currently being long line by helicopter to awaiting ambulances.

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 

 

SALMON ARM RCMP

DEATH AT CAMPGROUND

Woman dies from heater in tent   

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

n May 18th 2019 at just after 10am the Salmon RCMP responded to a complaint at a private campground just outside Salmon Arm of two persons in medical distress.

Upon arrival Salmon Arm RCMP Frontline members located a deceased adult female, and a group of persons performing first aid on a youth.

Through investigation it was determined that the pair had been camping in a tent and gone to bed the night prior at approximately midnight. In the tent investigators located a cooking pot with wood ash in it that is believed to have been used as source of heat. Based on the evidence gathered, it appears that both tent occupants may have been overcome by Carbon Monoxide from the wood burning.

BC Air Ambulance transported the youth to a hospital who was in serious condition. Victim Services was contacted to offer assistance and support.

The BC Coroners Service was contacted and is in the early stages of its fact-finding investigation; the Coroners Service investigates all sudden, unexpected and/or unnatural deaths in the province to determine who died, how, where, when and by what means. Due to the privacy of the deceased (per the Coroners Act and provincial privacy legislation), they will not confirm or release ID.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

LAST SUSPECT CAUGHT IN STRING OF ROBBERIES

Three remain in custody   

CPL. ELRNORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public that a third man has now been arrested and charged in relation to three robberies that occurred in Surrey and Delta earlier in the year.

 

On February 7th Surrey RCMP and Delta Police began a joint investigation after receiving reports of three robberies that occurred in both jurisdictions involving three suspects. Two of the suspects were previously arrested and charged. 

 

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit and Delta Police’s Investigation Bureau jointly advanced the investigation. The third suspect was identified and warrants were issued for their arrest.

 

On May 1, 2019, Brandon Allen Mayes, 25-years-old of Surrey, was arrested, and has been charged with:

Three counts of Robbery 

Three counts of Committing an indictable offence with face covered 

 Two counts of Assault by threatening to use a weapon

 Mayes, and the other two accused, remain in custody.

 

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident, who has not yet spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

HOPE RCMP

SUSPICIOUS MOTORCYCLIST

Rider crashed, IIOC investigating   

DAWN ROBERTS2

t approximately 4:50 a.m. today, May 16, 2019, Hope RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a mechanic shop in the 600-block Old Hope Princeton Way. Police were also advised that a suspicious man was seen leaving the location on a motorcycle. A police officer attended within minutes and located who they believed to be the same suspicious man riding a motorcycle west bound on Old Hope Princeton Way. The officer attempted to stop the man, but he left the location heading towards Water Avenue.

A short time later, police were notified that a motorcycle was subsequently involved in a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Water Avenue and Old Hope Princeton Way. The man, now believed to be connected to the earlier complaint, was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service in serious condition.

The Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and will determine if there is any link between police actions and the motor vehicle collision.

Hope RCMP are continuing to investigate the original complaint.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

Please note that aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

NINE MONTH INVESTIGATION

Weapons, cash and drugs seized   

SGT CHAD GRIEG

 

n May 14, 2019, officers with the Surrey RCMP Drug Section executed a search warrant at a residence in the 13700 block of 100 Avenue. The warrant came as part of a nine-month investigation into alleged drug trafficking. During the investigation police located and seized evidence believed to be associated to drug trafficking including suspected cocaine, fentanyl, Xanax and Percocet. Police also seized approximately $2800 in cash, a starter pistol, and a conductive energy weapon.

 

A man in his 30s was arrested at the residence, and was released from police custody as the investigation continues. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

A second arrest and seizure was made on the same day by a member of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) as a result of a traffic stop. The officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 12700 block of 60 Avenue. As a result of the stop, police located and seized suspected cocaine, approximately $1200 in cash, and other evidence which is believed to be associated to drug trafficking. 


The driver, a 31-year-old man from Vancouver, was released on a Promise to Appear for a future court date. Charges have not been laid, as the investigation is on-going.

 

Investigators believe both of the individuals arrested in these occurrences yesterday are linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

 

“These two seizures are the result of our ongoing work to strategically target individuals involved in drug trafficking and violent crime in Surrey,” says Inspector Mike Hall, Pro-Active Enforcement Officer, “Our community can also help us by continuing to report suspicious activity and information to the Surrey RCMP.”

 

Anyone who observes suspicious activity in their neighborhood or has information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

PENTICTON RCMP

'EDDIE SPAGHETTI' CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN

Mounties looking for more victims

CPL. CHRIS MANSEAU

 

n November 2018, Penticton RCMP received information which sparked a child sexual assault and pornography investigation involving a long time employee of a Summerland recreation facility.

Edward Casavant, 54, of Penticton, was arrested on an outstanding warrant yesterday (May 15, 2019) and has been charged with 10 counts relating to incidents between 2008 and 2014, including.


• 2 counts of making or publishing child pornography
• 1 count of importing or distributing child pornography
• 1 count of possession of child pornography
• 1 count of accessing child pornography
• 1 count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
• 1 count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
• 1 count of sexual assault
• 1 count of sexual interference of person under 16
• 1 count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16
 

Casavant, also known as Eddie Spaghetti, was employed as a lifeguard for over 30-years, beginning in the late 1980’s. Police believe Casavant used his position to gain access to school aged children. In addition, he volunteered as a lifeguard at various local summer camps and other community events and may have had access to children in this capacity.

RCMP are releasing a photo of Casavant in order to further investigative efforts and identify additional victims.

"While we have identified at least two victims, we strongly believe there are additional victims who may not have already reported, or may not be aware they are a victim. We are asking anyone who believes that they have information on this matter to report to their police of jurisdiction, or to call the Penticton RCMP tip line at (250) 276-2177," states Cpl. Chris Manseau, BC RCMP Media Relations Officer.

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

Motorcyclist Charged with Injuring a Cop

Rider facing obstruction and dangerous driving

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

 

harges have been laid against a North Vancouver man accused in an incident where an RCMP officer was injured when he was struck by a motorcyclist. Two charges were laid May 10 in Provincial Court. A 27-year-old North Vancouver resident, Mark Daniel Webber, is accused of one count each of Obstructing A Peace Officer and Dangerous Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. Mr. Webber is next scheduled to appear in court on May 29.

North Vancouver RCMP recommended the charges following their investigation of a February 9th, 2019 incident during which an officer was struck and injured by a speeding motorcyclist who refused to stop when the officer flagged him down.

The North Vancouver officer, whose name is not being released, suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident. "He spent more than a month off work," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "He wasn't allowed to look at any screens for quite a while; no TV, no cell phones. He couldn't do any strenuous exercise and he had to be monitored closely." The officer is now making a graduated return to work and expects to return to full duties in the coming months.

"On February 9th, we asked the public for help with this investigation, and a number of witnesses came forward," said DeVries. "The information they gave us was instrumental in getting to this point.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

POLICE SEEK SHOOTERS IN DEATH

Chrysler 300 involved recovered

CPL FRANK JANG (photo Austin Grewel)

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Austin Grewal.

On April 26, 2019, just after 5 p.m., 18-year-old Mankaran (Austin) Grewal was shot and killed in the area of 176 Street and Abbey Drive in Surrey, B.C.  A red Chrysler 300 sedan was identified as being associated to the shooting.

Suspects

Thanks to the public’s assistance, police recovered a red Chrysler 300 in the area of 201 Street and 123A Avenue in Maple Ridge, B.C. later that evening.  Investigators now believe this is the suspect vehicle.

After an extensive canvass of the neighbourhood where the Chrysler 300 was found, IHIT obtained video surveillance footage that shows two males believed to be associated to the vehicle.  Investigators are asking anyone with information about the individuals on the video to contact IHIT immediately. 

Suspect #1 – Taller of the two, non-Caucasian male, skinny build, dark facial hair goatee or beard wearing a light coloured hoodie

Suspect #2 – Shorter of the two, unknown ethnicity, skinny build, no facial hair wearing a black hoodie with a cap underneath carrying a bag on his shoulder  

“IHIT detectives continue to actively pursue those responsible for Austin Grewal’s murder,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “This new video is another important step in the case and could significantly advance the investigation with information from members of the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN CHARGED IN FATAL 2017 SHOOTING

Tull facing multiple charges

CPL FRANK JANG

harges laid against one man in connection with a 2017 fatal shooting in Langley.

Shortly before midnight on June 9, 2017, gunshots were fired in the area of the Browns Social House on 200th Street near the Langley Bypass. Frontline officers arrived to find 31-year-old Tyler Pastuck dead with gunshot wounds and a second male victim who survived the shooting. For the next several months, IHIT and its partners diligently followed the evidence trail which has now resulted in criminal charges being laid in connection with the shooting.

On May 10, 2019, David Tull was charged for the following offences:

• First degree murder of Tyler Pastuck
• Attempt murder
• Conspiracy to commit murder

The attempt murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges are in relation to the second male victim.

“This was a fast moving and highly complex investigation. All the investigators involved are commended for their dedication and perseverance,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

Mr. Tull is currently in custody and will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on May 14, 2019.

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019 

 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

MAN INJURED IN CELLS

Internal Investigations looking into it

IIOC

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British
Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Prince George which has resulted in injury.

On May 11, 2019, at approximately 8:30 p.m., an officer from
the Prince George RCMP was on patrol when they observed a man riding a
bicycle, allegedly weaving in and out of traffic and not wearing a
helmet, near 5th Avenue and Ewart Street. The officer stopped the man to
identify him and serve him a violation ticket. During this interaction
the officer attempted to place him under arrest for other unrelated
offences near a residence in the 500-block of Alward Street, where the
man allegedly resisted the officer’s attempt to place him in
handcuffs.

The man was taken into custody with assistance from back-up officers
and transported to the Prince George RCMP Detachment where he was lodged in a cell. The following morning the man complained of pain, and BC Emergency Health Services was called to the detachment to transport him to a local area hospital for treatment.
 

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or
inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under
investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by
police.

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 

 

PRINCE RUPERT RCMP

CASH, CARS and DRUGS

Two charged with trafficking

CPL. FRANK JANG

n Friday May 10, 2019, the Prince Rupert RCMP executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1200-block of Summit Avenue. Police arrested one 30-year-old male and one 25-year-old female for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Police seized a significant amount of drugs suspected to be cocaine and marihuana. As well as a large amount of cash and two vehicles which police believe were all related to a drug trafficking operation.

The male was released on a Promise to Appear, with a court date in the near future, and the female was released with no charges.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250 624-2136 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

COLD CASE MURDER CHARGES LAID

21-year-old Harjot Deo

CPL. FRANK JANG

 

second degree murder charge has now been laid against one man in a 2017 homicide in Surrey.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday August 2, 2017, the Surrey RCMP received a report of a car fire in the 18700-block of 24 Avenue.  RCMP officers and emergency responders arrived on scene to find the body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi inside the burnt vehicle.  Her death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in.

IHIT has been advancing the investigation since the onset and has gathered significant evidence that was forwarded to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval consideration.  On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by IHIT investigators and Crown Counsel has charged him with second degree murder in relation to Miss Dhesi’s death.  

“IHIT investigators worked tirelessly since August of 2017 to gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” says Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT.  “This was a complex investigation with considerable contributions made by IHIT’s policing partners and is yet another example of the positive outcomes made when IHIT and its partners work cohesively towards a common goal.”

"Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community," says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. "I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged," says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP.

Mr. Deo will make his next court appearance on May 27, 2019.

Notwithstanding the second degree murder charge against Mr. Deo, the investigation remains active.  IHIT investigators believe there are still individuals who have important information about this case that have not come forward.   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is urged to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Statement by Superintendent Donna Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of IHIT

Good morning, I
would like to first express my deepest condolences to Bhavkiran’s family.  I realize the past several months have been very difficult for them and I thank them for their patience.

Since the early morning hours of August 2, 2017, IHIT investigators have relentlessly pursued those responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi.  Today, I am pleased to announce that IHIT has arrested an individual in connection with Bhavkiran’s death.  On May 10, 2019, 21-year-old Harjot Deo was arrested by investigators and charged with second degree murder by the B.C. Prosecution Service. 

Significant energy and resources were invested into the gathering of evidence in this investigation.  I am incredibly proud of the tremendous dedication and effort shown by our investigators these past months.  I am also grateful for the contributions made by all of our partners including the Surrey RCMP.

Despite today’s announcement, I can tell you that the investigation is still active and our investigators are still pursuing several leads.  We know there are still those who have intimate knowledge of what happened to Bhavkiran who have yet to come forward.  I would like to remind those individuals that there is still opportunity for them to do the right thing.

Statement by Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP

I want to begin by expressing my sincere condolences to Bhavkiran’s family. Bhavkiran’s death has been a terrible blow to her family.

Bhavkiran was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Her loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community. I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has now been charged.

To our community in Surrey, I want to thank you for your patience during this investigation. Homicide investigations are often long and difficult to endure for families, and for our greater community.

To the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, and the members of the Surrey RCMP who assisted, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to this investigation.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU

Gun and knife seized

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation which has resulted in the arrests of two men, and the seizure of a firearm from a vehicle in the 13800-block of 100 Avenue.

 

Shortly before 1 am on May 6, 2019, Surrey RCMP officers were attending to an unrelated investigation at a housing complex and observed two suspicious vehicles, a Honda Accord and a Chevy Colorado, in the roadway of that location. As the police vehicles drove into the complex, the two suspicious vehicles abruptly attempted to flee the area. The Honda Accord attempted to drive through a gate of the townhouse complex and became stuck. The Chevy Colorado collided with a police car as it fled the area at a high rate of speed. 

 

Two men associated to the Honda Accord were arrested at the scene. A third person fled the area and has not yet been located. Police seized a collapsible semi-automatic pistol carbine firearm, a hunting knife, and latex gloves, from the Honda.

 

The Chevy Colorado, was also located and seized as part of the on-going investigation.

 

Thirty-year-old Ryan Molner of Surrey, has been charged with ten separate counts including; failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

The second man has been remanded to custody on unrelated warrants and has not been charged in relation to this investigation at this time.

 

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

Condo Complex Burgled

Cops look to ID suspect

CPL. DENNIS HWANG

ichmond RCMP is investigating a condo complex burglary in the 10300-block of No. 2 Rd that occurred in late July of last year.

All investigational avenues have been exhausted and we hope that by releasing security footage, the community will be able to help us identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as:

• Asian male
• Possibly in his twenties
• Athletic build
• Last seen wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, ball cap, pants, and backpack

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact Constable Ryan Lee of the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit (PCU) at 604-278-1212. Please quote file# 2018-22775.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN DRIVER PUNCHED

Mounties look to the community to help ID suspect

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

urrey RCMP is appealing to the public for possible witnesses and assistance in identifying the suspect in an assault that occurred on April 17, 2019.

Police are currently investigating a report of an assault that occurred in the intersection of 152 Street and 64 Avenue at approximately 9:30pm. The victim was driving southbound in her white Nissan SUV, waiting in the intersection to turn left, when a dark coloured pick-up truck pulled up behind her and stopped.

A male exited the truck on the driver’s side and walked to the open driver's side window of the Nissan and punched the female driver, who was alone in her vehicle. The suspect male then got back into the passenger side of the truck which proceeded to drive southbound on 152 Street.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 35-36 years old, with a pale/fair complexion, sharp facial features, blonde facial stubble, short hair, and approximately 5'9"-5'10" and 180-190 lbs with a stocky build. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a dark blue hoodie and a baseball hat.

Police are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect as well as a photo of the suspect vehicle at the time of the occurrence. The public is requested to call police if they can help to identify this person or witnessed the occurrence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019 

 

RCMP

KWANTLEN U BOMB THREAT MADE

Police clear three campuses

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

CMP in Surrey, Langley, and Richmond have cleared all Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) campuses after a threat was reported which involved the University.

 

Officers attended all KPU locations and with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, , Explosives Devices Unit, and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police conducted thorough searches to ensure public safety. 

 

Police are confident that the areas are safe for the public and there is no imminent threat to safety.

 

Earlier today, May 8, 2019, shortly after 9:00 am, Surrey RCMP received information regarding a threat made to KPU. The threat did not specify any particular campus or person.  The university was notified, and out of an abundance of caution, all KPU campuses were closed while police investigated.

 

Surrey RCMP is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  Tuesday, MAY 7, 2019 

 

SQUAMISH RCMP

BABY FALLS FROM DOCK

Bystander rescues infant

CPL. SACHA BANKS

 

 

n Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, Squamish RCMP received information regarding a child who had fallen from the Porteau Cove dock system into the water below.  Upon arrival Squamish RCMP were able to determine an 18 month old girl had slipped through a railing from one of the upper decks and was rescued by a bystander who had jumped into the water below.

BC Ambulance and Lions Bay Fire Department were on scene attending to the child and had transported her to a waiting Air Ambulance.  She was flown to BC Children's Hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

"Squamish RCMP are looking to speak to any witnesses that were there today and saw the event unfold" stated Corporal Sascha Banks. "We have yet to identify the man who rescued the girl from the water, but I have no doubt that he was that little girl's guardian angel."

Police will be speaking with BC Parks to see if anything can be done in the future to prevent similar incidents from happening. 

 

 

  Tuesday, MAY 7, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS HAVE FIELD DAY

Drugs and guns sized over two days

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

 

wo separate criminal investigations and a pro-active vehicle stop by multiple units within the Surrey RCMP has led to a substantial seizure of drugs, cash, weapons, and high-end vehicles in two days.

 

On Thursday, May 2nd the Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 15800 block of 94th Avenue. As a result of the search, a loaded Glock 19 pistol, body armour, suspected cocaine, approximately $5,000 in cash, and other evidence associated to drug trafficking was seized. Officers also seized two high end vehicles, a Porsche Panamera and a Range Rover, as proceeds of crime and offence related property. The seized gun will be examined to determine any linkages to other crimes or occurrences. This drug investigation is ongoing as there is belief the occupants of the residence have associations to organized crime.

 

On Friday, May 3rd, the Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence in the 15100-block of Fraser Highway. The warrant resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, varying amounts of suspected cannabis and shatter, various drug packaging paraphernalia, and multiple weapons including brass knuckles, bear spray, and nunchucks. One male was taken into custody and later released on a Promise to Appear as the investigation continues. Officers are liaising with Surrey Bylaws and are actively engaged with the property owner as the residence is alleged to be a hub for criminal activity in the community.

 

On Friday, May 3rd, at approximately 8:20 pm, a Surrey RCMP Drug Unit officer conducted a pro-active stop on a vehicle suspected of drug trafficking in the 6300-block of Hwy 91 in Delta after following the vehicle from Surrey. The driver was arrested and a search incidental to his arrest, which yielded pre-packaged bundles of suspected fentanyl/carfentanyl. The vehicle, two mobile phones and $1,000 cash was also seized as offence related property. The driver was later released pending further investigation. 

 

Surrey RCMP continues to conduct overt and covert enforcement activities throughout the city in an effort to combat drug trafficking and its associated violence. In addition to conducting more visible enforcement activity, Surrey detachment has a number of dedicated investigative units involved in ongoing investigations on individuals and locations associated to the drug trade. These units regularly collaborate and all have the same goal of reducing criminal activity and addressing violent crime and responding to community concerns. 

 

Anyone with information about any suspicious or criminal activity is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 

 

WILLIAMS LAKE RCMP

POLICE TALK DIAMONDS AND DUST

Doorway fire suspect sought

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Thursday May 2 2019 at 10:33 PM, Williams Lake RCMP were called to the scene of a fire at a local business.

Williams Lake Fire Department were on-scene of a suspicious fire at the rear of the Diamonds & Dust Night club. The staff had located a fire in the rear of the building and called the Fire Department and safely evacuated the building.

The fire was contained to a door at the rear and quickly extinguished. There have been no reports of injuries and an estimate of damage is not yet known.

The investigation is ongoing and police are looking to the public to help further this investigation. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this fire, or may have information on the person(s) responsible for this arson.

On April 25 2019 the Diamonds and Dust Night Club was the scene of a shots fired call. That matter is still under investigation and it is not known at this time if there is a connection between the two investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 

 

TRAIL RCMP

FEMALE FOUND DEAD

Mounties arrest man on the scene

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Thursday May 2 2019 at approximately 1:00 AM Trail and Greater District RCMP were called to a residence on 9th Avenue in Montrose BC.

Upon attendance, officers discovered an adult female deceased. The death appeared to be suspicious and an adult male was arrested at the scene. South East District Major Crime has been called to assist and now has conduct of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

Police are asking anyone with information to please call Trail RCMP at (250) 364-2566, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BODY FOUND IN BURNED OUT VEHICLE

RCMP look for clues

CPL. ECHRIS MANSEAU

 

n April 30th, 2019 at approximately 840 am the Oliver RCMP were called to a remote location east of Oliver where a recently burned Ford pickup truck was located.

Upon arrival local fire department had already attended the scene to suppress any fire surrounding the vehicle.

One the scene was safe an examination of the burnt vehicle revealed human remains located amongst fire debris. Currently Oliver RCMP  members are partnering with the RCMP South East Major Crime Unit, the BC Coroner and Forensic investigators, who are all on-scene.

The identity of the decease person in the vehicle has not been made at this time. Due to extensive damage to the vehicle, the model & type has not been positively confirmed, however there is some indication the vehicle was previously stolen out of Penticton.

Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the fire, and the identity of the deceased person found within.

If you have any information regarding any of these investigations, please contact your nearest Police Agency or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477

 

 

  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

Surprised Drivers

Cops get 90 offenders on the road

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

tip from the public has led to the arrest of two men and a substantial seizure of cash and drugs.

Shortly before 8 pm on April 29, 2019, Surrey RCMP officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 700-block of 171 Street. Officers attended and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which then initiated an impaired driving investigation, and led to the arrest of both the driver and passenger and the seizure of the vehicle.

During the investigation, officers located and seized multiple items including approximately $27,440 in cash, a replica firearm, a conductive energy weapon, multiple cell phones, and packaged bags of suspected heroin/fentanyl.

 

Both the driver and passenger have been released from police custody on a court process and the investigation is on-going.

“Once again the watchful eyes of community members have assisted us in an investigation,” says Surrey RCMP Operations Officer, Superintendent Ed Boettcher. “Police alone cannot combat violent crime in Surrey, we encourage the public to continue to report any suspicious activity in our community.”

In addition to following up on tips, Surrey RCMP is continuing its strategic enforcement activity with enhanced patrols by members of the Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Unit, officers, and the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team. A variety of work is being done to increase police contact with individuals known to be involved in violent criminal behaviour and drug trafficking in the city. This work has included an increase in the number of traffic check stops throughout Surrey.

A recent series of check stops conducted on the night of Saturday, April, 27, 2019, resulted in approximately 1,100 vehicle checks, and a number of violations and charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In total:
• criminal impaired driving investigation
• 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) and the accompanying 30-day impound
• criminal charge for Possession of controlled substance
• charge for drive while prohibited
• 3-day IRP with accompanying 3-day impound
• suspension by drugs
• cell phone violations
• violation tickets for No valid drivers licence
• violation tickets for Drive contrary to restriction
• violation ticket for seatbelts
• violation for use cannabis while operating vehicle

Addressing violent crime remains a top priority for the Surrey RCMP. Anyone with information about any suspicious or criminal activity is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

SHOOTING DEATH INVESTIGATED

IHIT looking for red Chrysler

CPL. FRANK JANG

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of an 18-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey:  On April 26, 2019 just after 5 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received numerous calls of a shooting in the area of 176 Street and Abbey Drive.  Frontline officers arrived to find a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds. 

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has been working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence and further the investigation. 

Investigators have identified a red Chrysler 300 sedan (photograph attached) believed to be associated to the shooting.  Anyone with dash cam video and/or cell phone video from the area around the time of the shooting is asked to contact IHIT immediately. 

“We believe this was a targeted incident and is linked to the ongoing lower mainland gang conflict,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN SHOT DEAD

IHIT lays murder charges after investigation

CPL. FRANK JANG

man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Robel Kinfe Abera in New Westminster, B.C.

On April 27, 2019, at about 7:30 p.m., the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) responded to reports of gunfire at Hume Park in the 600-block of East Columbia Street.  Police arrived on scene to find 20-year-old Robel Kinfe Abera dead with gunshot wounds.  A suspect was quickly identified and arrested by police near the scene of the shooting.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to take over the investigation.       

IHIT and its partners from the NWPD have worked tirelessly over this past weekend to collect evidence and to forward the findings of the investigation for charge approval consideration. 

On April 28, 2019, 19-year-old Sam Jafroudi was charged with second degree murder for Robel Abera’s death.  Investigators believe the two men knew each other and this was not a random incident.  It is not believed to be related to the lower mainland gang conflict.    

“The quick response of the attending NWPD officers in identifying and arresting a suspect should be commended,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “The work continues for IHIT as investigators will be busy completing final disclosure packages for furtherance to Crown Counsel.”   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN STABBED

Mounties look to the community to ID suspect

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit is requesting help from the public to identify the suspect in a stabbing which occurred at a Surrey banquet hall in February.

 

At approximately 10:09 pm on February 15, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a banquet hall in the 8100-block of 128th Street after receiving information from BC Emergency Health Services of a stabbing. The injured male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

In an effort to identify the suspect, a photo is being released to the public. At the time of this occurrence, the banquet hall was hosting an event with approximately 500 people in attendance. Investigators believe that there are people in the public who can assist this investigation.  

 

Anyone that knows the identity of the suspect, or who has information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

THREE HURT IN STREET FIGHT

One remains in serious condition

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is currently investigating an incident of dangerous driving and assault involving multiple individuals and vehicles in the Newton area on Saturday night.

 

On April 27, at approximately 7:45 pm Surrey RCMP members responded to the area of 135A Street and 88 Avenue after receiving multiple 911 calls of vehicles driving dangerously and people fighting in the street. Upon arrival, officers located three males who were involved in the incident. All three males were transported to hospital, two with minor injuries and one with serious injuries.  Two vehicles were also located at the scene, a Nissan Maxima and a Ford Taurus. Both vehicles have been seized as part of the ongoing investigation.

 

Police believe the parties involved in this occurrence are known to each other and this may be linked to the Lower Mainland Gang conflict. The investigation is ongoing and investigators are looking for the other individuals and vehicles, a red Dodge Caravan, a Black Volkswagon Jetta and a burgundy Honda Accord, involved in this event.

Although some initial reports indicated shots had been fired in this incident, police can confirm that no shots were fired.

 

Investigators are aware of videos of this incident that are circulating on social media and ask if anyone has video of the incident or has information about this event or the individuals involved, to please contact them.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HUMAN TRAFFICKER ARRESTED

Suspect faces many charges

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation into human trafficking which has resulted in 14 charges laid against a 19-year-old man from Vancouver.

 

This investigation began on January 6, 2019, as a missing person’s investigation involving a 16-year-old girl, and evolved into a broader investigation after it was discovered that the girl was allegedly being held in Vancouver. 

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit took conduct of the investigation and with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department the girl was located and safely recovered. The suspect in the investigation was not present at that time of the girls’ rescue.

 

The investigation continued and on April 5, 2019 charges were laid and an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, Raimon Geday.  

 

On April 9, 2019, Raimon Geday, was arrested in Vancouver and has now been charged with:

 

• Two counts of unlawfully recruiting, transporting, harboring and exploiting an individual under the age of 18
• One count of unlawfully receiving financial benefit obtained by the commission of an offence
• One count of knowingly advertising an offer to provide sexual services
• One count of production of child pornography
• One count of possession of child pornography
• Two counts of possession of a controlled substance
• Six counts relating to firearm possession offences

 

"Ensuring vulnerable victims are protected from those who seek to exploit them is of the utmost importance to police," said Superintendent Elija Rain, Investigative Services Officer. "This investigation is the result of strong police work by our Serious Crime Unit and partnerships with other police services including the Vancouver Police Department."

 

The media is advised that there is a publication ban in effect which prohibits the identification of the victim in this incident.  As this is now before courts, no further information can be provided.

 

 

  SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH

Mounties look for answers

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

t 5:07 pm this evening, Surrey RCMP received multiple reports from the public of shots fired. Upon attendance, a male victim was located on scene suffering from gun shot injuries. The male was subsequently pronounced deceased; Investigators have not yet identified the victim.

 

At this time the investigators have not been able to establish if this homicide is related to gang activity or any other homicide, however, based on the scene assessment, this incident appears to be targeted.

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called out and will have conduct of the investigation.

 

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time. Traffic in the area is being rerouted. Traffic on 176th Street (Highway 17) is not affected at this time.

 

Officers are interviewing witnesses and canvassing the area for further information and evidence.  More details will be released by the IHIT Media Relations Officer as they become available.

 

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

30 ARRESTS IN SHOPLIFTING STING

One prolific caught

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP advises that multiple arrests have been made and charges obtained in separate investigations addressing retail theft in Surrey. 

 

On April 11, the Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit (CRU) and Mobile Street Enforcement Team (MSET) participated in a one-day blitz with local Loss Prevention Officers to target suspected shoplifters in the Surrey Central area. A total of 20 officers and 10 businesses were involved in the project.

 

The project resulted in 30 arrests being made on individuals alleged to have been committing retail theft in the area. A comprehensive report to crown counsel has been completed with a number of charges being recommended for assessment by the BC Prosecution Service.

 

In March 2018, the Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit initiated an investigation after noting similar descriptors of a suspect for a number of theft complaints.  With the assistance of a frontline officer, a suspect was identified in multiple shoplifting incidents throughout the city. The alleged suspect was stealing liquor from a number of local business. Between January and March, it is alleged that the suspect committed over a dozen thefts in the City Centre, Guildford, and Newton areas.

 

On March 30, 2019, the suspect was arrested in the South Surrey area.

Manvir Dhindsa, 29-years-old from Surrey, has now been charged with 12 counts of Theft under $5000 and 3 counts of Breach of Recognizance. Dhindsa remains in custody.

 

“Working with our business partners to address certain types of criminal activity in our community, such as shoplifting and retail theft, is a priority for our Community Response Units,” says Community Support and Safety Officer Inspector Wendy Mehat. “These types of crimes can often have detrimental effects on people’s feelings of safety, and are often a conduit to further crimes in our community. We take these kinds of concerns from our business community seriously as is evident by these investigations.”

 

Anyone with information about these incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 

 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CRASH

Police say cop didn't chase on pullover escape

CPL. JANELLE SHOILET

 

arly this morning, April 25th, at 4:40 am, a Kamloops RCMP officer saw a vehicle driving erratically and speeding in the area of Highland Drive.  The officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but instead, the vehicle sped away.  The officer immediately pulled over to the side of the road and stopped.  The suspect vehicle continued speeding on the frontage road near Oriole Drive when it hit a cement barrier.

 

Officers attended and found one male in the vehicle and one male was located nearby after running away.  Both were taken into custody without incident.  Although neither had visible injuries, both were transported to a local medical facility for assessment.

 

Both suspects are 32-years-old.  One is from Enderby and had a warrant for his arrest for assault.  The other suspect is from Falkland and was also known to police.

 

All investigational information will be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Service who will determine charges.

 

Kamloops RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the vehicle collision to contact them at 250-828-3000.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

HATE SPEECH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Police locate poster

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

Update: Arrested

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of what actions we have taken after receiving information regarding a hateful post on social media.

 

Multiple people have alerted us via our social media accounts of a disturbing post on a news feed about the Surrey Vaisahki Parade. Once aware of the post, the news agency removed it and contacted the RCMP.

 

Police have located and made contact with the individual who is believed to be responsible for the post. Investigators have not found any indication of danger to the public associated to the post on social media. This matter is still under investigation.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

ARGUMENT LEADS TO STABBING

One man at hospital in serious condition

S/SGT D HONEYMAN

 

n April 23, 2019, at approximately 8:07 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 13700-block of 97A Avenue.

 

Upon arrival, officers located a 32-year-old male suffering from a stab wound who was subsequently transported to local area hospital in serious condition with potentially life-threatening injuries.

 

The initial investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between two individuals resulting in the stabbing. 

 

The investigation is in its early stages relative to the cause of this event but it has been confirmed that the parties are known to each other and there is no apparent risk to the general public.

 

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN DIED UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

IHIT INVESTIGATING

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a sudden death investigation involving a man who was found this afternoon in critical condition.

 

At approximately 3:16 pm, on April 23, 2019, police were notified by Emergency Health Services of an injured adult male who was reported to be laying on the ground in the 13300 block of 114 Ave. Police and paramedics attended, and the man was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but has died of his injuries.

 

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with Surrey RCMP.

 

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.
 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Update:

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of a man in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey:  On April 23, 2019 at about 3:18 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call of a man with gunshot wounds lying on the street in the 13300-block of 114 Avenue.  The victim was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.  IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

To further the ongoing homicide investigation, IHIT is confirming that 32-year-old Khan Micheal Bourne of Sechelt was the victim of homicide.  Mr. Bourne was known to police.

A vehicle fled the scene immediately after the shooting and investigators are now canvassing the neighbourhood for witnesses and video surveillance footage.  Anyone with dash cam video and/or cell phone video who was in the area of the shooting yesterday afternoon is asked to contact IHIT immediately.

“It is still early in the investigation but we believe Mr. Bourne was targeted for murder,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

YOUNG MAN CAUGHT WITH HANDGUN

Foot chase results in arrest

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an arrest of a youth which took place in the Whalley Athletic park over the weekend.

 

On April 21, 2019, shortly before 7:00 pm, Surrey RCMP received a call for service from staff at a local shelter in the 10600-block of 135A Street, reporting a verbal dispute and suspicious activity outside of the shelter. Police were advised that one of the individuals involved in the dispute may be in possession of a firearm. Frontline officers quickly responded to the area and located the suspect in Whalley Athletic Park.

 

After a brief foot pursuit, a 17-year-old male was arrested and found in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun. The youth was held for court and is facing a number of charges including: possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; carrying a concealed weapon; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition; and resisting / obstructing a peace officer.

 

“This investigation is an example of how important it is for the public to report suspicious activity to police.” said Superintendent Ed Boetcher, Operations officer “This was also great work by our Frontline officers who made this arrest of an armed suspect, without any injuries to the public or the youth involved.”

 

Anyone who would like to report suspicious activity in Surrey is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WRONG WAY DRIVER CREATES MAYHEM

Two cars and a semi involved

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has been engaged following a collision which occurred on April 16, 2019. 

 

On Tuesday afternoon, shortly after 3:00 pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers observed a Hyundai Accent driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 from 104 Avenue. The vehicle struck a transport truck which was merging on to Highway 17 from the Highway 1 off ramp. The vehicle then continued to drive into oncoming traffic as it entered the Highway 1 off-ramp and collided with a Toyota Camry before coming to a stop.

 

The drivers of the Hyundai and the Toyota were both transported to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the Hyundai sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the transport truck was uninjured.

 

The Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team has taken conduct of this investigation, which is still in its early stages, as investigators continue to look into all possible contributing factors.

 

Investigators are asking anyone who was a witness to this occurrence who has not yet spoke to police, or anyone with dash cam video, to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

POLICE GROUND AIRPORT THIEF

Woman arrested, organized group suspected

CPL. DENNIS HWANG

hortly before 10 a.m. on April 17, 2019, police officers from Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment arrested a suspect in conjunction with a theft investigation. Investigators observed the suspect allegedly stealing a purse from a passenger in the international arrivals terminal of YVR.

The suspect, a 60-year-old woman, is a foreign national. She is believed to be part of a larger, organized theft group travelling from airport to airport.

Richmond RCMP YVR Detachment has been deploying plainclothes teams to conduct surveillance on these types of crimes originating from March of this year. Police are looking at the possibility of linking multiple instances of theft to this woman. A number of law enforcement agencies besides the RCMP are interested in the accused and have been assisting us in our investigation.

The accused is being held in custody till Court on April 18, 2019.

“Suspects that specialize in this work generally work in teams and employ techniques to divert attention from their true purpose – to steal valuables away from their owners. They are acute observers of people’s behaviour and their habits. They are often difficult to identify and detect as they are extremely good at their craft,” says Richmond RCMP YVR Operations Officer, Inspector Keith Bramhill.  “If a theft has been reported, it is largely after the fact. The suspect or suspects have long since vanished with police working hard to play catch up. We are fortunate to have experienced officers that knew exactly what to look for. Their timing was impeccable,” adds Insp. Bramhill.

Police would like to remind people to be mindful of their personal effects and valuables at all times. Report any suspicious activity immediately to police.

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019 

 

SUREY RCMP

SERVICE STATION ROBBED

COPS SEEK TO ID PERPETRATOR

CPL. ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP Robbery Unit is asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect in a gas station robbery.

 

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a male entered a gas station located in the 10400 block of King George Boulevard and demanded the employee open the cash register.  The suspect then sprayed the employee with bear spray and fled the area without receiving any money. Frontline officers quickly attended the scene along with Police Dog Service officers, but where unable to locate the suspect.

 

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’7” with a slim build and short dark hair.  At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a black jacket with fur trim on the hood and a grey hoodie underneath the jacket, along with black pants and dark coloured shoes.

 

Investigators are releasing surveillance photos of the suspect in the hope that someone from the public can identify him and assist with this ongoing investigation. 

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019 

 

PENTICTON RCMP

FOUR PEOPLE SHOT TO DEATH

Gunman turns himself in

RCMP

 

n the morning of April 15, 2019, just after 10:30 am, Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen (PSOS) Regional Police officers were called to the area of Westminster Avenue and Haynes Street for a report that a man had been shot.

PSOS Regional Police officers with support from the RCMP Police Dog Service and RCMP Air Services immediately flooded the area in an effort to locate the male suspect. While police were en route, a second caller reported another person had been shot.

At approximately 11:30 am, a man matching the suspects description turned himself into the Penticton RCMP detachment. The man remains in custody while the investigation progresses. Preliminary indications are this was a targeted incident.

A thorough sweep of the area was conducted and police identified multiple locations in which there were several confirmed victims.   Police have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km radius.  The BC Coroners Services has been notified. The identities of the deceased will not be confirmed unless there is an investigative need to do so.

Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen (PSOS) Regional General Investigation Section (GIS) has lead on the fatal shooting investigation. Additional resources from the RCMPs Southeast District, including Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU), have been called in to assist.

The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed near Skaha Lake Road and Yorkton Ave for an unfolding incident. Police have determined this is not linked to this mornings shootings.  The matter has been resolved without any issues and police will be leaving the scene shortly.

"I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community," said Superintendent Ted De Jager, Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment Commander. "Determining why this occurred is part of our ongoing investigation."  De Jager added, "our hearts and thoughts are with all those impacted by this terribly tragic incident. Our priority now, will be to speak with the families of those involved and offer our support."

The general area restrictions in the City of Penticton have been lifted.  Crime scene restrictions have been limited to the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive and the 400 block of Heales Avenue near Lakeview Street at this time.  We appreciate the publics patience and cooperation. 

 

 

  SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019 

 

SALMON ARM RCMP

FATAL SHOOTING

Gunman opens fire in church

RCMP

 

UPDATE

n Sunday April 14, the Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a fatal shooting
involving two men at the Church of Christ on 5th Avenue and 5th Street
SW. One man was fatally injured and the other male remains in hospital
in stable condition and is expected to survive his injuries.

One man remains in custody. Matrix Savage Gathergood has been charged
with:

1. First degree murder contrary to s. 235(1)
2. Aggravated assault s. 268 and
3. Disguise with intent to commit an indictable offense s. 351(2)

He will next appear in courtroom 201 Salmon Arm on April 23, 2019.

The fatal shooting investigation remains active and ongoing as Salmon
Arm RCMP are completing a number of tasks, including speaking with all
possible witnesses and anyone who may have information related to
incident. Road and access restrictions to the church remain in place as
Forensic specialists are continuing to process the scene. There is no
timeline as to when police will have completed all required
investigative steps.

“While we appreciate that there is great deal of public interest and
several questions being asked about the ongoing investigation, however
we are limited with the amount of information we can share at this time.
Our priority is to ensure we capture the relevant facts and evidence to
support a judicial proceeding and we must ensure that the information
gathered is not negatively impacted,” says S/Sgt. Scott West, Salmon
Arm Detachment Commander. “Additional resources have been called in
to support the ongoing investigation, and officers will be looking at
any and all previous investigations or interactions with the accused and
the victims to determine their relevance to the ongoing fatal shooting
investigation.”

Victim services continues to support the families and the community.
The family of deceased victim have advised that they are overwhelmed by
media requests and have asked for privacy at this time.

 

 

CMP can confirm that one man is in custody after a fatal shooting in Salmon Arm on Sunday April 14th.


Shortly after 10:30 am Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a possible shooting at a local church on 5th Avenue SW. The local church was hosting an event when a male allegedly entered the church and shot two of the parishioners.

Police attended and entered the church immediately to determine that two individuals were seriously wounded and required urgent medical assistance.

EHS attended and one individual was declared deceased at the scene while the other was transported to hospital in stable condition. RCMP have notified the BC Coroners Service and the next of kin notifications have been completed. No information is being released about the victims at this time.

An adult man, age 25 years, was taken into custody after being wrestled to the ground by a number of the parishioners and a rifle has been seized. The male remains in police custody with charges pending.

"While the investigation is in the preliminary stages, there is no information to suggest there are any ongoing threats to public safety. Police have determined that at least one of the victims was known to the suspect, and it is not believed at this time the event was religiously motivated", says S/Sgt Scott West, Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment Commander.

Salmon Arm RCMP, with the assistance of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit, are conducting the investigation. Victim Services support has also been called in to assist with those impacted by the incident.

 

  THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

CRIMINALLY INSANE MAN ON THE LOOSE

Police seek Chris Askey

CPL. FRANK JANG

 

he Coquitlam RCMP is looking for your help to find a patient who is unlawfully at large after failing to return to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital at 70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam.

Christopher Thomas Joseph Askey was reported missing on April 10, 2019, just before 10:00 p.m. after failing to return on a day pass.

Askey is described as:

• A 50-year-old Caucasian man,
• With black hair, a light beard and brown eyes,
• About 183 cm (6’) tall, 82 kg (181 lbs) with a heavy build,
• He was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey sweat pants, a black shirt, white shoes and a dark toque.

Askey may behave in a way that presents a risk to themselves or the public, so if you see Askey, police ask that you not approach him and call 911 immediately instead.

If you have information about Askey’s whereabouts, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2019-10714.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

COPS FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO WOMAN'S DEATH

Dash cam footage sought

CPL. FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Anita Nguyen.

On Thursday April 4, 2019, Anita Nguyen succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital.

Ms. Nguyen was driving her Volkswagen Passat to her workplace in the 1100-block of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver where the shooting took place. 

Investigators are asking the public for dash cam video and/or any other type of video surveillance footage from the area of the shooting between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Tuesday April 2, 2019.

“Detectives continue to relentlessly pursue Anita Nguyen’s killer and we need the community to partner with us in solving her murder,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “She was a young mother and we are working hard to find answers for her family.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

COPS ID SURREY SHOOTING VICTIM

Dash cam footage wanted

CPL. FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to advance its investigation into the homicide of a Surrey man. 

On April 9, 2019 at approximately 11:47 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received reports of shots fired at a town home complex in the 13900-block of 72 Avenue.  Emergency responders arrived on scene to find 30-year-old Amrendra Vijay Kumar with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.  IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation. 

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.  

Immediately following the shooting, a vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed.  Approximately 40-minutes later at 12:27 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call of a car fire in the area of 164 Street and 92 Avenue.  This vehicle is believed to be related to the earlier shooting and will be seized for further examination. 

Investigators are asking the public for dash cam video for the following areas and time frame:

-140 Street between 72 Avenue and 88 Avenue from 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

-72 Avenue between King George Boulevard and 152 Street from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.      

“We do not believe Mr. Kumar’s shooting was a random act and our detectives are working hard to determine motive,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We need those who knew Mr. Kumar to come forward and help us piece together the circumstances leading up to his death.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 

 

SUNSHINE COAST RCMP

IIOC INVESTIGATES COPS AFTER MAN'S DEATH

Bank fraud suspect chased on foot

SGT. JANELLE SHOILET

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident on the Sunshine Coast which has resulted in a man’s death.

Just before 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, April 9, 2019, officers from the Sunshine Coast RCMP were called to a banking institution in the 5500-block of Sunshine Coast Highway in Sechelt, for a report that a man was attempting to conduct a fraudulent transaction.

Upon arrival at the bank, the man was identified and detained by police. While officers were escorting the man to the car, the man allegedly fled from police on foot. A foot pursuit ensued into a thick blackberry brush area, where the man was located and arrested. While officers were attempting to get the man out of the brush, he complained of breathing problems. He collapsed and became unresponsive. Officers began life saving measures, which were assumed by BC Emergency Health Services personnel. Despite all efforts, the man could not be resuscitated and was later pronounced deceased in hospital.

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SURREY MAN SHOT TO DEATH

IHIT looking for cam dash video

STAFF SGT. M.A. HEDDERSON

 

urrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are presently on scene in the 13900 block of 72nd Ave., Surrey, B.C. On April 9th, just before midnight Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received multiple 911 calls reporting shots heard in the area. Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police attended the area of 13200 Block of 72nd Ave., Surrey B.C. A lone male was located injured and died from his injuries at the scene. Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are presently on scene, and will be for some time.

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police are seeking the public's assistance and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have Video Surveillance, or Dash Cam video to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-050485

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019 

 

KELOWNA RCMP

DRIVER UNHURT IN CARJACKING

Police looking for stolen black Toyota

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

CMP are searching for an armed suspect and a stolen SUV following a daytime carjacking Sunday afternoon in Kelowna.

 

On April 7, 2019, just prior to 1:30 p.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a hotel in the 1000-block of Harvey Avenue to a 911 emergency call of a car-jacking. Police say an unknown male suspect entered the rear seat of the victim’s motor vehicle, triggered what sounded like a taser device and told the woman to get out.

 

“The victim promptly exited her vehicle and ran away and when she turned around saw the man with what appeared to be a firearm,” states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.

 

The suspect is described as in his late 20’s or early 30’s, approx. 5’ 8” tall with short blonde and balding hair, a wide mouth and poor complexion. He was seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue windbreaker and dark coloured jeans. He fled in an unknown direction in the woman’s black 2015 Hyundai Tucson bearing British Columbia licence plates HG282D.

 

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you or you know the current location of the stolen Hyundai, you are urged to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

 

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

THREE NOT HURT IN EXPLOSION

Mounties investigate cause, look for cause

STAFF SGT M.A. HEDDERSON

urrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are presently on scene at a residence in the 15200 block of 105th Ave., Surrey, B.C.  Just after 12:05 P.M, Saturday, Surrey Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion and fire at a residence in the 15200 block of 105th Ave., Surrey, B.C. The fire was extinguished. Surrey RCMP also attended to the scene.  The three persons that were in the residence at the time of the explosion had got out uninjured. RCMP are presently holding the residence as the exact cause of the explosion has not been determined. 

The explosion has compromised the structural integrity of the residence, and a Structural Engineer has been called by the Fire Department to determine if an when investigators can safely enter into the residence to determine the cause of the explosion, which may not be until Monday morning.

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the explosion, are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-048591.

 

  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

THREE SEMIS STOLEN

Police say trucks have been located

STAFF SGT M.A. HEDDERSON

 

urrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are presently investigating the theft of three Semi Tractor Trucks stolen from the area of 9800-Block of 192nd Street, Surrey, B.C. over night. On April 6th, 2019, shortly after 7:00 A.M., the owner of the company advised he was following one of the stolen Semi Tractor Trucks near the Surrey/Langley border. Police officers from both Langley and Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the area. 

The Semi Tractor Truck was abandoned in the 4000-block of 200th street, and a lone male was seen fleeing from the truck. A Police Service Dog also attended to the area, and attempted to track the suspect male, but the male has not been located. All three of the Semi Tractor trucks have been recovered.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, 40 to 50 years of age, skinny build, with possible facial hair.  He was last seen wearing a dark coloured baseball hat and in dark coloured clothes.

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are seeking the public's assistance, and anyone who may have been in the area of 40th Ave, and 200th Street in Langley, and observed the male that fled from the Semi Tractor truck, or have video of the male are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-048482.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

WANTED: BRANDON TEXIERA

$55,000 reward offered for arrest

CPL FRANK JANG, IHIT

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is seeking public assistance to locate and arrest 27-year-old Brandon Nathan Teixeira for murder and a combined financial reward is now offered for information that leads to his arrest.

IHIT will be stepping up its efforts to locate Brandon Teixeira and is partnering with Crime Stoppers and the Bolo Program, which will be launching an amplification campaign through new technology and communication channels that will hopefully lead to Brandon Teixeira’s arrest.

In the early morning hours of October 23, 2017, shots were fired in the 14300-block of Crescent Road in Surrey. Frontline officers arrived to find 28-year-old Nicholas Khabra with gunshot wounds, who later died in hospital.

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and tirelessly pursued all evidence to bring those responsible for Nicholas’ murder to justice. In less than a year after Nicholas was gunned down, Brandon Teixeira was charged with first degree murder in connection with his death. A warrant was issued for his arrest and it remains active today.

At this point, the investigation shifted from an evidence gathering phase into a pursuit as IHIT and its many partners mobilized to locate and arrest Brandon Teixeira. He has managed to evade police so far but we are working hard to bring that to an immediate end.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MOUNTIES ARREST ARSONIST

Man slashed tires as he made his escape

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP are advising that a male suspect has been arrested following a suspicious residential fire in the Cloverdale area earlier this morning.

 

On April 3rd, at approximately 1 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a structure fire at a residence in the 5800-block of 191 A Street. Witnesses observed a male running from the area and slashing vehicle tires with a knife as he fled. The fire was extinguished by bystanders prior to police and fire attendance, limiting the damage to a garage door at the front of the residence.

 

Surrey RCMP Frontline officers attended the residence and confirmed the well-being of the occupants inside. Officers also located evidence consistent with a possible arson. With assistance from Police Dog Services and Langley RCMP, a suspect was located nearby in the 19100 block of 59th Avenue. The 25-year-old male suspect from Surrey was arrested without incident and taken into custody.

 

This incident is still under investigation and the suspect remains in custody. No charges have been laid at this time. Investigators believe this to be an isolated incident between individuals known to each other and there is no further risk to the public.

 

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO SEPARATE SHOOTINGS

Police look to the community for leads

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP are advising the public of two shooting incidents which took place in the city overnight.

 

The first incident occurred at approximately 2:08 am on April 3, inside a residence in the area of 91 Avenue and 148 Street. Police received reports of shots fired and a dark coloured SUV was observed fleeing the area. Frontline officers quickly attended and located an adult male inside the residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

 

Evidence gathered to this point in the investigation indicates that this was a targeted shooting.

 

The second incident occurred at approximately 2:46 am, outside of a residence in the area of 142 street and 110 Avenue. Surrey RCMP received multiple reports of shots fired. Frontline officers quickly responded and confirmed a shooting had occurred. No victims were located at the scene and the residence was vacant upon police arrival.

 

Investigators believe this was a targeted shooting related to the drug trade.

 

There is no information at this time to suggest these two shootings are related.

 

“The shootings which have occurred over the previous two days are concerning for our community.  It is understandable that these incidents can erode the public’s feelings of safety,” says Cpl Elenore Sturko, “We will continue to strategically target individuals and groups who put the public at risk through violent criminal activity.”

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit and the General Investigation Unit have assumed conduct of these investigations.  The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team, along with the Surrey Traffic Unit, and the Frontline officers will be conducting enhanced targeted enforcement.

 

Members of the public are asked to report suspicious activity in Surrey to the Surrey RCMP.

 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca


	

	

	

	

	

	




 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

PRINCE RUPERT RCMP

MAN DIES UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

Police look to the community for leads

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Monday April 1 2019 at approximately 8:11 PM, Prince Rupert RCMP received a call of a possible sudden death at residence on Beach Street in the small community of Kitkatla.

Frontline Officers responded and located a 34-year-old male with life threatening injuries. BCAS Medivac Helicopter from Prince Rupert, with a medical team was immediately called to the scene, however the male had succumbed to his injuries.

The North District Major Crime Unit was called and has assumed conduct of the investigation. A person of interest was located at the scene and has been questioned by police.

Although the investigation is in the early stages, police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

If you have any information about this, please contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250 627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

WOMAN SHOT DIES IN HOSPITAL

IHIT takes over investigation

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n April 2nd, just before 11:00 a.m., North Vancouver RCMP was called to the 1100 block of Lonsdale Avenue after witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area. When frontline officers arrived, they discovered an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to hospital and remains in critical condition.

The area surrounding the scene will remain cordoned off for a significant amount of time, but there is no ongoing risk to the public stemming from this incident. North Vancouver RCMP Serious Crimes investigators are in the evidence gathering phase of the investigation, and are not providing any further information at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TWO IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER SHOOTING

Police say targeted

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP is investigating a shooting and what is believed to be a related collision which occurred in the Guildford area.

 

At approximately 9 pm on Monday, April 1, Surrey RCMP received a report of shots fired in the 15300-block of 102A Street. Witnesses reported seeing a blue sedan fleeing the area.  A short time later, Surrey RCMP received numerous 911 calls reporting a serious multi-vehicle collision involving a blue sedan near 156 Street and 100 Avenue.

 

Surrey RCMP Frontline and Gang Enforcement officers, along with the Integrated Police Dog Service, quickly attended and secured both scenes.

 

Officers located one man with apparent gun shot injuries, and a second man with serious injures which are believed to be a result of the collision. Both of these males were transported to hospital in serious condition.

 

Three other males were located at or near the collision scene and taken into custody. All five of these individuals are currently detained by police for investigative purposes. Firearms were located and seized at the scene of the collision.

 

The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is a targeted incident related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

 

Although there was a risk to public safety as these events unfolded, there are no indications of a continued risk to the public as a result of this incident.

 

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken with police or may have dash-cam video, is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN ARRESTED IN PARK WITH FAKE GUN

COPS SAY INCIDENT ISOLATED

SGT. DAVID MACDONALD

 

t approximately 1:50 PM on March 30, 2019, Surrey RCMP received a report of a male with a firearm in the area of the Newton Athletic park where a large sporting event was taking place.

A male was subsequently located and arrested for various offences and is presently in police custody.

The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is an isolated incident, there is no risk to the public and the weapon was an imitation.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

SERIAL BURGLAR CAUGHT

POLICE WORKED IN MULTI-JURISDICTIONS

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

 

mall business owners work hard to make a go of things, and they’re a really important part of North Van’s community,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. “Now they have one less thing to worry about.”

Like following a trail of cheerios, North Vancouver RCMP’s Uniformed Crime Reduction Team (UCRT) methodically followed a serial burglar's trail of evidence. The 3-month crime spree targeted small businesses that were closed for the night. The burglar had already committed 11 break-ins in North Van, Delta, White Rock and Vancouver when UCRT members caught him in the middle of number 12.

On March 18, 2019, 42-year-old Burnaby resident Gordon Vincent Gladstone was charged with 12 counts of burglary for offences alleged to have occurred between September 1, 2018 and January 2, 2019. He remains in custody and is set to next appear before a judge on April 1.

Cooperation and information sharing between RCMP and Municipal agencies such as Vancouver Police and Delta Police was important in the case, said Sgt. DeVries. “We’ve known for a long time that we have to work together to solve inter-jurisdictional crime. This shows we are.”

 

 

  SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

TWO DEAD IN POLICE SHOOTOUT

MAN DIED ENGAGING ERT, WOMAN'S DEATH BEING INVESTIGATED

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) and the BC Coroners Service of a police-involved shooting in Surrey which has resulted in a death.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 28th the Surrey RCMP responded to a residence in the 13300 block of 98A after a report of man with a gun and a possible hostage situation. Frontline officers attended and evacuated a number of individuals from nearby homes and properties. A containment area was established and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team attended to assist the investigation. Multiple efforts were made throughout the night and into the morning to engage the barricaded male and a female hostage within the home in order to peacefully resolve the situation.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. members of the Emergency Response Team entered the home and a confrontation with the barricaded male ensued. The male sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at scene. A female victim was also located within the home with serious injuries. First aid was immediately provided by the officers and the woman was taken to hospital by Emergency Health Services, which were staged nearby throughout the incident. Despite medical efforts, the woman was pronounced deceased at hospital.

No police officers nor any other members of the public were injured.

The scene and any evidence have been secured, and the Independent Investigation Office of BC has been notified and are deploying to the scene. IIO BC will assume conduct of the investigation into the police involved shooting to see if there is any link between police actions and the man's death.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca 

 

 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

HOOLIGANS SMASH WINDOWS OUT OF 18 VEHICLES

SGT PETER DEVRIES

f wanting to ruin 18 people’s day for no reason could be a motive,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, “this is a pretty good match.”

North Vancouver RCMP are hoping someone knows who broke 18 car windows in one night. Between 11:00PM on March 9 and 8:30AM March 10, 2019, one or more people broke the front passenger windows of 18 different cars.

All of the cars were parked on the street in the blocks bounded by St. Georges Ave. and Forbes Ave., between 2nd St. and 5th St.

“Whoever did it didn’t steal anything,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, media spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. “In fact, they didn’t even enter any of the cars.” Investigators have no suspects and have not been able to find a clear motive. “If wanting to ruin 18 people’s day for no reason could be a motive,” said DeVries, “This is a pretty good match.”

Anyone with information about this crime, or anyone who was a victim but has not yet reported to police, can contact Cst. Sven Von Fersen at 604 985-1311, or by email at sven.vonfersen@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Anonymous tips can be made through Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, who will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.

 

 

 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

UNIQUE ITEMS STOLEN IN BREAK-IN

Among things was a Cam Am Quad

SGT JUDY BIRD

ast week, an unoccupied home in central Abbotsford was broken into and several items were stolen. The owner of the home had recently passed away, and family members discovered the theft when checking on the home.

The thieves took a variety of items, including some very identifiable belongings:

• 3 boxes of family photos
• Can Am side by side 2015 Quad
• 8 Thai opera dolls dressed in red and gold fabric, and wearing various removable masks depicting animals or demons

The Can Am side by side was seen driving down the street in Abbotsford near Gladys Road and George Ferguson Way.

Although the photos and dolls do not hold significant monetary value, they are of great sentimental value to the owner’s family. Any information leading to the return of these items would be very appreciated by the family.

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call us at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MOTHER AND TWO SONS KILLED IN CRASH

POLICE SAY SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

SGT CHAD GRIEG

n March 26, 2019 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received reports of a single vehicle collision on the 32 Avenue diversion under the Highway 99 overpass.  Emergency responders arrived on scene and found three people inside the vehicle.  The deaths were suspicious and IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation. 

A residence in the 14900-block of 35 Avenue, near the scene of the collision is believed to be related to the investigation and detectives will be on site collecting evidence.  IHIT as well as Surrey RCMP serious crime investigators will be in the area of the residence for the next few days canvassing door-to-door for witnesses.

“IHIT has now identified the three deceased people – a mother and her two sons. Their names are not being released as it will not further the investigation at this time,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends affected by this event.”

IHIT will continue to work with the B.C. Coroners Service on this investigation. 

There are no further details to provide and there will be no media availability.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

FAKE GUN BRINGS CHARGES

YOUNG MEN CAUGHT WAVING A GUN AROUND

SGT CHAD GRIEG

he Surrey RCMP advises that charges have now been laid against two males from Surrey in connection to an incident that occurred on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

At approximately 8:30pm, the Surrey RCMP received a report from an 18-year-old male victim advising that he and his passenger were driving southbound on 176 Street from Highway 10 and were being shot at by people in a Honda Civic.

Surrey RCMP Frontline members quickly attended the area and conducted patrols. The Honda was located in the area of 176 Street and 20 Avenue by officers and three male occupants were arrested. Additional officers located the victim on 176 Street near 8 Avenue and both occupants of the victim vehicle were uninjured. The Honda and victim’s vehicle were both seized as part of the investigation.

The General Investigation Unit assumed conduct of the investigation and continued to investigate the matter along with Frontline officers. Investigators have determined that an imitation firearm was involved and that this was a targeted incident involving parties known to each other. This incident is not believed to be linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang and drug conflict. 

A 17-year-old male has been charged with imitation firearm related charges. Another 17-year-old male has been charged with motor vehicle and driving related charges. The third male was released without charges.   

“The quick response by our Frontline officers and arrest of the subjects involved allowed investigators to continue with the investigation and have charges laid accordingly,” says Superintendent Ed Boettcher, Operations Officer. “The Surrey RCMP prides itself on providing timely responses to serious complaints to ensure the overall safety of the community.”   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

CRAIGSLIST SELLER RELIEVED OF EXPENSIVE WATCH

MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly before 9 p.m. on January 4, 2019, frontline officers from the Richmond RCMP responded to the 9600 block of Alberta Road for a report of a robbery.

 

The victim, a 38-year-old man from Richmond, was selling a luxury watch on Craigslist and arranged to meet the prospective buyer. When the “buyer” arrived, instead of purchasing the watch, he allegedly robbed the seller at gunpoint.

Richmond RCMP has exhausted all investigational avenues and is releasing a composite sketch in hopes that someone will be able to identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as:

• Caucasian male
• Medium build
• Wearing a camouflage hoodie, brown or gray jeans, baseball cap
• Full sleeve tattoo on his right arm

The suspect was last seen fleeing the scene in a dark coloured, newer model Ford SUV

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact Constable K. RAO of the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) at 604-278-1212. Please quote file # 2019-471.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
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 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 

 

RIDGE MEADOWS RCMP

MAN TRIES TO LURE YOUNG GIRL

POLICE SEEK LOOKING FOR SILVER SUV

CPL AARON PARADIS

idge Meadows RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest.

On Monday, March 11, at around 4:30 PM, police received a report about a man in the 23000-block area of 118 Ave, near Golden Ears Elementary School, who allegedly offered a ride home to a 12-year-old girl.  The girl said “no” and made it home safely.  The vehicle left the area without further incident.

Police are releasing a composite sketch of the alleged suspect and a video captured image of the alleged suspect vehicle from the area.

 

 

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

APARTMENT ARSON

POLICE SEEK FIREBUG

CPL DENNIS HWANG

round 4:30 a.m. on November 29, 2018, frontline officers from Richmond RCMP assisted Richmond-Fire Rescue with a large structure fire at a commercial business complex in the 12500-block of Bridgeport Road. A criminal investigation was initiated after evidence was uncovered suggesting that the fire was deliberately set.

“This fire deeply concerns us. The inherent safety risks to anyone in the surrounding vicinity of the blaze, to the emergency crews that responded to the incident, and the enormous monetary losses to property and business income. There is also the human factor - the toll to the community’s livelihood. Someone could have been in one of the adjacent business units and succumbed to the smoke. We would very much like to locate those responsible for this fire,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

Richmond RCMP has exhausted all investigative avenues and is releasing images of two suspects in hopes that the public will be able to assist us in their identification.

If anyone has information on this incident or can identify the persons in the images, please contact Constable B. Wong of the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file #2018-38186.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

IHIT INVESTIGATES DEATH

WOMAN DIES FROM AUGUST 2018 GUNSHOTS

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of a Chilliwack woman.
 

On August 9, 2018, the Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 9400-block of Woodbine Street. Emergency services arrived on-scene and found 43-year-old Stanny Carr with gunshot wounds. Ms. Carr was taken to hospital where she remained in critical condition until she succumbed to her injuries in early March of 2019. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation and continues to work alongside the Chilliwack RCMP to gather evidence.

“Ms. Carr was known to police and her death is not believed to be random,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

 

 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

THREE ARMED DRUG DENS TAKEN DOWN

FIVE SUSPECTS ARRESTED WITH FENTANYL, COCAINE, COMPUTERS, BICYCLES PART OF THE DEAL

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

An SKS rifle, alleged illegal drugs including fentanyl  and assorted drug paraphernalia.

 

CMP drug trafficking investigations in February 2019 led to the seizure of illegal drugs, firearms and the arrests of 5 individuals by police.

 

In response to reports received in early February 2019 by the RCMP of illegal drug activity the Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) officers gathered evidence during three separate investigations across the city.

 

The investigations led to the arrest of a 30 year-old-man from Chilliwack during a traffic stop on February 12th prior to the execution of a Controlled Drug and Substance (CDSA) search warrant of an apartment in the 45000-block of McIntosh Drive that evening.  The suspect was later released by police.

 

Drugs police believe to be crack cocaine, cocaine, shatter, and cannabis resin, cash, cell phones and a vehicle were seized  during the arrest of the suspect a large amount of alleged crack cocaine, cannabis resin, paraphernalia associated to drug trafficking and a SKS rifle were seized by officers during the execution of the search warrant.

 

 

Alleged illegal drugs, rifles, handgun, and cash.

 

On February 22, 2019 evidence collected during a second investigation directed police to the 46000-block of Gore Avenue where CRU officers supported by the Chilliwack Prolific Offender Priority Team (POST) executed a CDSA search warrant of a residence.  Three people were arrested during the execution of the search warrant with two individuals remaining in custody on unrelated matters while the third person was released from custody by police.

 

A large amount of alleged cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking together with firearms, personal and credit card information, computers, and bicycles linked to property reported stolen to RCMP from across the Upper Fraser Valley were seized by police during the search.

 

The month closed with the execution of a Cannabis Act search warrant by CRU officers at a residence in the 46000-block of Bridal Ridge Crescent.  One person at the scene was arrested and later released by police.  Officers seized an alleged 476 marihuana plants and equipment used to cultivate marihuana during the execution of the search warrant.

 

Following a thorough review by investigators of evidence gathered during the investigations all circumstances of each investigation will be forwarded in reports to the BC Prosecution Service for their assessment of CDSA, Criminal Code, and Cannabis Act charges. 

 

“Chilliwack RCMP remain dedicated in our commitment to prevent illegal drugs from reaching the streets of our community,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

 

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 

 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

THUG ROBS GAS STATION

Police looking to ID suspect

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

CMP is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect captured by security cameras.

 

The photographs show the image of the suspect in the robbery of a service station in the 45000-block of Hocking Avenue, which was reported to Chilliwack RCMP on the early morning of December 6, 2018.

 

Chilliwack Crime Reduction Team (CRU) supported by General Investigation Support Team (GIST), Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) and general duty officers conducted a thorough examination of the scene and gathered evidence that included images of a suspect taken by security cameras.

 

“RCMP is reaching out to the public for assistance to identify this individual,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

 

Anyone with information to this incident is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 

 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN GRABBED

Police reach out to the community for information

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey Surrey RCMP is releasing two composite sketches of a suspect in a sexual assault which occurred in the Newton area.

On March 13, 2019, at approximately 9:30pm, a woman was grabbed from behind and groped by an unknown man as she was walking northbound on 124th Street near 72nd Avenue. The woman was able to get away from the man, however, he followed her to her front door and attempted to assault her again. The female managed to get inside her residence without him doing so. The man was last seen heading southbound on 124th Street.

The male suspect is described as 5'10'' tall, with a skinny build and a short black beard. His ethnicity is unknown. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a long black jacket with a creamed coloured shirt underneath. The public is requested to look at the composite sketches and call police if they can help to identify this person.

The Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit has taken conduct of this investigation and investigators are making an appeal for any witnesses to come forward with information. They are also requesting anyone who may have been driving in the area, or who may have dash cam video from the area at the time of the offence, to come forward.

“Incidents like this are not only upsetting for the victim, but also for the community,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “We are encouraging anyone with information that can help us in this investigation to come forward.”

Surrey RCMP is providing tips to the community regarding personal safety precautions:

• Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes, avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
• Walk with friends.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
• Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
• Don’t assist strangers.
• Trust your instincts and your feelings.
• Phone if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

ATM ROBBER SOUGHT

Woman Ordered to Withdraw Cash, Police look to ID suspect

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect in a robbery which occurred in the City Centre area.


On February 24, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm, a woman was using the ATM machine when she was approached from behind by a man who threatened her with a weapon and demanded that she withdraw money from her account.

Investigators believe the man fled eastbound and was last seen near Whalley Boulevard and 102 Avenue. It is believed that he could have possibly boarded a taxi at that location.

The suspect is described as tall Caucasian male, with a slim build, and facial hair. He was wearing a two tone grey winter jacket, light colour pants, and gloves.

Investigators are asking anyone who can help identity the suspect to call the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

Robbery prevention tips:

• Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and know where you are going.
• Limit distractions. Store valuables out of sight and remove your headphones
• Stay visible. Stick to well-lit areas and don’t wear dark clothing at night.
• If you are approached, verbally threatened or physically assaulted you can avoid further confrontation by giving the perpetrator the property they want. Do not engage in the altercation as it increases your chance of getting physically harmed.
• Try to take note of what the suspect(s) looks like and their direction of travel. Physical descriptors such as: height/weight, clothing, and visible markings like scars, tattoos or piercings can help the police in later identifying the suspect. Call police as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

GIRLS AND GUNS

Woman with ankle bracelet arrested at mall with loaded hand gun

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n January 21, 2019, Abbotsford Police investigated an uttering threats incident. Abbotsford Police charged Danielle RIGDON, a female in her early 40’s, with Pointing a Firearm, Assault with a Weapon, and Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm. Subsequent to the arrest, officers searched her residence and seized a loaded firearm and ammunition.

RIGDON appeared in court, and was released subject to house arrest, and electronic bracelet monitoring.

On March 18, 2019, Danielle RIGDON unlawfully left her residence and was quickly tracked by her electronic bracelet to Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, where she was arrested by Abbotsford Police without incident. During the arrest, she attempted to turn over a bag to a friend, but the bag was intercepted by the arresting officers. Within the bag, officers located a loaded handgun, drugs and cash.

Danielle RIGDON remains in custody and is additionally charged with:

• Carrying a Concealed Weapon
• Possession of a Prohibited Firearm
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm
• Possession of a Prohibited Device Dangerous to the Public
• Possession of a Controlled Substance
• Breach of Undertaking/ Recognizance (three counts)

Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents is asked to call AbbyPD at 604-859-5225, or text us at 222973 (abbypd). To report anonymously to Crime Stoppers, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or report online at Solvecrime.ca.

Abby PD file: Incident 1-19-2754 - Incident 2- 19-11356

 

 

 MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

ROBBERS ARRESTED

Hoods responsible for three pharmacy robberies

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the community that charges have now been laid against two males in relation to three robberies that occurred on February 7th in Surrey and Delta.

On February 7th, at approximately 6:50pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of an armed robbery of a pharmacy in the 15100-block of Fraser Highway. Investigators learned that two males entered the store with their faces covered, brandishing a knife, allegedly demanding money and pharmaceuticals. No employees were physically hurt in the robbery. Approximately fifteen minutes later, the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a similar armed robbery at another pharmacy a short distance away in the-15900-block of Fraser Highway.

Multiple police officers from the Surrey RCMP, Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) and Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) attended the area and conducted patrols for the suspects and vehicle. Police located and attempted to stop the believed suspect vehicle, which attempted to flee and caused a minor collision with a police vehicle. The suspect driver quickly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot where he was quickly arrested by Surrey Frontline and IPDS officers. No individuals were injured in the collision or during the arrest.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned of a third similar armed robbery that occurred on February 7th around 5:15pm at a pharmacy in Delta in the 6900-block of Scott Road.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Section took conduct of the occurrences in Surrey and worked closely with Delta Police to advance the investigations collaboratively, which resulted in multiple criminal charges against two men.

Karman Singh Grewal, 26-years-old of Vancouver, has been charged with:

• Three counts of Robbery
• One count of Fail to stop for a peace officer
• One count of Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• One count of Obstruction of a peace officer

Gursimran Sahota, 21-years-old of Surrey, has been charged with:

• Three counts of Robbery
• Three counts of Committing an indictable offence with face covered
• One count of Assault by threatening to use a weapon
 


Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident, who has not yet spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN SHOT

Released from hospital then arrested on outstanding warrants

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the community of an investigation into a shooting which occurred in Hawthorne Park, on Sunday March 17, 2019.

 

 At approximately 2:30pm, Surrey RCMP responded to the area of 142A Street and 108 Avenue, near Hawthorne Park, after receiving reports that a man had been shot. Police quickly located the man who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, walking in the area. Investigators also located the area where it is believed the shooting occurred, inside Hawthorne Park.

 

The injured man was transported to the hospital. He was treated and released the same day and taken into police custody in relation to outstanding warrants for his arrest.

 

Investigators believe the shooting took place during an altercation between two groups of people who were inside the park and is believed to have been a targeted incident.

 

Police are looking for two suspects, but have limited descriptions at this time. Both suspects are described as males wearing dark hooded clothing.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

GOTCHA!

PROLIFIC OFFENDER CAUGHT WITH STOLEN VEHICLE AND GUN

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP’s Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) has arrested a 35-year-old man, who is now facing numerous charges including possession of stolen property and possession of a prohibited firearm.

 

Robert Leo Jones of Surrey was arrested on March 13, 2019, after he was located by members of the ACTT, allegedly in possession of a white Jeep Cherokee which had been reported stolen out of Vancouver on March 11, 2019. Jones was safely arrested with the assistance of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team.  

 

At the time of his arrest, Jones was also allegedly in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and ammunition. Investigators also located and seized a quantity of suspected illicit drugs, credit cards and other items believed to be stolen property.

 

Jones has been charged with the numerous Criminal Code Offenses including:

• possession of property obtained by crime

• carrying a concealed weapon and prohibited weapons offenses

• unauthorized possession of a firearm

• unauthorized use of credit card data

• driving while prohibited and breaches of several court orders

He was also wanted in outstanding warrants other unrelated charges. 

“Prolific offenders tend to be responsible for a majority of auto thefts, so arrests like this can have a significant positive impact on property crime in the community at multiple levels,” said Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, Acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “We are pleased that this investigation has resulted in both the recovery of a stolen vehicle, and the seizure of an illegal firearm. Stolen vehicles are often used in to facilitate other offences. This arrest and contraband seizure represents a disruption in a continuing string of property related offences.”

The role of the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team is to identify and target prolific auto crime offenders in order to gather evidence and apprehend suspects involved in auto crime.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019 

 

VALEMOUNT RCMP

Police looking for Vehicle

Chevrolet Traverse may be tied to homicide

CPL JANELLE SHOILET

 

he North District Major Crime Unit (MCU is seeking information about a vehicle believed to be associated to the homicide which occurred in Valemount earlier this week.

Just after 11 a.m. on Sunday March 10, 2019 Valemount RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of a deceased man at a residence in the 1800-block of Main Street, Valemount. North District MCU was called to assist, as the man’s death has been deemed a homicide.

While the man has been identified by police, his identity is not being confirmed publicly.

North District MCU is now asking anyone who may have seen, or have information about a 2013 white Chevrolet Traverse to report to police.

We are trying to determine a timeline with respect to the vehicle’s whereabouts leading up to and following the man’s death, states Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, BC RCMP Media Relations Officer. We are circulating a stock photo of the vehicle and asking anyone who may have any information about it’s location, or occupants to contact RCMP.

If you have information about any aspect of this investigation, please contact the Valemount RCMP at 250 566-4466, North District MCU at 250-613-6744 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 

 

EDMONTON  RCMP

COP CHARGED IN 2013 EDMONTON STABBING  

LANGLEY CONSTABLE ARRESTED IN CHILLIWACK

DAWN ROBERTS

 

junior constable, currently posted to Langley RCMP Detachment, has been charged with assault in relation to a stabbing that occurred at a fast food restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta in 2013, prior to the officer joining the RCMP. Two victims received serious injuries and the unidentified suspect fled the scene.

In January 2019, new information gathered by Edmonton Police Service caused it to engage the assistance of the BC RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

On March 12, 2019, Benjamen Kozlovich was arrested in Chilliwack, BC on unendorsed warrants for Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. He has made his first appearance in court and has been released on bail.

The BC RCMP has launched an internal investigation and is assessing the member’s employment status. Kozlovich, who completed RCMP training in January 2018, is a probationary member.

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

RANDOM ACT OF NO KINDNESS  

MAN SUFFERS NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES

CPL. MIKE RAIL

 

CMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) searched a residence as officers’ conduct their investigation of a home invasion reported to police over the weekend.

 

On March 10, 2019, around 1:00 a.m. the Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of a 42-year-old man suffering non life-threatening injuries, who had been transported the hospital.  RCMP investigators quickly connected the report to an earlier incident at a residence in the 46000-block of Norrish Avenue.    

 

Late in the morning of March 11, 2019, Chilliwack SCU officers supported by the Chilliwack General Investigation Support Team, Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and general duty officers executed a search warrant at the Norrish Avenue address. Evidence associating the occurrence to the address was seized by police during the search.

 

“Chilliwack RCMP investigators are in the early evidence gathering stage of their investigation and do not believe the incident was a random act,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

BODY FOUND  

POLICE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY MAN

CPL. MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP are investigating after a man’s body was discovered in the Fraser River near the Port Mann Bridge.

The body was discovered by a boat operator at about 3:00 p.m. on March 12, 2019, but could not be retrieved until the following morning due to dangerous water conditions. At this time there is no indication of foul play.

Once the man’s identity is confirmed, his identity will be protected by the Privacy Act unless the death is suspicious and there is a need to further the investigation. Police investigators are working closely with the BC Coroners Service to identify the man and clarify the circumstances surrounding his death.
 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 

 

VANDERHOOF RCMP

POLICE SEEK BREAK AND ENTER THIEVES  

MOST OF THE ITEMS STOLEN STILL MISSING

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Sunday February 24 2019 residents discover a break in at their Cluculz Lake home. Frontline Officers from Vanderhoof responded to the home. Vanderhoof RCMP requested the assistance of the Prince George Forensic Identification Service.

Evidence, including video surveillance, has been obtained but the police look to the public for help. With the amount of property taken from the home it is likely the suspect(s) would have been in a vehicle.

Numerous items were stolen, including a 4 person Kawasaki side by side. The Kawasaki was recovered in Williams Lake on February 28 2019 however the the rest of the property is still missing.

If you have any information on who may be responsible for this crime, or perhaps where the stolen property may be, you are asked contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250 567- 2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

PROWLER PEEKING IN WINDOWS  

POLICE URGE VIGILANCE

SGT. JUDY BIRD

 

his past weekend, Abbotsford Police officers responded to a report of a prowler lurking outside the windows of a residence in the 33400 block of Babich Place.

A homeowner observed a male in his backyard, peering through a window and watching family members inside his home. The homeowner called out to the male, who casually walked away, out of view. The homeowner believes the suspect was familiar with the home’s property and layout, as he was able to divert around motion sensors and left with ease.

The male is described as standing 6’-6’3” tall. He was wearing all black clothing and gloves, and his face was covered.

The Abbotsford Police Department reminds residents to:

• Call 911 to report suspicious activity.
• Turn on outside lights to deter people from prowling close to your house.
• Lock windows and close blinds or drapes to deter people from entering or watching through your windows.

If you do observe someone in your yard, please call 911 and do not contaminate the scene by entering the area where the person was observed. Police will want to collect evidence left behind, and possibly use a Police Service Dog to locate the person.
 

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 

 

KAMPLOOPS RCMP

INEBRIATED MAN FOUND DEAD IN CELLS  

POLICE INVESTIGATING

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Kamloops which has resulted in a man’s death.

 

At 9:30 p.m. on March 12, Kamloops RCMP responded to a complaint from a business in the 100-block of Victoria Street that a man, who had previously been requested not to attend the business, was present and appeared intoxicated. Officers located the man in a nearby parking lot. Based on their observations the man was arrested under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and lodged in Kamloops RCMP cells, to be released when he was able to care for himself.

 

Just before 6 a.m. this morning, March 13, the man was found unresponsive in his cell and has since been pronounced deceased.
 

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

 

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca 

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

MAN HIDES IN STORES UNTIL STAFF GONE  

EMPLOYEE WALKED IN ON HIM

SGT. PETER DEVRIES

 

orth Vancouver resident Shane Davidson has been found guilty of a handful of property crime offences. He was convicted January 18, 2019, of three counts of burglary, one count of assault, and one count of theft under $5000.

Mr. Davidson entered stores during business hours, somehow made his way into the ceiling and then hid there, sometimes for hours, until the store closed. Once everyone had left for the night he cut his way out of the ceiling, searched for cash, clothing, and other valuables, and then broke out.
 

Watch a 9 second YouTube video clip here.

In one early morning incident, Mr. Davidson miscalculated. "An employee walked into the cash room around five AM," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP. "There he was, standing in the dark. Imagine how terrifying that was for her." To add injury to insult, when the employee screamed in shock, Mr. Davidson physically assaulted her before he took off running.

RCMP recommended charges in February, 2018, two of them under a less commonly used section of the Criminal Code, S. 348(1)(c), breaking out of a place after committing an offence while inside.

"The surveillance video made it pretty easy," said DeVries. "Prolific offenders are really well-known to us. We know how they operate, where they tend to commit crimes, and what they look like. One good screengrab can get us a long way towards making a positive ID."

A judge remanded Mr. Davidson until his sentencing hearing on April 29, 2019 at the Vancouver law courts. He has been in custody since May, 2018.
 

 

 

 TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

EARLY MORNING SHOOTING   

MAN IN SERIOUS CONDITION IN HOSPITAL

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

ichmond RCMP is investigating after being called to shooting on Mitchell Island earlier this morning and a vehicle fire which followed.

Just after 9:00 a.m. this morning, March 12, Richmond RCMP were called to a training facility in the 11000-block of Twigg Place on Mitchell Island, for a report that a man had been shot. A witness reported seeing a man, dressed in black fleeing the area on foot.

Upon arrival at the scene, frontline officers discovered a 25-year-old man suffering from serious, potentially life threatening injuries.  He has been transported to a local area hospital and is receiving treatment.

A short time later, Richmond RCMP received a report of a vehicle on fire in the 5600-block of No. 7 Road, Richmond. At this time police cannot confirm whether the shooting and vehicle fire are related, however the shooting is not believed to a random incident. 

The Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit with support from the Integrated Forensic Identification Service and Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service and Richmond RCMP Frontline officers have contained both scenes and are in the evidence gathering phase.

BC RCMP Media Relations Officer Sgt. Janelle Shoihet states, “At this point, we are asking anyone who may have been a witness to either of these incidents and have not already spoken with police, to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.”

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

MAN ARRESTED IN DEATH OF WOMAN   

HUGHES FACES SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES

CPL FRANK JANG

 

Murder victim Christine Denham.

Chilliwack man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Christine Denham.

On February 26, 2019, at about 1 p.m., the Chilliwack RCMP responded to a residence in the 9400-block of Victor Street and found 42-year-old Christine Denham inside the home with a gunshot wound.  She was taken to hospital but succumbed to her injuries on March 1, 2019.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the file and determined early on that this was not a random act.     

In the ensuing days, IHIT and its partners diligently followed the evidence trail and presented their case to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge approval consideration. 

On March 8, 2019, 41-year-old Shane Travis Hughes was arrested and charged with second degree murder for Christine Denham’s death.  The two were known to each other. 

Mr. Hughes will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on March 11, 2019.    

“This investigation highlights IHIT’s unwavering resolve to gather and compile the evidence in a timely manner,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “The work is not done for IHIT as investigators will be busy completing final disclosure packages for furtherance to Crown Counsel and victim services will continue to provide support for Ms. Denham’s family in the days ahead.”   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 

 

100 MILE HOUSE RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH   

Crime Unit reaches out to the community for more information

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Sunday March 10, 2019 at approximately 10 AM the One Hundred Mile House RCMP received a 911 call that a male had been shot in a residence on Cedar Street.

Frontline Officers and EHS responded and located an adult male who was deceased.

The North District Major Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation and the police can confirm that this event is being investigated as a homicide.

This residence was well known to police and although the investigation is in the early stages, police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

If you have any information about this, please contact the 100 Mile House RCMP at 250 395-2456 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477

 

 MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 

 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

MAN, 60, SHOT TO DEATH   

Police say targeted and look for information

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Sunday March 10, 2019 at approximately 11:03 AM Valemount RCMP received a call of a deceased male.

Frontline Officers responded and located a 60-year-old deceased male.

The North District Major Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation and the police can confirm that this event is being investigated as a homicide.

Although the investigation is in the early stages, police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

If you have any information about this, please contact the Valemount RCMP at 250 566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477

 

 TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

EXPENSIVE SUNGLASSES TARGETED  

Thieves attacked security with stun gun

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

esterday, two males entered a store in Sevenoaks Shopping Center, and attempted to steal a pair of sunglasses worth $700.  When confronted by staff, the males fled on foot.

 

While exiting the mall, one of the suspects attempted to use a conducted energy weapon on a mall security guard.

 

Two males matching the suspects’ descriptions were located a short time later and arrested. 


Two young Abbotsford men, 18 years old and 17 years old, remain in custody facing numerous charges including Robbery, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and failing to comply with court orders.

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 

 

BURNABY RCMP

GUN PRACTICE IN BURNABY PARK   

POLICE SAY RIFLE USED, NO INJURIES

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

n Wednesday March 6, 2019 at about 8:40 pm, the RCMP responded to a report of loud bangs being heard in Confederation Park located in North Burnaby. Upon arrival, police found three people who appear to have been target shooting with a hunting rifle. Two adult males and one adult female were taken into custody. They are facing a variety of firearms related charges. None of the persons taken into custody are known to police. An extensive search of the park using the Integrated Police Dog Services did not uncover any injured people or animals.

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

CARJACKER HAS BOOK THROWN AT HIM   

Cowboy charged with multiple firearms offences

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

cooperative investigation involving Coquitlam RCMP, Surrey RCMP, and Burnaby RCMP has led to a series of charges against an 18-year-old Vancouver man who is well-known to police.

On the evening of December 11, 2018, Jeevan Johal Saepan is accused of robbing a driver of his vehicle in Surrey, then causing a hit-and-run collision with a police vehicle in Burnaby, and then shooting at another vehicle while driving in Coquitlam.

"We live in good communities and we want the public to know that their local RCMP detachments will always work together to keep our streets safe", says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. "No one was hurt in this incident, but we appreciate that it could have been worse. We have done a thorough and impartial investigation and want to reassure people that this is believed to be an isolated incident".

Saepan is facing the following charges:

• Robbery using a restricted/prohibited firearm,
• Unlawfully discharging a firearm,
• Possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm,
• Occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm is present,
• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,
• Failure to stop at a collision.

Saepan has been released on a number of conditions and will next appear in Port Coquitlam court on March 13, 2019.

 

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 

 

RIDGE MEDAOWS RCMP

WANTED: DUSTIN EVANS       

Possible reward offered

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

idge Meadows RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Dustin Evans who is wanted on five outstanding warrants.

Dustin William Randall Evans is wanted on five outstanding Provincial warrants for twelve (12) alleged offences relating to;

• breach of undertaking
• weapons offences
• assault
• break and enter
• property crimes

He is described as a twenty-nine (29) year old Caucasian man who is six feet tall with a slender build, one-hundred-seventy (170) pounds with short brown hair.

If you see Mr. Evans do not approach him. Call 911 immediately.

If you have information about Mr. Evan’s where-abouts please contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251. If you wish to remain anonymous call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.solvecrime.ca. Crime Stoppers may pay a reward of up to $2000.00 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

 

 

 TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?   

WANTED: Stevie Ziko

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

tevie Ryan ZIKO, 32 years old, is wanted outstanding warrants. Last week, Abbotsford Police spoke with ZIKO on the phone in an attempt to convince him to turn himself in; however, during this call he advised the officers that he had moved to Calgary.  AbbyPD believes that this was a diversionary tactic, and ZIKO in fact remains at large in BC.  It has since been determined that the phone ZIKO used to speak with police is associated to two active investigations for the fraudulent purchase of high-end SUVs.

 

AbbyPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Stevie Ryan ZIKO.  ZIKO is currently wanted by the Abbotsford Police Department on BC-wide arrest warrants for identity theft, personation, fraud, use of forged documents, driving while prohibited, breach of an undertaking, breach of probation and assaulting police.  The Surrey RCMP and North Cowichan RCMP also have outstanding warrants for ZIKO’s arrest.  In total, ZIKO is wanted on 9 arrest warrants related to 27 charges.

 

ZIKO 5’10” tall, weighs 180 bs and has brown hair and hazel eyes (see photo).

Police believe that ZIKO is in the lower mainland and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. 

Anyone with information about Stevie Ryan ZIKO should call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text APD at 222973 (abbypd). If ZIKO is observed, please call 911.

 

 TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

TWO COPS INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT   

SUSPECT STILL ON LOOSE

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

Update: This was an extremely serious collision, which could have resulted in significant injury or the death of these officers.  However, we are relieved that the prognosis for both officers appears to be positive.  No service dogs were injured in the collision. This incident has shaken the police community, and we are grateful for the public’s overwhelming support.

 

The other vehicle believed to be involved in the collision has been recovered, and the driver responsible is being sought.  We continue to ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or has information, dash-cam or CCTV footage to please call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9511 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Our thoughts are with the RCMP officer who remains in hospital. We wish both officers a speedy recovery.

 

Original release:

Burnaby RCMP Traffic Services is investigating a collision involving a suspect vehicle and a police vehicle, which occurred just before noon today in the 5000-block of North Fraser Way and North Fraser Crescent.  

Based on current information, we believe the police vehicle was stationary and pulled over at the side of the road, when it was struck. Two police officers from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service, standing outside the police vehicle, were injured as a result. The two male officers, one an RCMP member and one from the Abbotsford Police Department, are currently being treated at hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening. 

Police are hoping to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision. Please call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9511 with any information.

 

 

 MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

WOMAN GRABBED IN SURREY PARK   

POLICE LOOKING TO THE COMMUNITY FOR LEADS

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of a sexual assault, which took place in the Newton area, and asking the public to come forward with any additional information.

 

At approximately 9:40 pm, on February 22, 2019, a woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown man as she was walking in West Newton Community Park, located in the 13000-block of 59th Avenue. The man threatened the woman and demanded sexual acts. The woman was able to escape the man and was physically unharmed.

 

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit have taken conduct of the file and are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect in this incident. 

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian male, in his 20s, with a medium build, and approximately 5'7” tall. He was described as having a chubby face with a small beard. At the time of the assault he was wearing a woolen hat and a dark jacket.
 

Investigators also believe there were people in the park at the time of the incident and are appealing for those people to come forward with any information they have.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

HOME INVASION   

Police looking for witnesses, dash cam or closed circuit footage

SGT JUDY BIRD


he Abbotsford Police are seeking witnesses, CCTV and dashcam footage to help identifying four suspects wanted in connection with a home invasion in city's central neighbourhood.

Police were called to a home invasion in the area of Maclure Road and Horn Street last night at 4:30pm.

A 54-year-old man and 54-year-old female were home at the time when they were confronted by four men wearing hoodies.

The suspects forced their way into the home, produced a firearm and demanded money and drugs. The male resident was able to leave through the back door, while the female hid in another room.

The suspects ransacked the house and were seen fleeing the house with a duffle bag containing unknown items, including the keys to a black BMW parked in the driveway. When the resident attempted to confront the suspects as they were leaving in his car, a single shot was discharged from inside the vehicle, breaking the driver's side window.

Neither resident was injured during this incident.

The suspects fled in the stolen black BMW and a white sedan was seen following behind. The stolen BMW was located abandoned a short distance away.

Police believe this was a targeted incident.

The AbbyPD Major Crime Unit detectives continue to investigate this incident and ask that anyone with information about this incident to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CLANDESTINE OPERATION   

Cops take down drug house arrest three

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

ver a two week period, the Surrey RCMP investigated individuals suspected of allegedly dealing illicit drugs, which culminated in the execution of a search warrant in the Guildford area. 

 

On Thursday February 21, the Surrey RCMP Drug Section conducted a search on a residence in the 15600-block of 99B Avenue. During the course of the overall investigation and the search of the residence, investigators seized approximately 50 doses of suspected cocaine, approximately 34 doses of suspected fentanyl/heroin, approximately $1,900 cash and two vehicles suspected of being offence related property. Three individuals have been arrested and since released while the investigation continues.

 

“These alleged illegal activities posed not only a significant threat to those who use illicit drugs, but also to the general public, due to these activities being connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. “Through prevention, education, interdiction and enforcement, the Surrey RCMP will continue to strategically investigate individuals and locations involved in the illegal drug trade.”   

 

Anyone with information or observes suspicious activity is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE

Hapless duo busted, facing numerous charges

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP is advising the public of an investigation which included the execution of a search warrant at a local business. The investigation resulted in charges against two men and the seizure of property including a sawed-off rifle.

This investigation was initiated by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) as a follow up on suspicious activity reported in association to the location of a local oil change business. On February 13, 2019, the Surrey RCMP CRU executed a search warrant in the 7200-block of 128 Street.

During the investigation police located a seized a number of items including a large amount of personal identification, credit cards and passports believed to be stolen as well as a sawed-off rifle. Two men are now facing a number of criminal charges.

Steven Werner, 57-years-old, of Surrey, has been charged with:
• Four counts of possession of identity documents
• Possession of a firearm while prohibited to do so
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm
• Unsafe storage of a firearm
• Possession of a stolen or forged credit card
• Possession of property obtained by crime

Movin Nur, 37-years-old, of Surrey, has been charged with:

• Three counts of possession of a stolen or forged credit card
• Two counts of possession, trafficking in, or use of credit card data and personal authentication information
• Unauthorized use of a credit card
• Possession of identity documents
• Fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance

“This investigation is an excellent example of the Community Response Unit’s ability to effectively target commercial operations that are being used to victimize our community,” said Staff Sergeant Winston Shorey, South CRU Commander. “We encourage the public to continue to provide us with tips and information which assists us in our efforts to combat crime in Surrey.”.

The Surrey RCMP Community Response Units provide targeted enforcement of problematic areas and individuals identified through intelligence, neighborhood complaints, and crime analysis/trends. They provide uniformed deployment to address crime, nuisance activity, and neighborhood safety through pro-active policing strategies.

 

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

Girl Grabbed

Police looking for dash cam footage

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP is advising the public of an alleged stranger assault on a youth, and is asking the public to help identify the suspect.

 

On February 26, 2019, at approximately 9:15 am, a 16-year-old girl was walking in the area of 154 Street and 101A Avenue when she was approached by an unknown man. The man grabbed the girl by the arm as she walked by and attempted to walk her in the direction of a parked vehicle. The girl was able to break free from the man and get away.
 

The suspect is described as a male in his early 20s with tanned/reddish skin, approximately 6’0 tall, and a medium build. The male had a chisel shaped jaw, pointy nose, and was clean shaven. He was wearing a grey hoodie with brownish pants and red shoes.

 

The vehicle is described as a small, silver early 2000’s model sedan, possibly a Kia or a Subaru.

 

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area around 9:00 to 9:30am who may have dash-cam video to contact the Surrey RCMP.

 

Anyone with information or witnessed this occurrence who has not already spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 

 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

WANTED: ROBERT RENNIE

One suspect arrested, one remains at large in alleged robbery and kidnapping

CPL JODI SHELKIE

 

amloops RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Robert James RENNIE.

On February 14th, 2019, two males were robbed and a female kidnapped in Kamloops. Through investigation, the Kamloops Serious Crime Unit have identified suspects who are believed to have been involved in this crime.

Robert James RENNIE has been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Robert RENNIE is from Kamloops and is believed to still be in the area. RENNIE was previously known to police and is known to be involved in the local drug trade.

Description:
• Caucasian male
• 31-years-old.
• 6’ 1” tall
• 160 lbs
• Brown hair
• Brown eyes

Earlier today, February 20, the Southeast District Emergency Response Team in conjunction with Kamloops RCMP made an arrest at a residence on Brandon Avenue. Michael James MATHIESON, 36-years-old, was arrested and has now been charged with Robbery, Forcible Confinement and Firearm Offences. MATHIESON is from Kamloops and was previously known to police.

 

Officers are aggressively working on all investigations.  Reducing organized crime is a top priority for Kamloops RCMP. 

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE END ROBBERY SPREE

Cocky suspect arrested after four bank robberies in four hours

SGT CHAD GREIG

 

he Surrey RCMP advises that a suspect has been arrested and charged after allegedly committing four robberies in a four-hour span on February 12.

 

At approximately 1:45 pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of a bank robbery located in the 10400-block of 152nd Street. The suspect allegedly threatened and demanded money from a bank employee before fleeing the area on foot prior to police arrival.

 

Within the next four hours, Surrey RCMP received three additional reports of similar robberies at different financial institutions in the North Surrey area. The second incident occurred in the 15100-block of 101 Avenue and the third incident occurred in the 12800-block of 96 Avenue.  The fourth alleged robbery occurred in the 10400-block of King George Boulevard at approximately 5:45 pm. Frontline officers quickly responded and located the suspect outside the financial institution, who was arrested without incident.

 

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took conduct and began coordinating all four incidents with the continued assistance of the Frontline officers. Investigators were able to gather and analyse sufficient evidence from each occurrence to allegedly link all four robberies to one suspect. 

 

Richard Orr, 24-years-old, has now been charged with four counts of Robbery and remains in custody.

 

Anyone with information about this incident who has not yet spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 

 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

WANTED: GORDON BRATTEN, HUGH McINTOSH

Considered armed and dangerous

CPL JODI SHELKIE

amloops RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating two men wanted for the murder of Jason Glover.

Hugh Macintosh
 

On February 15th, Jason Glover was shot at a residence on Tranquille Road. He subsequently died in hospital. Through investigation, the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit has identified two suspects; Gordon Wayne BRAATEN and Hugh Alexander McINTOSH.

Gordon BRATTEN and Hugh McINTOSH have each been charged with Murder and Attempted Murder.

BRAATEN and McINTOSH are from Kamloops, however, their current whereabouts is unknown. Both were previously known to police and known to be involved in the local drug trade. It is believed this homicide was a targeted incident.

Gordon Bratten

Descriptions:

BRAATEN:
• Caucasian
• 35 years-old
• 6’ tall
• 165 lbs
• Short brown hair
• Green eyes
• Athletic build


McINTOSH:
• Caucasian
• 51 years-old
• 5’ 8” tall
• 190 lbs
• Shaved, balding brown hair
• Green eyes
• Medium build

BRAATEN and McINTOSH are considered armed and dangerous. If you know of their whereabouts, call 911 immediately, do not confront them. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Kamloops RCMP remains committed to ensuring the safety of our community. Our officers are working hard to identify, target and arrest individuals with ties to any of the recent violence.

 

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

ONE ON SNOWSHOES RESCUED, ONE MISSING

Search will resume Wednesday morning

CPL RICHARD DE JONG

n Monday, February 18, 2019 at approximately 10:00 am North Vancouver RCMP received a 9-1-1 call from a hiker in distress in the Mount Seymour area of North Vancouver. The caller advised that he and his friend were snowshoeing in the mountainous area between ‘Runners Peak’ and ‘Mount Elsay’ when they were caught up in an avalanche. The caller, a 30 year-old male from Surrey, stated he was safe hanging onto a tree, but was unable to see his friend.

Emergency services were dispatched along with North Shore Search & Rescue. The remoteness of the area and inclement weather at the time had an adverse effect on rescue personnel arriving at the scene in a timely manner. At approximately 5:00 pm the caller, who received no serious injury, was airlifted off the mountain. With daylight running out and the terrain remaining very unstable, the search for the other hiker was called off.

The search for the other hiker, a 39 year-old Surrey male resident, will recommence once the weather and snow conditions allow for a safe and thorough air and ground search.

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 

 

IHIT RCMP

ELDERLY MAN DIES FROM ASSAULT

Police say death linked to gang activity

SGT CHAD GREIG

 

n February 17th, at approximately 2:15 pm, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers attended a residence in the 13300-block of 105 Avenue after receiving a report of an assault. Upon arrival, investigators located an unconscious 60 year-old male with injuries consistent with foul play. The male was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for an undetermined amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct of the investigation and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP.

Investigators do not believe this occurrence is linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict and was an isolated targeted event with no continued risk to public safety.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase and no further information will be provided at this time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

STABBING  AT  BANQUET

Victim recieved non life-threatening injuries

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public with an on-going investigation into a stabbing at a local banquet hall on February 15.

 

This past Friday, at approximately 10:00 pm, the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing at a banquet hall located in the 8100 of 128 Street.  Upon arrival, investigators located a 20-year-old male with serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.

 

At the time of the occurrence, the banquet hall was hosting a large event with hundreds of people in attendance.  Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or has video of the assault to come forward and speak with the investigators.   
 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit now has conduct of the investigation.

 

 

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS CAUGHT

ERT was called in to free woman

CST JODIE SHELKIE

 

arly on the morning of February 14th, 2019 in downtown Kamloops, three individuals, two men and a woman, were robbed by two men armed with firearms.  After the robbery, police believed the suspects took the woman against her will in one of the other victim’s vehicles.

 

Through subsequent investigation it was learned that the suspects may attend a residence on Dallas Drive.  Officers secured the area and ultimately determined that the home had been ransacked and now was empty.  The temporary cordon on Dallas Drive was removed allowing traffic to the area to resume.

 

The victim’s stolen vehicle was later located empty in an area near Barnhartvale Road and Hwy 97.

 

Further investigation led police to an address in Kelowna.   Officers of the Kamloops RCMP, Kelowna RCMP and Southeast District Emergency Response Team converged on an apartment building on Bernard Avenue.  Unfortunately, the victim was not located at this address but one of the robbery suspects was arrested.

 

This morning, February 15th, police determined that the captive woman could be in a vehicle travelling from Kelowna to Kamloops.  This vehicle was stopped by police near Faulkland.  Officers arrested a male and a female suspect and located the kidnapped female.  Thankfully, the woman was uninjured.  Firearms were also seized from this vehicle.

 

Kamloops RCMP thank the media and the community for their patience during this ongoing and fluid investigation.  We are committed the safety of the community and would have communicated any immediate public safety concerns, however the situation was dynamic and
 

unfolding.  While the investigation was ongoing, what may have been perceived as lack of communication, was a measured, operational strategy.

 

“First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.   “The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized.  Officers knew that the suspects were armed.  It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life.  Few details could be released to the media to protect our investigation and ultimately, help get this woman back to safety.”

 

The investigation is still ongoing and police are working to identify and locate the second suspect involved in the robbery.  It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade.

 

All investigative information will be forwarded to the British Columbia Prosecution Service for consideration of appropriate charges.  Numerous serious charges are expected against the suspect arrested in Kelowna.

 

 

 

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

PROLIFIC  FACES  TRUCKLOAD  OF  CHARGES

Suspect in three-day crime spree, rams cops cars, runs over spike belt

CST ELENOR STRUKO

 

Seventeen charges have now been laid against a suspect, after a three-day break and enter crime spree in Surrey that occurred between November 25 and 28, 2018.

After receiving multiple break and enter reports to residences and businesses during this time, the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) quickly initiated an investigation. Investigators began gathering and reviewing evidence as well as liaising with other Lower Mainland police agencies. Through information sharing and local police knowledge, the investigation continued and a suspect male and suspect vehicle were identified.

On November 28, 2018, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers located the suspect vehicle in a parking lot in the 15300-block of 24th Avenue with a lone male, believed to be the suspect, asleep in the driver’s seat. Additional officers attended the scene and set up containment around the suspect vehicle. The driver woke up and immediately placed the suspect vehicle into drive, ramming into policing vehicles and driving over spike belts in the process.

The suspect vehicle was located a short distance away parked and unattended on Lee Street in White Rock. Plainclothes officers from PCTT quickly attended the area and began patrols, where they eventually located the suspect male who was arrested without further incident.

Jonathan Jarvis, 36-years-old, has been charged with;

• Eight counts of Break & enter with intent to commit theft
• Two counts of Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
• One count of Possession of stolen property over $5000
• One count of Possession of stolen property under $5000
• One count of Mischief causing damage to property
• One count of Failure to stop for a peace officer
• One count of Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• One count of Failure to remain at the scene of an accident
• One count of Prohibited driving

“The quick actions and knowledge of our property crime investigators combined with the alert observations made by our front line officers allowed police to bring this individual swiftly into custody,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer. “Property crime is one of the Surrey RCMP’s top priorities, as our dedicated police officers and municipal employees continue to work together to address the issues through education, prevention, and enforcement.”

Anyone with information about these occurrences, who has not already spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

RCMP ARREST SERIAL ROBBER

Suspect robs once and goes back for three more helpings

CST ELENOR STRUKO

 

ollowing a three-month investigation by the Surrey RCMP Robbery Section a man has been charged in relation to four robberies which took place at a Surrey convenience store.

The investigation began after a robbery occurred on October 23, 2018, at convenience store in the 15100 block of 96 Avenue. Three further robberies then occurred at the same location between October 23 and November 29, 2018.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Section investigated each occurrence, gathered evidence and liaised with other police agencies, which lead to the identification of the suspect and linked all four robberies together.

Kyle Danyliuk, 26 years-old, has been arrested and is now charged with;

• Four counts of robbery
• Four counts of committing an indictable offence with face covered
• Three counts of possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace
• One count of using an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence
• Two counts of uttering or using a forged or false credit card

“The efforts made investigating these occurrences and identifying the suspect, is a demonstration of the hard work and commitment our officers provide on a daily basis.” Inspector Beth McAndie, Major Crime Senior Investigator “Recent crime statistics indicate robberies in Surrey continue to be on a downward trend with a 19% decrease from 2017 to 2018 which is an indication of the prevention and enforcement efforts of the Surrey RCMP.”

Anyone with information about this occurrence who has not already spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.cae

 

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 

 

RCMP

COP SHOOTS MAN

Man in hospital with undisclosed injuries

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC

 

hortly before 2 a.m. on February 13, 2019, police officers from the Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP responded to a report of males yelling and shots being fired in the 3900-block of Reo Road in Bonnington, BC also known as South Slocan. Police were also advised that a vehicle was seen leaving a residence on that block. Upon attendance, officers located a stopped vehicle matching the description. When officers approached, a female passenger exited the vehicle and the male driver remained in the car.

 

During the check of the vehicle there was an interaction with the driver that resulted in the officer discharging his firearm. The male driver sustained serious injuries. First aid was immediately provided by the officers and the individual was taken to hospital by Emergency Health Services. His condition is currently unknown. No other injuries occurred.

 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers attended a residence on Reo Road believed to be connected to the initial shots fired complaint.

 

Both scenes and any evidence have been secured by Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment. The Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and will be deploying to the scene. IIO BC will assume conduct of the investigation into the police involved shooting.

 

Regional General Investigative Section (GIS) is conducting a concurrent investigation into the initial shots fired complaint.

 

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

 

Please note that aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

 

 

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 

 

RICHMOND RCMP

Police Seek Fraud Suspect

Man stole $40k from banks, financial institutions

CST DENNIS HWANG


ichmond RCMP Seeking Helping Public’s Help in Identifying Distinguished Fraud Suspect
 

On November 14, 2018, Richmond RCMP attended a bank located in the 4900-block of No. 3 Rd for a report of a fraudulent transaction. Throughout the course of our investigation, we have uncovered over $40,000 in fraudulent transactions from at least 8 financial institutions in Richmond and Vancouver. A suspect has been identified as:

• Caucasian man
• 65 years of age
• Half bald
• Medium build
• Eye glasses
• Trench coat, purple top, blue jeans, dark shoes

“We have exhausted all available investigative avenues in this case and are hoping that by releasing the images, someone in the community will be able to recognize the suspect,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “If you recognize this man, please contact us. Your information may be able to link him to additional crimes that are not yet on our radar” adds Cpl. Hwang.

If you have information on this suspect, please contact Constable T. Veer of the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file#2018-36520. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

MAN WENT WILD WITH PIPE

Police lay charges of robbery and assault

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Police patrol officers were called to the 2300 block of McCallum Road in response to a report of two people being assaulted with a weapon. 

Upon police arrival, the victims stated that without any provocation, a man had chased them and struck them with a metal pipe.  The assailant, later identified as Johnathan RATH, then threw the pipe at one of the victims and smashed a car window before fleeing on foot. 

 

Within an hour of the assault, police were called to a robbery in progress at a liquor store on Montvue Ave.  The suspect threatened store clerks with a knife while stealing cash and alcohol.  Minutes later, at 10:34pm, patrol officers in downtown Abbotsford observed a male matching the description of the robbery suspect. 

 

The male, identified as Johnathan RATH, was arrested without incident.

Johnathan RATH, 37 years old, remains in custody charged with:

Assault with a weapon (2 counts)

Assault Causing Bodily Harm (2 counts)

Utter threats to cause death or bodily harm

Robbery with a weapon

Breach of court order x 4

 

The victims of the assault sustained serious injuries and were transported to hospital. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

SKYTRAIN SHOOTER CHARGED

Police investigate multiple crime scenes

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP advises that charges have now been laid in the shooting of a Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station on January 30th.

Daon Gordon Glasgow, 35 years from Vancouver, has been charged with;

• Attempt murder using a restricted or prohibited firearm
• Discharging a restricted or prohibited firearm with the intent to endanger life
• Intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless to the life and safety of other persons
• Unlawful possession of a loaded restricted or prohibited firearm

“With these charges now being laid, I am pleased to see this matter now before the courts where the administration of justice can begin,” says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge. “Thank you to the hard work and dedication of our investigative team, assisted by numerous officers and staff within the detachment as well as other police agencies across the Lower Mainland.”

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit continues to lead this ongoing investigation and we encourage anyone with information who has not yet spoken with police to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Those individuals who wish to remain anonymous, can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 

 

ABBOTSFORD PD

WOMAN ARRESTED IN STABBING INCIDENT

Police say man found slumped over steering wheel

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n April 29, 2018, Abbotsford Police patrol officers responded to the 2200-block of Clearbrook Road for a report of an injured male. The victim had been stabbed, and was located slumped over in his vehicle.

 

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives have identified 30-year-old Sheleena BOTT as the alleged assailant; BOTT was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  At the time of her arrest, BOTT had two outstanding Surrey RCMP warrants for additional assault charges, including aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, and assault with a weapon.  Sheleena BOTT remains in custody. 

 

The two parties to this incident are known to each other, and the attack is believed to have been targeted. 

 

 

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 

 

VERNON RCMP

TWO SHOT, ONE DEAD

Police investigate multiple crime scenes

CPL KELLY BRETT

 

ernon North Okanagan RCMP are currently investigating multiple scenes resulting from what is believed to be a targeted break and enter that turned violent overnight.
 
Just before 1 am on Friday February 8th, 2019, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a residential home located in the 9800-block of Park Lane, Lavington BC. It was reported there were possible shots fired resulting in one occupant of the home sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Approximately a half hour after the break and enter incident, RCMP officers were called to an address located in the 4800-block of 27th St, Vernon in regards to one male who was has sustained an apparent gunshot injury. This male has since died as a result of these injuries.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers have currently secured and are investigating multiple crime scenes and believe that the two incidents may be related at this time, says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. The investigation remains in its early stages, as police continue to examine the scenes for physical evidence and canvass the areas for witnesses.

The RCMP can confirm that one male is in custody.

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019 

 

OKANAGAN RCMP

WANTED: MICHAEL TROSKY

Delivery driver robbed

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

nvestigators from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, along with the Salmon Arm and Sicamous RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Michael David Trosky who is wanted on outstanding warrants in relation to a series of events that have occurred in the Okanagan and Shuswap areas over a two month period.

On December 17, 2018, the Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery of a delivery driver. One suspect was arrested following this incident, however the second suspect, later identified as Michael Trosky, managed to evade police at that time. Charges of attempted armed robbery, dangerous driving, flight from police, assault with a weapon and failing to stop were approved by the BC Prosecution Service and a warrant has been issued for Trosky’s arrest.

Warrants for Michael Trosky’s arrest are also outstanding in relation to several charges arising from previous incidents, including allegations of flight from police, theft, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and prohibited driving.

The RCMP is actively seeking information about his whereabouts. Cst. Kelly Brett of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP warns, If you see Michael Trosky, or know where he may be, contact the RCMP or your police of jurisdiction. Under no circumstances should you confront or try to apprehend Trosky.

If you have any information about Michael David Trosky, please contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000. 

 

 

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

 

RICHMOND RCMP

MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN DRUG LAB

Police stumbled across empty apartment

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hat began as a missing person investigation has culminated in the discovery of two suspicious locations, one in Richmond and another in Vancouver.

Earlier this morning, Richmond RCMP sought the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department in locating a missing person by checking an apartment located near Boundary Road and Kingsway. The apartment was uninhabited but showed signs of possible drug production.

Shortly after 3 a.m. on this date, Richmond RCMP discovered what is believed to be a clandestine drug laboratory at a residence in the 4600-block of Princeton Avenue. A deceased man was discovered inside. The man is believed to match the description of an individual reported as missing to Richmond RCMP on February 3, 2019.

There is no immediate threat to public safety at this time. Foul play is not suspected.

Richmond RCMP have secured the location in order to execute a search warrant on the property.

The RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) and the BC Coroner’s Service are assisting officers from the Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit.

If anyone has any information on this investigation, please contact Richmond RCMP Crime Unit at 604-278-1212 and quote file# 2019-4387.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

 

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

YOUTH SHOT WITH BB

Police looking for youths carrying assault-style pellet guns

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is investigating an incident of a child being shot by a pellet at Hillcrest Park in Cloverdale.

Shortly before 6 pm on February 3, 2019, Surrey RCMP received a report that a 12-year-old boy, had been shot with a “BB” or pellet as he was out sledding. The boy received minor injuries to his face and neck during the incident.
The 12-year-old was able to return home and police were notified.
 
Police quickly attended the area along with the Integrated Police Service Dog and conducted patrols and attempted to track the suspects from where they were last seen.

At this time, investigators believe that two males, who may also be youths, purposefully discharged their pellet guns at the 12-year-old and then fled the area.
 
One of the suspects was wearing a black jacket, black toque and a camouflage face mask. The second suspect was wearing grey pants and a black hat. Both suspects were allegedly carrying assault-style looking pellet rifles.
 
“It is important for adults and youth alike to understand that not only is discharging an air rifle in a park in violation of City bylaws, assaulting another person with one of these firearms is also a crime,” Inspector Warren Tyson, Acting Operations Officer “Many people may not realize that these types of rifles are not toys and may cause serious and life altering injuries.”
 
Police are asking anyone information about this incident to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019

 

BURNABY RCMP

SHOOTING AT SMITH AND PRICE

Man in serious condition

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Burnaby RCMP is on scene with a confirmed shooting of a 39 year old adult male near the corner of Smith Avenue and Price Street. The victim has been taken to hospital in serious condition. The area is cordoned off for police to investigate.

The initial investigation indicates that this is a targeted shooting and the general public is not at risk. The police are searching for a beige coloured sedan that was observed leaving the area at about the same time.

Anyone with information about this incident or was in the area and has dash camera footage is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-5007.

 

 

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019

IHIT RCMP

Man shot to Death

Vehicle may be linked

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Update:

n February 1, 2019 at around 7:20 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a man shot at a residence in the 13900-block of 58A Avenue.  Emergency services arrived to find 30-year-old Surrey resident, Bikramjit Khakh, dead with gunshot wounds.  A white four-door Mercedes sedan was seen quickly leaving the area after the shooting.       

 

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Surrey RCMP was alerted to a burning vehicle in the area of Colebrook Road at King George Boulevard, approximately 3 kilometers away from the scene of the shooting. Detectives believe the two incidents are linked and are asking anyone with information to come forward.  Drivers with dash cam video who were travelling in the area yesterday evening are asked to contact IHIT immediately.   

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

Bikramjit Khakh was known to police and his murder is believed to be linked to the ongoing gang conflict in the lower mainland.

 

“We believe Bikramjit Khakh was targeted for murder,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Developing the timeline of Mr. Khakh’s activities prior to his death will be one of the priorities for our detectives and we urge anyone who can help us do so to contact us immediately.”     

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

 

n February 1, 2019, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Surrey RCMP was called to the 13900 block of 58A Avenue after a report of a shooting was received. Upon police attendance, an adult victim was located suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite all attempts to revive the individual the victim succumbed to their injuries.

 

Shortly after the shooting was reported, Surrey RCMP was also alerted to a vehicle on fire in the area of King George Boulevard and Colebrook Road. It is not yet known if these occurrences are linked.
 

The area surrounding the scenes of both of these incidents will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section.


Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time.


Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

STABBING SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

Scott Road Shooter on the Lam

CPL ELENORE STURKO

Update: Arrested

 

he Surrey RCMP have now identified a suspect in yesterday’s shooting of a Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer at the Scott Road Skytrain Station.

 

Police have identified 35-year-old Daon Gordon Glasgow as the suspect in the shooting.

Daon Glasgow is described as a dark skinned male, 35 years old, 5’5” tall, 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of the incident he was observed to have black stubble and a moustache, however he is known to quickly alter his appearance. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and white Nike brand running shoes.

Daon Glasgow is believed to be armed and anyone who sees him should not approach him but should call 911.

Daon Glasgow has a history of violence and is known to police. He is currently wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for being Unlawfully at Large.

 

Investigators believe that Glasgow may try to leave the province in an attempt to evade police. Surrey RCMP has notified other jurisdictions and asked them to be on the lookout for Glasgow .


A police presence remains in the area of yesterday’s incident however area roads are open to residents and the Scott Road SkyTrain station is now re-opened for regular operations. Vehicle traffic entering and leaving the area (King George Blvd to 114th Avenue and 125A Street to 124Th Street) will continue to be checked by police. Police are asking non-residents to stay away from the area as the police investigation continues.

Area residents can resume their regular activities, however they should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or sitings of Glasgow by calling 911.

While we strongly encourage anyone with information to call 911, those with information who wish to remain anonymous, can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

 THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: ANHAD VIRK

Stabbing Targeted

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Update: Arrested in Alberta

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance to locate the suspect in a stabbing which occurred on December 13, 2018 in the Newton area of Surrey.

 

The stabbing, which occurred outside of a business in the 13400-block 72 Avenue, shortly after 5:00 pm, resulted in serious injuries to a man in his 50s. The suspect fled the scene prior to police being called.

Police believe this incident was a targeted attack.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit advanced the investigation and on January 25, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service approved charges, including attempted murder, against 21-year old Anhad Singh Virk, of Surrey.

An arrest warrant has been issued, and police are now seeking help from the public to locate Anhad Virk.

 

Anhad Virk is described as a South Asian male, 21-years-old, 6’ tall, 190lbs, with black hair, and brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Anhad Virk is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE  HAVE  GROPER  SKETCH

Cops search Caucasian in hoodie

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect involved in a stranger assault that occurred on January 16 in the Tynehead area of Surrey. 

 

In this previously reported incident, a male suspect walked up behind a youth and grabbed her on the shoulder. The youth kicked backwards striking the male. The suspect let go of the youth and she ran home.

 

At the time of the incident the suspect was described as; Caucasian, wearing a black hoody, grey sweatpants and black running shoes. 

 

Investigator’s with the Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit are continuing their investigation and are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect hoping someone in the community can help identify him.

 

Anyone with information about the suspect, witnessed this occurrence or may have dash-cam footage, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

POLICE  HAVE  GROPER  PHOTOS

Three incidents possibly linked

CPL ELENORE STURKO

he Surrey RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect as they continue to investigate three incidents of groping which are believed to have been committed by the same male suspect.

All three incidents involve a male suspect who is alleged to have groped female employees after asking for assistance in three separate retail locations.

On December 22, 2018 at approximately 5 pm a male suspect entered a retail store located in the 12000 - 72nd Avenue.  The suspect requested assistance from a female store employee when the suspect touched her lower back and grabbed her buttocks. He then grabbed her arm and attempted to walk with her. The employee broke free and the suspect quickly left the store.

On December 31, 2018, at approximately 2:45 pm a male suspect entered a retail store located in the 10300-block of 152 Street. The suspect requested assistance from a female store employee when the suspect grabbed her buttocks and touched her groin. The suspect then left the store.

On January 18, 2019, at approximately 8:45 pm a male suspect entered a retail store in the 7400 block of King George Boulevard and requested the assistance from a female store employee. While in the store he brushed his hand against the employee’s buttocks and then grabbed her buttocks. The suspect then exited the store.

The suspect is described as South Asian with chubby cheeks, medium chubby build and a moustache.  At the time of the first occurrence he was wearing a dark coloured baseball hat, dark hoody and dark sweatpants. At the time of the second occurrence the suspect was wearing a dark coloured Nike brand sweatshirt and a light coloured necklace. During the third occurrence, the male was wearing a grey sweater and black pants.

Video surveillance photos from these occurrences are being released in hopes that someone can assist the police investigations and identify the suspect.

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

RCHMOND  RCMP

MOUNTIES  SEEK  PEEPING  TOM

Suspect used a cell phone cam

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

ichmond RCMP Asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect Photographing Woman in a restroom

On December 1, 2018 just before 1:30 a.m. Richmond RCMP responded to a business in the 8800-block of River Road for reports of a suspicious occurrence. A 31-year-old woman was departing from nearby Skytrain station and proceeded to the River Rock Casino in order to use the restroom. A male suspect allegedly followed her and proceeded to photograph with a smartphone while she was occupying one of the stalls. The suspect fled when confronted and was last seen heading towards the Bridgeport Station Canada Line.

The suspect is described as an:

• Male possibly of First Nation’s decent
• Approximately 25 years of age
• 170 cm (5’ 8”) tall
• Slim build
• Wearing black jacket and dark coloured pants

“The Richmond RCMP have exhausted all of our available leads in this case. We are hoping that the security image of the suspect may prompt information from the public and possibly bring to light, other unreported cases” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

Anyone with information that can assist us is asked to contact Constable A. Giang at 604-278-1212. Please quote file# 2018-34811.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

COPS  SEIZE  DRUGS  GUNS,  SHUT  DOWN STOLEN  CAR  RING

7 suspects arrested

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Weapons seized from Surrey property.

 

n the fall of 2018, officers from the Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit (CRU) began an investigation into complaints of alleged vehicle fraud.  Investigators suspected person’s identities from around the Lower Mainland were being stolen or compromised for the purpose of purchasing, registering and re-selling high-end vehicles.

 

During the investigation four vehicles were seized including a 2018 GMC Denali SUV, 2015 Audi Q5 SUV, 2013 Chrysler 300 sedan, and a 2011 Dodge Ram pick-up truck. The vehicles, estimated total value of $225,000, were allegedly obtained through fraudulent means.

 

On January 18, CRU, with assistance from the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant on a property and residence in the 8300-block of 135A Street to further their investigation which now included alleged identity fraud.

 

Officers seized police-type body armour, a sawed-off rifle, 2 handguns, 3 imitation handguns, ammunition, numerous edged weapons, and an assortment of suspected stolen identity documents and mail.

 

Seven individuals were located inside the residence at the time of the search and subsequently detained.  The individuals have since been released from custody as the investigation continues.

 

“Individuals associated with identity theft and fraud will stop at nothing to get what they want including expensive vehicles,” says Inspector Wendy Mehat, Community Support & Safety Officer. “Victims of these crimes can experience financial loss and difficulty obtaining credit or restoring their ’good name’. Remember to periodically check your credit reports, bank and credit card statements, and report any irregularities promptly to the relevant financial institution and to the credit bureaus.”

 

Anyone with information about this occurrence who has not already spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

IIO BC RCMP

MAN SHOT  BY  POLICE

ERT takedown lands suspect in hospital

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in one man being taken to hospital earlier today in Kelowna.

Just after 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, January 23, Plain Clothes Kelowna RCMP officers and officers from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team attempted to conduct the arrest of man known to police near Cooper Road and Harvey Avenue in Kelowna. Shots were fired by police. The man has been transported to hospital with undetermined injuries, that are believed to be non-life threatening.

While the incident occurred near a banking institution, the arrest is not related to an offence at the bank. The Kelowna RCMP are investigating the incidents that led to the need for the arrest.

The area will remain cordoned off for a period of time and inaccessible. The public are asked to enter the shopping centre usingthe Springfield Road, Dilworth Drive or the southeast Cooper Road entrances.

The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by
police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC.

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

RICHMOND RCMP

Standoff With Baby

Suspect arrested after holding cops at bay for an hour

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

 

nvestigators from the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Section are requesting the public’s assistance to further

 

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on January 23, 2019, Richmond RCMP officers responded to a residence in the 8000-block of No. 2 Road for a domestic disturbance with a possible weapon. Officers from “Charlie” Watch and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) secured the area. The neighbouring Blundell Elementary School was placed in a hold-and-secure state, as a precautionary measure with officers from our Youth Squad on site.

 

After a tense hour long standoff, the suspect, a 29-year old male, surrendered to police and was arrested. A baby was recovered inside the residence by officers, unharmed.

 

A small police presence will remain in the area as our investigation continues. The results of the initial investigation will be submitted to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

 

“The safety of our community and our officers is always of paramount concern in situations such as this. Although we prepare for worst, we are very pleased to report that no one was injured” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “I am humbled seeing my fellow officers operate with such poise under pressure and I am proud to work alongside them at Richmond Detachment.”

 

 

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

SURREY RCMP

Woman's Vehicle Comandeered

Police seek dash cam footage

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

nvestigators from the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Section are requesting the public’s assistance to further a robbery investigation which occurred on January 15, 2019.

 

At approximately 9:30pm, a 46-year-old female had just parked her 2016 white Jeep Cherokee in the 15500-block of 109A Street, when she was approached by two males and one of the males demanded her keys.  The female refused.  The suspect then displayed a handgun and again demanded her keys. The female then complied and provided keys to her vehicle. The suspect then told the female driver and her 16-year-old daughter to exit the vehicle. The suspects got in the Jeep and drove away.

 

The suspect did not point the firearm at the driver, nor were the driver and passenger injured in the occurrence. The Jeep has not been located by police at this time.

 

The suspects are described as:

 

Suspect 1 – South Asian male, skinny build, wearing glasses, a grey puffy jacket and a toque

 

Suspect 2 – no further description other than a South Asian male

 

Investigators have conducted neighbourhood inquiries and canvassed the area for video surveillance.  They are asking anyone who may have been in the area between 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm that has dash-cam video to contact police.

 

Anyone with information about this occurrence who has not already spoken with police,  is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019

 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

MISSING: PAUL BRAUMBERGER

Mounties reach out to the community for help locating man last seen Jan 11

CPL MIKE RAIL

 

he RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Paul James Braumberger, 66, of Chilliwack. Mr. Braumberger was last seen on the morning of January 11, 2019 by a family member.
 
Mr. Braumberger is described as:
 
• Caucasian male.
• Height: 177 cm (5’9”).
• Weight: 77 kg (170 lbs).
• Hair: Grey.
• Eyes: Blue.
 
RCMP investigators believe Mr. Braumberger was at Island 22 during the afternoon of January 11, 2019 and are asking the public to remain watchful for him. 
 
“Police and family are concerned for Mr. Braumberger’s well-being,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Paul James Braumberger is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

Agassiz Man Charged in Child's Death

RCMP say snake venom was related

CPL RICHARD DE JONG

 

orth Vancouver RCMP have arrested a 51-year-old male in relation to the death of a two-year-old child, believed to have died as a result of poisoning by snake venom.

 

On May 18, 2014 Henry Thomas, a resident of Seabird Island, Agassiz, had in his care a two-year-old female child. In the early morning of May 19, Thomas returned the child to her mother’s residence in North Vancouver.

 

At approximately 5 a.m. on May 19, 2014, the child’s mother reported to the North Vancouver RCMP that her child was deceased. An in-depth police investigation unfolded which involved police Forensic Identification Service (FIS) examinations and assistance from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

 

In July 2015, a search warrant was executed at the Thomas residence in Agassiz, where snakes and related equipment were seized. Further biological DNA testing was conducted throughout 2016 and 2017. Testing confirmed that snake venom was the cause of death of the two-year-old infant.

 

An arrest warrant was issued for Henry Thomas. He was arrested on January 18, 2019, without incident at his Agassiz residence. Mr. Thomas has since been charged with ‘Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life, Section, 215 (2) (a) Criminal Code.

This is a very tragic incident that resulted in a complex, unique investigation by police and support agencies, said Supt. Chris Kennedy, Officer in-Charge of the North Vancouver RCMP. Our condolences are extended to the family and community of the deceased child.

 

 MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

 

RICHMOND RCMP

Violent Car Jacking

RCMP two were arrested in Burnaby

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly after 7:30 a.m. on January 21, 2019, Richmond RCMP responded to a residence in the 5000 block of Walton Road for a report of a violent robbery of a vehicle.

 

A woman in her mid 40s was preparing to start the engine of a dark coloured 2007 Toyota SUV when she was approached by a suspect clad in dark clothing. The suspect allegedly produced a weapon and used it to smash a window. The suspect then fled in the vehicle leaving the woman behind.

 

The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries and was visibly shaken from the incident. She was transported to hospital.

 

Even after extensive patrols, Richmond RCMP were unable to locate the vehicle. Neighbouring police agencies were notified to be on the lookout for the vehicle and officers warned to exercise caution as the suspect may be armed and dangerous.

 

The vehicle was located prior to 9:00 a.m. in Vancouver near Boundary Road and East Hastings Street by the Vancouver Police Department. Two individuals were arrested in connection with that vehicle – a 28-year-old male from Delta and a 21- year female from Pitt Meadows. Both have been turned over to Richmond RCMP.

 

The Richmond RCMP General Investigative Section has taken conduct of the investigation.

 

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to contact Constable K. Chan of the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section. Please quote file# 2019-2465.

 

 

 SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019

 

RICHMOND RCMP

PHONY SECURITY SALESMEN

Police issue warning after complaints from residents experiencing fake solicitations

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

he Richmond RCMP are investigating a suspicious occurrence in the Hamilton area after multiple residents received knocks at their door from people allegedly posing as representatives from ADT.  This issue came to light after posts on a closed social media forum were brought to the attention of the Richmond RCMP.

 

According to various posts, these individuals were allegedly asking homeowners about their security systems and in some cases attempted to gain access inside the residence.  According to the posts, these individuals verbally identified themselves as employees from ADT but did not present any form of identification or credentials.

 

“People need to be wary.  If someone supposedly representing a company shows up unexpectedly at your house, soliciting personal information, do not tell them anything and definitely do not allow them inside,” says Corporal Adriana Peralta.

 

Richmond RCMP have met with representatives from ADT who have confirmed that these people are not associated to their company.  ADT advised they have certain protocols in place which include:

 

Every employee has an ADT-issued security card and Provincial licence and will have it visibly displayed

Door-to-door salesmen never ask to go inside the home, as their job is to gauge interest and schedule appointments for later dates

 

Richmond RCMP recommend reporting any suspicious persons or activities to police so that these incidences can be properly investigated.

 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

Fagin and Oliver Twist Arrested

A 56-year-old man who crashed his getaway vehicle — a bicycle and a 25-year-old in Beamer

CPL ELENORE STURKO

he Surrey RCMP Auto Crime and Property Crime Target Teams arrested two known prolific offenders, within three hours of each other, for possessing stolen vehicles in different areas of the city.

On January 14, 2019, at approximately 9:45am, Auto Crime Target Team (ACTT) officers making active patrols in the Fleetwood area and located a white BMW X1 SUV that was reported stolen on January 11, 2019. ACTT officers along with officers from the Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) attended the area and continued observations of the BMW until it began to drive away. Officers followed the BMW until the SUV came to a stop. When the male driver, who was the lone occupant in the BMW, exited the vehicle and began to walk away, officers quickly engaged the driver, who was taken into custody without incident.

Shane ROSTESKI, 25-years-old from Surrey, has been charged with:

• One count of Possessing Stolen Property
• One count of Failing to Comply with a Conditional Sentence Order
• Two counts of Possessing Stolen or Forged Credit Card Data
• Three counts of Driving while Prohibited

Later the same day, at approximately 12:45 pm, officers with ACTT were making active patrols in the City Centre area and located a white Dodge Ram pick-up truck that had been reported stolen earlier that day. ACTT continued observations of the Ram until it began to drive away. Officers followed the Ram until the truck came to a stop. When the male driver, who was the lone occupant in the Ram, exited the vehicle, he retrieved a bicycle from the box of the truck and began to pedal away. ACTT officers quickly engaged the suspect who then fled on the bicycle when he subsequently crashed attempting to ride over a set of railway tracks. The male was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect suffered minor injuries from the accident.

David TRAILL, 56-years-old from Surrey, has been charged with:

• One count of Possessing Stolen Property
• One count of Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
• One count of Possessing Instruments for the Purpose of Break & Entering
• One count of Obstruction of a Peace Officer
• One count of Driving while Prohibited

“Property crime, including auto theft, continues to be a priority for our detachment and has seen a downward trend across the city the last few years,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Hall, Acting Pro-Active Enforcement Officer. “Our overt and covert officers regularly patrol our streets gathering intelligence and strategically targeting known prolific criminals. The public can assist us by reporting stolen property or suspicious individuals as quickly as possible so that we can prevent further crimes in our community from being committed.”

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

 

NORTH VAN RCMP

Nine Parkade Smash and Grabs

Cops arrest two, woman still on the loose

CPL RICHARD DE JONG

n December 31, 2018, North Vancouver RCMP investigated a break and enter to the secure parkade in the 1500-block of Ostler Court, North Vancouver. At approximately 8 am a resident of the complex discovered their vehicle had been broken into via a smashed window.

Police attended the underground residential parkade and determined that nine vehicles in total had been broken into with various items of value stolen from the vehicles. Investigators viewed the video surveillance of the parkade which showed two males and a female acting in a suspicious manner inside the parkade. The suspects left the parkade carrying items with them they did not have upon entry to the parkade. Police recognized one of the males as Jean-Piere Martin, a 33-year-old Vancouver resident, known to police for property offences. On January 10, 2019, Martin was arrested and is currently being held in custody pending a trial.

RCMP Forensic Identification Services attended the crime scene and obtained multiple fingerprints identifying the second male person of interest as 24-year-old Walker Frijters. Crown has issued a Warrant of Arrest for Frijters for Break & Enter, Mischief, and Theft. Frijters, of no fixed address, is described as Caucasian, 180 cm (5’11), 85 kg (188 lbs), brown hair and blue eyes.

Police remind residents when parking their vehicles to remove all valuables from them even when left in secure parking locations, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. When noticed, report all suspicious occurrences and persons to the police. The extra eyes and ears do make a difference!

If you have any information of the location of Walker Frijters contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.