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  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

CASTLEGAR RCMP

 

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Cops search of vehicle find meth

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


A man now faces a number of potential impaired driving and drug related charges after police stopped a vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner Tuesday afternoon.

On January 5, 2021 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a front line Castlegar RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop with a pickup truck that had been observed being operated erratically in the downtown area of Castlegar BC. The driver, and lone occupant of the motor vehicle, displayed signs and symptoms of being impaired by a drug while behind the wheel.

"A search following the man’s arrest resulted in the seizure of over 50 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine," states Sgt. Monty Taylor, Detachment Commander of the Castlegar RCMP. "A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called upon to conduct a drug influence evaluation on the man."

The 34-year-old Castlegar man now faces potential drug trafficking and impaired driving related charges. He has been released from police custody on bail conditions to appear in Castlegar Courts on March 10, 2021. Castlegar RCMP will forward the full findings of its investigation to the Public Prosecution of Canada for charge assessment.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

SALMO RCMP

 

MUSHROOMS NOT SO MAGIC

Search warrant dredges up all kinds of illegal goodies

CPL DARRYL ORR


On January 8, 2021 at approximately 4 p.m., Salmo RCMP responded to a residence in Ymir during a routine call for service. While at the residence front line RCMP officers allegedly discovered illegal drugs in plain view.

The home owner, an adult man, was arrested at the scene and a search warrant for the residence was sought and approved by the courts. The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of large quantities of suspected psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms), cannabis, cannabis oil and cannabis pills. Canadian cash was also seized by investigators.

The man could now face potential trafficking and production charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The full findings of the investigation will be forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for charge assessment.

The Salmo RCMP encourages the public to report any suspected illegal drug activity to the Salmo RCMP or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

BUSINESS OWNERS VICTIMIZED

Cops have a cache of stolen items looking to return

CST DEANNA LAW


Coquitlam RCMP is asking the public to help return numerous stolen items to their rightful owners. You can do that by viewing a new webpage with photographs of each of the individual items.

The stolen items were all recovered during an investigation led by Coquitlam RCMP’s Prolific Target Team (PTT). The investigation led to the arrest of a 57-year-old female, a 30-year-old female and a 20-year-old man. A search warrant led to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal property, including jewellery, electronics, expensive handbags and purses amongst other items.

Sergeant Keith Schendel, NCO in charge of the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team says, "We believe we have uncovered an organized break and enter group. The group was often targeting the private residences of business owners who were away at work. Specifically, the group primarily focused on restaurant owners across the Lower Mainland who owned smaller, family-run diners. We believe the crime group would attempt to identify the owner and where the owner lived in order to break into their house. If you believe you may have been a victim, we would encourage you to review the stolen goods we have put up on the Coquitlam RCMP home web page (recovered stolen items) under recovered stolen items File: 2020-30794. We have hundreds of items here, and it would be great to get them back to their respective owners. Should you be able to identify any of the items, please follow the directions and send an email to coquitlam_ptt@rcmp-grc.gc.ca."

Anyone who has been a victim of a break and enter in the Metro Vancouver area between 2018 and 2020 is asked to check the Coquitlam RCMP web page. If you see something that you recognize, you will be asked to provide specific details that only the rightful owner would know. Police would like to remind you that attempting to claim items that do not belong to you would be an offence that could lead to charges. Investigators will be cautiously reviewing each claim assuring the item ends up in the correct owner’s hands.

Coquitlam RCMP would like to remind you to make sure all valuables are securely locked, have a reliable operating home security system that you know how to use, and join Block Watch. If you see a crime in progress, call 911 immediately. To report a crime that has already occurred call your local police. To reach the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line, please call 604-945-1550 or report stolen items under 5000.00 on our online reporting tool.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

FATAL HIT AND RUN

Mounties reach out to the public for help

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


The victim, who was previously reported to be 65 years of age, has been positively identified as a 64-year-old woman. She was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., suffering from significant injuries, on a private roadway within the Cedars RV and Resort on Luoma Road in Sicamous, BC.

The Sicamous RCMP has been working in partnership with the Southeast District General Investigation Section and forensic specialists from the Integrated Forensic Identification Services section on this criminal hit and run investigation.

"The investigation has led investigators to believe that the woman was struck by a motor vehicle," says Sgt. Murray McNeil, Detachment Commander of the Sicamous RCMP. "This is now considered a fatal hit-and-run and we are once again asking the public for information regarding this incident."

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you have any additional information you are urged to call the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

UNFRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD

Police say man shot at house during dispute

SGT FRANK JANG


RCMP in Merritt BC is now investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm during an apparent neighbour dispute Saturday evening in Kane Valley south of the Nicola Valley city.

On January 9, 2021, just before 8 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call after a Sun Valley resident allegedly fired a non-restricted firearm towards a neighbouring residence during a dispute. The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was immediately deployed to Merritt to assist, while frontline officers responded to the scene to assess the situation.

"Our local frontline officers worked quickly to tactically extract a man and a woman from the home that had been fired upon," states Sgt. Josh Roda of the Merritt RCMP. "The pair were unable to safely escape from the potential danger on their own."

Merritt RCMP aided in their extraction by frontline officers of both Central Interior Traffic Services and the Kamloops RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit each a part of the BC RCMP Traffic Services, who also assisted with containment of the property.

The suspect, a 44-year-old Merritt man, was taken into custody at approximately 2 a.m. by the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team without further incident. A further search of the man’s residence led to the seizure of a shot gun.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved criminal charges against Christopher Jonathan Skidmore including uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use or storage of a firearm and unlawfully discharge a firearm.

If you witnessed this incident, or you have any additional information and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

TARGETED FOR MURDER

IHIT reaches out to the community for leads

SGT FRANK JANG


On January 9, 2021 at around 11:50 p.m., the Richmond RCMP and paramedics responded to a unit at 8120 Lansdowne Road where they found 28-year-old Dilraj Johal dead with gunshot wounds.

IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation and is working in partnership with the I-Teams and the Richmond RCMP to gather evidence. Anyone with dash cam video who was driving in and around 8120 Lansdowne Road last night is asked to contact IHIT.

“Dilraj Johal was known to police and we believe he was targeted for murder. His death is the third homicide in the past four days related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “IHIT will continue to work with all of our regional policing partners to mitigate any further violence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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).

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN RICHMOND

IIHIT investigates, looks for leads

S/SGT PAUL VADIK


At approximately 11:50 PM on January 9, 2021, Richmond RCMP and Emergency Health Services were called to a residence in the 8100 block of Lansdowne Road, where a male in his 20’s had apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He has since succumbed to his injuries.

Members of the Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit and IHIT investigators are on scene.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area are not likely to be affected as police continue their investigation.

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

GANGLAND SHOOTING

Mounties found suspect vehicle

S/SGT PAUL VADIK


On January 10th, 2021 at approximately 1:03am Coquitlam RCMP responded to a shooting call in the 1400-block of Kingston St. Upon arrival, officers located one male victim who sustained wounds from being shot. Multiple suspects were seen fleeing the area in a vehicle.

Shortly afterwards, officers located a car on fire in the 3500-block of Gislason Ave and is believed to be connected. The victim was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear whether there is any connection to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

Evidence is currently being gathered and assessed with aim to further the investigation and identify those involved. Anyone with information, dash cam video or CCTV video are asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file 2021-820.

 

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

IHIT INVESTIGATES SHOOTING

Police reach out to the community for leads

CST KENNETH LAU


The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its investigation into the shooting death of a man in the Steveston neighbourhood of Richmond, B.C.

Richmond: On January 7, 2021 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Richmond RCMP responded to the area of Garry Street and Fentiman Place to find 29-year-old Anees Mohammed with gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

IHIT is working with the I-Teams and the Richmond RCMP to gather evidence and further the investigation. Any businesses and residents in the area where the shooting occurred with exterior video surveillance footage and anyone with dash cam who was driving around the area at the time of the shooting is urged to contact IHIT immediately. Investigators also want to speak with anyone, who was in or near Steveston Community Park around the time of the shooting, that witnessed anything suspicious.

“Anees Mohammed was known to police and we believe he was targeted for murder,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “This fatal shooting appears to be linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict and IHIT will be working with its regional policing partners to mitigate any further violence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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).

 

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

RICHMOND MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER SHOOTING

IHIT looks for clues

CST KENNETH LAU


On January 7, 2021, at approximately 8:30 PM, Richmond RCMP were called to a report of shots heard in a park near the area of Moncton St at No.1 Rd. Police arrived on scene and located a male victim suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man was rushed to a local area hospital and has now succumbed to his injuries. As such, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is currently en route and will be taking conduct of the file in partnership with the Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) and Watch General Investigative Services (WGIS).

 

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SECRET COMPARTMENT HAS DRUGS AND CASH

Search warrant located items in vehicle

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Strategic targeted enforcement by the Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team’s (SGET) has led to the seizure of drugs and cash, from a hidden compartment inside a vehicle.

On January 1, 2021 at approximately 11 p.m., an SGET officer conducted a traffic stop with a Nissan Maxima, in the 9000-block of 156 Street. During the interaction with the driver, the officer observed a knife and bear spray inside the vehicle. As a result, the driver was arrested for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

As the investigation progressed, the officer observed signs that there may be a hidden compartment inside the vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently seized and a search warrant was obtained. The driver, who is known to police and has ties to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, was issued violation tickets and released at the scene pending further investigation.

On January 3, 2021, the search warrant was executed on the vehicle with the assistance of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU). A hidden compartment was located inside the vehicle and several items were found inside including approximately $10,000 cash, and approximately 1 ounce of suspected cocaine. The hidden compartment also held two bags containing hundreds of small packages of suspected crack cocaine and fentanyl.

""Sophisticated after-market compartments like the one we located in this vehicle show the lengths drug traffickers will go to try to evade law enforcement," says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, of the Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team. "Our teams are well aware of these tactics and we will continue to relentlessly target drug trafficking and gang activity in Surrey."

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team will continue overt suppression of gang-related activity in the city in partnership with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and other police services in the region.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

CRESTON RCMP - Updated

 

MAN AND WOMAN DIE AFTER BEING STABBED

Mounties are hot on the heels of suspected double-murderer

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHY


The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been deployed from Kelowna to take conduct of an investigation into the fatal stabbing of a man and a woman outside of Creston, as RCMP in the BC Southern Interior search for a man now being considered a homicide suspect.

On January 6, 2021 just after 7 p.m., Creston RCMP and emergency medical first responders were called to the Highway 3 pullout near the Summit Creek Bridge for reports of a man and a woman in need of immediate medical assistance. Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims.

Frontline officers arrived on-scene to find an adult man victim in grave condition. Officers immediately rendered first aid, however despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the 40-year-old Calgary man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second victim, a 25-year-old West Kootenay woman, suffered serious injuries. She was transported from the scene by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital where sadly she later succumbed to those injuries.

"This investigation is in its infancy, as major crime investigators and forensic specialists deploy to the area to assist in gathering and analyzing evidence," states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. "Investigators have reason to believe the suspect and the victims were known to one another."

BC RCMP have since located and recovered the victim’s stolen vehicle in the area of Salmo BC. The vehicle remains part of the ongoing criminal investigation. RCMP continue to search for the suspect who remains at large at this time.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Update: A man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Creston on Wednesday evening has been found dead in Salmo.

On January 6, 2021 just after 7 p.m., Creston RCMP and emergency medical first responders were called to the Highway 3 pullout near the Summit Creek Bridge for reports of a man and a woman in need of immediate medical assistance. Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims.

The victim’s vehicle was located and recovered near Salmo and hours later, a man’s body was found near a motel in the same town.

Investigators, in partnership with the BC Coroners Service have now determined, the man whom officers were searching for in relation to the double homicide, is the man found dead in Salmo on Thursday morning. Criminality is not suspected.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing its investigation into the man’s death to determine all the facts.

"We can appreciate this is not the outcome the victims’ families may have hoped for but we hope this news brings them comfort in their grief," states S/Sgt. Scott Ashenbrenner Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit.

Neither the victims or suspect will be identified by police or the BC Coroners Service.

 

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

MAN SHOT TO  DEATH AT HOME

IHIT investigating tragedy

SGT FRANK JANG


On January 6, 2021, just after 5 a.m., 24-year-old Gary Kang was shot several times at his home near 161 Street and 30 Avenue. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.

At 5:41 a.m., the Langley RCMP responded to a car fire near 229 Street and 78A Avenue. Investigators are working to determine if there is a connection between this and the earlier Surrey homicide. Anyone with dash cam video who was driving around the Morgan Heights area of Surrey and/or the area of Langley around 232 Street and Highway 1 between 5 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. this morning is asked to contact IHIT immediately.

IHIT is working with the I-Teams, the Surrey RCMP, the Langley RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. An extensive canvass for video evidence and witnesses is underway. It is believed there is more than one suspect involved in the shooting.

Gary Kang was known to police and his murder is believed to be a targeted event with linkages to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“It is too early to offer a motive behind this morning’s shooting but given what we know of Kang’s history with gang activity, we will be engaging with our gang enforcement partners,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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).

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 

LILLOOET RCMP

 

TINY HOME STOLEN IN BOSTON BAR FOUND IN LILLOOET

$80k stolen property recovered

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


RCMP in Lillooet have recovered tens of thousands of dollars-worth of stolen items, including a tiny home that was reported as stolen in late December from the Boston Bar area.

On December 28, 2020 Boston Bar RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a seasonal property and theft of a small home stored at that property situated in the 41000-block of the Trans-Canada Highway in Boston Bar. The tiny home stolen, which measured 8 feet by 17 feet, with cedar siding and solar panels, was mounted on a flat deck trailer.

Boston Bar RCMP shared the description of the stolen tiny home with its neighbouring policing jurisdictions in an effort to track it down. Despite extensive patrols police were unable to locate the stolen tiny home or a suspect.

On December 31, 2020 RCMP received tip information that a suspect had allegedly attempted to sell them a tiny home, matching the description of the one taken. Front line RCMP officers responded to the property of the seller situated in the Lillooet area, instead of the potential buyer, where they located the tiny home. A man associated to the property was taken into police custody, questioned and later release pending further investigation.

"On January 3, 2021 investigators with the Lillooet RCMP returned to the property in question, armed with a search warrant," said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. "As a result of its search, Lillooet RCMP seized additional property allegedly taken from the Boston Bar seasonal property back in December 2020. Police officers also recovered a generator reported as stolen in August 2020 from Coldstream BC in the North Okanagan."

Police estimated the total value of the stolen property recovered to be upwards of $80,000.

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time with cooperation between Lillooet RCMP, Boston Bar RCMP and Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

The 48-year-old Lillooet man now faces numerous potential charges. He is expected to make his first appearance in Lillooet Provincial Court on March 9, 2021.

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

UPDATE: ARRESTED

WANTED: BRAD WERENICKE

Stabbing in Abbotsford

SGT JUDY BIRD


Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives are looking for Bradley (Brad) Daniel WERNICKE, who is wanted for the 2019 stabbing on Gladys Ave.

At approximately 11 pm on July 29, 2019, police responded to an altercation between two people at a homeless camp on Gladys Ave. A male in his early 60’s sustained severe stab wounds and was transported to hospital serious condition.

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives have identified 36-year-old Bradley Daniel WERNICKE as the suspect in this serious assault.

WERNICKE has been charged with:

• Aggravated Assault (section 268(2) Criminal Code of Canada)
• Assault with a Weapon (section 267(a) Criminal Code of Canada)

WERNICKE stands 6 feet tall, weighs 183 pounds, has short hair brown hair and brown eyes.

WERNICKE remains wanted on a BC wide warrant for the above offences. If you have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 9-1-1 or 604-859-5225. DO NOT approach WERNICKE.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

 

DEATH CALLED IN

Police say targeted incident

CPL CRAIG DOUGLAS


At approximately 1:45 a.m. on January 1, 2021, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a homicide that occurred in a residence on the 2800-block of 15th Avenue in Prince George.

Frontline officers arrived on-scene and discovered the deceased – a 50-year-old male. Officers secured the area and the Prince George RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit was called in to lead the investigation.

This investigation is in the early stages and significant resources have been deployed. Police believe this was a targeted event. Investigators wish to speak to anyone that may have witnessed this incident or anyone that may have information.

If you have any information about this homicide, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250) 561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca . 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.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 

DUNCAN RCMP

 

ONE PERSON DIES IN RESIDENTIAL FIRE

Police say illicit drugs appear not to be involved

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET


One person is confirmed to have died in the residential building fire that occurred in Duncan on New Years Eve.

S/Sgt. Kurt Bosnell of the Duncan RCMP states, "The North Cowichan Duncan RCMP is working closely with our partners at the North Cowichan Fire Department and the BC Coroners Service. At this point we have not been able to determine the source of the fire and whether or not it is suspicious until those determinations are made, the RCMP will remain engaged."

One resident has died in the fire, RCMP has notified the BC Coroners Service who is conducting its own investigation to determine all the facts around the person’s death. Neither police or the BC Coroners Service will be identifying the deceased.

While the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed, at this point there is no indication of any illegal drugs/activity that may have been the cause of the blaze, that is believed to have started on the fourth floor.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN TOFINO

Person taken into custody and released later

CST KENNETH LAU


On December 30, 2020, Tofino RCMP attended a residence in the 1300-block of Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino B.C, while conducting inquiries on a check welfare call involving an adult male. In the residence police located a deceased adult man.

"Based on observations at the scene the death was deemed to be suspicious and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit assumed conduct of the investigation," states Insp. Kevin O’Donnell the District Senior Investigating Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Unit. "This is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public."

On December 30, 2020, an individual was taken into custody in Nanaimo and has subsequently been released without charge.

The investigation remains ongoing with Tofino and Nanaimo RCMP providing assistance to VIIMCU.

Anyone who observed suspicious or unusual activity in the 1300-block of Chesterman Beach Road between December 23, 2020 and December 30, 2020 is asked to contact VIIMCU at 250-380-6211 or Tofino RCMP at 250-725-3242.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

FIREBUG SOUGHT

Police reach out to the community for leads

CST KENNETH LAU


Richmond RCMP are making an appeal for anyone to come forward who may have knowledge of any suspects involved in any of the suspicious fires that have occurred at the same residential building on Arcadia Rd in central Richmond since November.

The residential building has been the site of three suspicious small fires over the last month and a half, including two of them that occurred within a period of 10 days in mid-November.

The first incident occurred close to midnight on November 18, 2020, as a small appliance fan being used to air out the building was set on fire. This fire did not appear to be accidental or electrical. Richmond Fire-Rescue attended the scene and quickly extinguished the blaze.

The second incident occurred in the early morning hours of November 19, 2020, in the open underground parkade, when someone set a 20-foot boat ablaze. The fire also caused damage to the two adjacent vehicles parked on either side of the vessel. Richmond Fire-Rescue attended the scene and quickly extinguished this blaze as well. Through the course of the investigation, the cause of this fire was deemed to be suspicious.

The third incident occurred in a stairwell last night, which was extinguished by an alert resident prior to the arrival of Richmond Fire-Rescue. Through the course of the investigation, the cause of this fire was also deemed to be suspicious.

The motive of the crimes remains unclear. It is also unclear if these fires are all related.

“The multiple fires have been unsettling for residents of the building, as you can imagine,” said Constable Kenneth Lau. “But we know that someone out there has information that can assist us and rapidly advance these investigations so we can identify the persons involved and hold them accountable for their actions.”

Richmond RCMP Watch General Investigative Services have been working tirelessly to investigate these incidents. If you have any information about these fires, please contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 quoting the file numbers 20-31465 (for the fan fire), 20-31644 (for the boat fire) or 20-35581 (for the stairwell fire), and if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON HIGHWAY 1

Police looking for any witnesses

CST JODY THOMAS


Early this morning at 4:15 am, Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to a collision involving a pedestrian in the eastbound lanes of Highway 1 at the Abbotsford and Langley border.

Upon arrival, emergency service workers located a man in the east-bound lanes who had been struck by three vehicles. The man had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The AbbyPD are currently confirming the identity of the deceased and have no further details at this time.

The drivers involved in the collision remained on scene and are cooperating with this investigation. The drivers did not sustain any injuries and are very shaken by this incident.

The Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, police investigators and the B.C. Coroners Service continue their investigation this morning. Highway 1 is currently closed eastbound between 264th Street and Mt Lehman Road. AbbyPD will provide an update on our social media once the highway reopens.

Investigators are seeking witnesses, CCTV footage and dashcam footage from those who may be been travelling eastbound in this area, just prior to this collision. If you can assist, please call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

GAMBLING DEN BUSTED

Police: Nexus to organized crime

CST KENNETH LAU


Charges were laid against two people following Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit (OCU) investigation into an alleged illegal gambling house.

Richmond RCMP OCU began their investigation in May of 2020, and on July 2, 2020, executed a search warrant for a residence in the 10700-block of Finlayson Drive. Numerous items were seized from the residence including; tables, poker chips and cash.

“With zero regulations and often a nexus to organized crime, these illegal gambling houses pose a risk to the public,” says Constable Kenneth Lau, Richmond RCMP Media Relations Officer. “ We do not want them operating in Richmond and will continue to actively investigate and target these suspected locations.”

Charges have now been laid against two individuals.

Thi Dung Le has been charged with one count of keeping a gaming or betting house, contrary to section 201(1) of the Criminal Code.

Jordan Jackson Guy has been charged with one count of keeping a gaming or betting house, contrary to section 201(1) of the Criminal Code.

Some signs an illegal gambling house may be operating in your area include:

• Vehicles and people that do not live in the neighbourhood frequently coming to a particular residence and staying late throughout the night;
• Loud noise or sounds of people partying being heard late at night;
• Social media advertisements of casino games being held at a residence.

Anyone with information about illegal gaming houses operating should contact their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

70-year-old left with serious injuries but expected to survive

CST KENNETH LAU


On December 29, 2020, just after 5:00 PM, Richmond RCMP frontline officers responded to another collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at the intersection of Buswell St and Westminster Hwy that left a female with serious injuries.

It has been a busy week for Richmond RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS), as they both were called to the scene to investigate. The 70-year-old woman was crossing Westminster Hwy at an intersection when she was struck by a vehicle. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors. The driver remained on-scene. The woman was transported to a local area hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.

“This accident was very preventable,” said Constable Kenneth Lau. “Drivers, please take extra care to anticipate any possible pedestrians, especially in the downtown core. Pedestrians, when at all possible, please use marked crosswalks, follow traffic signals, and take extra caution when you cross the road."

Tips for pedestrians crossing:

• Try to be visible for the drivers. Do not hide behind poles, bus shelters, or anything that may obstruct a driver’s view of you as they approach the intersection.
• Wearing bright or reflective clothing at night or in low-light conditions is highly recommended.
• Use marked crosswalks in well-lit intersections whenever possible.
• Obey traffic control signals, and do not attempt to cross the road until you have the signal to do so. Drivers may not anticipate anyone crossing the road while they have right-of-way.
• When you have your signal to proceed, still, look both ways before crossing to make sure drivers approaching the intersection are slowing or stopped for you.
• Never assume a driver can see you: confirm this by making eye contact with the driver so they acknowledge your intent to cross.
• Even while crossing, continue to look both ways, in case there are new vehicles approaching the crossing who may not see you.
• Do not assume cars will stop just because you are crossing or you may have right of way.
• If you see another vehicle approaching while you are in the middle of crossing, pause and make sure you make eye contact with that driver as well so they know to slow down or stop for you. Do not continue crossing until this approaching vehicle has also slowed and stopped.

Richmond RCMP CCIT is seeking witnesses or dash camera footage of the incident. If you have any information, please contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Richmond_CCIT@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, and if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-35425.

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

RICHMOND SHOOTING

Victim is recovering from injuries, suspects ID'ed

CST KENNETH LAU


On December 29, 2020, at approximately 10:30 PM, Richmond frontline officers responded to a report from a man of being shot in the 8000-block of Jones Rd. Police arrived in the area and found the 19-year-old victim bleeding from what appeared to be a gunshot injury.

Richmond RCMP Watch General Investigative Services (Watch GIS) initially attended to assist with the investigation, and Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensic Identification Services (LMD IFIS) also attended to process the scene found nearby. The lone victim was transported to a local area hospital where he has since been released, and he is expected to recover from his injuries.

“Through the course of the investigation, we have learned that the shooting was targeted, and suspects have been identified,” said Constable Kenneth Lau. “Therefore, there is no ongoing risk to the public.”

The Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit have since taken conduct of the file. Anyone with information about this incident or video surveillance in the area are being asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-35460.

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

BURNABY TEEN SHOT TO  DEATH

Police throwing all their resources at the investigation

SGT FRANK JANG


On December 28, 2020, at around 7:30 p.m., a shooting occurred near 148A Street and 110 Avenue in Surrey. Emergency responders arrived on scene to find a 14-year-old male dead with gunshot wounds. He had arrived in the area by taxi. No one else was harmed as a result of this incident and the taxi driver is cooperating with the investigation. A dark sedan was seen quickly leaving the area after the shooting.

At around 8 p.m., a vehicle on fire in the area of 214 Street and 76 Avenue was reported to the Langley RCMP. Investigators are working to determine if this vehicle is related to the Surrey homicide.

The victim was a resident of Burnaby and was known to police. The shooting is believed to be a targeted incident and investigators will be working to determine motive.

“IHIT will be working closely with the other I-Teams, the Surrey RCMP, the Langley RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service to further the investigation,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “It has been a busy past 24 hours for IHIT as we continue to push ahead on the latest cases.”

“Most of us cannot begin to fathom that someone as young as 14-years-old could be shot and murdered; it’s very disturbing,” says Sergeant Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “There will be an overt presence of police in the community with an increased number of officers conducting targeted enforcement across the city.”

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).
 

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN SURREY

IHIT takes over case looking for clues

SGT FRANK JANG


On December 28th, 2020, at approximately 7:32 pm, the Surrey RCMP responded to an incident in the 11000-block of 148A Street.

Upon police attendance, a victim was located suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim succumbed to their injuries.

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.

Traffic will be affected for an unknown amount of time with 110 Avenue shut down for all traffic between 148 Street and 148A Street and all north and south bound traffic on 148A Street shut down to the north of 110 Avenue.

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN CAR

IHIT looks to the community for tips and leads

SGT FRANK JANG


On December 27, 2020 just after 10:30 p.m., emergency services were called to the area of 137A Street and 90 Avenue in Surrey, B.C. for a man in a vehicle needing medical assistance. The man, identified as 19-year-old Harman Singh Dhesi, was found with gunshot wounds and taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

IHIT is investigating with the assistance of the Surrey RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service. The I-Teams from the Lower Mainland RCMP have also been called out to assist with evidence gathering.

The victim was known to police and his shooting is believed to be a targeted incident. Investigators will be working to determine motive.

“The initial phase of any investigation is critical for us as we move quickly to secure time-sensitive and perishable evidence,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We are appealing to anyone with dash cam video to secure the footage and 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).

 

 

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

PEDESTRIAN DIES IN ACCIDENT

Police investigating another roadside

tragedy

CST KENNETH LAU


On December 26, 2020, shortly before 5:30 PM, front-line officers were called to a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle at the intersection of No.2 Rd at Andrews Rd that led to a lengthy road closure of No.2 Rd for several hours while police were on scene.

Richmond RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) were called to the scene and have taken over the investigation, with assistance from the Integrated Construction Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS). The pedestrian was crossing at a marked crosswalk at the intersection when she was struck by the vehicle. The woman was rushed to a local area hospital but unfortunately later succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and has been cooperating with investigators. Speed and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors to the collision.

“This is a season where we need to be extra careful,” said Constable Kenneth Lau. “Road conditions may not be ideal. The sun also sets early, sometimes making it difficult to see pedestrians due to lighting. As a driver, when you approach a marked crosswalk or intersection, please take the extra measures to give yourself more reaction time. Slow down, look for any pedestrians, and try make eye contact with them just to confirm if they are crossing or not before going through.”

Richmond RCMP CCIT is seeking witnesses or dash camera footage of the incident. If you have any information, please contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Richmond_CCIT@rcmp-grc.gc.ca , and if they wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-35166.

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PEDESTRIAN DIES IN ACCIDENT ON CHRISTMAS

Police investigating tragedy

S/SGT R. MONSEF


On Dec 25, 2020 at about 12:33 pm, Surrey RCMP was advised by Emergency Health Services of a Motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the 6700-block of King George Blvd, Surrey. The pedestrian was struck and has succumbed to her injuries. Surrey RCMP investigators are speaking with the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision.

The investigation is in its early stages. Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services have taken conduct of the investigation. Scene analysis took several hours.

Investigators are seeking witnesses and dash cam video that may show the driving actions of the vehicle prior to the accident. If you have information about this incident, please contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 20-198288.

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2020 

PORT ALBERNI RCMP

 

MOUNTIES WITNESS MAN KILL HIMSELF

IIOC investigating circumstances

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET


On December 23, at approximately 6:38 p.m. officers from the Port Alberni RCMP were called to a report of a man on the roof of a residential building in the 4200-block of Morton Street in Port Alberni.

When officers arrived they located the man in possession of a weapon. The man injured himself with the weapon and collapsed. Officers provided first aid until ambulance could arrive.

BC Emergency Health Services transported the man to a local area hospital for treatment, however he died shortly after arrival.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

UNLICENCED POT SHOP BUSTED

Police say magic mushrooms and MDMA found as well

RCMP STAFF

 


A three-month drug trafficking investigation has resulted in a significant cannabis seizure, which uniquely included cannabis infused potato chips.

In September 2020, the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit began a proactive investigation into a drug trafficking operation at a residence in the 13400-block of Central Avenue. As the investigation progressed, officers gathered evidence consistent with the sale and distribution of cannabis products.

On December 17, 2020, a search warrant under the Cannabis Act was obtained. The following were among the items seized during the execution of the search warrant:

• Approximately 800 one-gram packets of cannabis shatter
• Approximately 300 grams of bulk cannabis shatter
• 10 lbs of bulk cannabis bud
• 3.5 lbs of packaged cannabis
• Approximately 1 lb of bulk cannabis butter
• 20 vials containing suspected THC distillate and a synthetic compound suspected to be W-18
• 345 THC vape pens
• 44 packages of THC gummies
• 3 packages of THC potato chips
• 1 lb of psilocybin mushrooms
• 1 ounce of bulk MDMA
• Approximately $5,000 cash

Four men were initially arrested and later released pending further investigation. The men are known to police and one of the individuals has ties to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

"This is a good reminder that, not only is it illegal for an unauthorized dealer to sell cannabis, it is also illegal to purchase cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, regardless if the purchase is in-store, online or in-person," says Inspector Mike Hall, Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer.

"Parents should also be aware that cannabis can be inconspicuously consumed through an unassuming product like potato chips," says Inspector Hall. "Illegal cannabis products are not regulated and therefore may contain harmful additives."

For more information on cannabis sale and consumption laws, please visit https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/

Anyone with information about this incident 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

 

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2020 

TOFINO RCMP

 

CHILD DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED ON VANCOUVER ISLAND RESERVE

Police promise thorough investigation

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU


The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is investigating the sudden death of a child in Tofino, B.C.

On December 13th 2020, the Tofino RCMP assisted BC Ambulance after it was reported that a child had suffered injuries on the Tyhistanis Reserve and was in need of medical assistance. Tragically, on December 16th the child succumbed to their injuries.

The investigation was initially started by the Tofino RCMP working alongside the Vancouver Island General Investigation section, however VIIMCU has since assumed conduct.

"This is a tragic situation affecting many people in the community, including family, friends, first responders and medical personnel" Superintendent Sanjaya Wijayakoon, BC RCMP Major Crimes Section Operations Officer. "This investigation is in its preliminary stages, and is expected to be a long, thorough and involved process involving many agencies including BC Coroners service"

Other children from the residence have been temporarily placed in other residences while this investigation is taking place.

The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation into this unexpected death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, the deceased’s name will not be released.

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

FIGURES OF SPEECH

Dragnet results in recovery of stolen items

CST KENNETH LAU


On December 19, 2020, Richmond Economic Crime Unit executed search warrants to three locations associated to a multi-jurisdictional crime group committing frauds throughout the Province of British Columbia.

With the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team, Richmond RCMP Strike Force and Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit, the search warrants for one property in Vancouver and two in Richmond were executed safely, also resulting in the temporary closure of a section of Cambie Rd in the middle of Saturday afternoon to facilitate the operation.

As a result of the search warrant executions, a stolen vehicle and two stolen scooters were recovered, as well as items associated to the production of fraudulent identification cards and credit cards. The investigation also netted the arrests of two people on outstanding warrants, and three people on fraud charges. Notably, amongst the suspected stolen property recovered were 2 4-foot-tall “Nutcracker” figurines.

"This was an excellent example of our investigative units working together to combat crime in Richmond," said Constable Kenneth Lau. "As a result of the efforts of the Richmond Economic Crime Unit, along with the support of other Richmond RCMP investigative units, we have disrupted a significant fraud and property crime ring operating in the city of Richmond."

Anyone with further information about this investigation or other criminal activity is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or if you wish to anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

KAMLOOPS SHOPLIFTER INJURED DURING ARREST

IIOC investing incident

S/SGT Janelle Shoihet


On December 19 just after 8:30 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers were called to a report of a shoplifter at a business in the 300-block of Tranquille Road in Kamloops. The store employee had locked the business’ door to prevent the man from leaving.

When police arrived, they found the man in possession of a weapon. Prior to officers being able to take him into custody he was injured with that weapon. Once in custody, officers provided first aid until ambulance could arrive.

BC Emergency Health Services transported the man to a local area hospital for treatment.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HIT AND RUN LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN HOSPITAL

Mounties seeking grey sedan

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Surrey RCMP is requesting assistance to identify a driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian and fled in Whalley. Police are also seeking witnesses and dash camera video that may assist in the investigation.

On December 16, 2020, at approximately 5:44 p.m., Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement officers came across an injured male in the area of Old Yale Road and University Drive.

The officers learned the man was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. The suspect vehicle immediately fled the scene. Officers are looking for a silver/grey 4-door sedan that fled eastbound on Old Yale Road.

The victim is currently in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information or dashcam video is urged to contact Surrey RCMP by calling 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, DECEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GANGLAND SHOOTING

Residence targeted, no one injured

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) is investigating a shooting with ties to gang activity, in Newton.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on December 18, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 6200-block of 132A Street. Surrey RCMP responded to the call and found evidence confirming that a shooting had occurred. While the residence was occupied at the time, no one was injured.

Early indications are that this was a targeted incident connected to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict, with no on-going risk to public safety.

Surrey RCMP GIU is continuing the investigation as officers seek to identify the suspect(s) involved.

Anyone with information about this incident, or dash-cam footage, 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.

 

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PORCH PIRATE PICKED UP

Elderly woman identified on cam known to police

 


White Rock RCMP executed a search warrant in the 15300 block of Pacific Avenue on December 16th, recovering numerous stolen packages from White Rock and South Surrey. Police viewed surveillance video from residences where packages were stolen, and quickly identified a suspect. A 59-year-old female, known to police, was arrested during the execution of the search warrant. She has been released awaiting court and has conditions not to attend her victims residences.

“This is a case of greed,” advised Constable Sears “she is gainfully employed and has the ability financially to purchase the items she stole.”

White Rock RCMP reminds residents who are receiving packages of the following:

• Request signature confirmation. This means that someone needs to accept and sign for the delivery and the package won't be left unattended. You can do this by contacting the sender.

• Ask for the package to be left out of plain view (at the side or back door rather than the front, for example). You can request this in the "delivery instructions" on some websites or by contacting the seller or delivery company.

• If you were planning to be home for a delivery but unexpectedly have to leave, call the delivery company and ask to make other arrangements.

• Ask a neighbour who is home during the day to bring your package inside when it arrives.

• If you have the means, you may want to look into investing in some equipment, like a parcel drop box, security cameras or a video doorbell.

• Report theft or suspicious activity to police immediately.

 

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

CORRALLED CAR HAD MODIFIED ASSAULT RIFLE

Driver fled on foot had multiple warrants

CPL JOANIE SIDHU



The Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) seized a modified rifle and ammunition during a vehicle stop, in Guildford.

During targeted enforcement on December 10, 2020 at approximately 7:30 p.m., with the assistance of the Integrated Police Dog Services and RCMP Air One, Surrey RCMP CRU safely contained a vehicle that had previously fled from police, near 160 Avenue and Fraser Highway.

As officers closed-in on the vehicle, the male driver fled. A short foot pursuit ensued and the man was quickly arrested nearby. The man is known to police and was arrested for multiple outstanding arrest warrants related to fraud and impersonation offences committed in Ridge Meadows, Coquitlam, Delta and Mission. The passenger of the vehicle, a woman, was also detained.

As the investigation progressed, the vehicle was searched and officers located a modified rifle and ammunition.

The woman was released pending further investigation, the man was held in custody in relation to his arrest warrants. The investigation is ongoing as officers gather further evidence related to the firearm seizure.

"The coordination between the RCMP Air One crew and our officers on the ground enabled us to make this arrest at a lower risk to the public," says Sergeant Roger Green of the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit. "We are grateful for the continued support of our integrated teams who are key players in our targeted enforcement strategy."

Anyone with information about this incident 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

 

  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO LOAD OF IDs CREDIT CARDS AND PASSPORTS

Police executed search warrant

CPL JOANIE SIDHU



Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) officers located a large stash of stolen identification and bank cards during the execution of a search warrant, in Cloverdale.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on December 8, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to the theft of a vehicle from a residence in the 17200-block of 57 Avenue. The stolen vehicle had the owner’s credit card inside which was fraudulently used soon after it was stolen, at a business near 168 Street and 60 Avenue.

The investigation quickly progressed as members of the Surrey RCMP CRU obtained video, which assisted with the identification of a male and female suspect. Further investigation culminated in a search warrant at residence in the 5800-block of 172A Street on December 11, 2020.

During the execution of the search warrant, officers located numerous items including a large quantity of stolen bank cards, identification, documents, firearms ammunition, and evidence related to the stolen vehicle.

 
A man and woman were arrested and later released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time. The stolen vehicle was later recovered in Cloverdale by frontline officers on December 11, 2020.

"We know that every recovered document or credit card represents a person who may have been a victim of identity theft and fraud," says Sergeant Roger Green, of the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit. "We strongly urge everyone to take as many precautions as they can to protect themselves from falling victim to these types of crimes."

Surrey RCMP recommends the following tips to prevent identity theft:

• Do not leave any valuables, credit cards, or identity documents in your vehicle
• Familiarize yourself with billing cycles for your credit and debit cards, as this information is of interest to thieves during mail thefts.
• Trash bins are a goldmine for identity thieves. Make sure you shred personal and financial documents before putting them in the garbage.
• 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.
• When you change your address, make sure you notify the post office and your bank and credit card companies.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN FACES HOMELESS CAMP MURDER CHARGES

IHIT seeks more info from the community

SGT FRANK JANG

On June 4, 2020 at 8:15 p.m., the body of homicide victim Carlos Robles Palafox was found in a wooded area known as “The Sanctuary”, which is located off the King George Boulevard and 128 Street in Surrey, B.C. Palafox was new to the Surrey area and had come to find a place to stay. He had only limited contact with the community in this area. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and has been diligently gathering evidence for the past six months.

On December 16, 2020, 35-year-old Invinceable Green was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Palafox’s death. It is believed the two men had only briefly met before the homicide and that it was not a random incident.

“We are specifically appealing for information about Invinceable Green, who is also known in this community as ‘Vince’, says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We believe there are people within this community that have information about this homicide.”

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).

 

 

  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

WOMAN INJURED DURING ARREST

IIOC investigates

IIOC RCMP

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Vernon.

On December 12, Vernon frontline officers were dispatched to sounds of a male and female screaming. The attending officers located three people, two men and a woman. It was determined that one of the men was breaching conditions of his probation by being in contact with the woman and he was arrested.

While the officers were attempting to take the man into custody, the woman allegedly began to interfere. She was placed under arrest and handcuffed. While the woman was being transported outside to the police vehicle, she was injured.

BC Emergency Health Services transported the woman to a local area hospital for treatment.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the woman’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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

CASH AND GUNS

Traffic infractions results in seizures

SGT PETER DEVRIES

 

Last night, a vehicle stop conducted by a North Vancouver RCMP officer for a minor traffic violation, turned up drugs, cash, and a sawed-off shotgun.

The officer spotted the vehicle as it entered the Second Narrows Bridge travelling above the posted speed limit. When the driver failed to signal a lane change, the officer initiated a traffic stop. "Once he identified the three occupants, he discovered one of them was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "He arrested the man, and a search of the vehicle incidental to the arrest revealed a sizeable amount of cash, drug trafficking paraphernalia and a sawed off shotgun."

Benjamin James Gilleland, a 35-year-old resident of Surrey, was held in custody to be brought before a judge on the outstanding warrant, while the other two occupants were released at the scene. The investigation of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Distribution and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, continues.

"Sometimes, our officers are criticized for pulling over vehicles for minor offences," said DeVries. "Nobody enjoys being pulled over and possibly served a ticket. But the truth is, this type of enforcement does so much more than just keep our streets safe from poor drivers. Traffic enforcement often enables us to identify dangerous offenders and remove guns and drugs off our streets."

 

 

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020 

ABBY PD

 

POLICE RAM THEIR WAY INTO RESIDENCE

No one located inside, looking for dashcam and leads

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

AbbyPD patrol officers were called to the 2300-block of Clearbrook Road for reports of man fleeing from a house with his hands tied and covered with blood.
 

Officers located the man a short distance away suffering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The male was transported by BC Ambulance Service and is receiving medical treatment.
 

Conflicting information from witnesses indicated that the suspects had returned to the home, other information was they had left the residence. To ensure there were no further victims, and identify suspects, the home was contained as investigators tracked down known occupants, spoke to the victim, witnesses and obtained a warrant.

Numerous Abbotsford Police Department resources responded to this incident including Patrol, Traffic and Youth Units, the Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiators, and the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service Unit.

At 11:30 pm, detectives obtained a warrant to search the residence. The Emergency Response Team utilized the Armoured Response Vehicle telescope ram to gain entry; the tactical robot and Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service team were utilized to conduct a preliminary search. No one was found in the residence.

This morning, the victim remains in hospital, recovering from his injuries. The motive behind this assault is not known at this time and detectives are continuing their investigation.
 

There are many social media posts from those who witnessed this incident at its onset. We are asking anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident, has CCTV, dashcam video or information about this investigation is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 604-859-5225.

 

 

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

PERVERT MASSEUR ARRESTED

Police are looking for others in the community who want to come forward

SGT FRANK JANG

 

AbbyPD Major Crime Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted three women while providing massage treatments at Bud’s Massage Therapy located in the 35400 block of Munroe Ave, Abbotsford.

The Abbotsford Police Department Major Crime Unit detectives identified and arrested 56-year-old, Reinhard “Bud” Loewen, who has since been released on conditions with charges of sexual assault being approved by the B.C. Prosecution Service.

“Major Crime Detectives believe there may be witnesses with information about the activities of the accused that may assist in the prosecution of these offences.,” stated Sergeant Adam Klaver. “Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have this information. Abbotsford Police will provide resources and support as needed.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

For information about this prosecution, please contact B.C. Prosecution Service 250-387-5169.

 

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

LOOKING FOR TIPS ON COLD CASE DEATH

Family reaches out to the community

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On December 3, 2020 at 5:34 a.m., police found 29-year-old Lisa Ellie Marie Baines shot to death inside her vehicle near 137 Street and 75A Avenue in Surrey, B.C. IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has since been working tirelessly to gather evidence.

Evidence gathered to date suggests that this was an isolated incident. It is not related to drug nor gang activity. There is no reason to believe there is further risk to public safety as a result of this incident.

“The investigation is progressing quickly and we are well on our way to building a strong case,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We have spoken with many of Ellie’s friends and family but we are also aware there may be someone who we have yet to speak with that may have information about her recent activities. We urge that person to come forward.”

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SOCIAL MEDIA DENIZEN BLEW THE WHISTLE ON GRINCH

Several homes had items stolen

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

 

An alert citizen, scrolling through online social media, is being praised for connecting the dots in a multi-jurisdiction police investigation involving a Grinch-like theft of holiday décor.

On December 7, 2020, Sicamous RCMP received a pair of reports that large inflatable Christmas decorations had been stolen, sometime overnight on December 5, from front yards in the community. A 10 foot tall inflatable Frosty the Snowman was taken from a yard on TCH Frontage Road, while a large Santa in his sleigh was stolen from a home on Cottonwood Avenue.

The tipster had been reviewing online social media posts, and saw that a Sicamous woman shared that her child’s inflatable unicorn had also been taken from the front yard of her Conn Street home. A separate post from a Salmon Arm, resident in the Auto Road area, claimed that their daughter's inflatable Grinch had been swiped from their lawn too.

That very keen citizen reported to Sicamous RCMP that all the suspected stolen inflatable decorations had very recently appeared as a holiday display on the front lawn of a residence in Southeast Salmon Arm.

Sicamous RCMP officers contacted the Salmon Arm detachment who confirmed they also had a recent reported theft of two reindeer from a residence.

"Mounties from both Sicamous and Salmon Arm attended to the Salmon Arm home where they found, what they believed to be, all of the stolen decorations on display in front of the home," states Sgt. Murray McNeil, Detachment Commander for the Sicamous RCMP. "When questioned by investigators, the resident advised they had recently purchased the items from an unnamed person and claimed they did not know they were stolen. Officers seized the items and have returned them to their rightful owners."

"In the end, Santa and his reindeer were rescued from the clutches of a real life Christmas Grinch!" adds S/Sgt. Scott West of Salmon Arm RCMP. "Saint Nick, Frosty and the reindeer are now all back at their homes where they belong, unharmed. We hope the next time we see them are on Christmas Eve, all except the Grinch of course."

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WANTED: JEREMY MORGAN

Gunslinger sought for outstanding warrants

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jeremy David Morgan who is wanted on multiple warrants.

Thirty-three year old Jeremy Morgan is currently wanted on warrants for robbery, use of an imitation firearm to commit a crime, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, and breach of probation.

Jeremy Morgan is described as Caucasian, approximately 6’1 tall, 170 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes (please see attached photo). Morgan is known to frequent the Whalley area of Surrey.

The public is cautioned against trying to apprehend or approach Morgan, and is asked to 911 if he is sighted.

Anyone with information about Morgan's whereabouts 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BANK ROBBER ARRESTED

Cowboy attains little cash

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP has arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with two bank robberies, which occurred in Whalley in November, and December 2020.

On November 12, 2020, just before 2 p.m., Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of a robbery at a bank in the 10300-block of City Parkway. A male suspect was able to obtain a small sum of cash before fleeing the scene. Police did not locate the suspect at that time.

On December 3, 2020, shortly before 5 p.m., officers responded to a report of another robbery with similar circumstances, this time at a bank in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard. In this incident, the male suspect was quickly located by Surrey RCMP frontline officers and placed under arrest.

Carey Anthony L'Hirondelle of Surrey has now been charged with two counts of robbery in relation to these incidents.

"Because robberies involve the use or threat of violence, the impact on victims is greater than just the loss of money or property," says Sergeant Ryan Forbes of the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. "Our unit will continue to work alongside frontline officers, conducting targeted enforcement to reduce the number of robberies in Surrey."""

For more information on how to protect yourself from personal robbery, please visit our Surrey RCMP website.
 

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

POLICE SEEKING SURREY GROPER

Man attacks female dog walker

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is looking for the public’s help with identifying a man who sexually assaulted a female, near the Langley/Surrey border in Cloverdale.

On September 1, 2020 at approximately 9:00 p.m., an unknown man approached the victim and groped her while she was walking her dog in the area of 196 Street and 72 Avenue. The man fled on foot immediately after the encounter. The victim was physically uninjured and reported the incident to police.

After other avenues of investigation have been unsuccessful, police are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect in hopes of identifying the man.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 20-years-old, brown hair, clean-shaven, and wearing a black t-shirt and grey pants.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

52-YEAR-OLD BANK ROBBER STOPPED IN HIS TRACKS

Cops make arrest in Surrey

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

On November 12, 2020, just before 2 p.m., Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of a robbery at a bank in the 10300-block of City Parkway. A male suspect was able to obtain a small sum of cash before fleeing the scene. Police did not locate the suspect at that time.

On December 3, 2020, shortly before 5 p.m., officers responded to a report of another robbery with similar circumstances, this time at a bank in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard. In this incident, the male suspect was quickly located by Surrey RCMP frontline officers and placed under arrest.

Carey Anthony L'Hirondelle of Surrey has now been charged with two counts of robbery in relation to these incidents.

"Because robberies involve the use or threat of violence, the impact on victims is greater than just the loss of money or property," says Sergeant Ryan Forbes of the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. "Our unit will continue to work alongside frontline officers, conducting targeted enforcement to reduce the number of robberies in Surrey."

 

 

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

MAN SHOOTS AT MERRITT POLICE STATION

IIOC is investigating Mounties 

CPL DAWN ROBERTS

 

BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Merritt.

Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:43 pm, a man pulled up into a parking lot adjacent to the Merritt Detachment. The man got out of the vehicle and shots were fired. When the officers heard the gunshots, they came out of the detachment, saw the man and took cover.

Shortly after, the man was located deceased. No other individuals were injured.

The area has been cordoned off in order to support the investigation. Public access to the detachment will be limited.

The IIO BC has been called and 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

VAN DRIVER TRIED TO LURE BOY

Can you identify this van? 

CPL ADRIANNA PERALTO

 

 

Between approximately 8:05 and 8:30 am on December 3, 2020 a boy was allegedly offered candy by a male driving a white van. The boy was on his way to school and was in a laneway near the 10400-block of Seacote Road when it took place.

The boy did not engage the male and immediately left the area, heading to school. He reported this incident to school officials who contacted police.

“This boy did exactly what he should have. He stayed away from the vehicle, got himself to a safe place and reported it”, says Corporal Adriana Peralta, “We want to remind parents of the importance of talking to your children about strangers.”

A possible vehicle of interest has been identified from video surveillance in the area. The vehicle is described as a White Econoline Van, early 2000’s, with windows on all sides.

The driver is described:

• Male Caucasian;
• Approximately 20 years old;
• Long brown/blonde hair;
• Pimple on forehead;
• Scar on left side of face;
• And wearing a black t-shirt

Richmond RCMP officers continue to conduct patrols in the area as well as canvass for additional video surveillance.

Richmond RCMP Youth Section have conduct of this investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed or recognize this vehicle is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2020-33014. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

Fight between South Asian men, three vehicles involved 

CPL ADRIANNA PERALTO

 

At approximately 4:35 pm on December 3, 2020 Richmond RCMP attended the 4500-block of No. 3 Road for possible shots fired.

Multiple Richmond RCMP units quickly attended the area and located evidence confirming shots had been fired. In speaking with witnesses, officers learned there had been a physical altercation during which one male allegedly discharged a firearm.

The only description provided for the parties involved was South Asian males. All fled the area in vehicles. The vehicles are described as a black Jetta, white Audi and white Mercedes.

The motive of this incident is unknown, however, it appears to have been targeted.

“This is a busy time of the day in the downtown core”, says Corporal Adriana Peralta, “It’s fortunate the reckless actions of this individual did not result in an innocent bystander being injured.”

Richmond RCMP Watch General Investigation Unit has conduct of this file. Anyone with information is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2020-33038. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

PRISONER ESCAPES WHILE GETTING MEDICAL TREATMENT

Mounties K9 and Air One Helicopter used to apprehend 

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

On Thursday at 2:55 pm, Abbotsford Police officers responded to a report of shots fired at Abbotsford Way and Marshall Road.

Numerous AbbyPD officers responded where it was determined Correctional Service of Canada officers were escorting a federal offender to a medical appointment. The offender escaped from the custody of the correctional officers and during apprehension attempts, a correctional officer discharged their firearm. No injuries were sustained as a result of the firearm discharge.

With the assistance of Abbotsford Police officers, Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Services, RCMP Air One Helicopter, the escaped suspect was taken into custody by the Abbotsford Police a short distance later without incident. There is no further risk to the public.

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives have assumed conduct of this investigation.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident, or has CCTV, dashcam video or information about this investigation is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 604-859-5225.

 

 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH

Police say targeted attack 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On December 3, 2020, just after 5:30 a.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision in the alleyway of the 13700-block of 75A Avenue. A 30-year-old female was located with critical injuries, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Despite all efforts by first responders, the woman succumbed to her injuries.

Early information indicates a second vehicle was involved in this shooting and police are currently combing the area for any potential evidence, including video surveillance. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) will be investigating this occurrence in partnership with the Surrey RCMP.

Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase, this does not appear to be a random act. Police are currently in the evidence-gathering phase; no further information will be provided at this time.

Further details and media inquiries 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, DECEMBER 3, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

COWBOY TRIES TO OUTRUN COPS

Spike belt, K9 reigns him in 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Last night at 1:21 am, AbbyPD Patrol officers attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla on Highway 1 at Clearbrook Road exit, the vehicle accelerated from police and was last seen at the McCallum Road exit.

A short time later, 1:36 am, the same vehicle was seen leaving a residence in the 1000-block of Ross Road. A spike belt was successfully deployed, and again, the driver fled from police. At 1:56 am, the unoccupied vehicle was located a short distance away on Simpson Road.

While Patrol officers were responding to this file, the emergency services’ dispatch center, E-COMM 9-1-1, received a 9-1-1 report of men with guns in east Abbotsford. Patrol officers responded to this event as well, which was later found to be false.

Patrol officers set up containment & the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service conducted a search & located the suspect. Upon search, officers located the vehicle’s keys and the cellular phone made to make the false 9-1-1 call.

A 50-year-old New Westminster man was taken into custody and facing new charges of Flight from Police, Mischief, Public Mischief (for making false 9-1-1 call) and breaching his court release order.

 

 

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE LOOKING FOR HIT AND RUN SUSPECT

Pedestrian victim recovering 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On November 30th at 5:15 pm, Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on Harris Road and Riverside Street. An unknown vehicle struck a 20-year-old Abbotsford resident who was walking on the roadside, causing her to be knocked into a ditch. The suspect vehicle is believed to have been last seen traveling northbound on Riverside Street.

The pedestrian was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service, where she received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. She has since been released and recovering at home with her family.

The Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team and police investigators closed the roads in this area for most of the evening. This area was re-opened at 8:10 pm.

Police are seeking witnesses, CCTV footage and dashcam footage to help identify the driver and vehicle involved in this hit-and-run. While the description of the suspect vehicle is limited, police believe that the vehicle will have substantial damage to the windshield and passenger side view mirror.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, has dashcam or CCTV or any information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

 

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 

OSOYOS RCMP

 

COP CHASES SUSPECT DOWN RAVINE

Both needed to be long-lined out by SAR 

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

 

A pair of Canadian Armed Forces search and rescue aircraft were dispatched, Tuesday night, from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox, to assist in the long line rescue of a front line RCMP officer and his prisoner who led the officer on a foot chase into a deep ravine.

On December 1, 2020 shortly after 3 p.m., Midway RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress to a property located in the 1600-block of Fish Lake Road. The Bridesville property owner was observing the situation unfold with their surveillance cameras. Front line officers responded to the scene where they encountered five individuals seemingly fleeing the area.

One of those break and enter suspects fled on foot in an apparent effort to further avoid capture, while the remaining four were detained by police. The fleeing suspect jumped into a ravine, followed closely by a pursuing officer.

"The break-in suspect entered into the river multiple times before ultimately being located and arrested by the determined officer," states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. "The arresting officer and his prisoner found themselves nearly 400-feet down the ravine, trapped and unable to climb back out, or be reached by any conventional means. To complicate matters the suspect was quickly becoming hypothermic, while the officer was dealing with exposure to the frigid temperatures."

Additional police officers responded to the scene from neighboring jurisdictions including Osoyoos to assist. However Cpl. O’Donaghey adds "they were unable to safely rescue their colleague or his prisoner." He says, "those officers were joined and supported by passerby’s who tossed warm clothing and supplies down to the officer to start a fire and keep warm."

After exhausting all options to safely extract the officer and his prisoner, the BC RCMP called for urgent support from the Canadian Armed Forces who immediately dispatched both a Buffalo fixed wing SAR aircraft and a Cormorant SAR helicopter to the scene to assist with a medevac rescue.

At 9:20 p.m. the prisoner was airlifted out of the ravine by SAR Techs. The 47-year-old Bridesville man, was airlifted to a regional hospital for a full medical assessment and treatment for exposure related injuries.

At 10:15 p.m. the front line officer, who did not require any medical attention at the scene, was rescued from the ravine.

A 44-year-old man, 45-year-old man, 35-year-old woman and a 51-year-old woman, all of the Bridesville area were released at the scene. Each face potential charges and are expected to appear in court at a later date.

Investigators have since determined that the 47-year-old Bridesville man, who fled from the responding officers, was wanted on several outstanding warrants for his arrest. He remains in police custody at this time and faces additional charges.

"BC RCMP expresses its deepest thanks to all those members of the community who were directly involved in looking out for the safety and well-being of one of our front line officers and our client by providing them warm clothing and supplies to start a fire for warmth. We also would like to sincerely thank our Canadian Armed Forces partners for their valued support," states C/Supt. Brad Haugli, District Commander of the RCMP Southeast District.

 

 

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

YOUNG WOMAN MYSTERIOUSLY DIES

No charges to man who was on-scene 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On November 29, 2020 at 12:36 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP received a call for assistance at a residence in the 4100-block of Oxford Street. Officers arrived to find an 18-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries who was taken to hospital. The woman has since died of her injuries and IHIT is investigating.

One man was arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released from police custody pending further investigation. No criminal charges have been laid at this time.

“This was an isolated incident involving individuals known to one another,” says Sergeant 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, DECEMBER 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

STOLEN SEMI TRAILER FOUND

$200,000 cargo recovered 

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Shortly before 8:30 a.m. on November 29, 2020, Surrey RCMP received a report of a stolen semi-trailer containing approximately $200,000 worth of cargo, from a business in the 11700-block of Tannery Road. Frontline officers gathered helpful evidence from the caller which led them to a nearby industrial site, in the 12300-block of 104 Avenue, where the trailer was abandoned and emptied of its high-value cargo.

Later in the day at approximately 3:00 p.m., through conventional investigative techniques officers identified where the cargo was being stored by the thieves. Officers subsequently recovered the stolen cargo, in the 10600-block of Timberland Road, which was safely returned to its rightful owner.

No arrests have been made at this time, pending further investigation as officers work to identify the suspects involved in this theft operation.

"This appeared to be a carefully planned act as it’s not an easy task stealing a semi-trailer," says Staff Sergeant Dave Wise, Surrey RCMP Watch Commander. "The recovery of the high-value stolen items was a result of good investigative techniques coupled with crucial information provided by the caller."

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

SURREY MAN SHOT TO DEATH

IHIT seeking dark coloured sedan 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On November 29, 2020 at 7:41 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to numerous calls of shots fired outside a Shopper’s Drug Mart near 152 Street and Fraser Highway. Officers arrived to find 29-year-old Riyad Rasheed with multiple gun shot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene. A dark colored sedan left the area immediately following the shooting

At 9 p.m., the Richmond RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire near Cambie and No 7 Road. This vehicle is believed to be the suspect vehicle from the earlier shooting in Surrey. Anyone with dash cam video who was near the areas of the shooting in Surrey and the car fire in Richmond is asked to call IHIT immediately.

Riyad Rasheed was known to police and his murder is believed to have been a targeted incident with links to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Richmond RCMP, the Lower Mainland I-Teams and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

“This was a brazen shooting in a commercial plaza with numerous members of the public in the area at the time of the incident,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “The perpetrators of this violence need to be held to account. They will now be targeted for prosecution.”

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).

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SENIOR CHARGED WITH ARSON AND ASSAULT

Three escape fire 

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

A 68-year-old man has been charged in connection to an assault and arson investigation that occurred in Whalley, this past summer.

On August 28, 2020 shortly after 10:00 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to the report of a structure fire in the 13000-block of 112A Avenue, where a residence was fully engulfed in flames. Three individuals from inside the residence were rushed to an area hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, one of whom also suffered from injuries consistent with having been assaulted.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) assumed conduct of the investigation and after completing a thorough analysis of the evidence, identified a suspect. On November 19, 2020, David Thind was charged with arson – disregard for life, assault, and uttering threats, and a warrant issued for his arrest. On November 23, 2020, David Thind was arrested and remains in-custody. Thind is known to police.

"If not for the quick action of the residents, this deliberately set fire no doubt could have had more tragic consequences," says Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan, Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit Commander. "Our partnership with the Surrey Fire Service and the cooperation of several witnesses enabled investigators to identify the suspect and gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges.

Anyone with information about this incident 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

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

FIRE CLAIMS PERSON AND ANIMALS

Police looking for driver who picked up Qualicum hitchhikers 

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) along with the assistance of other agencies, including the BC Coroners Service, continue to work on the investigation from rural Qualicum Beach. During the initial examination, multiple burned structures were examined and human remains along with the remains of four dogs were recovered.

"Fire scenes bring a variety of challenges and are complex scenes to process. Investigators must pore over the scene, meticulously search through debris piece by piece and then examine collected items using specialized techniques," says Corporal Chris Manseau, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.

The RCMP continues to work with the BC Coroners Service to definitively confirm the ID of the deceased.

VIIMCU investigators are still looking to speak with the motorist who picked up two hitchhikers in a light coloured sedan on the morning of November 1st. This individual has not yet made contact with police, and may be unaware that they are being sought by police as a witness.

Anyone with information is asked to call the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211.

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

CORONERS SERVICE

 

COLD CASE DNA MATCH LEADS TO DEATH OF BC MAN

Cross-border resources used to identification 

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Human remains discovered on May 23, 2009 by US officials in Washington State San Juan County have now been positively identified as James Neufeld who disappeared in January 2009, last seen leaving his home in Penticton British Columbia.

55-year-old Jim (James) Neufeld was last seen leaving his Penticton home on January 21, 2009. James was travelling in his green 1997 Plymouth Voyager passenger van, which was located under the Alexandria Bridge near the Fraser River on February 3, 2009 by Hope RCMP. His vehicle was examined by RCMP forensic specialists.

On May 23, 2009 the remains of a deceased man were pulled from the waters of the Salish Sea off of Parker Reef, about one half mile north of Orcas Island in San Juan County in Washington. The San Juan County Coroner took the remains to Snohomish County Medical Examiner for anthropologic and forensic studies. The remains were unidentified, despite efforts by US officials to trace a number on a metal plate to hospitals, pull a DNA profile from the deceased, and develop and sketch what he might have looked like.

In September 2020 another attempt to establish a DNA profile was successful. In partnership with the BC Coroners Service Special Identifications Unit and the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office was able to positively identify the remains as those belonging to James Neufeld.

"At first I was confident we would find his identity and family right away," said Gaylord.

 

He said his office was frustrated when the case went cold, but thankful that a fresh look by Jane Jorgensen at the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office was successful. "Ms. Jorgensen recognized that DNA record keeping has improved and it would be worthwhile to renew our search in Canada," said Mr. Gaylord. He added, "The Salish Sea crosses political borders and when people are found near the boundary we enjoy the cooperation with the BC Coroners Service and RCMP."

"The BC Coroners Special Investigations Unit, in working with our partners, both in BC, and south of the border is pleased to have been able to help bring closure to the family, helping them get answers to questions they have been seeking for more than a decade," said Eric Petit, Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the BC Coroners Service.

"This case highlights not only the international, multi-agency cooperation that takes place between Canadian and US officials daily for cross border matters, but showcases the sheer dedication of our investigators in bringing answers to James Neufeld’s loved ones. We were comforted and humbled by James’ family, when we delivered the news in person, who believe this will bring hope to other families who continue to search for a loved one," states Supt. Ray Carfantan, Executive Assistant District Officer for the BC RCMP Southeast District.

"The Southeast District RCMP employ a dedicated Missing Person Coordinator, a unique role in the province of BC, who has oversight of all missing person’s investigations in our district. This oversight ensures that consistent best practices are followed, the results of which are that missing persons investigations in this area are held to the highest possible standard of care," adds RCMP Supt. Carfantan.

The RCMP extends its condolences to the Neufeld family and asks the media to respect their privacy.

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

SHOOTING DEATH

IHIT seeks answers

SGT FRANK JANG

 

Surrey RCMP is assisting the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) following a fatal shooting in Fleetwood.

On November 29, 2020, at approximately 7:40 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a shooting in front of a shopping complex at the corner of 152 Street and Fraser Highway. A critically injured man was located. Paramedics attended and provided aid to the man however, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

IHIT has been engaged and are actively investigating the incident. The victim is known to police and this is believed to be a targeted incident.

While this shooting caused a risk to public safety as it unfolded, there is no indication of any on-going risk in the area.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have video surveillance or dash-cam video to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or 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.

Further details and media updates for this investigation will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

RESIDENT DUPED OF CASH

Phone call fooled elderly resident

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Revelstoke RCMP is urging the general public to remain extra vigilant after back to back reports of the Emergency Scam, otherwise known as the Grandparent Scam, in the Revelstoke area today.

On November 25, 2020 shortly after 10:30 a.m., a local Revelstoke resident was targeted by a suspected scammer who posed as a close friend. The fraudster, who seemed to be panicked, claimed he was in jail and needed bail money. The suspect further added that he had been in an accident and had been drinking. He requested that the victim e-transfer $2,500 to the man’s lawyer, who supposedly practiced law in the BC Lower Mainland.

“The victim wired the funds electronically after they received a second call from a person who identified themselves as the friend’s legal counsel,” states Sgt. Chris Dodds, Revelstoke RCMP Detachment Commander.

Shortly before 12 p.m., Revelstoke RCMP responded to yet another report of a local resident targeted in an apparent emergency scam. The resident shared that he had received an anonymous call from someone posing as his grandson, who claimed he was in jail, in need of money following a drunk driving accident. Fortunately the resident contacted the Revelstoke RCMP non-emergency line and a police dispatcher advised the man not to send any money as the matter was a scam. Police managed to personally contact the man’s grandson and ensure his well-being.

Each of these occurrences, are truly unfortunate situations. Whether the scammer is successful in obtaining funds, or not, these sorts of calls can cause deep concern and be stressful for most,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “These fraudsters rely on emotional pleas for help and take advantage of a parent or grandparent’s concern for a child or even a close friends concern for a companion and exploit it to their advantage.

RCMP offer the following advice when receiving such calls:

• Watch out for urgent pleas that play on your emotions - If you have any doubts, trust your instincts and simply end the conversation;
• Talk to other family members - If you receive a call or contact from someone claiming a family member or friend is in trouble, reach out to another family member or friend to confirm the situation;
• Never send cash, gift cards or money transfers as payment to an unknown recipient;

Click here to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website to learn more about this and other scams.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BMX BANDIT SOUGHT

Police reach out to the community for tips

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on November 12, 2020, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a bank in the 10300-block of City Parkway. An unidentified man attended the bank and threatened to use a weapon if a sum of money was not provided. The man then took the money and left the area on a white BMX bicycle.

After other investigative avenues have been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect, photos are being released to the public in an effort to advance the investigation.

The suspect was described as Caucasian, in his 40’s, wearing a dark coloured helmet, white face mask, black pants, black gloves, and Nike shoes. Most notably, the man was wearing a black jacket with a grey, white and yellow design on the front. (See attached photos.)

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

A SECOND LOOK AT DRUNK DRIVING DEATHS  

Police add charges to crash

SGT CHAD BADRY

 

On November 19, 2020, additional charges were sworn in relation to a 2019 fatal crash that took place on March 17, 2019, near the Waneta Dam.

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, at approximately 4:12 pm, members of the Trail and Greater District RCMP along with West Kootenay Traffic Services attended to a single vehicle crash on Seven Mile Dam Road near Trail. A Volkswagon Beetle driven by a female from Salmo, BC, drove off the road at a curve, went down a steep embankment, and into the Pend Oreille River. The driver and front passenger, a 15 year old female from Warfield, managed to get out of the submerged vehicle and to the surface, but two other occupants did not surface. A 15 year old male and 18 year old female both from Fruitvale were missing and presumed deceased.

On March 19, 2019, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team was successful in locating the vehicle. Tragically, both missing teens were located deceased. The conditions were difficult and the recovery operation took a significant amount of time to complete. The cooperation of the Dam authority, BC Hydro helped the operation in lowering the water level. The BC Coroners Service has been notified and will also be investigating.

Tessa Anderson of Fruitvale was charged on March 13, 2020, with several provincial driving related offences. On November 19, 2020, Crown Counsel approved two counts of Impaired Driving Causing Death and one count of Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm under the Criminal Code. The matter is now before the courts.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 

BC RCMP

 

DRIVER PASSED OUT

Police find mobile illicit drug shop

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

"Two significant seizures of drugs and a firearm were made by Surrey RCMP in one night, as a result of proactive and targeted enforcement.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on November 20, 2020, a member of the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) was conducting targeted enforcement when they stopped a vehicle near 109 Avenue and 139A Street. The vehicle was driven by a man who was prohibited from driving and had two outstanding arrest warrants for driving while prohibited, for which the man was arrested.

Through further investigation, officers located plastic bags containing smaller packages of suspected drugs, approximately $2,000 cash, two cans of bear spray, and other items consistent with drug trafficking. The man, and the vehicle passenger, were both subsequently arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Later that night, shortly after 10:00 p.m., a frontline officer came across a parked running vehicle, in the 10500-block of King George Boulevard, where the driver was passed out behind the wheel. The officer woke the driver and began an impaired driving investigation which led to the man’s arrest.

During the investigation, the officer located approximately 50 grams of suspected fentanyl, 10 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, approximately $1,800 cash, a firearm, ammunition, and other items consistent with drug trafficking. The man was subsequently arrested for unsafe storage of a firearm and concealing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Both investigations are ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time.

"Our officers will continue with targeted and proactive enforcement throughout the holiday season," says Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. "Disrupting drug trafficking activity will continue to remain a priority for Surrey RCMP."

Anyone with information about these incidents 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.

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 

BC RCMP

 

BOUNTIFUL CASE SPANNED BC AND THE US

20-year polygamy investigation over

BC RCMP

 

"We are aware that the BC Prosecution Service has announced the conclusion of the Special Prosecutor’s involvement in the Bountiful Prosecution.

Today’s announcement concludes a lengthy, extensive and complex investigation that has spanned two decades, two countries and involved a number of legal firsts.

The investigation was started by the Creston RCMP and transitioned to the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. The dedicated investigators worked tirelessly to gather information and evidence about historical allegations in the community of Bountiful that occurred in the late 90’s to around 2005. Ultimately multiple charges were supported under the polygamy provisions of the Criminal Code and the unlawful removal of children under the age of 16 years from Canada for a sexual purpose.

The RCMP would like to thank Special Prosecutor Peter Wilson, QC, his predecessors, and the BC Prosecution Service for their commitment, dedication and support over the years. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Attorney General for their assistance in the joint pursuit to investigated these matters and hold those involved accountable. Success in this investigation was aided by those who came forward and provided information during this difficult investigation.

Over the years, the RCMP has remained committed to conducting a fulsome and thorough investigation and supporting all the judicial proceedings.

While the investigation into these specific allegations has now concluded, we will pursue and investigate allegations of this nature and support the victims."

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

BIG GROW SHOW BUSTED

Police cite marijuana growers not tax payers

CPL DERRICK FRANCIS

 

16 people have been arrested and cannabis and cannabis growing equipment have been seized as a result of a search warrant executed yesterday by Merritt Mounties.

On November 19, 2020, Merritt RCMP executed a Cannabis Act search warrant on a rural property in the Merritt BC area. A large commercial building was located with approximately 800 cannabis plants at various stages of growth. 16 people were located inside of the building. RCMP has seized the plants and associated grow equipment. The 16 people, all with ties to the BC Lower Mainland, were released at the scene and charges are pending.

"This number of cannabis plants would equate to one cannabis cigarette for every person living in the community of Kelowna. This operation would produce that amount at least 3 times per year," states Cpl. Derrick Francis of the Merritt RCMP. "The impact of that amount of cannabis not ending up on the streets of our community or any other community is immeasurable."

It is important to note, monies earned on these operations are seldom reported and therefore the regional district and municipal taxes are not collected. Allowing the owners to earn a living in these areas but not contribute to the local funding of schools, medical services or infrastructure.

Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Major Steph Drouin states, "I, and all the officers from the Merritt RCMP are committed to identifying and bringing to justice those who are responsible for all facets of drug trafficking in our community, from those illegally cultivating large scale cannabis operations, to the street level dial-a-dopers, no one will be overlooked in our enforcement and disruption efforts."

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262

Click here to visit the Government of Canada website for more information on the Cannabis Act regulations.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

POLICE SOLVE COLD CASE

IHIT asks for witnesses

CST JOANIE SIDHU

 

A second degree murder charge has been laid against one man in a 2008 homicide in Surrey, B.C.

On October 7, 2008 at 6:13 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 10900-block of Timberland Road. Police arrived to find 31-year-old James Groves with a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injury.

On November 19, 2020, 36-year-old David Fitzpatrick was arrested and charged with second degree murder for the death of James Groves. Fitzpatrick will make his next court appearance on November 26, 2020.

“Today’s outcome is the result of years of hard work, discipline, and steadfast pursuit of evidence on the part of our investigators,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We believe there are still those with important information about the case who have yet to come forward and we urge them to please reach out to us.”

If anyone has information that could further this investigation, you are asked to please come forward to IHIT by calling the 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.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HIT AND RUN VEHICLE HAD GUN

Suspect ditched vehicle, tracked by cop K9

CST JOANIE SIDHU

 

Surrey RCMP is investigating a motor vehicle collision where the driver of a vehicle fled the scene of the crash and was later located, in Cloverdale.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on November 20, 2020, a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer encountered a collision involving an SUV and a sedan, near 180 Street and Golden Ears Way. The driver of the SUV fled the scene on foot while the passenger, who had minor injuries, remained at the scene. As the investigation unfolded, the officer observed a handgun inside the SUV and subsequently arrested the passenger for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and had minor injuries.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the driver of the SUV was located and apprehended with the assistance of the Integrated Lower Mainland Police Dog Services. The man was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of a collision, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Both the driver and the passenger of the SUV are known to police and are believed to have ties to organized crime.

The investigation is ongoing as officers work to determine the circumstances that led to the collision.

Anyone with information about this incident or with dash cam footage 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, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

NELSON RCMP

 

MAN ARRESTED WITH LINK TO SURREY OVERDOSE DEATHS

Police warn against blue and purple fentanyl pills

CST ELENORE STURKO

 

The Surrey RCMP Drug Unit has arrested a man and seized multiple doses of illicit drugs believed to be linked to recent overdoses in the city.

This afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. police intercepted and arrested a 19-year-old man for possession for the purpose of trafficking, in the area of 200 Street and 72 Avenue in Langley. During the arrest, police located and seized multiple doses of suspected blue and purple fentanyl, crystal meth, and crack cocaine. Officers also seized other items consistent with drug trafficking.

Investigators believe that the drugs seized today are associated to the recent overdoses in the city.

It is believed the blue and purple fentanyl is potentially lethal and they are warning drug users against consumption of this drug.

“The methods used to make these substances are unsophisticated,” said Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “The amateur ways in which these drugs are being manufactured makes these already dangerous drugs even more deadly.”

If you do use drugs don’t use along, keep Narcan nearby, call for help at the first sign of distress.

Anyone with information about this incident 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, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

NELSON RCMP

 

SUSPECT INJURED DURING ARREST

IIOC investigate

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in injury to one man.

Just after 5 p.m. on November 18, frontline officers from the Rural Nelson RCMP received a 911 call to respond to a residence in the 1400-block of Ash Street, Nelson BC for a report that an intoxicated man was causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.

When an officer arrived at the residence he located the man outside. When the officer attempted to take the man into custody, the man resisted and a struggle ensued. With assistance from a second responding officer, the man was taken into custody and transported to hospital for assessment of injuries.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

COPS SHOOT AGGRESSIVE GUARD DOG

Officers bitten during incident

CST KENNETH LAU

 

On November 18, 2020, Richmond RCMP officers responded to two officers in need of assistance. When the additional officers arrived on scene, they encountered a dog that lunged at them and ultimately an officer had to discharge their firearm. Unfortunately, the dog has died as a result.

At approximately 6:40 pm, frontline officers responded to an alleged break-and-enter in progress. Two officers encountered the suspect who allegedly fought with them as they attempted to arrest him. As the situation escalated, the responding officers called for additional back-up.

Several more officers arrived in the building to provide support to the two officers. As the officers entered the building they encountered a person with a large dog. The individual lost control of the dog which cornered the officers in a confined space and bit two of them. Unfortunately, an officer was ultimately forced to shoot the dog as it continued to attack them.

“This was a terribly unfortunate incident for all involved,” said Constable Kenneth Lau. “Police officers often have to make a split second decision between being potentially seriously injured or protecting the safety of themselves, their fellow officers or the public.”

Fortunately, back-up officers were able to get to the original two responding officers which resulted in the safe arrest of the suspect.

A 40-year-old man of no fixed address is expected to appear in Richmond Provincial Court on February 24, 2021 to answer to charges of break and enter.

Richmond RCMP recognize this is a difficult situation and will provide support to everyone involved.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

A BAD BATCH

Police warn drug overdose death numbers rise

S/SGT HONEYMAN

 

Surrey RCMP would like to advise the public that within a 12 hour period they have responded to 3 separate sudden deaths believed to be caused by a drug overdose. At this time the individuals do not appear to have any connection to each other. The police are cautioning the public that there is the potential that a toxic batch of street drugs is currently being distributed and that those who chose to consume may be at an increased risk.

The Surrey RCMP would like to remind the general public that the use of non prescription drugs from unregulated suppliers is inherently dangerous and should be avoided. If people chose to use then the following safety recommendations should be followed:

• Do not use drugs alone
• Be careful as to how much you use
• Always ensure that you have a narcan kit

If you or someone else is thought to be overdosing please call 911 immediately for medical assistance.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

HUGE DRUG BUST

Thousands of pills

CST KENNETH LAU



On October 28, 2020, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit executed multiple search warrants to locations suspected to be clandestine labs, resulting in the arrests of 6 individuals.

Since March 2020, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit had been investigating the group responsible for the alleged laboratories.

"Over the last 8 months, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit, along with the assistance of multiple Richmond RCMP investigative units have been called upon to spend countless hours to bring the project to this point," said Constable Kenneth Lau. "As a result of their meticulous work, they uncovered three locations with suspected drug manufacturing labs, all within the city of Richmond."

Richmond RCMP’s Strike Force, Criminal Intelligence Section and Economic Crime Unit also provided support to the project at varying points in the investigation.

The search warrants were executed with assistance from the Federal RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team, with Richmond Fire-Rescue’s HAZMAT team, chemists from Health Canada, and paramedics with BC Emergency Health Services as other partnering agencies on hand to ensure the safe dismantling of the operations. The size of the discovered operations resulted in the properties being held for 5 days while the labs were being dismantled.

The Federal RCMP CLEAR team undergo specialized training and have access to special equipment that allows them to process material too dangerous for other police officers to handle.

"These types of searches need to be carefully planned and coordinated due to the potentially hazardous items typically found at these locations to ensure public and police safety is not jeopardized," said Inspector Michael Cohee, Officer-In-Charge of Investigative Services. "This group was a priority of the Richmond RCMP and the dismantling of these labs will result in a significant disruption of organized crime in the city of Richmond."

The searches at the three properties yielded significant amounts of illicit street drugs, pill presses, and firearms. Items seized include:

• 300,000 doses of suspected methamphetamine and 200kg of extracted precursors
• 6,810 doses of suspected fentanyl
• 2,000 doses of illicit cannabis marihuana
• 3 pill presses collectively capable of manufacturing up to 30,000 pills an hour
• 6 firearms, including 4 carbine-style rifles, 2 handguns, high capacity magazines and firearm suppressors.

Investigators also recovered cash, and high-end items suspected to be proceeds of crime. This complex investigation remains ongoing and charges are pending.

Clandestine labs and the illegal manufacturing of illicit drugs pose a significant threat to public safety. The precursors and processes involved are volatile and explosive, making the property itself a fire hazard; and the chemicals and waste materials are toxic and can contaminate the environment, which can pose a serious risk to public health.

Richmond RCMP are committed to locating and dismantling any potential clandestine labs operating within our city. The public’s assistance is critical in helping identify a potential location for such operations. Some signs to watch for are:

• The occupants appear secretive, unfriendly, and are either always home or never home;
• The occupants bring in unusual items into the residences such as buckets of chemicals, pill presses, laboratory glassware, or an unusual amount of the same cookware (pots);
• The premises have been outfitted with expensive security measures or the occupants are paranoid about who has seen them;
• There are strong smells of chemical odours such as the sharp smell of solvents and acids;
• The garbage is unusual; such as pots or chemical containers with labels removed.

Anyone with further information about this investigation or other criminal activity is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 

IHIT

 

FAMILY MISSING PERSON DANE STANWAY MAKE PUBLIC APPEAL

IHIT still looking for clues

SGT FRANK JANG

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its suspicious missing person investigation from 2016 on the Sunshine Coast of B.C.

Background: On May 12, 2016, 27-year-old Dane Stanway was reported missing to the Sunshine Coast RCMP. His last known contact with family and friends was on May 6, 2016. He lived in a house on Gilmour Road in Gibsons, B.C. when he went missing. The initial investigation determined that Stanway’s disappearance was suspicious in nature and IHIT later took conduct of the case.

For over four years, investigators have explored various avenues of investigation to determine Stanway’s whereabouts but so far, he remains a missing person. Investigators believe Stanway may have been met with foul play.

Stanway’s mother is appealing for the public’s help for information about her son’s disappearance and has prepared the following statement:

Statement of Dana Bosch

My name is Dana Bosch. I am the Mumma of Dane Stanway. It’s been 4 years, 6 months and 10 days since Mother’s Day 2016, when I did not hear from my son. I knew something was wrong! Twelve days earlier, he had spent four days with his sister and I, resting away from his life. He left with a plan to change his life completely, to move away from the sunshine coast, to get and stay clean! Dane had experienced a plant medicine detox that helped greatly unfortunately he went home to his old life, this time he was going to be prepared fully for a new start. Dane called me on May 1, the last conversation I would ever have with my boy. He was happy and excited to do it right this time. After many years of battling addiction, he was ready to be the true version of himself, to free himself of shame, remorse and the constant control of addiction. That Chance was taken from him! This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Stand here and plea on live TV, telling the world I don’t know where my son is!

Dane has been missing and presumed to have met with foul play and deceased, but how do we know and will we ever? I have no body, no conviction and none of his belongings. Living with this situation is devastating for me, my family and Dane’s friends. It is a daily challenge affecting our energy, ability to focus and get through everyday life. It is a very surreal situation; one I would pray no one has to endure.

Dane was the sweetest boy, a thoughtful and kind son, a loving supportive brother, a true friend. He is missed, so very missed by many. It has been painful and heart breaking to witness his little sister’s life be turned upside down and devastated by his disappearance. Heartbreaking to watch her live with the unknown and the hope he may still be alive. We are in pain, lost, confused. These feelings and emotions will never go away until we know where Dane is and that those responsible for taking his life from us are in prison and paying for their atrocious actions. Closure is a need a necessity for us as humans to be able to move forward, to let go, and to accept a reality, a reality no one wants to experience. I want my son back.

To those people out there who have information that could bring closure to us, I say to you we all have a choice in this life, every choice has an effect on you and the life of others. I do forgive those involved, as I understand addiction, mental health and trauma. I understand that “Hurt People Hurt People”; wounded traumatized people without the skills or support to find their way back to a path of healing and love, do horrible things. I know you are out there and that you know what happened to Dane. You heard or saw something. I know you know where my son’s body is. You have information and I know you are scared. You are a human being with a heart and I trust your heart knows what is right, to give the information that can set Dane’s family and friends free from this nightmare. We have not forgotten. We have not let this go. And we will never let this go. I know I am far from alone on this path of experiencing a traumatic loss, overdose, suicide or murder of a loved one. I send prayers and healing to you and the souls crossed over.

Today I stand for my son, Dane Stanway. Thank you for listening.

-Dana Bosch

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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).

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ONLINE SALES LEAD TO ROBBERY

Police warning to Playstation sellers

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Surrey RCMP is informing the public of three robberies that occurred in Surrey, within a 24-hour period. Each of the incidents involved the theft of high-end gaming consoles during meet-ups arranged through Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

On November 16, 2020 shortly after 8:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery near 136A Street and 114 Avenue. A man was robbed of a PlayStation 5 gaming console by two unknown men after arranging a meet-up to sell the device through Facebook Marketplace. At the meeting location, two men assaulted the seller and stole the gaming console.

The suspects were described as:

• Approximately 18-21 years old, 5’11” tall, slender build, “less than 160 lbs”, wearing a mask and black or grey zip-up hooded sweater.

• Believed to be Middle Eastern and slightly taller and bigger than the first suspec

On November 17, 2020 shortly before 3:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of another man who was robbed of his Xbox, in the 6100-block of 146 Street. The seller met a potential buyer on Craigslist and a meeting was arranged. At the meeting location, the seller was bear sprayed and robbed by three men.

Approximately an hour later, shortly before 4:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that a third man was also robbed of his PlayStation 5, in the 8200-block of 168A Street. The seller met the interested buyer on Craigslist and was bear sprayed and robbed of the gaming console during the meet-up. The suspects were described as three South Asian males.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit has assumed conduct of all three investigation and are working to identify the suspects.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit is urging the public to use caution when arranging meet-ups using online marketplace apps. The following safety tips are recommended when meeting with unknown persons to buy or sell an item:

• Insist on a public meeting place during the day, such as local businesses with regular foot traffic.

• Gather as much information as possible so you know who you’re dealing with, such as their full name and cell phone number.

• Do not meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.

• Only meet during daylight hours or in a well-lit and heavily populated area.

• Be especially careful when buying or selling high value items.

• Tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you’re meeting the buyer/seller.

• Take your cell phone and a friend along to accompany you.

Anyone with information about these incidents 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

WANTED FOR BREECH

Domestic assaulter sought

SGT JUDY BIRD


The AbbyPD Domestic Violence Unit is asking for your assistance in locating 39-year-old Ryan Allan JEFFREY who has two out-standing arrest warrants for breaching his release conditions. He may be using a yellow '08 Kawasaki motorcycle.

Have info? Call 604-859-5225

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

CHILD LURING SUSPECT SOUGHT

Mounties are looking for Middle Eastern male

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Surrey RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man involved in a suspicious circumstance, in Newton.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on November 14, 2020, Surrey RCMP was called after a man was observed allegedly following a child who was walking in the 1600-block of 125 Street. It was reported that the unknown man repeatedly asked the child to enter a wooded area with him to help him look for lost property. A bystander who witnessed this incident confronted the unknown man and he fled the area.

The man was described as possibly Middle Eastern, approximately 40-45 years old, 6’0” tall, slender build, bald, with light brown eyes, and “waxy looking” skin (see attached sketch). The man was wearing a charcoal grey sweater and black sweat pants.

Surrey RCMP recommends the following stranger safety tips for parents to review with their children:

• Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.

• Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers.

• Seek help immediately if approached by a stranger.

• Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.

• When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older sibling.

• If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop them from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of other who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”

• Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.
 

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TAXI SURPRISE

Drunk cab passenger caught with semi-automatic weapon

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 


Multiple firearm related charges have been laid against a man allegedly found in possession of a modified SKS rifle in Whalley.

A Surrey RCMP frontline officer was conducting proactive patrols, shortly after 7:00 p.m. on November 7, 2020, when they encountered a stopped taxi with their hazard lights on, at the intersection of 105A Avenue and King George Boulevard. The taxi driver was struggling to deal with an intoxicated man in the rear seat of the taxi. The officer assisted and ultimately arrested the man for causing a disturbance and public intoxication.

As the investigation progressed, the officer located and seized a modified SKS rifle (semi-automatic carbine) in the man’s belongings.

The man was held in custody and on November 8, 2020, 43-year-old Reginald Bitternose was charged with four offences related to the illegal possession of a firearm.

"What began as an offer to assist a vehicle with their hazards on, turned into the seizure of a high-powered firearm," says Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officers. "Our frontline officers are trained in quickly adapting their response based on changing circumstances. I am glad they were able to resolve this situation without anyone getting hurt."

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

CLOVERDALE SHOOTING

Man not too injured to take himself to Surrey hospital

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) is at the scene of a shooting that occurred inside a residence in Cloverdale.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. on November 16, 2020, a Surrey man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound attended a hospital outside of Surrey, for assistance. After determining a nexus to a residence in Surrey, the Surrey RCMP was called to investigate.

Early indications suggest this is an isolated incident with no on-going risk to public safety. At this point in the investigation, there are no indications that this incident is connected to gang activity.

Surrey RCMP SCU has assumed conduct of the investigation and is currently holding a residence in the 7300-block of 192 Street, pending further investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN INJURED DURING ASSAULT ARREST

IIOC checks into cop's actions

IIOC


The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in injury to one man.

Just before 10 p.m. on November 8, 2020, Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a 911 call at a residence in the 12700-block of 104 Avenue, after a female caller reported she had been assaulted by a man who was known to her. While officers were en-route to the location of the call, the complainant reported the man had left the residence. An officer located the man in his vehicle nearby and advised him he was under arrest for assault, after a brief struggle the man was taken into custody.

Once in custody, the man complained of injury. He was taken to a local area hospital where he was assessed and released back into police custody. On the morning November 9, 2020, the man was released from police custody and based on the medical information available at the time, his injuries did not meet the threshold for reporting to the IIO BC.

On November 14, 2020, Surrey RCMP learned the man was complaining of injuries that would meet the threshold for notification to the IIO BC.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GANGLAND HANDGUN SEIZED

Mercedes driver refuses to comply during roadside check

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 


A traffic stop involving individuals connected to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict, has resulted in the seizure of a handgun.

On November 8, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m., during proactive enforcement a Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) officer stopped a 2012 Mercedes near the intersection of 62 Avenue and 132 Street. As the investigation progressed, the officer noted signs of alcohol consumption and launched an impaired driving investigation. The driver was arrested for refusing to comply with a breath demand.

Further investigation led to the seizure of a stolen handgun. Both the driver and passenger were subsequently arrested for possession of a restricted firearm and careless use of a firearm.

The driver was issued an immediate roadside prohibition, a violation ticket for drive contrary to restrictions, and the vehicle was impounded. Both the driver and passenger were released without charges associated to the firearm, pending further investigation. The two men are known to police and believed to have ties to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

 

"The behaviours of the individuals involved in this traffic stop put the public at risk in many ways," says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. "The work that Surrey Gang Enforcement Team is doing is having a positive impact on public safety by literally taking dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals."

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

WANTED JASON BRYANT

Police seek robber

SGT JUDY BIRD


Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives are looking for 45-year-old Jason BRYANT, who has outstanding arrest warrants for:

• Robbery
• Attempt robbery
• Disguise with intent X 2
• Use imitation firearm X2

These charges are in relation to a gas station robbery from January 2020. During this robbery BRYANT entered a gas station with his face covered, presented a handgun (later found to be imitation), and demanded cash and cigarettes, and he also stole the gas station employee’s cell phone.

BRYANT is described as standing 5’10” tall and weighing 189 lbs. He has blue eyes and red hair (also balding). BRYANT frequents Abbotsford and Mission, has numerous tattoos and walks with a distinct hunched posture.

If you have information about Jason BRYANT or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 9-1-1 or 604-859-5225. DO NOT approach BRYANT.

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

LARGE SEIZURE IN MOBILE DRUG STORE

K9 chases down suspect

CPL. JOANIE SIDHU

 


On November 3, 2020, Surrey RCMP’s Community Response Unit (CRU) officers were conducting a pro-active patrol when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the 9700-block of 137 Street. As officers approached to conduct a traffic stop, a man exited, and ran from the vehicle. The vehicle then fled the area.

Several officers pursued the man on foot while others continued to patrol in an effort to re-locate the suspect vehicle. During the foot pursuit, the suspect crossed a pedestrian bridge and was observed throwing a bag into a ravine below.

 



The man attempted to evade police by hiding in a creek of water up to his neck, but he was tracked down and arrested with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service. Officers recovered the bag from the ravine and a large quantity of drugs was allegedly located inside.

While one team of officers worked to arrest the man, a second team located and stopped the suspect vehicle shortly after it had fled, in the 10900-block of 143A Street. During the traffic stop, officers observed items consistent with drug trafficking. A man and woman were arrested and the vehicle was seized.

 



All three parties were arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance. Charges have not yet been laid and the investigation remains ongoing.

As a result of this investigation police located and seized, $2170 in cash and a quantity of suspected illicit drugs including: 75.80 grams of cocaine, 70.98 grams of methamphetamine, 114 grams of fentanyl, 20.08 grams of crack cocaine and 140 grams of heroin. The seized vehicle is a 2005 BMW SUV X5.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

HUNTER HUNTED

Man discharges gun from his house

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY


At approximately 10:15 am on November 11, 2020 Richmond RCMP attended the 11000-block of Steveston Highway for a male allegedly discharging a firearm from a residence into a field. According to the complainant, the male appeared to be shooting at birds

Front-line officers attended and located the residence and associated male. While this residence is located within a zone where hunting is permitted, numerous hunting violations were observed.

During the subsequent investigation, a number of firearms were seized under the Criminal Code of Canada for alleged firearms violations, including careless storage.

Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of this incident.

Charges are pending.

Anyone considering hunting in Richmond are reminded to review all Federal, Provincial and Municipal by-laws, which pertain to hunting within the City of Richmond.

As this investigation remains active and ongoing no further information will be released.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

SICAMOUS RCMP

 

SPIKE BELT STOPS COWBOY

Truck driver on Trans-Canada refused to stop

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY


On November 9, 2020, at 12:16 a.m., a member of the motoring public contacted Chase RCMP with concerns after they observed a new Ford F350 pickup truck being driven in an erratic manner and unable to maintain its lane.

At 12:42 a.m., a front line Salmon Arm RCMP officer spotted the pickup truck near Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road in Tappen BC, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the white Ford F350 failed to stop for police, fled at a high rate of speed and continued eastbound along the Trans-Canada Highway.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP officers were notified that the suspect vehicle was entering their area of jurisdiction.

“Taking a number of factors into consideration, and with the support of a front line officer from Sicamous RCMP, police attempted once again to perform a traffic stop with the truck,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “A tire deflation device was successfully deployed after the suspect refused to stop for our officers yet again. The spike belt punctured one of the wheels, of the vehicle which eventually came to a stop east of the city.”

The driver and lone occupant, a 28-year-old Red Deer Alberta woman, was taken into police custody without incident. Investigators determined that the woman was bound by a release order, with a condition which stipulated that she must not be found behind the steering wheel of any motor vehicle without its owner present. She now faces a number of new potential charges under the Criminal Code and BC Motor Vehicle Act.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

CRANBROOK RCMP

 

VEHICLE RAMS COP CARS

Pair injured in take-down. IIOC investigates

STAFF/SGT JANELLE SHOILET


Just before 5 p.m. on November 9, 2020, frontline officers of the Cranbrook RCMP responded to firearm complaint at a residence in 200-block of 16 Ave N, in Cranbrook. Officers observed a man and woman leave the residence and get into a vehicle. During the course of an attempt to arrest a male and female there was contact between police and civilian vehicles which culminated in the police discharging their weapons.

The vehicle continued and was involved in a collision with a tree nearby. The man and woman fled from the vehicle on foot, and were arrested with the assistance of a police service dog. After the man was taken into custody, he complained of injury. Both the man and woman were transported to a local area hospital for treatment and have since been released from hospital and remain in police custody. They are expected to appear in court later today.

The Cranbrook RCMP is continuing to investigate the firearms and driving offences, while IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the man and woman'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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca
 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

REVELSTOKE PD

 

PHONE APP ASSISTS POLICE

Police track maniac thief

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


On November 9, 2020 at 9:12 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP received a request to assist North Okanagan Rural RCMP who were investigating the reported theft of a Kia Sedona from the Falkland area. Utilizing a mobile phone App the vehicle’s registered owner was able to provide investigators with a real time GPS position for the stolen vehicle.

“A front line Revelstoke RCMP officer initially spotted the stolen Kia along the Trans-Canada, being driven in a dangerous manner, in the oncoming lane of the highway at a high rate of speed,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “An attempt to initiate a traffic stop was made, however the vehicle failed to stop, and for public safety reasons police did not pursue and the vehicle continued eastbound.”

With the added support of a RCMP Air Services fixed wing aircraft, and updated GPS coordinates on the vehicle Revelstoke RCMP located the vehicle parked at the Giant Cedars Boardwalk National Park. RCMP blocked the entrance to the area, and the suspect fled from the vehicle into the bush on foot.

Although a police canine team responded to the area to assist in the search for a suspect. A traffic services officer located and arrested a suspect, identified as a 34-year-old Alberta man, near the highway. He now faces potential criminal charges.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Revelsoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POPPY BOX THIEVES

Police look to ID miscreants

SGT JUDY BIRD


Abbotsford Police investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) who have stolen two Veteran’s poppy donation boxes from two locations: The Sandman Hotel located at 32720 Simon Ave and Abbotsford Esso at 2335 Clearbrook Road.

On November 7, 2020, at 4 pm, a suspect entered the hotel and stole the poppy donation box from the front service desk area of the hotel. The suspect is described as a white male, 30-35 years old, 5’10″ tall, and medium build. He was wearing a tan baggy jackets and dark coloured jeans and a dark baseball hat.

On November 8, 2020, at 8:15 pm, a suspect entered the Abbotsford Esso located at 2335 Clearbrook Road and stole the poppy donation box from the front cashier counter. The suspect is described as white male, in his 30’s, 5’9″ tall, and medium build. He was wearing a black jacket, white hoodie, and a dark baseball hat.

**It is not known if this is the same suspect involved in these two separate incidents.**

“This behaviour is abhorrent,” Sgt Bird said. “The money raised from donations provides direct assistance for our Veterans in financial distress, as well as funding for medical equipment, medical research, home services, long term care facilities and many other purposes. These actions this suspect is disgraceful.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

SENIOR RECOVERING AFTER ASSAULT

Man shoved to the ground healing

SGT JUDY BIRD


The Abbotsford Police department responded to a report of an assault on Friday November 6th, 2020, at 10:43 am in the 32071 block of South Fraser Way. The victim, an 88-year-old Abbotsford resident, was walking on the sidewalk at the intersection of SFW at Cedar Park Place when he was shoved and fell to the ground.

Over the weekend, we have been able to speak to the victim of this incident. The victim is able to advise that the person that was near him spoke English and believes he was purposely shoved as there was no one else around him.

There are conflicting descriptions of the person who may have shoved the victim; therefore, we cannot provide a suspect description.

There is no indication at this time that this was racially motivated.

The Abbotsford Police send our wishes for a speedy recovery to this gentleman.

If you witnessed or have information regarding this incident, please contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

PRINCETON RCMP

 

STOLEN VEHICLE DRIVER DIES

Driver slams into semi trailer

SGT JAYSON BAYDA


On November 4, 2020, at 7:06 a.m., Princeton RCMP received a report of a theft in progress of a pickup truck from a residence in Coalmont. The owner had left his vehicle running in the driveway for a short period and upon returning, witnessed it leaving the property. The owner attempted to follow in another vehicle eventually losing sight of his truck in downtown Princeton.

While police continued patrols in search of the stolen vehicle, they were notified the truck had rear ended a commercial tractor trailer unit parked near the Sunday Summit brake check. The lone occupant of the pickup truck a 35-year-old man, of no fixed address but known to police in the South Okanagan, was found deceased in the driver’s seat of the stolen vehicle.

"Witnesses reported seeing the truck driving at excessive speed on Highway 3 and not being followed by any other vehicle prior to the collision," states Sgt. Jason Bayda, Media Relations Officer for the Penticton South Okanagan RCMP.

The Princeton RCMP assisted by the RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services Reconstruction Analyst are continuing to investigate the vehicle theft and the man’s death. Speed and dangerous driving are believed to be contributing factors.

The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation. Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, the name of the decedent will not be released.

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SERIAL VANDAL

Mounties reach out to the community for tips

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Surrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public with identifying a man associated to several incidents of mischief that occurred in South Surrey.

Surrey RCMP is releasing photos of an unidentified man who was seen in the 3800-block of 154 Street on four separate occasions, since October 26, 2019. In each of the incidents, the man was observed on security video damaging property at a private residence.

After other investigative avenues have been unsuccessful, police are seeking assistance to identify the man.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

DRUNK AND DANGEROUS

Cowboy wanted for assaulting cop among other charges

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


RCMP in both Salmon Arm and Sicamous are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted Shuswap man.

30-year-old, Kevin Dennis Friesen is currently wanted by police on 11 unendorsed warrants issued by the Courts for his arrest from each the Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and North Okanagan areas.

Friesen is of no fixed address, his present whereabouts are unknown and police are turning to the general public for their help in locating him.

Kevin Friesen is described as a Caucasian male, who stands 5'10" tall, is of medium build, with brown hair and weighs 180 lbs.

Friesen’s unendorsed warrants include charges of assault a police officer, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, breach and theft under $5,000.

Anyone with any information on the current whereabouts of Kevin Friesen is asked to contact their local police, Salmon Arm RCMP, or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

STABBED IN RICHMOND

Mounties reach out to the community for tips

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA


Richmond RCMP is investigating a stabbing which occurred over the weekend in the City’s downtown core. At approximately 4:30 am on November 1, 2020 Richmond RCMP front-line officers responded to a stabbing in the 6000 block of No 3 Road.

The victim was allegedly involved in an altercation with several suspects during which he was stabbed. Prior to police attending, the suspects fled the area in a dark coloured SUV.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital with multiple stab wounds. The victim has since been released from hospital.

This incident is believed to be targeted.

Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit have conduct of the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2020-29888. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

RCMP hold a warm send-off for Constable Ng


On the evening of September 15, 2002 Richmond RCMP Constable Jimmy Ng was killed in the line of duty while serving the community of Richmond. In recognition of his service and sacrifice, the City of Richmond has announced they will be naming two streets after him.

For all Richmond RCMP officers this tribute is very meaningful as it ensures the continual remembrance of an individual amongst our ranks that paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of his community. The significance of this is even greater for those who had the honour of serving with him.

One officer shared his thoughts with us saying “I worked with Cst. Jimmy Ng and was present at the scene where he was killed. I will never forget the radio call checking on his status and silence in return, and then the sound of the officer on the radio who first found him. I recall running up on the crash location and seeing a yellow stripe laying on the ground and following it up.”

He goes on to share “Jimmy was a person we all looked up to as new officers as I was then, and his word was respected. For a senior officer to be taken from us that night made us all feel mortal. If it could happen to him.....”

“He is remembered by me as a corner stone of the C watch general duty team that we made up during those years and a role model and friend to all.”

Jimmy was on duty, and responding to a call for service when he entered the intersection of No 3 Road and Williams, at which point he was struck and killed by a vehicle involved in a street race. The driver fled the scene, and was taken into custody after an exhaustive manhunt. The driver was later convicted, receiving a 2-year jail sentence.

“Each day we put on our uniforms, we all know the potential risks we can face,” says Superintendent Will Ng, Officer-In-Charge of Richmond Detachment, “But knowing it and then having to live through it when an officer is killed in the line of duty are two very different things.”

“Our members and staff are incredibly humbled and grateful to the City of Richmond for this kind and thoughtful gesture, “says Ng. “Jimmy grew up in Richmond and was extremely proud to serve as an RCMP officer in his hometown. Jimmy always placed others before himself and was an active local volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Steveston. This initiative will ensure that Jimmy's legacy of service is honoured and remembered."

Jimmy was sworn into the RCMP on March 18, 1996 and was posted to Duncan Detachment prior to returning to his hometown of Richmond. Jimmy was survived by his parents, the now late Doctor Chris and Therese Ng.

Jimmy attended high school in Richmond, as well as the University of British Columbia. Jimmy’s final resting place is within the cemetery at Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020 

ASHCROFT RCMP

 

THREE BODIES FOUND IN RURAL QUALICUM

Another man shot in stable condition

BC RCMP


On November 1, 2020 shortly after 2 p.m., a person riding his off road motorcycle on Melrose Forest Service Road in rural Qualicum Beach, came across an unresponsive man. The motorcycle operator immediately called the BC Emergency Health Services (EHS) and the Oceanside RCMP.

When police and paramedics arrived, they located the man and confirmed he was dead. Nearby, they found a burned out travel trailer with two deceased adults inside, and a man in another trailer who had appeared to have been shot. The shooting victim was airlifted by BC EHS to hospital and is now in stable condition.

Oceanside RCMP sought assistance of the VIIMCU, who has arrived and is taking conduct of the investigation.

Cpl. Jesse Foreman of the Oceanside RCMP states, "As this investigation is in its infancy, there are many questions that remain unanswered. Initial findings lead investigators to believe that this in an isolated incident between parties well known to one another. We do not believe there is any on-going risk to the public."

"VIIMCU investigators are working hard to uncover facts and are enlisting expertise from several support units", adds Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon BC RCMP Major Crime Unit Operations Officer.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own fact finding investigation to determine who died, and how, where, when and by what means they came to their death.

The names of the deceased are not being released at this time.

Should you have any information or have dash camera or trail camera video in relation to that area, please call the tip and information line at (250) 380-6211.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

ASHCROFT RCMP

 

DRAMATIC HIGHWAY ROBBERY

Driver held up at gunpoint at Hwy 97 brake check

BC RCMP


The Ashcroft RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance for information after an early morning armed robbery along Highway 97C the morning of Friday October 30, 2020.

Police say that around 2:30 am on October 30th the were called to a report of a robbery at the brake check on Hwy 97C in Ashcroft.

A male victim, driving a blue 1998 Dodge Dakota, told police that a large truck almost ran him off the road. When the man stopped at the brake check at the top of the Highway 97C hill, the suspect vehicle allegedly turned around and return to where he had stopped. The suspect vehicle had a large light bar that blinded the man and two unidentified males exited the truck with a long firearm. The victim was allegedly ordered out of his vehicle at gunpoint and told to lie face down on the ground. The suspect males then stole a series of items from the man’s car, including a large duffle bag from the back seat before they left the scene.

Ashcroft RCMP are investigating and currently need any information that could assist with their investigation. If you have information about the larger truck with a light bar, were in the area around the time of the incident or if you have dash cam footage that may help, you are asked to please call the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PAIR CHARGED IN DEATH

Investigation spanned multiple provinces

CPL ELENORE STURKO


On September 28, 2019 at around 6 p.m., 29-year-old Surrey resident Kristijan Coric was shot to death at a gas station in the Cloverdale neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C. in a targeted hit. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took over the case and after a year of tireless work by investigators, charges have now been laid in the case.

On October 30, 2020, 25-year-old Carlos Nathaniel Monteith was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Coric and 32-year-old Trion Demario Castello was charged with accessory after the fact. Monteith was already in custody for an unrelated matter and Castello was taken into custody today by IHIT.

“Gathering evidence to meet a first-degree murder charge is a challenging endeavor and it speaks to the hard work and commitment of our investigators. Today’s outcome would not have been possible without the strong partnership IHIT has with the Surrey RCMP and the contributions made by policing partners here in the Lower Mainland as well as from Alberta and Ontario,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “In spite of the charges against the two men in this case, we believe there may be others complicit in Coric’s murder and we will continue to investigate until everyone involved in this crime is held to account.”

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL INTERFERENCE

Additional charges linked as far back as 2011

CPL ELENORE STURKO


Surrey RCMP and Abbotsford Police Department are informing the public of two separate sexual interference investigations which have led to charges against Thomas Dawson Peacock.

Surrey RCMP launched their investigation on July 25, 2020, after receiving a report of an incident that occurred sometime between June 2011 and June 2016.

The Abbotsford Police Department began a separate investigation on August 15, 2020, after receiving a report of an incident that occurred the same day.

Although these investigations involved separate victims, both were found to involve the same suspect.

This week, 32-year-old Thomas Dawson Peacock, of Surrey, was charged with three counts of sexual interference. He was arrested and released with a number of conditions including: not to be alone with anyone under 16 years of age, not to go to any park, swimming area, or community centre, or theater where persons under 16 years old are present, not to attend any daycare centre, school ground, or playground, and not to possess any weapons.

Investigators believe there may be individuals in the community with information about these or other incidents. They are asking anyone with information to come forward to their police of jurisdiction.

In Surrey, please call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Abbotsford Police Department can be reached at 604-859-5225.

Anyone who observes Thomas Dawson Peacock breaching his conditions is asked to call 911.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

EXTREME ROAD RAGE

Driver follows, attacks car

SGT JUDY BIRD


The Abbotsford Police are investigating a hit and run road rage incident that occurred last Friday, October 23, 2020 AT 6:55 PM in the Meadow Fair Mall parking lot located at 31940 South Fraser Way.

The victim, driving a gray Kia RIO 5, was followed by a gray Nissan Frontier pick-up as they pulled into the Meadow Fair Mall parking lot.

The victim, knew that he was being followed so he pulled into a parking spot in a well lit area- in front of the Dollarama store. The suspect, driving the Nissan Frontier, parked a few stalls over.

The suspect got out of his car and began to kick at the victim’s car, yelling threats of violence and derogatory comments.

An older couple on the sidewalk tried to intervene, the suspect began to threaten the older man.

The suspect then returned to the KIA RIO, ripped off the rear windshield wiper and returned to his vehicle. As he was leaving the parking lot, he rammed his truck into the rear of the Kia and fled the scene before police arrival. Luckily, no one was injured during this incident.

The driver is described as a Caucasian man in his late 20s-mid 30s. He has short ash blonde hair, standing 6 feet tall and unshaven; wearing a black hoodie, black hat, and dark pants.

Investigators have also spoken to the registered owner of the suspect vehicle involved in this incident, little information was gained from this meeting; the driver has yet to be identified. Investigators have spoken to witnesses who indicate many other people were in the mall parking lot, and possible taking video of the incident.

Anyone who was in the area of the Meadow Fair Mall (31940 South Fraser Way) on Friday October 23, 2020 between 6:45 PM and 7:30 and has CCTV, dashcam or information about this incident is asked to call 604-859-5225.

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

THREE DRUG LABS BUSTED

Police hold back details, say more info to come

SGT FRANK JANG


On October 28, 2020, Richmond RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, executed search warrants at three separate locations in Richmond. The warrants were part of an 8 month targeted investigation into suspected synthetic drug production across the city.

Sergeant Gene HSIEH of the Richmond Organized Crime Unit says police presence remains at the scenes, and will likely be there for some time.

 

“These types of investigations pose a significant danger to our officers and to our community as a whole. Some of the chemicals involved are highly unstable, and it will take some time for us to render these sites safe before continuing our investigation,” says HSIEH.

The exact locations of the suspected drug labs are not being released to the public at this time, for both investigational and safety reasons. Police have cordoned off the areas affected, and are working to ensure the safety of residents in the surrounding areas. Local traffic may be affected, and police ask for the public’s cooperation with officer direction at each of these scenes.

Further information on this investigation will be available to the media in the coming days.

Anyone who may have information on this matter is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

SQUAMISH RCMP

 

POLICE SEEK TIPS IN GRUESOME DEATH CASE

IHIT identifies man shot and burned in truck in 2017

SGT FRANK JANG

 

American climber Davis Wolfgang Hawke victim.


The identity of a 2017 homicide victim in Squamish, B.C. has been confirmed and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance for information on the case.

On June 14, 2017 at around 9:30 a.m., the Sea to Sky RCMP responded to a report of a burnt vehicle on the Cheekye Forest Service Road in Squamish, B.C. Human remains were found inside the vehicle, a 2000 red GMC Yukon XL, and the autopsy later confirmed the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 

After speaking with members of the Squamish community, investigators determined that the victim was a man who went by the name of ‘Jesse James’ and was well known in the area as an avid climber.

The victim’s actual name remained unknown until earlier this month when it was confirmed as Davis Wolfgang Hawke of the United States. Hawke was 38-years-old at the time of his death.

“Conclusively establishing Davis Hawke as our murdered victim is clearly a significant development in the case after these past three years, however it has raised more questions particularly with respect to motive,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “This new information opens some new avenues of investigation for us and hopefully will lead us closer to solving this mystery.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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).

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

CLOSED CIRCUIT CAM CRUCIAL

Nefarious break and enter artist caught

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on October 1, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a residential break and enter in the 14900-block of 99A Avenue. An unknown person had broken into the residence through the garage and stole personal electronics. As part of their investigation, the Surrey RCMP frontline officer gathered valuable evidence including surveillance footage. The video played a significant role in helping officers identify a suspect.

On October 15, 2020, 25-year-old Jeffrey Seipp was arrested for the break and enter. At the time of his arrest he also had an outstanding arrest warrant for a previous break and enter that occurred in the fall of 2019. The new charge of break and enter, related to the October 1 incident was laid on October 19, 2020.

"This investigation highlights how valuable surveillance footage can be in an investigation," says Corporal Joanie Sidhu. "Good quality video can have a significant impact on our ability to advance an investigation."

You can also assist police investigations by registering your home or business security cameras with #ProjectIRIS, a secure, online database. The Integrated Resources for Investigation and Safety (IRIS) project helps expedite criminal investigations by reducing the time it takes police to track down CCTV cameras after a crime has been committed.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

FIREBUG SOUGHT

Residents took control of the situation and evacuated others and put the flames out

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY


On October 28, 2020 at 12:41 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP received a request to assist Revelstoke Fire Services who were responding to reports of a possible structure fire at an apartment building located in the 1200-block of Front Street. Front line officers attended to the scene where they met with fire crews and determined the fire was sparked and contained inside a vacant and insecure unit.

“Preliminary findings at the fire scene suggest that the blaze is suspicious in nature and may have been deliberately set,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “Quick thinking and acting residents not only alerted other building tenants to the situation, but ensured proper evacuations and utilized fire extinguishers to prevent the fire from spreading. RCMP has not received any reports of injuries.”

RCMP has since secured the potential crime scene, and called for the assistance of forensic specialists with RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services. A full examination of the scene will be conducted with the goal of determining the exact cause of the fire and gather physical evidence to support the ongoing police investigation.

Anyone with any additional information, or building residents who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

HELLO, I WANT MY VEHICLE BACK

Call phone used to track car thief

CPL JARETT DUNCAN


On October 26 2020, at approximately 6:27 a.m., the Kamloops RCMP was notified of a break and enter to a hotel room. The suspect allegedly stole vehicle keys and a cell phone, then subsequently used the stolen vehicle keys to steal a vehicle from the hotel parking lot.

The owners of the stolen vehicle used their cell phone to track the vehicle to Highway 5 (Coquihalla) in the Logan Lake area. A local tow company located the stolen vehicle involved in a minor motor vehicle collision, and the suspect required a tow to get back on the highway.

RCMP members attended the area to find the suspect and make an arrest and the vehicle and cell phone were recovered. The suspect, identified as Mark Daniel Clute of Kamloops, also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Mark Clute, 50-years-old, has now been charged with break and enter, theft of motor vehicle, and fail to comply with a Probation Order.

Mark Clute has been remanded in-custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 9, 2020.

"The Logan Lake RCMP would like to thank the owners of the stolen vehicle for their quick thinking and the tow company who helped police in locating the vehicle," states Cpl. Jarett Duncan, Detachment Commander for the Logan Lake RCMP.

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

NO MAGIC

Speeder caught with batches of psilocybin mushrooms

CPL JOANIE SIDHU



A traffic stop by Surrey RCMP frontline officers leads to the seizure of a large quantity of suspected psilocybin mushrooms in Guildford.

On October 25, 2020, Surrey RCMP frontline officers were conducting speed enforcement in the area of 96 Avenue and 166 Street when they encountered a vehicle traveling 108 km/hr in a 60 zone.

As the investigation unfolded, officers observed items consistent with illicit drug possession and arrested the driver.

Further investigation resulted in the seizure of a number of items consistent with drug trafficking, along with two small bags of suspected marijuana, and approximately 451 grams of psilocybin, or "magic" mushrooms.

The driver of the vehicle was issued a driving prohibition and their vehicle was impounded for seven days. They were issued violation tickets for excessive speeding, failing to provide driver’s license and failing to display "N" sign. The driver was released at the scene. Charges have not yet been laid in relation to the drug possession; the investigation is on-going.

"Targeted speed enforcement has an immediate impact on road safety in our community by stopping dangerous drivers in their tracks," says Cpl Joanie Sidhu, Media Relations Officer for the Surrey RCMP. "The true magic results when officers are also able to take illicit drugs off our streets."

Collisions involving speed is one of the leading causes of fatalities on B.C. roads. You can prevent or reduce the effects of vehicle impact by maintaining a safe driving speed. It is common sense advice – but just slowing down could save your life, or someone else’s.

Those who are caught for excessive speeding face significant fines of up to $483, plus all the costs associated with a seven-day vehicle impoundment. The length of the vehicle impoundment increases for subsequent offences.

 

 

  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL HOUSE FIRE

Woman died under tragic circumstances

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

On October 24, 2020 just before 10:30 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP was called upon to assist the Revelstoke Fire Department who were responding to a residential structure fire in the 1600-block of Douglas Street. RCMP officers responded to the scene to assist fire crews.

“Fire officials located a deceased woman inside the home during a search of the structure,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “Although the investigation is ongoing, police do not believe that criminality was involved in this tragic blaze.”

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation into the woman’s unexpected death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, the deceased’s name will not be released.

The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have no further information for release.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

 

 

  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020 

RCMP FEDERAL SERIOUS & ORGANIZED

 

4 MEN CAUGHT TRY TO SELL POT TO EUROPEANS

Fentaynl and gun founded as well during bust.

SGT KRIS CLARK

Four men from the Surrey and Langley areas are facing charges in connection with a cannabis exportation investigation that saw five search warrants executed in the lower mainland last year.

In June, 2018, Federal BC RCMP Major Projects investigators commenced Project EPROMINENT, assisted by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), RCMP Liaison Office in The Hague and the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance - Customs and Excise division, into the export of illicit cannabis from Canada to Europe.

The investigation culminated in the execution of five search warrants on June 18, 2019, in Langley, Surrey and Delta, BC. The searches in Langley and Surrey resulted in the seizure of a large amount of Canadian currency, five vehicles and twelve firearms. Also seized was over 1180 kilograms of dried cannabis and over 5300 cannabis plants.

The facility’s medical licence permitted less than 300 plants. The fifth search warrant was executed in Delta and required the assistance of the Federal RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team. As a result, an amount of Aniline, which is a known fentanyl pre-cursor chemical, was seized.

"The cannabis black market continues to try and find ways to improve their profit by exploring options internationally," said Supt. Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of the Federal Serious and Organized Crime - Major Projects team in BC. "With the help of our Federal and International policing partners, we were able to stop the exportation of a significant quantity of cannabis and will continue to combat the efforts of organized crime at home and abroad."

Mark MANASTYRSKI, Jason VAN DEN BORN, William PRICE and Keith WALLIS all face charges of Exportation of Cannabis, Possession for the Purpose of Exporting, Distribution Over 30, and Distribution of Illicit Cannabis. VAN DEN BORN faces two additional charges of Cultivation Over 4 Plants in House and Careless Use (Storage) of a Firearm. They are all scheduled to appear next in Surrey Provincial Court on December 16, 2020 at 9:00 am.

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

LUMBY RCMP

 

DRUG COPS TAKE DOWN LARGE LAB IN SMALL TOWN

By-product dangerous to the environment

SGT KRIS CLARK

 

 

On October 19, 2018, several RCMP units executed a search warrant on a property on Trinity Valley Road in Lumby, BC. Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) members from Kelowna and Osoyoos, with assistance from Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR), North Okanagan RCMP and Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT), converged on the residence which contained a massive clandestine laboratory.

As a result, five individuals were arrested and large quantities of drugs, precursor chemicals and waste materials were located.

 

In total, approximately 48 kilograms of ephedrine HCl, 50 kilograms of solutions containing ephedrine HCl, 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine HCl, 147 gallons (556 litres) of solutions containing methamphetamine, 10 kilograms of 4-anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine (ANPP), 2.95 kilograms of nandrolone phenylpropionate (NPP), 660 grams of fentanyl and 124.7 litres of solutions containing both fentanyl and ANPP. The chemical ANPP is a direct precursor to fentanyl, and NPP is an androgen and anabolic steroid.



Illegally produced fentanyl has been found in an increased number of overdose deaths in BC. Clandestine laboratories like this are fuelling this health crisis. Clandestine laboratories not only produce synthetic drugs under no safety standards, but they also produce a significant amounts of waste materials. That waste can contaminate the environment and cause immeasurable health risks to the public.

"In this instance, there was a very large amount of synthetic waste by-product that had yet to be disposed which posed a significant risk to the local farms and residents living in the area," said Supt Bert Ferreira, Officer in Charge of the Federal RCMP Border Integrity teams in BC. "Mitigating environmental contamination was one of the key factors in the timing of the warrant execution."

This clandestine laboratory remains one of the largest in BC. The specialized hazardous waste removal and disposal required in this case was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.



Michael McMorris, Robyn Bryson, Trent FUSSI, Michael Harvey, Tyson Kopp and Michael Piggott all face several counts of Unlawfully Possessing Chemicals and Equipment, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (methamphetamine and fentanyl), and Production of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine and fentanyl). Bryson and Fussi both face an additional charge of Flight from Police. McMorris, Harvey, Kopp and Piggott are scheduled to appear in Kelowna Law Courts on October 27, 2020.

Bryson and Fussi remain at large with endorsed warrants for their arrest. If you know their whereabouts, please call your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to report it anonymously.



Synthetic drug production, including fentanyl and methamphetamine, is recognized as one of the highest threats to national public safety. The RCMP, along with law enforcement partners across Canada, have collectively taken a stance to target synthetic drugs and related organized crime groups through the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime (CIROC), Closing in on Meth: Canadian Enforcement Strategy (2020-2021). The overarching goal of this strategy is to disrupt the supply of synthetic drugs locally, provincially and nationally. For more information on the strategy please go to https://cacp.ca.

If you suspect that you know where a clandestine illicit drug laboratory is contact your local police. They can investigate whether any illegal activity is taking place and contact the Federal RCMP CLEAR team to assist if required.

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

MAN DEAD AFTER POLICE INCIDENT

Stolen vehicle crashed into ditch

DAWN ROBERTS

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in one man’s death and one woman being taken to hospital.

On October 25, 2020, at approximately 3am, a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer observed what believed to be an alleged stolen vehicle southbound on Highway 97A. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle which had come to a stop in a shallow ditch near McCallan Road and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. A female passenger was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Highway 97A remains closed in both directions and a detour is in effect via Canyon Road.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

COLONY PSYCHE FARM RESIDENT AWOL

Last seen with long board and bluetooth music speaker

CST SARA TILLEY

 

Coquitlam RCMP is looking for your help to find a patient who is Unlawfully at Large (UAL) after leaving the Maples Adolescent Care Centre at Riverview Hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 12:45 p.m.

Godron is described as:

• A 15-year-old half Caucasian and half South Asian male,
• Wavy black hair and brown eyes,
• 5’6'' (168 cm) with a skinny build,
• No facial hair or glasses,
• Last seen wearing a black hoody and grey sweatpants,
• Riding a longboard (3-4-foot-long, or about 1 metre, skateboard) with a grey and green helmet,
• Carrying a large Bluetooth speaker.

Coquitlam RCMP is unable to release a photo of Godron since he is under the age of 18, however urge you to call if you see a person matching this description.

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

If you have information about Godron’s whereabouts, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and quote the file number 2020-28901.

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

HOW DOES YOU'RE GARDEN GROW?

Stolen vehicle found in ditch

IAN HENDERSON

 

At approximately 11:40 am on October 22, 2020, Richmond RCMP responded to a report of a theft of a gardener’s vehicle in the 8000-block of Spires Gate. Upon arrival, police located the vehicle in a deep ditch with significant front-end damage. The suspect driver was still on scene when police arrived.

The 48 year-old Vancouver resident was arrested and transported to hospital, where he received treatment for undisclosed injuries. He has since been released from custody.

Charges have not yet been laid. This investigation remains active and ongoing.

Police encourage anyone with information or evidence about a potential investigation to contact police.

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SCHOOL STABBING

Teen receives serious but non life-threatening injuries

 

On October 23, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Coquitlam RCMP received 911 calls in relation to a stabbing at Minnekhada Middle School in Port Coquitlam. Upon arrival, officers located one 16-year-old male with stab wounds and administered First Aid until paramedics arrived.
 

The other officers on scene were able to quickly gather information that led to the arrest of another 16-year-old suspect. The victim has been taken to a local hospital to be treated for serious non-life threatening injuries. This was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.

If anyone has information to further the investigation, please call 604-945-1550 and quote file 2020-28842
.

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

HUDSON'S HOPE RCMP

 

THE MOUNTIES ALWAYS GET THEIR GOAT

Animal trapped in ice

CPL ROB GARDNER


As things change over the years, the old adage "a Mountie always gets its man or woman," was true this past Tuesday outside Hudson’s Hope BC, but in a slightly different manner.

During the frigid fall morning of October 20, 2020 the Hudson’s Hope RCMP was made aware of a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress. It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice.

Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.

""When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail," "states Cpl. Rob Gardner, Detachment Commander for the Hudson’s Hope RCMP. ""The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue"."

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal, was up and walking by the time the police officer was prepared to leave the scene.

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

A LITTLE TOO MUCH FORCE

Police investigated after knife-wielding woman with mental impairments was taken down hard

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in injury to one woman.

On October 14, 2020 just after 4:30 p.m., front line officers of the Kamloops RCMP were called to a residential facility in the 1800-block of Greenfield Avenue for a report that a woman had threatened a person known to her, and was running up and down the hallways of the building.

When officers arrived and located the woman, she was allegedly in possession of a weapon. In an officer’s attempt to disarm the woman, she was injured. The woman was arrested but subsequently apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to local area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and assessment.

On October 22, Kamloops RCMP learned the woman’s injuries were considered serious and the IIO BC was notified.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the woman’s injury. 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 its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

FAMILY VIOLENCE LEADS TO WOMAN'S DEATH

Stabbings left three injured including child

CPL JOANIE SIDHU


On October 10, 2020 shortly after 9:00 p.m., a member of the Surrey One man was arrested and remains in custody following a homicide and aggravated assault in the Newton area of Surrey.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP were called to a report of a stabbing inside of a residence in the 12700-block of 66 Avenue. Officers attended and located three people suffering from injuries. An adult female had critical injuries, an adult male had serious injuries, and a two-year-old child had serious but not life-threatening injuries. All three of the injured people were transported to the hospital; the female later died in the hospital.


Harpeet Singh was arrested the same evening in relation to this incident and has been charged with second degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He will make his next court appearance on October 29, 2020.

“This began as a verbal altercation involving family members that ultimately ended with the tragic loss of a life,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “Incidents such as these when children are involved are especially emotionally difficult and we will continue to provide support to those affected by this tragedy.”

 

Jagjit Singh, Baljit Kaur and a two-year-old child – had stab wounds of varying severity.

The suspect fled the scene but was located nearby and arrested by Surrey RCMP. He remains in custody at this time.

The early indications are that this is an incident of family violence. The parties involved are known to one another. There is no indication of a risk to the public as a result of this incident.

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 the 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).

 

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE LOADED WITH STOLEN CREDIT INFO

Driver faces laundry list of charges

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

RCMP Community Response Unit conducted a traffic stop with a suspicious vehicle in the area of 107 Avenue and Old Yale Road. During the stop, the driver allegedly produced a stolen driver’s license. The driver was arrested for obstruction for providing a false identity to the officer.

Further investigation of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of stolen credit card data, lock picks, demagnetization devices, and other items consistent with identify theft and fraud.

The driver was identified as 30-year-old Tyler Missen, and on October 11, 2020, he was charged with offences related to fraud, driving while prohibited, and breach of probation.

"The items we recovered in this traffic stop are more than just data or credit cards numbers, they represent victims of crime," says Sergeant Stuart Gray of the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit. "Identify theft can have a significant personal impact on victims, Surrey RCMP will continue to conduct targeted traffic enforcement, disrupting criminal activity in the city."

Surrey RCMP recommends the following tips to prevent identity theft:

• Cycles for your credit and debit cards, as this information is of interest to thieves during mail thefts.
• Trash bins are a goldmine for identity thieves. Make sure you shred personal and financial documents before putting them in the garbage.
• 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.
• When you change your address, make sure you notify the post office and your bank and credit card companies.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

  MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

TUNNEL RATS

Cops bust pair breaking into adjoining business in Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

RCMP Strike Force to take down an alleged property offender that tunnelled through businesses to commit crime.

Police began investigating on September 3, 2020, after several break and enters were reported to different agencies in the Lower Mainland. The suspects are believed to be responsible for a large number of offences that involved tunnelling through adjacent businesses to get inside. "Police recognize that criminals work across the lower mainland regardless of city borders and we are willing to do the same in order to keep people and property safe," says Sergeant Keith Schendel with Coquitlam RCMP. "Pooling resources and close communication between agencies helped us recognize the similarities in the offences and identify suspects."

After the primary suspect was identified, the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team made the arrests and then used search warrants to gather more evidence such as stolen commercial safes and tools used to commit multiple offences.

A 43-year-old man is facing several charges including:

• Eight counts of Break and Enter,
• One count of Possession of Break-in Instruments.

A 39-year-old woman is facing the following charges:

• Two counts of Break and Enter

Constable Deanna Law of the Coquitlam RCMP states, "A Break and enter can have an emotional and financial impact, but here are a few tips to help protect you from becoming a victim:"

• Illuminate as much of your property as •

• Keep shrubbery cut back so it doesn’t block windows and doors,
• Secure any glass that is less than 100 cm from a door,
• Use a fencing style that will not conceal a criminal’s activities.

RCMP are reminding business owners to regularly check locks for drilling or damage, doors for evidence of prying and to ensure video surveillance is working properly. Always report suspicious behaviour or if you have been a victim of a crime, call your police of jurisdiction. The Coquitlam non-emergency line is 604-945-1550.

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

 

FIVE OVERDOSES AT ONCE

First responders use Narcan

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

On October 17 at approximately 1:48 am, police responded to a report of a gas leak inside a residence with five parties located unresponsive. 

Surrey Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service also attended and provided aid to the parties including the use of narcan.

 

Luckily the quick response of the Surrey Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service and the Surrey RCMP resulted in all parties being revived and then transported to local area hospital for further treatment.

 

During the course of the investigation it was determined that there was no gas leak but all of the parties had consumed drugs and one by one they all overdosed.

 

At the time of attendance, no drugs were located so it is not known what was consumed but as British Columbia Ambulance Service paramedics had to use upwards of 4 doses of narcan on each party, it is believed to be a highly concentrated batch.   

These types of drugs are an increased risk to those who chose to consume.

 

The Surrey RCMP would like to remind the general public not to use any sort of non-prescription drugs but if they chose to that the following safety recommendations should be followed:

 

• Do not use drugs alone

• Be careful as to how much you use

• f you or someone else is thought to be overdosing please call 911 immediately for medical assistance.

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

 

MISCREANTS WRECK CAMPAIGN OFFICE

Window smashed out

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is currently investigating after receiving a report of damage to a political campaign office in the Guildford area of Surrey.

 

This investigation began at 10:15 a.m. on October 17, 2020, after Surrey RCMP received a report of a broken window at 107-15380 102A Avenue in Surrey. The damage was discovered this morning around 10:00 a.m. and It is believed it was caused over-night.

 

Surrey RCMP officers are currently canvassing the area, gathering statements and collecting any available video.

 

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

 

CHIPS AND POP LEADS TO POLICE RESPONSE

Highway spike belt, Air 1 and police dogs used to make arrest

SGT. JUDY BIRD

 

On October 5, 2020 at approximately 7:20 pm, Abbotsford Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery at a retail store located at 1335 Sumas Way. Witnesses advised that two females stole multiple items from the store, and as they exited, one of the females bear-sprayed an employee.

The suspects were picked up by a male driving a black Mercedes. The vehicle, which fled the area prior to police arrival, was identified as having been reported stolen from a neighboring jurisdiction on September 29. A short time later, Patrol officers located the vehicle parked at a residence on King Road.

The vehicle was subsequently observed leaving the residence, and with the assistance of the RCMP Air 1 helicopter, the vehicle was followed as it travelled towards Chilliwack.

A spike belt was deployed; subsequently the occupants were observed throwing garbage bags from the vehicle.

The vehicle eventually drove off the road in the 41900 block of Yale Road in Chilliwack. The combined efforts of Abbotsford Police Patrol officers, RCMP Air 1 helicopter, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit officers and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service resulted in three suspects being taken into custody. One male was transported to hospital for medical treatment as a result of a police service dog bite.

All three suspects remain in police custody.


A 36-year-old male resident of Surrey is facing recommended charges of:

• Robbery contrary to section 344 of the Criminal Code;

• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code;

• Driving While Prohibited contrary to section 320.18 of the Criminal Code;

• Driving While Prohibited contrary to section 95 of the Motor Vehicle Act;

• Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code (4 counts); and

• Resisting Arrest contrary to section 129 of the Criminal Code.


A 27-year-old female resident of Abbotsford facing recommended charges of:

• Robbery contrary to section 344 of the Criminal Code;

• Assault with a Weapon contrary to section 267(a) of the Criminal Code;

• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code;

• Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code;

• Flight from Peace Officer contrary to section 320.17 of the Criminal Code; and

• Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code (2 counts).

A 39-year-old female resident of Langley is facing recommended charges of:

• Robbery contrary to section 344 of the Criminal Code.
 

The garbage bags seen thrown from the suspect vehicle were recovered and were found to contain the stolen items from the earlier robbery.

 

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

BAIT BICYCLE STOLEN WITH OLYMPIC SPEED

Seven minutes after placing it the bike was stolen

CPL. IAN HENDERSON

 

At approximately 8:30 pm on October 13, 2020, Richmond RCMP arrested a man who allegedly made off with a bicycle minutes after it had been placed out as bait near the Richmond Centre Mall at 6551 No. 3 Rd. 

 

A mere 7 minutes after they had set their bait-bike, members of the Richmond RCMP Strike Force Team discovered that the bicycle had been moved.   Officers intercepted the stolen bike minutes later, near the intersection of Lansdowne Road and Arcadia Road, where they arrested the rider without incident.  

 

During a search subsequent to his arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of a number of tools, contrary to conditions of a release order.  This order stemmed from a previous arrest for a break and enter in Burnaby in December of 2019. 

 

The suspect, 20 year-old Warren Mark Spence of no fixed address, was also found to be the subject of two outstanding warrants originating from Burnaby and Surrey.  He was subsequently held in custody and currently faces new charges of: 

 

• Theft under $5000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code; and 

• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

 

Anyone who may have witnessed this alleged theft, or who may have information on other crimes, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. 

 

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

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE SEEKING TO ID HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS

Woman driver left with serious injuries

SGT JUDY BIRD

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives have released a composite sketch of the man they suspect was the driver involved in a recent hit and run incident in the West Oaks Mall parking lot. The collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian has left the victim, a 59-year-old Abbotsford woman, with serious, life-altering injuries. 

The incident occurred on September 29, 2020 at approximately 7 pm. The victim was struck and seriously injured as she crossed at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of London Drugs.

The driver stopped, got out and spoke to people in the area.  He then got back into his vehicle, leaving the victim to be tended to by passersby. It is believed that the driver parked nearby in the parking lot for a short time, but ultimately fled without providing assistance to the victim.

Suspect vehicle.

The victim’s daughter’s Nicole and Amber stated, "It has now been over 2 weeks since the hit and run occurred. We can’t imagine how anyone could live with themselves, for this long, knowing that they have not only severely injured someone but greatly affected the life of their family and friends. If anyone has any suspicions at all, even if they aren’t 100% sure, please contact the AbbyPD.

Our Mom has been moved to the Abbotsford hospital for the remainder of her healing. Her condition has improved, however some of her injuries will severely impact her quality of life. We are especially concerned about her vision as she is already deaf.

Thank you all for the kind words and support. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

The suspect vehicle is a late model, gray Dodge Caravan.  The driver is approximately 5’6” to 5’10” tall, with gray or sandy coloured hair, between 50 and 60 years old, with a medium build. At the time of the incident, he was unshaven and was wearing tan pants.

Anyone with any information that would help police track down this driver is urged to call the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225. 

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

BLOCKING PIPELINE ACCESS

Woman arrested after chaining herself to fence

CPL. MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

On October 15, 2020 at approximately 12:40 p.m., officers from the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), Division Liaison Team (DLT), and Kamloops RCMP responded to a report that a number of demonstrators had gathered at a Trans Mountain (TMX) drill site on Mission Flats Road in Kamloops, and were blocking work trucks from driving through the facility gate.

 

DLT officers attempted to engage the demonstrators when three refused to move away from the gate; a 69-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 57-year-old woman who had tied her arm to the fence with a zap strap.

 

TMX security staff advised the group of the court-ordered injunction in effect, confirming the demonstration was interfering with their work. C-IRG officers read the BC Supreme Court injunction to the three individuals who remained at the gate and were arrested for allegedly being in civil contempt of the Court Order issued on June 1, 2018.

 

Meanwhile, a second group of demonstrators were gathered and blocking an active work site on the south mountain slope. A 43-year-old woman was arrested by C-IRG for allegedly breaching the court-ordered injunction after she refused to leave and attached herself to a bulldozer.

 

All four arrested were transported to Kamloops RCMP Detachment for processing and released on condition. They are scheduled to appear in court on January 20, 2021.

 

A fifth individual, a 32-year-old woman, was observed destroying survey stakes across the road from the drill site, and was subsequently arrested by Kamloops RCMP for Mischief. She was released without charges.

 

A reminder that demonstrators have the right to peaceful, lawful and safe protest and companies have a lawful right to complete their mandated work. The RCMP is working hard to protect both of these rights and ensure all parties and public are kept safe.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 

NAKUSP RCMP

 

MISSING MAN'S BODY FOUND

BC Coroner's Office investigating

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY

The human remains of a Nakusp man who disappeared in 2019 have been found and both the RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding his unexpected death.

On October 10, 2020, a couple walking along the shoreline of Upper Arrow Lake in the vicinity of Needles North Road, in Needles BC, made the discovery and contacted police. Nakusp RCMP and the BC Coroners Service attended to examine the scene and recover the remains.

Investigators have since positively identified the remains as 35-year-old Christopher Sanford, who had been reported as a missing person to the Nakusp RCMP on August 5, 2019. Sanford’s GMC S-15 pickup truck had been located abandoned, in nearby Fauquier, shortly after his disappearance.

Christopher Sanford’s family has since been notified of the latest developments in this investigation, said S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. At this time the focus of the RCMP investigation will be to determine whether or not criminality was involved in Mr. Sanford’s death.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting an independent and concurrent parallel fact-finding investigation.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 

NASS VALLEY  RCMP

 

SHOT MAN DIES

Cops try to piece the incident together

S/SGT JANET SHOILET

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been deployed to Merritt BC to take carriage of an investigation into the homicide death of a man early Thursday morning.

On October 15, 2020, shortly before 1 a.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a report of a shooting in the 2600-block of Granite Avenue. Officers responded to the area where they discovered an adult man in medical distress.

The victim, a Merritt man in his 20’s, was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services where he was later pronounced deceased.

Merritt RCMP has secured a scene and major crime investigators will be in the Granite Avenue area as it continues its investigation into this incident, states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. Although the investigation is in its infancy, this occurrence appears to be targeted in nature, and police do not believe there is any further risk to public safety.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Southeast District Major Crime Unit information line at 1-877-987-8477.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 

Nass  Valley  RCMP

 

TASERED MAN DIES

Suspect hurt himself then tussled with cops

S/SGT JANET SHOILET

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in one man’s death.

Just before 8 p.m. on October 13,2020, frontline officers of the Nass Valley RCMP were called to the 4300-block of Monroe Street in New Aiyansh for a report that a man had stabbed another man, who was known to him. When officers arrived, the victim of the stabbing had already been transported to a local area medical clinic for treatment, and the suspect was being calmed by neighbours.

Prior to officers being able to take the man into custody, the man allegedly harmed himself with a weapon. In an effort to take the man into custody, an officer deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW, more commonly referred to as a taser) and a struggle ensued.

The man was taken into custody with assistance from several civilians. He was placed in the police vehicle for transport to the local health clinic, as BC Emergency Health Services was not readily available. Despite lifesaving efforts, the man died at the clinic.

The IIO BC has been notified of this incident and is attending the scene.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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 its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 

OSOYOOS RCMP

 

MAN SHOT, NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES

Suspect arrested at home

SGT JASON BAYDA

On October 11, 2020, at 1:26 a.m., Osoyoos RCMP, supported by Oliver RCMP, responded to a report of a shooting in the 8000-block of 70th Avenue. Police were told that the shooter, a 24-year-old man from Osoyoos and the victim, a 21-year-old man, also of Osoyoos had been in an ongoing dispute when the suspect attended the victim’s residence and shot him.

The suspect fled the area on foot. The victim was treated in the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Violent crime is rare in Osoyoos, states Sgt. Jason Bayda, spokesperson for the RCMP in the South Okanagan. It is that rarity that had people talking and over the weekend police received several tips from the public, leading to the safe arrest of the suspect early October 13 after he returned to his residence.

The arrest was a coordinated effort between the Osoyoos RCMP, Oliver RCMP and South Okanagan Traffic Services.

The man remains in custody to appear in court on October 14, 2020.
 

  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE SEEKING BUS GROPER

South Asian suspect

SGT JUDY BIRD

Abbotsford Police investigators are releasing bus surveillance images of a man who sexually assaulted a woman on a BC Transit bus.  The incident under investigation took place in Central Abbotsford at 6:40 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

The suspect approached the 17-year-old victim as she was waiting at the Bourquin Crescent Bus Exchange. The man followed the victim onto bus #9, where he began making unwanted sexual advances and engaged in unwanted touching.  The suspect got off the bus after a few stops. 

The suspect is described as a South Asian man between 60-70 years of age. He has a white beard and was wearing a blue surgical mask, light blue turban, dark shoes and light coloured thin-cloth shirt and pants. 

If you are on a bus and there is something inappropriate or illegal occurring, please tell your bus driver or call 9-1-1.

Please contact Abbotsford Police investigators (604-859-5225) if you have information about this incident, you are a witness, or if you can identify this man.

Abbotsford Police File 2020-39643

 

  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE HAVE A COMPOSITE OF SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT

Woman attacked in her own yard

SGT JUDY BIRD

Abbotsford Police Major Crime Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault which occurred in mid-August in West Abbotsford.  

The assault took place in the 32700 block of Chilcotin Drive on August 14th at 2:26 pm.  A male, dressed to blend in with maintenance workers in the area, sexually assaulted an adult woman as she was watering her plants.  Investigators believe that the man was waiting for the woman in her backyard.

The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival.  The suspect is a clean-shaven South Asian man in his 30s, with short black hair and a slim build.  He was wearing work clothing described as a grey short sleeve button up flannel shirt, ripped jeans, work boots and brown oversized work gloves. He spoke English with a heavy accent.

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HUGE DRUG LABS BUSTED

Guns also found at two locations

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

On Thursday October 1, 2020, Surrey RCMP, the CFSEU-BC’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force, E Division RCMP Federal CLEAR team, Surrey Fire Department and Vancouver Police Department Drug Section, engaged in a joint operation to dismantle a sophisticated illicit drug lab and stash site both located in commercial buildings.

Because of the size and complexity of the two large facilities, one located in the 8200-block 124th Street and the other in the 12800-block of 76th Avenue, it took officers from the three agencies until Monday, October 5, to safely dismantle the equipment, remove all of the toxic materials, and mitigate any future risks to the public.

The materials removed from two locations are still being catalogued and Health Canada laboratories need to conduct their various analyses, but early indications are that these appear to be two large suspected fentanyl-related production labs.

Items seized from the two locations include:

• A 9mm handgun;
• A .22 cal Beretta handgun (stolen from a Break and Enter in Coquitlam);
• Approximately 4 kilograms of white powder believed to be Fentanyl related (Health Canada analysis pending); and
• Over 1100 liters of precursors / and waste was identified (Health Canada took samples – analysis pending).
• Approximately 6.8 kilograms of Fentanyl (analysis pending)
• Small amount of cutting agent. (analysis pending).

The investigation is ongoing and further updates will come later once results from the Health Canada analysis are returned and confirmed. Police are working with the City of Surrey to ensure that the property is safe and remediated to eliminate any risks that the various chemicals may have had.

"This was a sophisticated illicit drug production site which had equipment capable of producing over two million street doses per week," says RCMP Federal CLEAR team clandestine lab response team leader and subject matter expert Corporal. John Hartnett.

The continued demand for illicit drugs in the Lower Mainland Region is contributing to an increase in local drug manufacturing labs. Surrey RCMP and CFSEU and Vancouver Police remain committed to working together to dismantle these criminal operations.

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

WANTED: RICHARD ALLEN TRENT

Violent, do not approach

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

INTERIOR RCMP

 

SIX OFFICERS INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 96 HOURS

Officers all received non life-threatening

RCMP INTERIOR

 

In just a span of 96 hours, six front line RCMP officers across the Southeast District sustained injuries while carrying out the arrest of volatile individuals in order to maintain public safety in the communities they serve.

 

Grand Forks BC

On October 3, 2020 shortly before 4 a.m., emergency paramedics responded to a report of an unknown intoxicated man said to be lying face down in the grass of a home in the 6400-block of 18 Street. BC Emergency Health Services approached the individual to provide him care, at which time he sprung to his feet and suddenly became aggressive. The BC EHS crew retreated to their ambulance, called for immediate assistance from the Grand Forks RCMP and were forced to stage a couple of blocks away.

A front line Grand Forks RCMP officer arrived in the area and approached the man who continue to yell aggressively. The suspect allegedly grabbed onto the officer and forced the police officer to the ground, where he continued to assault the officer. The suspect fled on foot before the officer could affect an arrest. The suspect, a 35-year-old Grand Forks man was apprehended without further incident by another front line officer who was responding to the scene to assist.

The police officer, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, was medically assessed at the scene by the emergency paramedics who initially called for support and later examined in hospital.

Salmon Arm BC

On October 7, 2020 shortly before 5 a.m., Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance inside a home, where a distraught man was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis and causing property damage. A pair of uniformed front line RCMP officers responded to the home, and arranged to have emergency medical crews staged nearby.

The officers engaged in a dialogue with the individual and managed to fully de-escalate the situation. Relying on their training the officers convinced the man to exit the home to obtain medical attention, for the lacerations and abrasions he sustained.

In doing so the 41-year-old Sorrento man, suddenly lunged at both officers, who required the use of a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) to subdue the distraught man. Both of the responding officers received medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries following the arrest, one of which sustained a lower arm fracture.

Kamloops BC

Earlier that morning, also on October 7, 2020, three front line RCMP officers in Kamloops suffered injuries while working together to apprehend a dangerous offender who led police on a dangerous pursuit. One officer sustained injuries related to a motor vehicle collision, as a result of the suspect allegedly side-swiping the officer’s police vehicle. A second officer sustained a lower arm injury while being forced to take an evasive action to avoid being struck by the suspect’s vehicle. While the third officer also sustained a lower arm injury while participating in the suspects eventual arrest.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

HIIT RCMP

 

MAN SHOT AT COP, SHOOTS HIMSELF

Police were responding knife call

IIOC

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in serious injuries to one man.

 

At approximately 2:11 a.m. the RCMP received report of a possible robbery in progress occurring near a business on the 15900-block of Fraser Highway in Surrey, where the caller indicated, a man with a knife was attempting to rob people.

 

The responding officer pulled into a parking lot and as they were pulling up, the man allegedly produced a firearm and shot at the officer who was still seated in their police car. The man then allegedly turned his gun on himself, suffering a serious injury. Emergency Health Services was contacted and the injured man was taken to the hospital.

 

The Surrey RCMP officer is not physically injured, however this was a disturbing and life-threatening incident, they are receiving support.  

 

The IIO BC has been notified of this incident and is attending the scene.

 

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

BANK ROBBER SLIPPED AWAY

Investigation on-going

DET. LARSEN JENSEN

 

On October 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., the Kamloops RCMP responded to a robbery which occurred at the TD Bank on Notre Dame Drive. A lone male entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money.

 

The clerk complied with the suspects demands, who was provided with an undisclosed sum of money and he quickly departed the bank.

 

“No person was injured in this event and no weapon was seen,” states Sgt. Darren Michels, spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP. “A search of the area did not locate the suspect and our criminal investigation continues.”

 

The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, 40 to 55 years of age, seen wearing a beige ball cap, white surgical mask and a grey sweatshirt with CANADA written on it in white lettering.

 

If anyone has any information on this robbery, please call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

FAMILY PLEADS FOR HELP FROM THE COMMUNITY

Police investigating gang killing

DET. LARSEN JENSEN

 

On October 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., the Kamloops RCMP responded to a robbery which occurred at the TD Bank on Notre Dame Drive. A lone male entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money.

 

The clerk complied with the suspects demands, who was provided with an undisclosed sum of money and he quickly departed the bank.

 

“No person was injured in this event and no weapon was seen,” states Sgt. Darren Michels, spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP. “A search of the area did not locate the suspect and our criminal investigation continues.”

 

The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, 40 to 55 years of age, seen wearing a beige ball cap, white surgical mask and a grey sweatshirt with CANADA written on it in white lettering.

 

If anyone has any information on this robbery, please call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers.

 

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

COVID SIGNS TAGGED

Camera gets vandal facial photo

CST DEANNA LAW

 

Police are looking to identify a suspect who damaged Covid-19 signs warning people to maintain social distancing at Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP first received a report of graffiti and other damage to signs on September 22, 2020. The damage included the word 'hoax' sprayed on Covid-19 signs and vandalism to several others. The offences occurred between September 19, 2020, and September 23, 2020. Police know of at least three occasions where the suspect has been in the park between those dates.

This is the best description that police have of the suspect:

• Caucasian man,
• Clean shaven,• Age between 25 to 35-years-old,
• Height between 167 cm (5’6") to 173 cm (5’8"),
• May be wearing an orange coloured jacket, ripped jeans

If you recognize the suspect, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and refer to file 2020-25736. If you wish to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

GANGLAND DEATH

Family pleads to the community for help finding the killer(s)

DET. LARSEN JENSEN

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further the investigation into the 2018 murder of Sumeet Randhawa.

On October 11, 2018 just before 2:00 pm, Surrey RCMP officers responded to the 6700-block of 130th Street for a male who had been shot. 

Despite life-saving efforts by RCMP officers, BCEHS and the Surrey Fire Department, 30-year-old Sumeet Randhawa was pronounced deceased at the scene.     

The occupants of a black Hummer H3 and blue Ford Focus were quickly identified as being involved in the homicide.  Investigators recovered the black Hummer, however the blue Ford Focus remains outstanding and investigators are still working to identify the people responsible.   

IHIT investigators continue to actively follow up on all investigative avenues but IHIT still needs public assistance to further the investigation.

Investigators believe that the incident was targeted and associated to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.  

“We believe there are people who have information that will help us.  We are appealing to those people, and to the friends and close associates of Mr Randhawa to contact IHIT,” said Detective Lara JANSEN of IHIT.  “It is never too late to do the right thing.” 

It is nearing the two-year anniversary of Mr. Randhawa’s murder.  The family of Mr. Randhawa is also appealing for assistance from the public for information that may help solve his murder.

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

 

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

QUESNEL RCMP

 

POLICE ON THE HUNT FOR CHILD LURER

Dashcam footage could help if drivers have it

CPL MIKE HASLOV, FVTS


This morning on October 7, RCMP officers in Williams Lake were contacted by a local school administrator after a child reported a man had asked her to get into his truck, while on her way from school the previous day.

According to the child, she had been walking alone in the area of Proctor Street and 3 Avenue between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday October 6, when a man in a truck called her over and told her to get into his vehicle. The child did not comply and ran from home however did not immediately report the incident.

The truck is described as:

• Red and shiny with grey or silver stripe on the door
• Appeared brand new, or had been recently been washed
• Runs quietly
• Large

The man is described as;

• Heavy
• In his thirties
• Fair to Medium skin with red, black and blue tattoos (believed to be on his arms)
• Short, dark brown to black hair
• Moustache
• Spoke English with no accent

"We are very interested in identifying and speaking with the driver of this truck to determine what his intentions were with this child," states S/Sgt. Del Byron of the Williams Lake RCMP. "If you were in the area of 3 Avenue and Proctor Avenue yesterday afternoon and were a witness to this incident, or have dash-cam or other surveillance video we are asking that you call us."

At present, no links can be found to this incident and a similar incident in Quesnel this week, however investigators are aware and will continue to monitor any new information and examine it for this potential.

If you have information, please contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211 and cite file 2020-8893.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

FRASER VALLEY HIGHWAY SERVICES

 

COWBOY CONFRONTS A WALL OF COPS

Suspect now faces old charges and new ones

CPL MIKE HASLOV, FVTS


On October 6th, 2020 the Kamloops RCMP received a complaint of domestic assault involving a 24-year-old man from Kamloops, who had recently been released from Jail. He had been directed to report to Vision Quest upon his release, but failed to do so and a breach charge was being sought in that regards.

 

On October 6, that man is alleged to have physically assaulted a 25-year-old woman, causing her bodily harm. He is also suspected of sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats against the same victim. At the time of the report, the victim was not with the suspect, and police where on the lookout for him.

 

On October 7, 2020 at approximately 1:15 a.m., police were called to the 1200-block Monashee Court as the suspect had allegedly located, and again assaulted his previous victim. As police responded to the scene, the suspect fled in a vehicle, allegedly forcing his way by police cars and driving over lawns. In the process, the suspect vehicle suffered a blown rear tire but continued on.

 

Other Kamloops police units located the suspect as he was driving North on 3 Avenue and followed him to the 300-block of Tranquille Rd. In an attempt to escape, the suspect allegedly was driving dangerously, on one, then two, rear rims only and drove toward responding members, who were forced to take evasive actions to avoid injury.

 

Once the vehicle was immobilized, the suspect is alleged to resisted arrest, challenging members and refusing to surrender. At one point, the suspect allegedly brandished a hatchet at officers. In order to take the man into custody without injury, a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), also known as a Taser, was deployed.

 

"This was definitely a high risk incident, involving a dangerous and violent offender who had no regards for public or police safety what‐so‐ever," stated S/Sgt. Mat Van Laer from the Kamloops RCMP. "In addition to the serious assault to the victim, we also had information that this individual could be carrying a firearm. We did everything we could to make every attempts at stopping this individual with the least possible risks to public, including the successful use of a spike belt" added S/Sgt. Van Laer. "Our members truly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect the public in this case, and I am very thankful that none of them were seriously hurt," concluded S/Sgt. Van Laer. Who also wants to thank anyone that was disturbed by the chaotic scene on Tranquille Road earlier today.

 

The Kamloops RCMP is also asking anyone that was driving at the time of this event, and came across this suspect vehicle to contact them at (250)828‐3000.

 

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 

FRASER VALLEY HIGHWAY SERVICES

 

HIT AND RUN PICKUP DRIVER SOUGHT

Motorcyclist recovering

CPL MIKE HASLOV, FVTS

 

An image of the suspect truck.


On September 21, 2020, Fraser Valley Traffic Services commenced an investigation into an motorcycle crash on Highway 7 near Ruby creek which claimed the life of a man in his seventies.

Since that time, investigators have been working hard to determine exactly when and what caused this fatal collision.

 

Investigators have determined that the crash occurred during the afternoon hours of Friday, September 18, 2020. The motorcyclist was eastbound on Highway 7 near SQ'EWA:LXW Road, Ruby Creek, when he was struck by a pickup truck which fled the scene.

 

On September 21, 2020, investigators recovered the vehicle believed to have been involved in this criminal hit and run collision and wish to speak with the registered owner. Please see attached photo of the truck believed to have been involved, taken from surveillance video near the scene on the day of the crash.

 

If you recognize this pickup truck, know who was driving it at the time of the collision, or have any information (including dash camera video) that may aid this hit and run investigation, please call Fraser Valley Traffic Services in Chilliwack at 604-702-4039 citing file 2020-39879.

 

  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

GIANT HARVESTER MISSING

Police are looking for hard to hide machine

SGT JUDY BIRD

Abbotsford Police investigators are asking the public’s assistance to locate a large piece of farm machinery. Between September 30th and the morning of October 5th, 2020, a 2016 Oxbo 7420 blueberry harvester was stolen from a farm located in the 40000-block of North Parallel Road.

This blueberry harvester was driven off the property after the front gate was removed from its hinges. The harvester, worth $275,000, is approximately 20 feet tall and takes up most of a lane of traffic. It is made of metal and has yellow painted stairs and deck.

As blueberry season ended in the middle of September, most of these harvesters have been stored for the season. It would be unusual to see one on our roadways this time of year. Anyone travelling on Highway 1 or Sumas Prairie who may have seen this machinery, or who has CCTV, dashcam video or information about this investigation, is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

AbbyPD file 2020-39848

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 

RCMP

 

FEDERAL RCMP TRACK MAN TO ABBOTSFORD

Suspect wanted on 65 charges

SGT KRIS CLARK

Federal RCMP investigators located a 48-year-old Fort St John man on Wednesday who was at large on an outstanding Warrant for his Arrest.

On September 30, 2020, members of the Federal RCMP Major Projects team arrested Darcy Peter BAILEY at a residence in the 31000-block of Old Yale Road in Abbotsford, BC. BAILEY was known to the investigators to have an outstanding Warrant for his Arrest in relation to 65 charges, mainly weapons offences, issued out of Fort St John.

Police were able to take BAILEY into custody without incident and presented him to Court later that day. BAILEY is set to next appear on October 8, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Fort St John Law Courts. Although sworn out of Fort St John, the charges are connected to a wider investigation stemming out of Halifax, NS.

"This arrest was one small aspect of the tremendous work our teams have done in support of our Federal counterparts in Halifax," said Supt. Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of the Federal Serious and Organized Crime - Major Projects team in BC.

BAILEY is also scheduled for sentencing in November for a conviction in Halifax Provincial Court in connection to drug importation charges. BAILEY's co-accused in the matter, Matthew Ross LAMBERT, was convicted of the same offences and recently received a 16 year prison term for his role.

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

TWO-YEAR-OLD DIES IN ACCIDENT

RCMP each out to the community for witnesses

CPL JESSE O'DONGHEY

 

                                                                                                            Police photo

The collision happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Pinetree Way near Tantalus Court. Although the investigation is still in its early stages, the Coquitlam RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has already gathered clear dash-cam video and independent witness statements.

At this early stage this appears to be a tragic event without any indication of criminal behaviour or negligence, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. We’re asking that all parents be extra-careful to hold their children’s hands near busy streets, and for drivers to be extra-watchful for kids who may do something unexpected.

CCIT investigators are still gathering witness statements and video, and if you were an eyewitness, please contact the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to Traffic investigators (file 2020-27135).

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

MAN SHOT DIES IN HOSPITAL

Major Crimes Unit tries to piece together crime

CPL JESSE O'DONGHEY

On October 1, 2020 shortly after 3:30 a.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and emergency medical first responders responded to the area of Kalamalka Road near Howe Drive in Coldstream, after a man covered in blood, in need of immediate medical assistance gained entry into a home.

The victim, who had been shot, happened to gain entry into the home of a medical professional who provided enhanced care while awaiting the arrival of emergency paramedics, states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit.

The victim, a 27-year-old Zacheriah Bradley, was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services, in serious condition. He underwent emergency surgery, however despite the efforts of all those involved he succumbed to his injuries.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has taken over the investigation, now deemed a homicide, and continues to be supported by the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and its General Investigation Section. Major crime investigators are releasing the victim’s identity in order to advance the ongoing investigation into his death.

Front line officers of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP secured several locations in the area, in order to preserve any and all physical evidence.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit information line at 1-877-987-8477. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SURREY MAN SHOT

Victim critical, police seek dashcam footage

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is asking the public for video to assist in the on-going investigation of a shooting that occurred inside a residence in the 5800-block of 129 Street on October 3, 2020.

 

Investigators are requesting dash-cam video from anyone who was in the area of the shooting, during the evening of October 2, and the early morning hours of October 3, 2020. Anyone who has video is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at (604) 599 0502.

 

The victim remains in the hospital in critical, but stable condition. The investigation is continuing to determine if he was the intended target of this shooting.

 

“We understand the public is anxious to learn more about this shooting and if the victim was intentionally targeted,” said Corporal Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Our officers are gathering information that will help us to make that determination, and we will provide an update as soon as we can.”

 

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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DAMAGED COP CAR AND PLAYGROUND

Police are looking to ID four suspects aged 14-16

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

Surrey RCMP is looking for the public’s help in identifying four suspects involved in property damage at Sophie’s Place, a child and youth advocacy centre.

Surveillance obtained as part of this investigation shows four male youths allegedly entering the parking lot of Sophie’s place, located at 94 Avenue and 140 Street, on August 11, 2020, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Three of the four suspects were observed causing damage to an unmarked police vehicle by jumping on the hood. The four youths then entered the playground area, attempted to break into a storage shed, and then damaged several playground toys.

All of the suspects are described as Caucasian males, with brown hair, approximately 14-16 years old.

This investigation began on August 12, 2020, and after other avenues of investigation have been unsuccessful, Surrey RCMP is asking the public for help in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.  

It’s incredibly disappointing to have toys and resources meant to help child-victims thoughtlessly damaged, says Staff Sergeant Lyndsay O’Ruairc, Surrey RCMP Vulnerable Persons Section. We hope that the public will help identify the suspects involved which will enable us to advance this investigation.

Sophie’s Place, founded in 2012, is a dedicated advocacy centre that helps children who have been victims of physical, mental or sexual abuse.  

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SURREY SENIOR SHOT

Serious Crimes Unit investigates

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

At approximately 2:55 a.m. on October 3, 2020, Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a break and enter and shooting in the 5800-block of 129 Street. Officers attended and located a 67-year-old man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The man was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical, but stable condition.

 

The suspect in this incident fled the residence prior to police arrival. He is described as a large man, tall and skinny, with a black shirt and black pants.

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has taken conduct of this investigation. Investigators are working to determine if this was a targeted shooting and if this person was the intended victim. The victim is not known to police.

 

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

 

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.

 

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

Suspect remains in custody

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP has arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing that took place inside a residence in the Whalley area.

 

On October 1, 2020, shortly after 10:00 p.m. Surrey RCMP responded to a report of an assault with a weapon at a residence in the 10900-block of 128A Street. Officers attended and arrested an adult male who surrendered himself to police. Police located a critically injured man inside the residence. BC Ambulance Service attended and provided treatment and care to the man however, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the residence.

 

The initial indications are that this incident stemmed from a dispute between parties known to one another. The suspect remains in custody at this time. No charges have been laid as the investigation is ongoing.

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the 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).

 

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

ONE MAN DEAD IN HAIL OF BULLETS

Two in car shot leaving one in hospital

SGT FRANK JANG

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation into a shooting in a North Vancouver neighbourhood that has left one man dead and another injured.  

 

On September 30, 2020 shortly before 11 p.m., the North Vancouver RCMP received a call of gunfire in the 200-block of East 17 Street. Two men sustained gunshot wounds while seated in a vehicle in the rear laneway with one of the victims, 43-year-old Alireza Serri, dying of his injuries. The second shooting victim is expected to recover from his non-life threatening injuries.

 

Both victims are known to police and this is believed to be a targeted event. Determining the motive behind the shooting will be a priority for investigators. 

 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the North Vancouver RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

 

Any drivers with dash cam video who were travelling in the area of St. Andrews Avenue and East 17 Street as well as the Second Narrow and Lions Gate bridges around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, are urged to contact IHIT immediately. 

 

“Ali is described by his family as a good person who had a very good heart. We will work tirelessly to find answers for them,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “This could have resulted in a double homicide and residents in the neighbourhood were put at risk as well. Finding the shooter and potentially others who were complicit in this crime will be the goal of our concerted effort.”

 

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).

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

HIT AND RUN IN ABBOTSFORD

One person injured, cops look for driver

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

AbbyPD Detectives have spoken with numerous witnesses, viewed CCTV footage and have a strong description of the suspect and vehicle. The driver is described as: approximately 5’6” to 5’10”, 50-60 yrs old, medium build, unshaven at the time, wearing tan pants.

 

Detective Tyler Gump states, “We have a strong description of the vehicle. It’s just a matter of time before we identify the driver. We are asking the driver to do the right thing and come speak with investigators”.

 

As the investigation moves forward, AbbyPD is requesting any additional drivers with dash cam footage from Sept. 29, 2020 between 6:50 pm -8:00 pm: in the West Oaks parking lot, along South Fraser Way between Canadian Tire and Gladwin Rd, along Emerson St. and Simon Ave, to call police. The victim remains in critical but stable condition in hospital.

 

(On Sept. 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm, Abbotsford Emergency services were called to West Oaks mall plaza for a hit and run involving a 59 year old pedestrian. The vehicle involved was seen stopping, the driver getting out to assess the victim, than leaving the scene. The pedestrian is currently in critical but stable condition at Vancouver General Hospital.)

 

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THIS GUY?

Police seek bus stop groper

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

Surrey RCMP is looking for your help to identify a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Newton this summer.

During the morning of July 14, 2020, a woman was sitting at a bus stop at 144 Street and 78 Avenue when an unknown man sat down beside her and groped her. When the woman confronted the man, he fled on a bicycle. The woman was physically uninjured and reported the incident to police.

avenues of investigation have been unsuccessful, police are asking the public to help identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as a South Asian male, 25-years-old, with a round face, no facial hair, and wearing black jeans, a black wind breaker, navy blue socks and a black helmet. He was riding a white bicycle with neon tape at the base of the seat.

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, OCTOBER 2, 2020 

FEDERAL ORGANIZED CRIME

 

US BOATER FINED, BOAT TAKEN

Didn't check in with coast authorities

ORGANIZED CRIME

During the Covid-19 crisis, the border has been closed to all nonessential traffic, and the RCMP's Federal Border Integrity - ShipRider Program continues to fine US boaters who contravene the Quarantine Act.

On September 27, 2020, RCMP members with the ShipRider program were patrolling along the US/Canada marine border in the Southern Gulf Islands region when they encountered a Seasport cabin cruiser out of Bellingham, WA anchored in the Crescent Beach Channel near Blackie Spit. The two occupants of the vessel were identified as a 49-year-old US man from Bellingham, WA and a 50-year-old woman from Surrey, BC. Investigators discovered that the man had left his home port that morning and picked up his girlfriend at Elgin Park Marina in Surrey. The man had failed to report his crossing into Canada and did not meet the entry requirements under the current quarantine restrictions.

In consultation with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), police arrested the man under the Customs Act and his vessel was seized for failure to report inwards. A search of the man's vessel confirmed that the trip was simply personal in nature and no other criminality was involved. The RCMP fined the man $1000 for contravening the Quarantine Act and he was released without further charges. He was required to pay an additional $1000 for the return of his vessel and required to leave Canada immediately.

The woman was taken to the nearby Crescent Beach Marina where she obtained a ride back to her vehicle. Her plan was to self-isolate and get a Covid test if she experiences any Covid like symptoms in the next 14 days.

Boaters found illegally within Canadian waters may face severe penalties, including fines, seizure of their vessels and/or criminal charges. Failure to report in and other Customs Act contraventions may make foreign nationals inadmissible to Canada.

Consult the CBSA website for information on reporting requirements for private boaters entering Canadian waters and COVID-19: Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MASSIVE AMOUNT Of CASH SEIZED

No arrests

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Surrey RCMP has seized a significant stash of drugs, over $200,000 in cash, and a firearm after a search warrant execution at a residence in Guildford.

On September 6, 2020 shortly after 1:30 a.m., Surrey RCMP was called to a report of a break and enter in progress at a residence in the 10600-block of 140 Street. The suspects had fled prior to the arrival of Frontline officers however, officers located evidence of a break and enter. As the investigation in the break and enter progressed, officers located a large quantity of drugs and cash inside the residence.

Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence later the same day and seized numerous items including suspected crystal meth, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and a drug-cutting agent. Officers also located and seized over $200,000 in cash, as well as a firearm and ammunition.

No arrests have been made at this time however, the investigation is ongoing.

Our officers are always prepared for the unexpected when responding to files, says Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officers. In this case our frontline officers were responding to a report of a break and enter which turned into a large drug and cash seizure.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 

SHUSWAP RCMP

 

GAGLARDI FACING SEX CHARGES

Police seek more victms

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

A Coquitlam man who was a member of several churches has been charged with seven additional counts of sexual assault following a public notification two months ago. Now, Coquitlam RCMP is looking for additional victims who may have had contact with Raymond Howard Gaglardi.

In July police asked for other victims and witnesses to step forward.

Witnesses and victims have been incredible, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Their courage to speak has led directly to these seven additional charges. We want to assure them, and everyone involved, that our investigation is not over.

On September 28, 2020, 75-year-old Gaglardi was charged with more offences:

• Sexual assault (x6), section 271(1) of the Criminal Code,

• Sexual exploitation, section 153 of the Criminal Code.

All nine victims were young men or teenage boys in Coquitlam at the time of the alleged offences. Coquitlam RCMP’s Sex Crimes Unit is now re-focussing on crimes that may have happened in other jurisdictions. One of the avenues investigators are pursuing involves witnesses or victims who may have been part of Glad Tidings Church (Vancouver) or Glad Tidings Summer Camp (Sechelt) in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 

SHUSWAP RCMP

 

MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN

Two arrested on warrants

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

RCMP in the Shuswap and the North Okanagan are now extending their thanks to the media and the public for their assistance in what ended up becoming an extensive search for two wanted men, both of whom are now in police custody.

On September 23, 2020 Terrance Alan Jones attended the RCMP detachment in Salmon Arm to turn himself into police. RCMP officers executed the outstanding warrant for Mr. Jones’ arrest. He was held in police custody expected to appear before the courts next on September 29, 2020.

The search for both wanted individuals spanned over a month and involved multiple RCMP jurisdictions across the Shuswap and North Okanagan.

We greatly appreciate any and all tips submitted by community members who contacted their local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers and we acknowledge the assistance from the media across the region, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

 

 

  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

MISSING: MONEY AT LARGE

Mounties look for cash owner

 

CPL MICHEL MCLAUGHLIN

Someone is missing a large amount of cash and Coquitlam RCMP is asking the rightful owner, and only the rightful owner, to come forward.

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, a man went into the Tim Hortons at 955 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, and sat down. When the man departed, he left a bag behind that contained the cash.

It says a lot about our community that someone found this large amount of cash and immediately turned it over to police, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Before anyone calls, they should know we have security video of the man who left the money. When the right man does call us, he will need to answer specific questions to make sure we are returning the cash to the correct person.

The rightful owner must be prepared to describe the amount, denominations of the bills, and the brand of bag that contained the cash.

This is also a good reminder that if you’ve ever lost a substantial portion of money, you can call police and make a report, says Corporal McLaughlin. It’s actually quite common for people to turn in cash and we’re happy to get it back to the rightful owner.

To reach the investigator and claim the cash from June 20, 2020, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for Constable Andrew Krueger.

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

MISSING: UNLAWFULLY AT LARGE

Police seeking Genghis Abadon

 

S/SGT PAUL VADIK

The Coquitlam RCMP is looking for your help to find a patient who is unlawfully at large after failing to return to the Nicola Lodge Long Term Care Facility in Coquitlam. Genghis Abadon was reported overdue on Sept 22, 2020, at 12:30 p.m.

Abadon is described as:

• Caucasian, 43-years-old, 190 cm (6'3"), ( 85 kg) 188 lbs, brown eyes, bald with a dark beard
• Tattoo on forehead of a Yin Yang symbol
• Tattoo under his right eye of a tear drop and several head tattoos
• Last seen wearing: a top hat, a pin-stripe jumpsuit, black shoes and carrying a blue backpack

Genghis Abadon may frequent the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. He may behave in a way that presents a risk to himself or the public, so you see him, police ask that you not approach Abadon and instead call 911 immediately.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Genghis Abadon please contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2020-25740.

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WANTED: PRESTON DEVENY

Man may be in Fort St. John. cops warn not

to approach

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

Hinton RCMP are requesting public assistance to locate 36-year-old Preston Pointe Deveny, currently of no fixed address.

Hinton RCMP have charged Deveny in relation to an incident that occurred on June 14, 2020, and a warrant for his arrest continues to be in
effect.

Deveny is believed to have been seen in Hinton this morning, on Sept. 25, 2020, and Hinton RCMP are actively looking for him in the community and surrounding area. It is notable that Deveny is known to be comfortable in rural settings and may have continued outside Hinton.

Deveny is from the Fort St James area in British Columbia and may return to that area.

Preston Pointe Deveny (Alias: Brian Lee Deveny) is described as:

 • 6’0’’ tall
• 200 lbs
• Green eyes
• Brown hair
• Caucasian

Hinton RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information in relation to Deveny’s whereabouts. The public are cautioned not to approach Preston Deveny, but to contact the Hinton RCMP at 780-865-2455, 911 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222 8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOOTING IN SURREY

Injured man shows up at hospital

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) is asking anyone with information about a suspicious circumstance to come forward.  

On September 24, 2020 at approximately 5:45 pm, a man suffering from a gunshot wound attended a Lower Mainland hospital for assistance.  After determining a nexus to a residence in Surrey, the Surrey RCMP were called to investigate shortly after 11:00 pm. Early indications are that the man was injured as a result of a targeted shooting and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Surrey RCMP is currently holding a residence in the 5900-block of 180 Street for further investigation as investigators work to determine where the shooting occurred.

As the investigation continues, officers are asking anyone in the area of 60 Avenue and 180 Street yesterday between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, 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, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS RING OUT IN SURREY AGAIN

No one injured, shooters flee

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) is investigating a shooting which occurred last night in Cloverdale.

On September 24, 2020, shortly before 10:30 pm, Surrey RCMP received reports of shots heard in the 19000-block of 64 Avenue. Surrey RCMP responded to the scene and found evidence confirming a shooting had occurred. The suspect(s) fled the area prior to police arrival and there were no signs of anyone being injured as a result of the shooting.

Early indications are that this shooting was a targeted incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public. The Surrey RCMP GIU has assumed conduct of the investigation.

Anyone with information or dash-cam footage in relation to this incident, 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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 

PENTICTON RCMP

 

INTOXICATED MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN JAIL CELL

Investigations office looks into occurrence

CPL. JESSEE O'DONAGHEY

 

A similar vehicle to one the body was found in.

 

BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Penticton which has resulted in injuries to one man.

Just after 7:00 p.m., on Monday September 21, a frontline officer from the Penticton RCMP were called to a report of an intoxicated man in the yard of residence in the 90-block of Okanagan Avenue East.

Upon arrival, the officer located the man and arrested him for causing a disturbance. He was transported to the Penticton RCMP Detachment.

After being lodged into a cell, the man suffered serious injuries and BC Emergency Health Services were called. The man was transported to a local area hospital where he remains.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions 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. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca  

 

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN BURNED OUT VEHICLE

Mounties look for black truck with stolen safe

CPL. JESSEE O'DONAGHEY

 

A similar vehicle to one the body was found in.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed conduct of an investigation after first responders spotted what are believed to be human remains inside a vehicle fire now considered suspicious in nature.

On September 20, 2020 at 5:14 a.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire on Louis Estates Road, just off Westside Road. Firefighters, who managed to extinguish the blaze, discovered what investigators believe to be human remains inside that vehicle. Front line officers secured the potential crime scene and called for the support of major crime investigators.

The investigation, which is being supported by the Vernon North Okanagan General Investigation Section and the BC RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section remains in its early stages, states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit Commander.

RCMP is releasing a stock image of what the vehicle involved would have looked like, in an effort to appeal to potential witnesses and in order to advance the ongoing police investigation.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you have any information that may assist major crime investigators you are asked to call the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit at 1-877-987-8477. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 

RIDGE-MEADOWS RCMP

 

HUGE THEFT OF GIFT CARDS

Mounties look for black truck with stolen safe

CST. JULIE KLAUSSNER

 

On September 22, 2020, at approximately 5:30 am, the Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to the Albion fairgrounds for a break and enter to a building on the property. A large safe with gift cards totaling approximately $10,000 was stolen from inside the building.

The early investigation suggests a black pickup truck might be involved as one was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed around the time of the incident.

“Police don’t usually release the name of a victim or business however, with their permission, we are publicly sharing because these stolen gift cards directly support our local community and families in need over the upcoming holiday season,” states Constable Klaussner. “We want to catch the criminals responsible for this despicable act and are hoping the public can help.”

Klaussner further states, “Police are looking for any information that may be helpful. If you were out walking your dog at the time, possibly have dash camera footage or video surveillance of anything suspicious in the area please contact the police.”

If you have any information please contact Constable Vandelft at Ridge Meadows RCMP, 604-463-6251 and reference file #2020-20784 or call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 

CHASE RCMP

 

ERT AND AIR ONE USED TO REIGN IN SUSPECTS

Two suspects had high-powered guns with "countless bullets"

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team responded to support Chase RCMP on Friday with the high risk arrest of a man in its jurisdiction, wanted province-wide on several outstanding firearms related warrants for his arrest.

On September 18, 2020, a short time before 11:30 a.m., Chase RCMP and tactical members of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team descended on an Adams Lake area property to locate and arrest, wanted man, Michael Luttman who police believed to be evading capture by hiding in the surrounding rural areas of Chase.

A front line officer aboard a RCMP Air Services helicopter provided oversight for the operation, which was considered high risk in nature due to Luttman’s history, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.

RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop with a pickup truck being driven off the rural property by Michael Luttman, who allegedly failed to stop for police and attempted to flee, resulting in a collision with an ERT vehicle on Holding Road. The impact of that collision caused the suspects’ vehicle to roll over back onto its wheels onto the highway.

Emergency Response Team members further engaged the occupants of the pickup truck, which first led to the immediate apprehension of an adult female passenger. The woman was transported to a secondary location to be medically assessed by BC Emergency Health Services who transported her to hospital for further medical treatment. The woman’s injuries, sustained as a result of the collision, are believed to be non-life threatening in nature.

The driver of the pickup truck failed to comply with police commands following the collision. Shortly before 12:15 p.m. he was safely taken into police custody and his identity was confirmed as the wanted individual police were searching for. Michael Luttman also sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported by BC EHS to hospital.

Following Luttman’s arrest police located a handgun inside the damaged pickup truck. Officers also recovered several high powered firearms and countless rounds of ammunition that were ejected during the crash.

A member of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was transported to hospital as a precaution and was later released.

A collision analyst with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS) and forensic specialist with the Integrated Forensic Identification Services attended to examine the scene as they assist with the ongoing investigation.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.

 

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

DEADLY SHOTS LINKED TO MONEY LAUNDERING

Two shot at restaurant, one dead

SGT FRANK JANG

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting the public’s assistance to further its ongoing investigation into a shooting at a Richmond restaurant that has left one man dead and another injured.  

 

On September 18, 2020, shortly after 7:30 p.m., the Richmond RCMP received reports of gunshots at the Manzo restaurant at 9020 Capstan Way. Two men sustained gunshot wounds with one of the victims, 44-year-old Jian Jun Zhu, dying of his injuries. The second shooting victim, a man in his fifties, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from hospital.

 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Richmond RCMP to complete priority tasks including an extensive canvass for witnesses and video surveillance footage. Investigators continue to work alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to examine the physical evidence gathered from the crime scene.

 

Any drivers with dash cam video from the area of Garden City Road between Capstan Way and Cambie Road between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, are urged to contact IHIT immediately. 

 

Both victims are well known to police and this is believed to be a targeted event. However, there is nothing so far to suggest this incident is connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict or any of the other recent acts of violence.

 

“This was a brazen shooting that could have resulted in further victims,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “IHIT will be engaging all of its partners including CFSEU-BC and RCMP Federal Policing to identify those responsible.”

 

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).

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SERIAL BREAK AND ENTER ARTIST ARRESTED

Suspected tracked to home with haul of booty

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

An investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) has resulted in an arrest and charges against a man in relation to a series of break-ins within the past month which occurred in Surrey and Langley.

This investigation began in response to a noted rise in residential break and enters that occurred in the areas of Guildford and Fleetwood, taking place around the end of July and into September. Many of the break and enters were noted to have similar earmarks, such as suspect vehicle descriptions, and methods used by the suspect, or suspects.

The Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team took conduct and focused on identifying who, if any prolific property crime offenders, were operating in the area of the noted increase. As a result, a suspect was identified and the investigation culminated in a search warrant at a residence in the 16700-block of 85A Avenue in Surrey on September 12, 2020, which led to the seizure of numerous stolen items.

As a result of the investigation, 40-year-old, David Sinh Liu of Surrey, is facing ten charges related to seven separate incidents of residential breaking and entering. This investigation is still ongoing.

When investigating increases in property crime it is not uncommon for our team to see a significant number of incidents attributed to a single person or small network of individuals, says Sergeant Robert Dalphond, of the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team. That’s why coordinated work between investigators and criminal analysts is an essential part of our strategy to tackle property crime.

For more information on preventing your home from becoming a target of property crime, visit our Surrey RCMP website

Anyone with information regarding property crime in Surrey 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.

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

SHOOTING AT OK CORRAL

Two victims injured

CPL IAN HENDERSON

Just after 7:30 p.m. on September 18, 2020 Richmond RCMP responded to a shooting in the 9000-block of Capstan Way.

 

Two victims have been rushed to hospital suffering injuries as a result of this incident.

 

Police are asking anyone who may have been in area and witnessed this incident to call 604-278-1212.

 

The investigation is in the early stages however it is believed this is a targeted incident.

 

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

POLICE LOOK FOR CHILD LURING SUSPECT

Thankfully the boy ran home and told his mom

CPL IAN HENDERSON

 

At approximately 3:30 pm on September 14, 2020, a 10-year-old boy was in the 6800-block of Azure Road when a male driving a champagne-coloured van allegedly told the boy he knew his mom and that he was supposed to take him home. The boy said he was suspicious of this, so he ran away and returned home.

This incident was reported to Richmond RCMP on September 15, 2020. A potential suspect was identified at the time of reporting, however, Richmond RCMP have since determined this individual was not involved.

Richmond RCMP Youth Section and General Investigation Section have been actively following up on various investigative avenues.

The suspect driver has been described as follows;

• Of Asian descent
• Possibly had an accent
• 50 years of age
• Short straight black hair
• Pimpled/freckled/dotted face
• Wearing a white shirt and gold chain

The vehicle is described as:

• champagne coloured
• Black circle logo surrounded by Asian-type writing

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

Reports can also be made by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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

 

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

COWBOYS AND THEIR STEEL HORSES

Richmond cops try to piece together event

CPL IAN HENDERSON

 

At approximately 11:35 pm on September 17, 2020, Richmond RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at a gas station near the intersection of No 3 Rd and Blundell Rd.  The occupants of two vehicles, one black and one white, reportedly exchanged gunfire before departing the location at a high rate of speed.  At this time, this matter appears to be a targeted incident.  Fortunately, no bystanders were injured in the event.

 

One vehicle was last seen eastbound on Westminster Hwy, while the other was last seen northbound on No 2 Road.  Police are asking drivers who may have been in the area at this time to review their dash cam video to see if they may have captured the vehicles involved. 

 

Anyone with video or other information on this matter is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. 

Reports can also be made by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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

 

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

KNOW THIS GUY?

Surrey cops look to ID man

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Anyone with information about this incident 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, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 

BARRIERE RCMP

 

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Mounties report of street sign theft

CPL ROBERT WELSMAN

Barriere RCMP is investigating the theft of traffic signage in the Barriere area between August and September of 2020.

An unknown suspect or suspects removed road identifier signs for Armour Road and Hall Road, a stop sign from Hall road, and two cross walk signs located at Armour Road.

Anyone with information in relation to these thefts is asked to call the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ILLICIT DRUGS KEEPING DRUG LORDS RICH

Surrey cops get major haul in random stop

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 

NAKUSP RCMP

 

Update: The Nakusp RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 54-year-old man reported missing has been located, and he is safe and sound.

 

MISSING MAN A MYSTERY

Pickup abandoned at ferry terminal

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Nakusp RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Nelson resident, Rodney Hawkins, whose vehicle was discovered abandoned in the line up to the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry at the Galena Bay ferry terminal in Galena Bay.

On September 15, 2020 at 9:40 p.m., Nakusp RCMP was contacted by Galena Bay ferry terminal staff who reported that a white 2018 GMC Sierra pickup truck had been abandoned in the ferry terminal line up.

Police are appealing to any other ferry users who may have noticed this vehicle or its occupant to come forward with their information. The GMC quad-cab pickup truck, which had a black Yakima bike pad over the rear tailgate, was the fourth vehicle in the lineup, in the left hand lane and investigators believe that the vehicle entered the ferry lineup at approximately 6 p.m.

RCMP is now searching for the vehicle’s registered owner, Rodney Hawkins, who is considered a missing person at this time. There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time, however police and Rodney’s family are very concerned for his health and well-being.

Description of Rodney Hawkins:

• Caucasian male
• 54 years
• 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
• 160 lbs (71 kg)
• brown hair
• brown eyes

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rodney Hawkins, or has any dash camera footage that may be of interest to investigators is urged to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SURREY GANGLAND WAR CONTINUES

Police look to identify shooters

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) is investigating a shooting with ties to gang activity, which occurred last night in Newton.

 

On September 14, 2020 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 12900-block of 65A Avenue. Officers attended and located an uninjured adult male who had been the target of a shooting. Surrey RCMP GIU took conduct of the investigation and found evidence confirming that a shooting had occurred.

 

Early indications are that the male victim had been pursued by two men at the time of the shooting. The parties involved in the shooting are believed to be known to one another and associated to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. The investigation is ongoing as officers seek to identify all parties involved.

 

“While there is no indication of any on-going risk to the public, when this shooting took place it put community members in danger,” says Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan, General Investigation Unit Commander. “This type of violence has no place in our community.”

 

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

VANDALS CUT GONDOLA CABLES AGAIN

Mounties look to the community

CST SASHA BANKS

On September 14th, 2020, at 4 am hours the Squamish RCMP was contacted by the security team at the Sea to Sky Gondola stating that the line to the gondola had been cut and had crashed into the mountain.

Squamish RCMP members attended immediately and began to assess information and contain the area. Squamish RCMP and the Sea to Sky General Investigation Section are working alongside partner agencies including West Vancouver Police Department, the Integrated Police Dog Services, and more will be called as the day goes on. 

There is an extensive amount of resources in the area and we are asking everyone to stay out of the vicinity including climbing routes, hiking, and closed parking lots.

"We are only a few hours into this investigation and we ask the public to stay out of the area" says Sergeant Sascha Banks. "The Sea to Sky Gondola is an integral part of this community and we very lucky no one was injured. Someone in our area has seen something or has heard something and we are asking them to call us immediately with any information."

Please contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to the website www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

COP SHOOTS THIEF

Suspect repeatedly pepper-sprays officer

CST ROB DYCK

Abbotsford Police responded to a theft in progress from Cabela’s at 1818 McCallum Rd. Two suspects exited the store and were challenged by the responding Abbotsford Police Officer. One suspect fled, the other suspect pepper sprayed the officer and then ran from the area, moments later that same suspect returned and sprayed the officer again and began physically assaulting that officer; at this point the officer discharged their firearm striking the suspect. Both suspects are in custody and the public is not in any danger.

The Abbotsford Police Officer received injuries related to the pepper spray and confrontation and was transported to hospital for treatment. The suspect was also transported to hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing and the public is asked to avoid McCallum Junction to allow investigators to conduct their work.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

SALMON ARM STABBING

Pair wanted on laundry list of charges

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

The Salmon Arm RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) has obtained charge approval from the BC Prosecution Service against three men, for their alleged involvement in a serious stabbing carried out on August 17, 2020 in Blind Bay.

33-year-old Jordy Kyle Moyan of Kelowna was arrested in Chase BC with the assistance of the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team. He has been formally charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and robbery with a firearm. He remains in custody at this time.

RCMP continue to search for 36-year-old Alexander Vittal Boucher of Enderby and 40-year-old Terrance Alan Jones of Edmonton, who are each wanted on outstanding warrants issued for their arrest.

Alexander Boucher has been formally charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and robbery with a firearm. Boucher is described as a Caucasian male, who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs approximately 195 lbs, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Terrance Jones has been formally charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence. Jones is described as a Caucasian male, who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 160 lbs and has brown eyes.

RCMP warn the general public not to approach Alexander Boucher or Terrance Jones. If spotted in any community, police urge the public to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with any information on the current possible whereabouts of Boucher or Jones is urged to contact their local police of jurisdiction or the Salmon Arm General Investigation Section (GIS) at 250-832-6044. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

One man injured, one arrested

No word if targeted or random

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

One man is in-custody after an assault with a weapon near the Surrey Central Skytrain station.

On September 9, 2020 shortly after 12:15 pm, a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer was conducting routine patrols when they came across a man suffering from a serious injury, in the 10200-block of City Parkway. The injured man was transported to the hospital by BC Ambulance Services.

Surrey RCMP officers have arrested a suspect, an adult male, in connection to the assault. Closures will be in effect along City Parkway as officers process the crime scene.

The investigation is in the early stages and no additional information is available for release to the public at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

KELOWNA RCMP

 

COPS SEEKING TO ID PAIR

Wanted as witnesses to current investigation

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

Officers from the RCMP Southeast District General Investigation Section (SED GIS) are seeking public assistance to identify two men in relation to an on-going investigation.

On January 20, 2020 at approximately 5:45 p.m., two men were captured on video in the lobby of a residential building located at 883 Academy Way, Kelowna. Despite significant efforts, police have not yet been able to identify the two men.

The first unknown man is described as; light skinned, with light hair, clean shaven, wearing a jacket (potentially green in colour) and blue jeans. This man is seen in the photo, going up the stairway.

The second unknown man is described as; dark skinned, with dark hair and facial hair, wearing a dark coloured (possibly blue) winter jacket, with an orange lined hood and a dark coloured backpack. This man is seen in the photo entering the lobby through the glass doors.

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet states, We are looking to identify these men as we believe they may have been witnesses and could provide important information in relation to an on-going investigation. If you are these men, or can identify them you are asked to contact the Cpl. Tyler Bell at 250-491-5362. 

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

CLEARWATER RCMP

 

WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER

Police say killing targeted

CPL IAN HENDERSON

On September 6, 2020, Clearwater RCMP responded to a 911 call and attended a remote area of the Adams Forest Service Road and located a deceased man on site.

One woman was subsequently arrested and transported to the Clearwater RCMP detachment.

The Southeast District Major Crime Unit took over the investigation and a charge of 2nd Degree Murder has since been laid against Ashleigh TSCHRITTER of Clearwater, BC in relation to the death of David Simpson, also of Clearwater. She will appear in Kamloops Provincial Court on September 8, 2020.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. As this case is now before the court, no further details will be released.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident can call the Southeast District Major Crime Unit general inquiries line at 1-877-987-8477.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

NEFARIOUS DUO STOLE A VEHICLE

One in jail, one yet to be ID'd

CPL IAN HENDERSON

On August 17, 2020, Richmond RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from outside a residence in the 8700-block of No. 1 road. Two males were seen on surveillance video making off with the vehicle. 
 
On August 28th, 32-year-old Mitchell William Coubrough of Surrey was arrested for his involvement in the theft. He currently faces a number of charges including Theft of a Vehicle, Breach of Probation and 2 counts of Driving While Prohibited.
 
Media Relations Officer with the Richmond RCMP, Corporal Ian Henderson says “The Richmond Property Crimes Unit has invested significant time and resources into this on-going investigation.”
 
“One suspect has been identified and arrested, and the stolen vehicle has been recovered.  But Richmond RCMP continue to work on identifying the second suspect in this matter, and hope to bring him to justice soon,” says Henderson.
 
COUBROUGH remains in custody.  His next court appearance is scheduled for October 14th in Richmond Provincial Court.

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

MISSING PERSON FOUND DEAD

Foul play not suspected

SGT JUDY BIRD

On Friday, at approximately 11:45 am, Abbotsford Police and Search and Rescue volunteers located a deceased male in an area off Straiton Road.

It has now been determined that the deceased male is Brook Morrison.  Foul play is not suspected. This is a tragic outcome for a missing person investigation that began just over three days ago.  The investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.

The Abbotsford Police Department extends condolences to the family and friends of Brook. 

 

 

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 

COLUMBIA VALLEY RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN BUSH

Dog stayed with body

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

The search for a missing Wilmer man ended today in tragedy following the discovery of his remains.

Martin Baker was last seen on September 2, 2020, when he departed his Wilmer home with his Pitbull cross Rusty for a walk. Concerned for his well-being, RCMP launched a search and activated search and rescue crews, who scoured the area throughout the evening, and resumed their search early Thursday morning.

At 1:10 p.m. (MT) an RCMP officer, in the RCMP Air Services fixed wing aircraft, spotted what searchers later determined to be a deceased individual near Wilmer Lake. Columbia Valley RCMP notified the BC Coroners Service, who has now launched an independent and concurrent fact finding investigation into the man’s sudden passing.

"Police do not believe that criminality was involved in Martin's sudden death," states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, of the BC RCMP Southeast District. We extend our sincerest condolences to Mr. Baker’s family during this difficult time.

Amazingly, Martin’s Pitbull was also found. Despite being off his leash, Rusty stayed by Martin’s side, until searchers reached the scene. Rusty was found in good spirits and good health.

 

 

 

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 

LYTTON RCMP

 

COPS BUST GARDEN OF GRASS

Air 4 chopper spots grow show

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

The marijuana grow op was first spotted from above.

Police officers conducting aerial operations in RCMP Air Services helicopter, Air 4, spotted a sizeable outdoor illegal cannabis grow operation outside of Lytton this past Friday.

On August 28, 2020 Lytton RCMP officers made the discovery while on board an RCMP helicopter. Due to the size of the grow operation and its physical location, the team decided to return on Saturday to dismantle the site, bearing in mind that often times such locations are typically staged with booby traps meant to injure or kill unsuspecting visitors or first responders.

Our investigators safely seized in excess of 5,200 cannabis plants from the rural outdoor grow site, states Sgt. Curtis Davis, Lytton RCMP Detachment Commander. Given the remoteness of the location, our front line Lytton RCMP officers were flown in and out of the site by our RCMP helicopter, which was integral in safely dismantling this seemingly illegal Cannabis grow operation.

Anyone with any additional information about this particular grow operation site or any other suspected illegal site is asked to contact the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225.

 

 

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 

LYTTON RCMP

 

CATALYTIC CAT BURGLARS SCARED OFF

Out-of-towners eventually arrested

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

A man from Vancouver Island and a B.C. Lower Mainland woman face potential criminal charges after an alleged interrupted theft of the catalytic converter from a passenger van in the BC southern interior.

On August 22, 2020, at 2:43 p.m., Lytton RCMP responded to a report of a mischief and attempted theft in progress along Main Street. An astute citizen could hear a power saw cutting through metal and noticed a man and a woman who appeared to be attempting to remove the catalytic converter from a Honda Odyssey minivan.

The alert citizen verbally confronted the duo who fled the scene in a vehicle westbound, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. RCMP coordinated its response to the scene and in search of the suspect vehicle. Officers located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description south of Lytton and made two arrests without incident.

Investigators attended the scene, examined the vehicle targeted by the duo and determined that the catalytic converter had almost entirely been removed.

The 38-year-old Madeira Park man and 50-year-old Coquitlam woman each face potential criminal charges.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225.

Back in August, Coquitlam RCMP shared a video which shows just how quickly thieves can remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle.

 

 

 

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

TMX PROTESTOR ARRESTED FOR CONTEMPT

Woman chains herself to gate

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

On September 3, 2020, just after 6 a.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a report that a woman had secured herself to a gate at the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project off Airport Road in Kamloops.

 

TMX security staff had reportedly attempted to interact with the demonstrator prior to police arrival, however she refused to unchain herself from the gate.

 

On June 1, 2018 the BC Supreme Court issued an injunction against demonstrators who interfere with the TMX project.

 

Kamloops RCMP officers attended the site and verbally engaged with the demonstrator, who was read the BC Supreme Court injunction. She was eventually arrested for allegedly being in civil contempt of the Court Order issued by Justice Affleck.

 

The 32-year-old woman is now set to appear in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver on October 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Demonstrators have the right to peaceful, lawful and safe protest and companies have a lawful right to complete their mandated work. The RCMP is working hard to protect both of these rights and ensure all parties and public are kept safe.

 

 

  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TRUCKLOAD OF DRUGS

Cops put dent in the opiod epidemic

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

A recent search warrant executed by the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit at a residence in Whalley has resulted in a significant seizure of illegal drugs, cash, and a firearm.

On August 20, 2020, as part of their proactive enforcement, Surrey RCMP Drug Unit observed two individuals involved in suspicious activity consistent with drug trafficking, outside a residence in the 9400-block of 129 Street. Both individuals were detained and found to be in possession of cash and street level drugs. The investigation continued and officers obtained a search warrant for the residence.

The search warrant was executed the same day, with support from the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team and Frontline officers. The search resulted in seizure of the following:

• 225 grams of suspected cocaine
• 3.1 kilograms of suspected fentanyl
• 157 suspected oxycodone pills
• Over $100,000 cash
• One handgun and ammunition
• 20 kilograms of a raw cutting agent
• Drug brick press

One suspect was released at the scene and one suspect was arrested during the execution of the search warrant. No charges have been laid at this time as the investigation is ongoing. One of the suspects involved is believed to be involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“This investigation has taken a significant amount of illicit drugs off the street,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Given the current opioid overdose crisis, these drugs could very likely have harmed or killed people in our community.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

FLAGGER ASSAULTED

Mounties look for man on bicycle

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Surrey RCMP is investigating a serious assault with a weapon near the intersection of 95A Avenue and 148 Street in Surrey.

 

On September 2, 2020 at approximately 2:00 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report that a traffic control flagger working in the area had been assaulted with a weapon by a male on a bicycle. The female victim has been transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The male suspect fled on bicycle and police are actively looking for him.

 

Early reports describe the suspect as: a Caucasian male, heavy set, in his 30’s wearing dark clothing, a baseball cap and riding a red mountain bike.

 

Anyone who sees an individual matching this description should call police immediately. Any witnesses in the area who may have dash-cam footage please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.