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  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

LANGLEY RCMP

 

RCMP TRY TO SAVE SUICIDAL MAN

Youngster not buckled in

DAWN ROBERTS, BC RCMP

 

CMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Langley which has resulted in injuries to one man.
 
On March 24, 2020 just before noon the Langley RCMP received a complaint of a man on an overpass.
 
RCMP officers arrived at the scene and began speaking with the man. The officers began to fear for the man’s safety and attempted to grab him to remove him from the edge. Despite the efforts of the members the man fell.
 
The attending officers began medical treatment and called Emergency Health Services. He was transported to hospital where it was later determined he has serious injuries.
 
IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.
 
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca

 

  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

MOM CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK WITH CHILD IN CAR

Youngster not buckled in

SGT JUDY BIRD, APD

 

ast Wednesday at approximately 11 pm, AbbyPD officers responded to a report of a minivan driving at a high rate of speed through red lights.

 

AbbyPD officers a initiated traffic stop on Walker Crescent, in central Abbotsford, after observing the vehicle driving on its’ tire rims.  Officers conducted a roadside breath test that the female driver failed.

 

A 24-year-old Abbotsford woman was arrested and charges for impaired operation of a vehicle have been recommended. 

 

Officers located the woman’s 5-year-old child who was unsecured in a booster seat in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop; and left in the care of their father.

 

 

 

 

  SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DRUNK DUMP TRUCK DRIVER

Man receives Immediate Roadside Prohibition, no word if further charges pending

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

he driver of a dump truck has received a 3-day IRP as a result of a traffic stop in the Cloverdale area.

 

On March 13, 2020, at 8:30 pm, a Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit officer pulled over a dump truck in the 5900-block of 176A Street to conduct a sobriety check after observing some concerning driver behaviour. The driver, a 60 year-old Surrey man, was found to be impaired, and was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition from driving. The truck was impounded for three days.

 

This incident comes two weeks after a semi-truck driver was found to be impaired, and only three weeks since a commercial vehicle enforcement blitz where numerous vehicle deficiencies were identified.

 

“Our officers regularly inspect commercial vehicles to ensure that they are road-worthy and that the drivers are complying with the Motor Vehicle Act,” says Sergeant David Chu, Surrey RCMP. “Impaired drivers are a threat to the safety of every road user and our officers will continue to remove those who choose to put the public at risk on our roads.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GIRL APPROACHED BY MAN IN CAR

Older model work van involved

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man involved in a suspicious circumstance in the South Surrey area.

 

On March 4, 2020, police responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance in the 13300-block of 18A Avenue in South Surrey. Shortly before 5:00 pm, a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in blue ‘work’ van as she walked down 18A Avenue. The man asked the girl if she needed a ride. The girl ran away and reported the incident.

 

Investigators are now seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver of the van and are releasing a composite sketch of him. He is described as a Caucasian man, 40 years-old, with a short brown full beard, and brown hair.

 

The vehicle in this incident is described as older-model work van. The colour is described as blue, with dark blue at the top and gradient shades of lighter blue towards the bottom. It has tinted windows and two bumper stickers on the rear window – one is a 4”-circumference black-and-white circular sticker with a skull in the center; the second is a 4”-wide hand making the ‘sign of the horns’ or ‘rock-and-roll’ gesture. The vehicle also had a yellow tree-shaped air freshener and a round ‘peace’ symbol hanging from the rear-view mirror.

 

“Surrey RCMP takes all reports of this nature seriously and work closely with youth and their families to ensure their safety,” says Constable Richard Wright, Surrey RCMP. “We would like to identify this man and speak with him regarding the incident.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-33972.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

MAN CONFRONTS BOY IN PARK

Police want to hear from man regarding incident

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP is asking for your help identifying a man who was involved in a confrontation with a boy in Victoria Park. Police want to hear the man’s side of the story, and until they do, it’s important that people avoid drawing conclusions based on early, incomplete information.

In almost every emergency, the facts that were initially reported can change dramatically as the investigation progresses, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Many similar confrontations are initially reported as stranger abductions, yet confirmed cases are extremely rare. It’s important that people avoid drawing conclusions based on early reports they read on social media.

So far, police have established that on March 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., a confrontation occurred between a 9-year-old boy and an older man on the north side of Victoria Park, 3435 Victoria Drive, Coquitlam.

The man is described as:

• A Caucasian man who may be in his fifties,

• Short brown hair with a brown beard,

• Possibly wearing blue jeans and a black denim vest or jacket,

• Driving a newer model silver sedan or coupe.

The weather was sunny and the park was very busy, so police are hoping that someone who saw the man, or the man himself, will call police and explain what happened.

It’s completely understandable that people are concerned, and police take these reports very seriously, but it’s important that everyone remain calm, says Corporal McLaughlin. Our Major Crime Unit has been assigned. Their number one priority is public safety and if there is any further risk to the public, we’ll let you know right away.

If you saw what happened, or you’re the man who was involved and want to tell your side of the story, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Major Crime Unit (file 2020-7193).

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WEAPONS, DRUGS, CASH CONFISCATED

Drugs Unit searches three homes simultaneously

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

Seized drugs money and weapons from Pinewood Crescent ust.

 

urrey RCMP is informing the public of three search warrants for residences that have led to seizures of drugs and firearms.

 

On March 12, 2020, Surrey RCMP Drugs Unit, with the assistance of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, Community Response Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, and Criminal Investigative Services, searched three residences in relation to ongoing investigations into drug trafficking.

 

Two associated residences were searched, one in the 16300-block of 28 Avenue in South Surrey, and the second in the 7000-block of 131 Street in Newton. Four suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

 

 

 

During the search of these residences, investigators seized:

•  $8000 CAD

12-gauge shotgun with ammunition

Tactical vests

Suspected Fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine, Oxycontin, and methamphetamines

Various cutting agents

A money counter

Packaging material, believed to be for street sale of drugs

Multiple cell phones

On the same day, investigators searched a third residence in the 12500-block of Pinewood Crescent as a part of an ongoing project targeting drug trafficking and property crime in the Whalley/City Centre area. Six further suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

 

During this search, investigators seized:

Three firearms with ammunition

Suspected methamphetamines and Fentanyl

Soft body armour

Approximately $3000 CAD

 “The illicit drug trade brings with it the possibility of violent acts within our community,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins, Surrey RCMP. “We acknowledge the invaluable role that information received from the public played in enabling these seizures, and encourage everyone to keep on reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhood as we all have our responsibility when it comes to safety.”

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEX ASSAULTER SOUGHT

RCMP attempt to ID kissing bandit

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect from an incident in the Guildford area.

 

On December 13, 2019, police responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault outside of Guildford Library, during which a man attempted to give an unsolicited kiss to a woman. The victim was not harmed during the incident. Investigators have now been provided CCTV footage of the suspect and are looking to identify the man.

 

The suspect is described as a 35-40 year-old Caucasian man, slim build, and 5’8”-5’10” tall. He was last seen wearing a red/green toque and a grey jacket with yellow stripes down the sleeves. Investigators believe that this man may be homeless (see attached photo).

 

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

BC CORONER'S SERVICE

 

FOUND BODY A MYSTERY

Police seek to identify

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

he White Rock RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating a report of a found body on White Rock beach Monday morning.  

 

On March 16, 2020 at approximately 10:15 a.m., a kayaker located the body of an adult male on the beach south of Vidal Street.  The White Rock RCMP is attempting to confirm the identity of man and are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. Early indications are there is no risk to the public.

 

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the man’s sudden death, in an effort to determine how, where, when and by what means the man died. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

IHIT COQUITLAM

WANTED: IVY CHEN

Sister of found body sought

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to assist its ongoing investigation into a suspicious death in Coquitlam, B.C.

 

On March 10, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a body was discovered in the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park.  Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and later charged with indignity to a dead body.

 

Investigators continue to work to positively identify the deceased victim.  During the initial phases of the investigation, IHIT learned that 36-year-old Pen Yun Ivy Chen of Port Coquitlam was a person of importance to the case and her current whereabouts is unknown.  Ivy Chen is the sister of Tracy Chen, who has been charged in this investigation.  Ms. Ivy Chen was last seen at the Canadian Tire at 2830 Bentall Street in Vancouver on March 6, 2020.     

 

“While we are unable to confirm if Ms. Ivy Chen was the victim in this case, we are interested in speaking with anyone who has had recent contact with her or has any information about her whereabouts,” 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).

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED INTO BUSINESS

Mounties reach out to community for tips

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is investigating an incident where shots were fired into a business in Guildford.

At approximately 12:15 am, on March 11, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of possible shots fired in the area of the 10300-block of 152 Street. Patrols in the area at that time did not yield any evidence of a shooting.

This morning, March 11, 2020, at approximately 11:20 am, employees of a business in the area of 10300-block of 150 Street, reported that there were indications that shots had been fired into their unoccupied business overnight. Police attended and confirmed shots had been fired. Police have not found any evidence indicating anyone was injured in this occurrence.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit is investigating and is asking anyone with information about this incident call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or
www.solvecrime.ca
.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ASSAULT SUSPECT SOUGHT

Man injured with a weapon not life-threatening

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP are requesting the assistance of the public to identify a suspect in alleged assault with a weapon which occurred earlier this year.

 

On January 2, 2020, Surrey RCMP officers responded after receiving a report from Emergency Health Services of an injured man in the 11700-block of 97A Avenue. Police attended and located a 22-year-old man who has been a victim of an assault with a weapon. The 22-year-old man was transported to hospital and treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) assumed conduct, and have been making progress in this investigation. Investigators believe that this incident occurred between individuals associated to one another, and was not a random attack.

 

To further advance their investigation, GIU investigators are releasing a photo of a suspect in this incident and are asking for public assistance to identify him. The suspect is described as a South Asian male who may go by the name ‘Raman’.

 

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

ABBY COPS RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED

Man barricades himself in for an hour

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

n Monday, March 9th at 8:22pm, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers were called to the 32000-block of Clinton Avenue for a report of “Shots Fired”. Witnesses reported hearing a loud “bang” and observed smoke coming from the residence’s window. 

Upon police arrival, officers observed bullet holes on the exterior of the building.  It appeared that the holes originated from within the residence.  Officers contained the home and initiated a dialogue with a male resident who appeared to be in mental distress. After an hour of dialogue, the 23-year-old male surrendered to police without incident; from there he was taken to hospital for medical assessment and subsequently released into police custody. 

The male will appear in court this afternoon facing numerous firearm-related charges.  

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BOLO PROGRAM AIDS IN SEARCH FOR WANTED MAN

$50,000 reward for arrest of Meaz Nur-Eldin

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he world became a bit smaller for Meaz Nour-Eldin as Surrey RCMP announced its collaboration with the Bolo Program today. The hunt to locate and arrest Meaz Nour-Eldin on a Canada Wide warrant for kidnapping has been intensified as people from all over the country will now ‘be on the lookout’ for him, ready to claim the $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture. 

 

These charges stem from an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit which began on July 4, 2019.  At approximately 7:30 that morning, police received a report of the alleged kidnapping of an adult male victim from Surrey. The victim was subsequently located the morning of July 5, 2019, and taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

As a result of the investigation police identified 4 suspects and charges of kidnapping, unlawful confinement, aggravated assault, robbery, and firearms offences were laid on July 25, 2019.  

 

Three of those suspects have been arrested. A Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Meaz Nour-Eldin was issued on July 29, 2019.

 

In addition to the charges Meaz Nour-Eldin is facing in Surrey, he is also wanted on further provincial warrants in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario related to drug trafficking, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

 

Since July, members of the Surrey RCMP have worked diligently to locate Meaz Nour-Eldin, gathering information here in the Lower Mainland and with the assistance of policing partners across Canada.  We remain committed to locating him safely and facilitating his entry into the court process.

 

Surrey RCMP has a track record of success in identifying and locating individuals as a result of making public appeals for assistance. Metro Vancouver residents have helped time and again, to bring criminals to justice by responding to our reports in the media and over social media. Today we are elevating and amplifying our public audience by collaborating with the Bolo Program who will bring nationwide attention to our hunt for Meaz Nour-Eldin. As always we are asking anyone with information to help us locate him to please contact Surrey RCMP. – This time when you help us, you may be eligible to receive a $50,000 reward.

 

Surrey RCMP is not looking for witnesses or people to testify; this case is ready to go to trial. We’re just looking for the location of Meaz Nour-Eldin, so he can be apprehended and face justice.

 

“This is a message for Meaz Nour-Eldin: there’s nowhere to go and we will apprehend you sooner or later. So just do the right thing: call a lawyer, and turn yourself in. To the relatives, friends and associates of Nour-Eldin, I want to remind that you may faces charges for accessory after the fact if you assist Nour-Eldin in evading arrest.” said Inspector Cliff Chastellaine, Surrey RCMP Major Crime Unit.

 

Keep in mind that the public must take no action to apprehend Meaz Nour-Eldin. Anyone who sees him on the street is asked to call 911 immediately.

If you want to speak with police investigators, call us at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers. To be eligible for the $50,000 reward, please report your sightings / tips to 911, Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

For more information on Bolo Program please visit their website

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN POCO

IHIT investigated, woman arrested charged with indignity to a dead body

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

Update

charge of indignity to a dead body has been laid with respect to a suspicious death investigation in Coquitlam.

 

On March 10, 2020 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Coquitlam emergency responders were called to the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park for a suspicious fire where they came across a body.  Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and has been charged with indignity to a dead body. Ms. Chen appeared before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court today. 

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating the suspicious death in partnership with the Coquitlam RCMP.  IHIT continues to work alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to identify the deceased victim. 

 

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

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

 

n March 10, 2020, just after 6:15 a.m., Coquitlam RCMP was called to assist the Coquitlam Fire Department with a small but suspicious fire in the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park. When police arrived, they found evidence of a suspicious death. An adult woman was arrested at scene and is being held in custody.

The area surrounding the investigation 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 Coquitlam RCMP.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase so no further information will be provided at this time. The BC Coroners Service is conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the deceased came to their death, and will also not be releasing any more information at the present 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)

 

  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 

RIDGE-MEADOWS RCMP

WANTED: DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE

Parcel thieves, car thieves sought

Clint Van Blanken

 

idge Meadows RCMP are looking to identify two suspects alleged to be involved in local parcel thefts and auto thefts.

 

On Monday, March 9, at around 12:30 PM, police received a report that a man, alleged to be a suspect in the theft of a Green, Toyota Rav4, SUV, was observed in the area of the 22700 block of Lougheed highway.  Upon police arrival the suspect fled and a foot chase ensued however, visual continuity was broken and the suspect evaded police.  Police identified the man as the same suspect allegedly involved in a parcel theft from the doorstep of a local home earlier in the month.

 

Moments later, police received a report that a man was washing his Silver, Chevrolet Silverado, truck in the same area and had left his keys in the ignition when a man matching the earlier suspect’s description had stolen the truck.  Police responded and located the truck, attempting to stop the vehicle but the suspect drove the truck in a dangerous manner and police disengaged interaction.  The Silverado was located a short time later, unoccupied, in the area of 222nd street and Selkirk.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

TRUCK STOLEN

Loaded with top grade lumber

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating $60,000 of stolen property from the Whalley/City Centre area.

 

On March 1, 2020, at 4:45 pm, a commercial truck trailer loaded with a storage container and $20,000 worth of ‘J grade KDHT’ lumber was stolen from a business in the 10600-block of Timberland Road.

Security footage from the business shows a suspect completing the theft by hooking the trailer to the cab of a semi-truck and driving off the property.

 

In total, over 2700 pieces of lumber, that were wrapped in “West Fraser Mills” wrapping paper, were stolen.

 

The stolen container is a faded red colour and is marked, ‘TGCU 503616-0 / TARE: 3770’.

 

The stolen trailer bears BC license plate ‘D3664P’ and has the number CDAZ6848 on it. It also has ‘Canadian Tire’ mud flaps.

 

“The photo quality we were able to obtain is not ideal for making a direct identification,” said Constable Richard Wright. “Our investigators do believe there are people in the community with further information and we are asking them to come forward to help us advance this investigation.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-33728.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

WOMAN ROBED PHARMACY

Police reach out to the community for tips

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

n March 8, 2020 at 11:13 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery just committed at the pharmacy inside the Safeway store located at 1599 Second Avenue. The lone female suspect reportedly approached the pharmacy counter and produced a note which demanded methadone.

The suspect was reportedly seen in possession of a black handgun, which was concealed in a re-useable shopping bag, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. It is very fortunate that no one was injured as a result of this brazen daytime crime.

The suspect, who was captured on the store’s video surveillance system, managed to flee with an undisclosed amount of methadone. She has been described to police as a Caucasian woman, approximately 5 foot 4 inches to 5 foot 6 inches tall. She was seen wearing a large dark green and yellow winter coat with the hood up, a pair of dark baggy pants, a pair of dark shoes, a black brimmed baseball cap with white lettering, a pair of sunglasses, while carrying a black re-usable grocery bag with the phrase Just COZY, written on it.

If you can identify the suspect or you have any information that may assist police you are asked to contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED

Police seek witness

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

n March 7, 2020 Richmond RCMP were contacted after a man was brought to a local area hospital with a significant head wound. The man was allegedly attacked by a group of individuals right in front of a restaurant located at 5300 No 3 Road.

 

“Investigators know there were other people in the area at the time of the assault and are asking anyone who may have witnessed it to contact police”, says Corporal Adriana Peralta.

 

It appears this was a targeted attack. The victim remains in hospital in stable condition.

 

The suspects left Southbound from the mall parking lot in two vehicles.

 

Richmond Watch General Investigation Section has conduct of the investigation. 

 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED

Several arrests at two residences

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP are informing the public of the investigation of a shooting which took place at a residence in Whalley.
 

On March 6, 2020, at 10 am, police responded to a residence in the 10800-block of 139A Street after receiving a report of possible shots fired at approximately 2:30 am. Attending officers were able to confirm a firearm had been discharged and have subsequently taken several individuals into custody from the two associated residences.
 

The area around the residences may remain closed off for some time as the investigation continues.

 

While this investigation is still in its early stages police do not believe there is any continued threat to public safety. Initial indications are that this incident stems from an on-going dispute between parties known to one another.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-34914.

 

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEMI TRUCK SAFETY BLITZ

Cops arrest one for drunk driving, cite several others

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

n the heels of a commercial vehicle enforcement blitz, Surrey RCMP have taken a commercial vehicle driver off the road after he was found driving while impaired.

 

On March 4, 2020, just before midnight, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services were patrolling near Fraser Highway at 160 Street in the Cloverdale area, and noticed a semi truck that was driving without its headlights on. A traffic stop was conducted and the 35 year-old male driver was found to be impaired while operating the truck. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and the truck was impounded for 30 days.

 

This incident follows shortly after a significant commercial vehicle enforcement blitz by the Surrey RCMP and various law enforcement partners that resulted in the inspection of 33 commercial vehicles, where 9 vehicles were fully removed from the road and 11 were cited for various defective conditions.

 

“To find this impaired commercial vehicle operator, as well as a large number of mechanical violations is concerning,” says Sgt David CHU, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “Commercial vehicle inspections and sobriety checks for all operators of conveyances such as taxis, buses and commercial vehicles may be conducted at any time. We will continue our enforcement actions to make our roads safer for all.”

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

EXPLOSION AT DRUG LAB

Organozed Crime Unit takes over investigation

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

hortly before 2:30 pm on March 4, 2020, frontline Richmond RCMP officers responded to the 6900 block of Elmbridge Way to assist Richmond-Fire Rescue with a structure fire at a building complex.

After the fire was extinguished, evidence surfaced that the origins may have been a clandestine drug laboratory.

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man from Richmond and is known to police.

The Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation with assistance from the BC RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team.

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and quote police file # 2020-6951.

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

FIVE FOR FIVE

Police arrest five men at five different raid for assortment of guns, cash and drugs

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

he Trail and Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed multiple drug search warrants simultaneously across the City of Trail on Wednesday, in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation into drug trafficking.

On March 4, 2020 dozens of police officers, from across the West Kootenay region, simultaneously descended upon five separate properties to execute, as many, search warrants obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). A total of five individuals, all men, were taken into police custody as a result of the coordinated warrant executions.

The judicial authorizations have so far yielded undisclosed amounts of suspected cocaine in various forms, cannabis, large quantities of cash, items consistent with the trafficking of illicit drugs, handguns, rifles, shotguns and as many as 7 motor vehicles.

The execution of the search warrants was the CRU investigative team’s next steps, who are committed to dismantling what they believe to be a sophisticated drug trafficking group operating in the Kootenay region, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.
The Trail and Greater District RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and frontline officers will continue to take actions in an effort to reduce the supply of deadly illicit drugs being trafficked in the community.

The RCMP Crime Reduction Unit was supported by frontline officers from each the Trail, Castlegar, the Kootenay Boundary Regional and Nelson detachments, along with officers from RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services, the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment General Investigation Section (GIS) and Cranbrook Forensic Identification Services (FIS), adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Four of the five men were held in police custody throughout the day, they were expected to be released on strict conditions, set to make their first appearance in court at a later date.

32-year-old John Allan Schubert of Warfield has now been formally charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He has been remanded into police custody and is expected to appear in Rossland Law Courts on March 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Once the investigation is complete, the RCMP will forward all its findings to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for further charge assessment.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

POLICE ARREST BOLD THIEF

Residents asleep while home ransacked

SGT JUDY BIRD

n Sunday March 1, 2020 at 5:25 am, Abbotsford Police Patrol officers responded to Ashley Way for a report of a residential break and enter. The residents of this home woke up early to find their house had been ransacked overnight as they slept upstairs.  Personal items, including wallets, bank cards, electronics and cell phones were stolen. 

Within five minutes of their arrival at the scene, officers tracked down and located a suspect who had in his possession all the property stolen from the Ashley Way break-in. 

Abbotsford resident, 22-year-old Ryan Michael GILLANDERS has been charged with Break and Enter, and Possession of Stolen Property.  GILLANDERS has been released with conditions after appearing in court; his next court appearance is later this month.

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

NEFARIOUS MISCREANTS NAILED

Police arrest pair of Break and Enter artists

CPL ELENORE STURKO

atrick Kensick and Ashley Smith of Surrey are facing multiple charges after a property crime spree which included a break and enter at a Vancouver residence.

On February 29, 2020, officers from the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) were in Vancouver as part of an investigation targeting multi-jurisdictional property crime.

During the course of an active stolen vehicle investigation, KENSICK and SMITH were observed operating a stolen vehicle which was used to facilitate a residential break and enter in Vancouver. Upon their return back into Surrey, the PCTT team arrested both Kensick and Smith, without incident and seized evidence located in the vehicle.
Surrey RCMP is working with Vancouver police collaboratively to investigate the break and enter incident.

Patrick Kensick and Ashley Smith are facing several charges related to the stolen vehicle and the break and enter in Vancouver. Kensick and Smith are both known to police.

Patrick Kensick has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, and breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Ashley Smith has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, and breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence, possession of stolen identification and credit card information.

“Individuals engaged in property crimes will often strike multiple jurisdictions,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Surrey RCMP. “Our Property Crime Target Team works collaboratively with other police agencies to target prolific offenders, improving safety across the Lower Mainland.” 

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

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

HIT AND RUN DRIVER

Closed circuit or dash cam video sought

SGT JUDY BIRD

ast night at 6:19 pm, Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Cannon Ave and McDougall Ave. A dark pick-up truck struck a 64-year-old Abbotsford resident who was walking in the crosswalk. The truck was last seen southbound on McCallum Road. 

The pedestrian was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Abbotsford Police Department are asking for the driver of the vehicle to do the right thing and come forward to speak with investigators.

Police are seeking witnesses, CCTV footage and dashcam footage to help identify the driver and vehicle involved in this hit-and-run.  The suspect vehicle description is limited; described as a dark colored pick-up truck with a canopy, with the letters “AZ” in the license plate- which may have been an out-of-province license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text the department at 22973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

 

  THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SENIOR SCAMMED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

Mounties' tips to staying safe and keeping your money out of crook's hands

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

trusting, 71-year-old new Canadian from Coquitlam has been stripped of tens of thousands of dollars by a criminal. As part of Fraud Prevention Month, Mounties are hoping that you will help tell this story and prevent another person being victimized.

Scammers are targeting a small, vulnerable percentage of our population with high-pressure scare tactics, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Criminals are counting on our collective silence. Only by educating our community can we help stop these crimes.

On March 1, 2020, this most recent victim got a phone call from ‘corporate security’ at a Canadian bank who told her that her credit card was ‘compromised.’ In order to ‘recover the money’ she was pressured into purchasing over $16,000 in gift cards at three different stores. Once the numbers for those cards were shared over the phone, the money was essentially gone.

For many scams, the best defence is to verify. If it’s a legitimate call from the bank or the government, you’ll be able to hang up, talk to a trusted friend, then look up the bank’s number yourself and call them back, says Corporal McLaughlin. And this is crucial: banks and government agencies will never, ever request payment in gift cards, Bitcoin or any form of online or virtual credit.

Bank security scam is number 1 on the Coquitlam RCMP’s top 5 most concerning scams. Best defence: Hang up and verify. You will never be able to ‘help’ a real bank, or be able to pay your bank bills, with gift cards.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam: You get a call from the ‘CRA’ (or any government agency) saying you owe tax and you’ll be arrested if you don’t send money right now, usually using a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) machine. Best defence: Hang up. You can’t be arrested by CRA or any other government agency for debt. Nor can you pay government bills with Bitcoin.

Wallet theft fraud: Leaving your wallet or purse in your car, your shopping cart, or your locker creates an opportunity for scammers. They will quickly use your credit cards to rack up purchases before you realize they’re missing. Best defence: Never leave your wallet or purse in your car or unattended. Carry only the cards you need, and never carry your SIN card.

Online job scam: You’ve posted a resume online. Now, a ‘boss’ wants you to deposit a large cheque, keep a ‘commission’, and send the bulk to the ‘boss.’ When the cheque bounces days later, you owe the bank the whole cheque. Best defence: Never deposit a cheque on behalf of another person.

Publisher’s Clearing House Scam: You’ve won a prize! All you need to do is pay a ‘tax’ before you get your winnings. Best defence: You don’t pay taxes on lottery winnings. More importantly, you cannot win a contest you didn’t enter.

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SCOUT LEADER BUSTED FOR CHILD PORN

Investigation into tech, 57, online activates leads to charges

CPL ELENORE STURKO, Linked In photo

 

he Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) is informing the public of an investigation which has resulted in charges against a 57-year-old Surrey resident.

Edward Johannas Vandeyck has been charged with accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began on September 26, 2019, as a result of a proactive police investigation which identified an individual who was making child pornography available on the internet. The investigation progressed and culminated in a search a warrant which was executed on December 5, 2019, at a residence in South Surrey. Charges were sworn against Edward Vandeyck on February 28, 2020.

Edward Vandeyck has been in a position of trust, and has been in direct contact with children in the community as a result of his affiliation with Scouts Canada.


This information is being released in the interest of public safety and to encourage anyone who may have information which could assist this investigation to contact investigators by calling 604-599-0502.

Surrey RCMP is the only detachment in British Columbia with its own RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit. This team of trained investigators is dedicated to protecting children from harm and vigorously pursuing those who access, distribute, or create child pornography.

 

 

  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 

IIOC RCMP

 

COPS ROUND UP JUMPING JACK

Non-Lethal shotgun used to slow suspect down, IIOC investigates its own

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP and Abbotsford Police have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Chilliwack which has resulted in injuries to one man.

On March 2, 2020, just after 10 p.m. Chilliwack RCMP and Abbotsford Police officers, who working together on a joint enforcement initiative, learned there was a person wanted on several warrants at an apartment in the 9200-block of Mary Street, Chilliwack.

 

While officers were positioning outside the building the suspect male allegedly fled from one balcony and broke into a second unit.

 

Officers tracked the man to a third floor balcony, where the police dog was deployed. The man allegedly assaulted the police dog before an altercation occurred between him and arresting officers.  Shots from a less lethal shotgun were fired, striking the suspect. He was arrested on a first floor balcony after reportedly jumping from the third floor.

 

During the course of the incident the man suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to hospital for treatment.

 

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

 

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC.

 

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HELLO YOU'RE BUSTED

Driver pulled over for distracted driving leads to stash of drugs and counterfeit cash

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

recent traffic stop by Surrey RCMP officers has led to the seizure of drugs, counterfeit cash and the arrest of two individuals.

 

On February 27, 2020, at 3:00 pm, officers from the Surrey RCMP Traffic Enforcement Team were conducting distracted driving enforcement at 152 Street and Fraser Highway. The driver of a Nissan Sentra was pulled over for allegedly using a cell phone while driving. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed a passenger attempting to conceal items while another passenger ran away.

 

A subsequent search of the vehicle located numerous items consistent with drug trafficking, including: suspected methamphetamines packaged for street resale, suspected Codeine tablets, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of counterfeit Canadian currency. The vehicle was seized as offence-related property. The driver and one passenger were arrested, and the search for the third occupant of the vehicle is still ongoing. The investigation continues and charges have not yet been laid.

 

“When our officers conduct traffic enforcement, they are not only looking for Motor Vehicle Act violations like distracted driving or speeding,” says Sergeant Ian MacLellan, Surrey RCMP. “Traffic enforcement plays a key role in identifying and disrupting those involved in criminal activity and drug trafficking.”

 

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

CLINTON RCMP

 

CAR THIEF STEALS IDLING CAR

Off-duty cop gives chase, spike belt used

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

n off-duty RCMP officer visiting the BC southern interior from the Lower Mainland jumped into action to provide assistance to a vehicle owner in distress after the man’s passenger car was taken, after it was left idling outside a gas station.

On February 26, 2020 just prior to 8 p.m., an off-duty Burnaby RCMP Staff Sergeant stopped in to a gas station in the Cache Creek area when he observed a man frantically chasing his silver Kia Rio on foot, as it was reportedly being driven away by a car thief. The suspect fled the immediate area, north bound towards Clinton. The off-duty officer followed the freshly stolen vehicle and provided vital updates to police dispatchers operating out of the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre, who relayed that information to responding frontline officers.

The suspect was allegedly observed driving in a dangerous manner, at times travelling in the on-coming lanes of the highway. A tire deflation device was effectively deployed by Clinton RCMP officers who managed to apprehend the suspect without further incident after the car slowed to a stop.

RCMP officers not only work and live, but often travel through communities across our beautiful province. This is just one example of how we are always ready to respond to emergencies, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The off-duty officer’s situational awareness, and collaboration with our police dispatchers and Clinton RCMP officers resulted in the safe arrest during a situation which had the potential to harm someone.

A 34-year-old Williams Lake man now faces potential criminal charges. He was held in police custody overnight and later released, expected to make his first appearance in court on April 30, 2020.

It was just 10 days prior, when Ascroft RCMP and Clinton RCMP worked together and were forced to deploy a spike belt to halt another dangerous driver.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

CLINTON RCMP

 

ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY

RCMP investiate after K9 bites B&E suspect

IIOC

CMP reported that on February 23, 2020, just before 5:00 pm, officers were called to a residence for a possible break and enter in progress.

As a result of the police attendance, a male was arrested. During that arrest the male was injured as a result of receiving a police dog bite that required surgery to repair.

The IIO was notified, commenced an investigation and having clarified the extent of the injury will continue to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions may have played into the serious harm of the male.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

IIOC RCMP

 

ASSAULT SUSPECT TAKEN TO CGH

Man has been released into the community

IIOC

 

he Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is investigating a police-involved incident in Chilliwack.

On February 12, 2020 at approximately 7:45 pm, Chilliwack RCMP took a man suspected of assault into custody from Chilliwack General Hospital. He was cleared medically, released to officers and transported to Chilliwack detachment cells.

On February 13 at approximately 7:30 am, a guard reported the man in medical distress. Emergency Health Services was called and the man was taken back to Chilliwack General Hospital. He has since been released.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

FRASER VALLEY TRAFFIC SERVICES

 

COP CAR STOLEN

Suspect followed through 3 districts

FVTS

 

hat started as a routine traffic stop on Highway 1 near Bradner Road in Abbotsford has ended in West Vancouver on the Capilano River Bridge with a wanted man in custody.

Just after 1 p.m. this afternoon, an officer from the Fraser Valley Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop with vehicle bearing Ontario licence plates, for not having insurance, on Highway 1, near Bradner Road in Abbotsford. Identification checks on the driver determined he was wanted on 6 warrants from another province.

When the officer attempted to take the man into a custody, the driver allegedly assaulted the officer and an altercation ensued, resulting in the driver taking the officer’s police vehicle keys and fleeing the scene in a small black car.

Officers seamlessly communicated the vehicle’s position from policing agency to policing agency as it travelled through several Lower Mainland communities. Officers followed the vehicle from a distance while seeking opportunities with partnering police to stop the vehicle safely.

When traffic slowed to a near stop on the Capilano River Bridge in West Vancouver, a police officer from the Vancouver Police and an officer from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service stopped the vehicle. With assistance from a West Vancouver police officer, the man was taken into custody.

“A call like this really demonstrates the ability of policing agencies across the Lower Mainland to work together to thwart criminals and ensure public safety,” states Inspector Todd Balaban of E Division Traffic Services. "Thankfully, our officer suffered only minor injuries, it also goes to show there really are no routine traffic stops, or calls.”

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: BANK ROBBER

Suspect fled with cash

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public to help identify a suspect in a robbery which occurred at a bank in the Fleetwood area.
 

At approximately 12:00 pm on February 8, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to the report of a robbery at a bank located in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway. The unidentified male suspect entered the bank, advised bank employees that he had a weapon and demanded cash. A sum of cash was provided to the suspect, who subsequently fled.


The suspect is described as a black male, between 25-30 years old, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build (see attached photos).


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

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

PRINTED PLATE AMUSES COPS

Paper licence plate peeled off after accident, couple sought

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

nknown couple in Port Coquitlam. May have access to a colour photocopier. Last seen driving a grey 2005 Nissan Altima with a paper Alberta licence plate.

Coquitlam RCMP would like to speak to a man and woman who were involved in a single-vehicle collision on January 8, 2020, at about 8:20 p.m. on the Mary Hill Bypass near Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam. The couple’s car had crashed because it lost a wheel. When police officers arrived on scene, they found one of the worst licence plate forgeries they had ever seen hidden under a licence plate cover.

One reason that licence plate covers are illegal in BC is that they are often used to obscure what’s underneath, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. At first blush this licence plate is terribly funny, but there are serious consequences. People with forged plates are often driving with no insurance, or their vehicles are not roadworthy, or both. That’s both unsafe and unfair to other road users who follow the rules and pay their premiums.

The couple involved in the collision quickly left the scene when police arrived. The car has been seized for disposal.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE IS A KILLER

Cold Case information updated

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

oquitlam RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are hoping that crucial new details provided by a facial reconstruction could be the key to identifying a man who was found dead 22 years ago.

The unidentified man’s body was discovered July 2, 1998, in a heavily-wooded area near the Port Coquitlam Cemetery in the 4100 block of Oxford Street.

A composite drawing was made in 1998, but it was complicated because the man had been dead between 2 and 10 years, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. The New York Academy of Art has used 3D printing and modern facial reconstruction techniques to generate what we hope is a more accurate representation. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from the sketch. We’re hoping the update will help trigger someone’s memory and get this man back to his family.

Some of the man’s confirmed details include:

• Age: Between 35 to 49-years-old when he died,

• Height: Between (5’6 to 5’10 (167 cm and 178 cm) tall, 

• Ethnicity: Unknown,

• Bad teeth: A missing upper front tooth and generally bad tooth decay,

• A healed broken nose: It may have appeared slightly lopsided or crooked,

• Osgood Schlatter disease: A condition commonly developed in young people who play sports. It appeared as a bump on the shin below this man’s left knee.

Details from this investigation can be found on Canada’s Missing. Other information is available on the BC Coroners Service’s Unidentified Human Remains Viewer (case# 1998-0215-0092/98-63).

This cold case is among the 14 unidentified human remains investigations from British Columbia featured earlier this year in a collaborative partnership that involved the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and students from the New York Academy of Art.

The BC Coroners Service provided the RCMP with skulls from 14 investigations dating back to 1972. The skulls were recreated with 3D printing by the National Research Council (NRC) and transported to the New York Academy of Art.

Anyone who has information that may help identify this man is asked to contact either the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1-877-660-5077 (bccs.siu@gov.bc.ca).

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

 

This skull reconstruction was completed by students at the New York Academy of Art. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from a composite sketch released in 1998.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD RCMP

 

NOTHING TO BRAGG ABOUT

Wanted: Travis Nigel Bragg

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

 

bbotsford Police ask public’s assistance to locate WANTED person Travis Nigel BRAGG

Travis Nigel BRAGG, 25 years old, is WANTED for:

• Assaulting a peace officer with a weapon

• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Flight from Peace Officer
• Possession of property obtained by crime (license plates).

On January 23, 2020, while patrolling on Hillcrest Ave, officers recognized a dark Ford F-150 parked in a backyard. It was believed that this truck had been involved in a theft earlier the same day. Officers observed the vehicle drive away from the property, but when they attempted to pull the truck over, the driver revved the engine, rammed an on-coming police car and fled at a high rate of speed.

At the time of this incident, BRAGG was subject to various court conditions, including house arrest and a prohibition on occupying the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle.

Travis BRAGG is 25-years-old, stands 6’1” and weighs approximately180 lbs. BRAGG has short brown hair and brown eyes.

If you see BRAGG, do not approach: CALL 9-1-1.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 604-859-5225, text 222973, or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

100 MILE HOUSE BC

 

HUGE THEFT RING SHUT DOWN

Mounties retrieve $80,000 in stolen items, looking for owners

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Part of the huge stash.

large cache of stolen property has been recovered as a result of an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT).

 

The seizure of stolen property, worth in excess of $80,000, began as an investigation by Surrey RCMP Frontline Officers into a residential break and enter on February 11, 2020, in Newton. Property from that break and enter was later located for sale on the LetGo marketplace app.

 

The PCTT took conduct of the investigation and were able to advance the investigation which culminated in the execution of search warrants at two properties in Newton, a residence and a storage locker.

 

At these properties, Surrey RCMP located three further individuals – one was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and another was arrested for being in breach of his Probation Order.

 

During the investigation police located and seized a large quantity of stolen property which included:

• Forty high-end bicycles, valued at over $80,000 combined

• A large quantity of power tools

• Several pellet guns

• Two conducted energy weapons (stun batons)

• Two firearms with ammunition

Investigators have already returned some of the recovered property to its rightful owners, and are currently undertaking an extensive search to locate the owners of the remaining property while the investigation continues. No charges have been laid at this time. 

 

“With this investigation, we have been able to disrupt an organized group who are suspected of trafficking stolen property,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, Surrey RCMP. “We encourage everyone to record the serial numbers of their property so in the event it is stolen and recovered, police can return it to you.”

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

100 MILE HOUSE BC

 

ANNIE OAKLEY RAMS COP CAR

Woman was eventually stopped by a spike belt

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

100 Mile House woman, wanted on multiple warrants for her arrest, now faces a number of new criminal charges for crimes she allegedly committed in communities across the southern interior of British Columbia.

On February 16, 2020, at approx. 10 p.m., Ascroft RCMP was alerted to a suspect vehicle reportedly associated to fuel thefts in the District of Logan Lake, last seen travelling towards its area of jurisdiction. The suspect silver Honda Civic hatchback was spotted by a officer along Highway 97C near Mesa Vista Drive.

An attempt was made to stop the suspect vehicle, which left the highway and eventually entered into a residential driveway in an effort to evade police. With no other alternate exits, the officer positioned his police vehicle in an attempt block the suspect’s only escape route. The suspect allegedly accelerated towards and collided with the fully marked police vehicle, becoming wedged between the RCMP cruiser and another unoccupied vehicle parked in the driveway.

The officer emerged from his damaged cruiser and ordered the female suspect out of her vehicle, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The woman ignored the officer’s commands and continued to accelerate in an attempt to push through the blockade. She eventually turned off the vehicles ignition, but when the officer went to reposition, she re-started her engine, suddenly reversed and accelerated towards the police officer and crashed through the blockage.

It is very fortunate that our officer managed to jump onto the hood of his cruiser, and wasn’t seriously injured in the confrontation, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

The suspect returned to the highway, where she continued north towards the Village of Clinton. Frontline RCMP officers in Clinton were forced to deploy a spike belt at the edge of town. The effective deployment of the spike belt aided in the eventual safe capture of the suspect.

44-year-old Diane Carol Priester, of 100 Mile House, was held in police custody overnight. She was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and 100 Mile House. She has now been formally charged by the BC Prosecution Service with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, assault a police officer with a weapon, resist or obstruct a peace officer, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument and 2 counts of breach of a release order in connection to last night’s incident. She is expect to appear in Kamloops Law Courts next on February 20, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

KIMBERLY BC

 

DAIRY QUEEN ROBBER LOSES CROWN

Woman, 58, arrested

COL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

CMP in the Columbia Valley are pleased to share that as a result of collaborative investigative efforts, combined with information received from the general public, a suspect has since been identified and arrested, in connection to Wednesday’s armed robbery.

On February 14, 2020 Columbia Valley RCMP officers travelled to Kimberley B.C. where they tracked down and arrested a 58-year-old Kimberley woman, identified as the suspect allegedly responsible for the robbery of the Dairy Queen in Invermere. Kimberley RCMP assisted in both the criminal investigation and the woman’s arrest, which was without incident.

The Columbia Valley RCMP wish to extend their thanks to all those who aided in their investigation, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District.

The woman faces a number of potential charges as a result of the incident. She has since been released on strict conditions and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

THEY'RE BACK! SENIORS TARGETED

Abby cops warn of "distraction thefts"

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

he Abbotsford Police are once again warning our community to be aware of a group of distraction thieves that are back in town.  While they continue to use distraction techniques, police are very concerned that there has been a recent escalation in their violence.

 

The thieves, usually female, will target elderly pedestrians.  Their intent is to steal jewellery and will do so by making physical contact with the unknowing victim to convince them to try on jewelry and then swap out with fake jewelry, a sleight of hand maneuver or most recently, using violence. 

 

On February 10, in the late morning hours, an elderly woman was walking on Cardinal Avenue, when a grey vehicle pulled up behind her.  A female suspect exited the vehicle, pushed the victim down, taking a gold chain from her neck and fled in the vehicle. 

 

On February 14, in the late morning hours, an elderly woman was walking on Crestview Ave, when a white car pulled up, and a female suspect exited the vehicle and approached her.  The suspect began speaking and put her hand on the victim’s forehead and neck, but the victim did not understand what she was saying, as she did not speak English.  The suspect got back in the car, at which time the victim realized that her necklace was missing. 

 

There appears to be more than one suspect involved, and therefore, difficult to provide a distinct description.

 

The Abbotsford Police remind our citizens to talk to their family members and be cognizant of those around you, making sure you do not allow strangers into their personal space.  Should you be approached by anyone who tries to offer jewellery or place jewelry on them, tell them to stay away and please call your local police agency through 9-1-1. 

 

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

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

COPS BUST COUNTERFEIT RING

Thousands found after investigation

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

counterfeit currency ring has been located and dismantled and multiple suspects have been charged as a result of an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit.
 

The investigation began on January 8, 2020, after Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to numerous reports stating that counterfeit American currency (US dollars) had been used at various businesses in the Newton area. The amount of counterfeit currency that had been circulated in the community was over $5,000 USD.

 

The Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) in Newton took conduct, and advanced the investigation which culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 7600-block of 134A Street on January 23, 2020.

 

During this investigation, police have seized a further $12,000 in counterfeit US currency, $120 in counterfeit Canadian currency, equipment that had been used to produce counterfeit currency, as well as numerous knives and replica firearms.

 

Kaymen Winter, 25, has been charged with Uttering Counterfeit Currency, Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Instruments Used in Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, two counts of Possession of Prohibited Weapons, and three counts of Possession of a Forged Document.

 

Tassie Winter, 25, has been charged with six counts of Uttering Counterfeit Currency, Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Instruments Used in Making Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, and Possession of Credit Card Data.

 

Mitchell Coubrough, 32, has been charged with two counts of Possession of Counterfeit Currency, and Possession of Credit Card Data.

 

Terita Herbert, 33, has been charged with Possession of Counterfeit Currency.

 

“Counterfeit currency can be particularly harmful to small independent business owners,” says Corporal David Amerlinck, Surrey RCMP. “The victims of this type of fraud often find themselves paying out of pocket for the financial losses. It’s affecting their business, but in many cases they are affected personally as well.”

 

Although charges have been laid, the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

LANGLEY RCMP

 

MAN DIES AFTER GANG HIT

IHIT seeks information on Feb 7 shooting

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n February 7, 2020 at around 9:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP responded to reports of shots fired at the parking lot of the Langley Crossing Shopping Center at 6339 200 Street. Ravinder Singh Sandhu, 42-years-old, was found shot inside his vehicle by first responders. He was transported to hospital where he remained in critical condition until just recently, when he died of his injuries.     

 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. Investigators are looking to speak with any witnesses who have yet to come forward and requesting dash cam video from anyone who was travelling in and around the area, before and after the shooting.

 

Mr. Sandhu was known to police and his murder is believed to be a targeted incident. 

 

“We share the community’s concern over this shooting in a public place that left one man dead and placed other lives at risk,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We also share the community’s fervor to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice and call on anyone who can help us do so to come forward.” 

 

“It is unfortunate that a second brazen homicide has occurred here in Langley. The level of risk to the community is unacceptable and it is extremely concerning for me, as it must be for Langley residents, that this happened again outside a busy restaurant with young kids nearby,” says Superintendent Murray Power, Officer-in-Charge of Langley Detachment. “Members of the Langley Detachment work collectively with our partners across the region to mitigate violent crime and ensure all intelligence is shared. If anyone has information about this murder, I would urge them to call IHIT investigators. We cannot be complacent.”

 

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, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

RESTAURANT ROBBER

Cops look to community to ID suspect

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect from an incident that occurred last year in July.

 

On July 9, 2019, at 4:40 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a restaurant in the 12800-block of 76 Avenue, in the Newton area. The male suspect allegedly took cash from the register by force, as well as a donation box with cash inside.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 25-27 years-old, 5’6” tall, with a medium build.

 

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

 

For tips on how businesses can reduce the chance of robbery, visit the Surrey RCMP website.

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

FORT ST JOHN RCMP

 

STOLEN HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT LOCATED

Two men blocked on road by fellow truckers and sniffed out in the woods by K9 later

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

he combined efforts of commercial drivers along Highway 29 North, and a coordinated response from multiple RCMP detachments led to the recovery of a stolen piece of heavy equipment and the eventual arrest of two suspects.

On February 12, 2020 just before 8 p.m., Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a traffic incident unfolding at the intersection of Highway 29 North and Farrell Creek Road. Police were told that a white Ford 1-tonne truck had been spotted travelling southbound from Wonowon towards Hudson’s Hope, towing a black flat deck trailer carrying a yellow skid steer. Police also learned that the skid steer had been reported as stolen from the Fort Nelson area the night prior.

Using CB radio channels, the complainant solicited the assistance of commercial water tanker truck drivers in the area, who fully blocked the lanes of the highway at Farrell Creek Road. It is believed that the suspect vehicle attempted to proceed through the ditch around the improvised blockade, but became stuck.

It was at this point that the two male occupants exited the pickup truck, brandished a rifle at the bystanders and eventually fled on foot into the woods, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.

Frontline officers responded from Fort St. John and Chetwynd to assist Hudson’s Hope RCMP alongside Police Dog Services to assist in the search for the suspects, believed to be armed. An area of containment was established and the highway was shut down for public safety reasons, due to a firearm being involved, states RCMP Cpl. O’Donaghey. We’d like to thank all those who were impacted by this closure for their patience and understanding, he adds.

Shortly after 10 p.m. one of the two men surrendered to police. The 36-year-old Quesnel man was held in police custody overnight. Despite their efforts the second suspect was not located.

Earlier this morning, the second suspect was located and taken into police custody without further incident. The 42-year-old Williams Lake man, who spent several hours exposed to the elements, remains in police custody at this time. Both men face a number of potential property, firearms and drug related charges.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Person robbed at ATM

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect from an incident that occurred in January.

 

On January 26, 2020, at 5:20 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located in the 13600-block of 72 Avenue, in the Newton area. The male suspect allegedly assaulted a man who had just withdrawn funds from the ATM and stole the cash.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian man, approximately 35 years-old, with a trimmed beard, and muscular build. The suspect was wearing a blue and white jacket, and has a large tattoo on his left shoulder (Please see attached photos).

 

“We are asking for your help in identifying this individual so that we can further our investigation,” says Corporal Steve Lachapelle, Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. “We are very grateful for the valuable information supplied by the public in other recent investigations, and are hoping that someone will recognize this suspect.”

 

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

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

INVEMERE RCMP

 

I'M YOUR ICE CREAM WOMAN, COOKIE DOUGH PLEASE

Police look to ID suspect in caper

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP is releasing images of an unknown suspect captured on video surveillance, in an effort to further an investigation into a robbery of a local restaurant carried out Wednesday evening in Invermere.

On February 12, 2020 shortly after 8 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a robbery just committed at the Dairy Queen located in Invermere. Investigators have determined that the lone female suspect entered the restaurant brandishing a hammer, while demanding cash.

That suspect exited from the restaurant, with an undisclosed amount of currency, to a nearby location where she entered into a small passenger car and fled the area, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

The suspect has been described to police as a Caucasian female, approximately 50-55 years of age, of medium to heavy build, with long blonde hair. She was seen on video surveillance wearing all dark clothing, dark running shoes, carrying a hammer and wrapped herself with a large yellow blanket.

The employees are being offered support by RCMP Victim Services. Thankfully no one was injured during this incident, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with any additional information is urged to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment at 250-342-9292. Or if you wish to remain completely anonymous you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with your tip information.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

NEW DRIVER DRUNK IN MIDDLE OF LESSON

Man failed sobriety test in roadside check

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

n February 2, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., a Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Enforcement officer who stopped a car for running a stop sign got more than he expected.

The 44-year-old Coquitlam man who was driving, and who subsequently failed a roadside sobriety test, was a driving student who was in the middle of a lesson.

This may be a funny story, but we’re serious about keeping our community safe, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. It also shows why traffic stops are one of the most unpredictable things you can do as a police officer. Neither the driving student nor the instructor did their due diligence to be safe on the road. Our officer made sure to deliver immediate consequences.

The student had his learner’s licence suspended for 90 days and received a ticket for failing to stop for the stop sign. The driving instructor had his car impounded for 30 days. Both the driver and the driving school could face a review from ICBC.

Driving schools are one of the best ways to learn defensive driving, but there are some best practices:

Students:

• Research the driving school and get the best school you can afford,

• Know your driving materials and the rules of the road,

• Always have your licence and identification with you while driving,

• Only drive while well-rested, sober and totally focussed on driving (no cell phones or other distractions).

Driving instructors:

• Know your materials, keep your certification and licencing current, 

• Keep your vehicle in good repair,

• Carefully evaluate your students at all times. If they are not safe to drive, don’t let them on the road

• Teach defensive driving and driving skills. Don’t just teach to ‘pass the test.’

The instructors, students and the people who pay for lessons should all be doing due diligence, says Corporal McLaughlin. It’s not often we tow a car with two steering wheels, but impaired is impaired. Everyone must be safe on the road.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE THEIR OWN AFTER WOMAN FOUND DEAD    

Vehicle fire linked to death

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

CMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in North Vancouver which has resulted in a woman’s death in Squamish.

On February 9, just after 9:30 a.m., North Vancouver RCMP officers arrested a woman at a North Vancouver residence after she allegedly had threatened a person known to her. The woman was transported to the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment where she was processed and released with a future court date.

On February 10 at 7:15 a.m., Squamish RCMP received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Sunset Drive, Lions Bay. Upon arrival, officers found the same woman dead at the scene.

IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the woman’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, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

MAN ARRESTED TRYING DOOR HANDLES ON CARS    

Suspected wanted on Canada-wide warrants for credit card fraud

CPL DENNIS HWANG

 

n February 6, 2020, Richmond RCMP Strike Force were conducting targeted enforcement for theft from autos in the Richmond core when they observed a male allegedly trying door handles on multiple parked cars.  Richmond Strike Force acted quickly and took the male into custody.

 

The male was identified as Coleton SZALAY. SZALAY had a Canada-wide warrant stemming from a robbery out of Vancouver as well as a warrant for Theft Under $5000 out of Richmond. In addition, two new charges have been laid against SZALAY for possession of credit card data and possession of stolen property under $5000.00.

 

SZALAY has been remanded and remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 10, 2020.

 

“We are actively out there targeting people who are attempting to commit crimes in Richmond” says Corporal Tibor Paldy of Richmond RCMP Strike Force Team 2, “They won’t see us coming but we are there ready to pounce”.


The mandate of Strike Force includes conducting proactive enforcement activities to address crime through project-based policing and proactive policing strategies.

 

While Richmond RCMP Strike Force and other units are actively out there targeting individuals allegedly committing crimes, assistance from the public is also needed.  Richmond RCMP wants to remind the public to not leave anything in their vehicles. Whether running in for a quick 5-minute stop or grabbing lunch, it just takes seconds for a car to be broken into. 

 

“We regularly see wallets, electronics, back packs and other valuables left in cars”, says Cpl. Paldy, “By always taking these items with you, we can eliminate the ability for these opportunistic criminals to operate in Richmond”.

 

If you or anyone you know has had their vehicle broken into in Richmond you can report it either by calling the non-emergency line at 604-278-1212 or through our online crime reporting tool.

 

 

  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 

MERRITT RCMP

 

MISSING MAN FOUND IN DOWN PLANE    

Pilot, 60, taken to hospital with unknown injuries

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

missing person report led police to the discovery of a plane wreck on the runway of the Merritt Airport early Monday morning.

On February 10, 2020 at 12:14 a.m. RCMP received a report of a missing person. The initial investigation led a frontline officer to the Merritt Airport where he discovered the wreckage of a small white and green plane on the tarmac.

The officer located the missing man entrapped inside the single occupant aircraft and immediately called upon the Merritt Fire Department and BC Emergency Health Services for their assistance.

Emergency crews extricated the pilot, a Merritt man in his 60’s, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries by BC Emergency Health Services. His current condition is unknown.

RCMP has notified Transportation Safety Board officials of the aviation incident.

The investigation into what factors led to this incident is in its very early stages, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. RCMP will continue to support the Transportation Safety Board who is also investigating.

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

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

NORTH VAN RCMP

 

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT    

Vandal strikes North Van cop shop

SGT PETER DEVRIES

orth Vancouver RCMP are looking for a suspect who vandalized the Detachment building this morning and are pleading with the responsible party to turn themselves in.

"This morning at approximately 9:00 AM, a suspect was positioned somewhere above one of our entrance doors," said Sgt. Peter DeVries, with North Vancouver RCMP. "The suspect appears to have dropped something hard, possibly a nut, in an attempt to crack it open. The glass above the entrance was shattered, and the suspect immediately fled the scene. We are asking that suspect to come forward. Do the right thing and take responsibility for what you've done."

Officers are upset and a little shaken by the random act of vandalism. "You think the glass is shattered? We're the ones who are shattered," said DeVries. "This is not at all in keeping with the sort of kindness and warmth we always see in the community. It's unsettling."

Police have only a vague description of the suspect:

• feathers
• wings
• beak
• claws

According to investigators, the suspect may bear a resemblance to the following mugshot:

 

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

ANAHIM RCMP

 

BREAK AND ENTER LEADS TO MURDER INVESTIGATION    

Skulduggery among acquaintances

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

 

n Saturday February 1 at 4:56 AM, Anahim Lake RCMP were called to a residence in the 6600-Block of West Street for a report of a possible break and enter in progress. Upon immediate attendance police quickly discovered that there was more happening then initially reported.

The residents were visibly upset and told police that the suspect had come to their home, damaged their vehicle, forced his way into the home and destroyed property within the house. During the course of the investigation police learned that the suspect had used and threatened the victims with a firearm.

The victims recognized the suspect as he is known to them. Police located the suspect at another residence and was arrested without incident.

BC Prosecution Services have charged Maverick Anthony West, 30 years old with attempted murder, robbery, break & enter, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, unlawful possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, assault, mischief and uttering threats.

West has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Wednesday February 12 2020.

This type of crime is not normally seen in our small, tight knit community, said Sgt Scott Clay, NCO i/c Anahim Lake Detachment. The safety of everyone is, and continues to be, our primary focus.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SAW-OFF SHOTGUN FOUND IN HOUSE    

Gun linked to gang activity

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

 

 

he Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team has seized a loaded shotgun and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking following a search warrant at a residence in Guildford.

On January 29, 2020, Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 14800-block of 107A Avenue, related to an unlawful weapons possession investigation. During the investigation police located and seized a loaded shotgun, small amounts of suspected narcotics, along with drug processing and packaging materials consistent with drug trafficking.  An 18-year-old Surrey man, was arrested at the residence and later released.

 

The Surrey Gang Enforcement Team is continuing this investigation; no charges have been laid at this time. 

 

“SGET is continuing to be successful at gathering intelligence on the street and converting it into arrests and firearms seizures,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “Often all it takes is one interaction by our officers or one tip from the public to spark an investigation with an outcome that has a significant impact at street level.”

 

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-13087.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED AGAIN    

Man breached probation conditions

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

46-year-old Surrey man who was the subject of a public interest notification last year has been arrested and charged in Coquitlam.

On May 24, 2019, Surrey RCMP issued a public warning about Earon Wayne Giles, a convicted sex offender who was deemed a high risk to re-offend.

On February 2, 2020, at about 10:15 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP received a call from BC Corrections who advised that Giles was not at his court-approved address in Surrey and was in violation of his curfew. Minutes later, Coquitlam RCMP Frontline officers arrested Giles at a home in the 1300 block of Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Giles was in the company of an adult woman that he knew and was allegedly carrying items that were contrary to his conditions.

On February 3, 2020, the Surrey branch of the BC Prosecution Service approved three counts of breach of a section 810.2 Criminal Code order.

Public safety is always our top responsibility, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. The public needs to know that RCMP detachments work together, and with partners like BC Corrections, to follow through on priority offenders.

Giles was released from custody yesterday afternoon (February 4, 2020) on seven additional conditions including that he must reside at an address in Surrey and abide by electronic monitoring.

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ALLEGED CLINIC SEX ASSAULTS    

RCMP investigate Asian masseuse

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP is advising the public of an on-going investigation of two alleged sexual assaults at a therapeutic clinic in Surrey.

 

The alleged sexual assaults are both reported to have taken place in January, 2020, at the HealthLand Clinic, located at 7128 King George Boulevard in Surrey. In both incidents the victims were allegedly sexually assaulted by an employee while receiving massage treatment.

 

A suspect, who is described as a 48-year-old Asian man was arrested, and has been released pending further investigation. As charges have not been laid the identity of the suspect is not being made public at this time. However, investigators believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward, and so to further the police investigation, the RCMP has disclosed the business location.

 

Healthland Clinic has two locations in the Lower Mainland, one in Surrey, and the other in New Westminster. It is believed that the suspect in these assaults has performed massages at both locations.

 

"Reporting a sexual assault to police can be a very difficult thing to do, as it is a very personal incident," says Constable Richard Wright. "Our investigators take allegations of sexual assault very seriously and work closely with our Victim Services to ensure emotional support is provided throughout the investigation and court processes."

 

Anyone with more information, or who may have been a victim of a similar offence at these clinics is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or New Westminster Police at 604-525-5411.

 

  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

COUPLED THIEVES    

Police seek miscreants

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

bbotsford Police Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify this couple involved in a fraud at the local department store.

On January 25, 2020 at 9:37 pm, the two pictured suspects entered the Superstore located at 2855 Gladwin Road.  They were observed switching tags on numerous items.  The couple proceeded through check-out with the price swapped items.  When the store employee confronted the couple in the parking lot, the male suspect produced a knife and threatened the staff.  The couple left the shopping cart with the merchandise behind and were last seen fleeing the parking lot in a dark colored vehicle

 

  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

One Less Online Thief    

Mounties nab "Let Go" application miscreant

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

A 19-year-old man has been charged with robbery and use of an imitation firearm related to an alleged robbery linked to a popular on-line buy/sell application.

 

The Surrey Robbery Unit began an investigation after police received a report of an alleged robbery which occurred around 6:00 pm on January 11, 2020. In that incident the victim arranged to meet with two individuals in the 11800 block of River Road, who had advertised a cell phone for sale using the “Let Go” app.

 

When the buyer met up with the sellers, they were robbed of their personal property and the money they had brought along for the purchase of the cell phone. Surrey RCMP Frontline officers and the Integrated Police Dog Services (PDS) responded, but were unsuccessful in locating the suspects. The victim was physically unharmed during the incident.

 

Through subsequent investigation, police were able to identify a suspect and on January 30, 2020, Martin Djunga was arrested at a residence in Surrey.

 

Martin Djunga is currently remanded until February 19, 2020, and is facing charges of robbery, the use imitation firearm, and two counts of breach of a release order.

 

The second suspect involved in the incident has not yet been identified. He is described a black male, with short black hair. He was wearing a black or navy blue baseball cap, black sweatshirt and sweat pants at the time of the incident.

 

“We would like to raise the public’s awareness of the risks involved in these types of buy and sell transactions,” says Cpl. Rob Maione. “Even when meeting in a public place, there can be risks in meeting up to exchange cash or high value items with people you are not familiar with.”

 

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-5737

 

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

HOUSTON RCMP

 

KAFUFFLE AT MAURICE    

Vehicle passengers ignore police warnings

CPL ELENORE STURKO

n the evening of January 31, 2020, two individuals were turned away by RCMP for attempting to cross the access control checkpoint along the Morice West Forest Service Road in Houston, BC.

A driver and two passengers drove to the RCMP checkpoint at the 27 kilometre mark, stating they were attending the Gidumt’en camp to drop off supplies.  The driver provided officers her identification, however the female and male passengers refused to do so.  

Both passengers in the vehicle were refused entry and remained on the roadway while access was granted to the driver to drop off supplies.

As the driver went through the checkpoint, she stopped on the other side. Both the male and female passengers attempted to cross through the checkpoint on foot.  They were warned that they would be arrested for obstruction if they attempted to cross.

The male immediately stopped however the female passenger proceeded and a police officer advised her that she was being detained. At this point she did not continue to push her way through and turned to walk the other way. The detention immediately ended at that point and the driver returned to take both passengers to the sheltered area at the 27 kilometre mark.

There will be no further action taken by police in this matter.

The access control checkpoint remains in place as a measured response to managing access as dialogue continues toward resolving the current breach of the BC Supreme Court Injunction.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN TASERS HIMSELF AND COP   

Drunk fights with cops roadside

CPL ELENORE STURKO


 

ne man has been arrested and has been held in custody following a traffic stop that led to an assault on two Surrey RCMP officers.
 

On February 2, 2020, at 8:50 pm, two Surrey RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop, and initiated an impaired driving investigation with a driver in the area of 24 Avenue and 184 Street in Surrey.  The driver exited his vehicle and, as police detained him, he allegedly began fighting aggressively and attempted to remove the firearms from their holsters. The man was able to gain access to one of the officers’ Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW), discharging it into his own leg and the officer’s foot.  An urgent call for back-up was initiated and officers from both Surrey RCMP and Langley RCMP responded. The driver was arrested and brought to the hospital for evaluation. He was taken into police custody following his release from the hospital.  

 

The driver, a 41-year-old Surrey resident, was arrested for two counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer with a Weapon, two counts of Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest, three counts of Disarming a Peace Officer, one count of Resist Arrest, Impaired Operation of a Conveyance, and Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample.

 

Both police officers were injured during this incident, they were treated and released from the hospital, and are now recovering.
 

“The job of policing brings with it a certain amount of risk, especially when we pull over vehicles and interact with a people we may have limited information on,” says Constable Richard Wright, Surrey RCMP. “This incident serves as an example of how quickly a situation can change for police, especially when a suspected intoxicated individual is involved.”

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

 

BIG DRUG OPERATION UNCOVERED AFTER TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION   

Bust comes after bystander visiting from Ontario shot

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP would like to update the community on significant developments in the investigation of a 2017 shooting which injured an innocent bystander.  In addition to charges against Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris, which were announced in December, 2019, a further arrest, additional charges, and a significant seizure of evidence has taken place.

 

This investigation began on July 9, 2017, following a shooting that took place in the 7600 block of 147A Street. The shooting resulted in injuries to an innocent bystander, a 62-year-old woman, who was visiting Surrey from Ontario. The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit immediately took conduct of the investigation and entered into a conspiracy to commit murder investigation that involved a number of police investigative techniques.

 

As the investigation advanced, it expanded to include concurrent investigations in Vernon and Kelowna.  The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), and the Kelowna and Vernon RCMP, worked in a coordinated effort with the Surrey RCMP, obtaining numerous judicial authorizations, including a search warrant for a residence in Kelowna.  As a result of the combined investigations, police located and seized: cells phones, approximately $177,000, significant quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and ketamine, as well as six firearms.

 

On January 30, 2020, charges were laid against Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris, Tien Roy Mai Dang, and Noah Didhra.  Each of these men are facing fifteen separate charges including: Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence; Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking; Possession of the proceeds of crime; and Possession of a Firearm.
 
Abd'l Malik Loubissi-Morris has been in-custody since his arrest on December 11, 2019, and Tien Mai Dang was arrested on January 30, 2020, without incident.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Noah Didhra and police are actively looking to arrest him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Surrey RCMP. Noah Didhra is described as a 21-year-old, South Asian man, 5’10” tall, 230 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. 

 

“Projects of this size and complexity take a significant amount of time, resources and specialized skills," says Superintendent Elija Rain. “A major contributor to the advancement of this investigation was the partnerships we have with CFSEU and the RCMP in Kelowna and Vernon. We extend our gratitude to every police officer and employee whose hard work helped to bring this file to a successful conclusion."

 

As the matter is now before the court there will be no further comment on the circumstances of the offence or the personal history or circumstances of any of the accused.


Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Noah Didhra is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2017-93863.

 

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

CHETWYND RCMP

 

SNOWMOBILER MISSING AFTER AVALANCHE   

Search continues, SAR urges caution to back country

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

n Sunday February 2, 2020 just after 4:00 P.M. Chetwynd RCMP were notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of an emergency beacon signal on the east face of the Murray Mountain range between Mt Hunter and Milburn Peak, south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. The park is south west of the community of Chetwynd.

It was later determined that an avalanche had occurred while a group of snowmobilers were in the area and one man was missing.

Chetwynd RCMP called for assistance from Search & Rescue however due to the weather conditions and the potential risk of more avalanches, SAR ground crews could not immediately attend the area.

SAR, along with the RCMP Air Services, and Police Dog Services trained in avalanche searches will start actively searching when conditions are safe.

Further information will be released when it becomes available. At this time there is no further information to provide.

The general public is encouraged to monitor the Avalanche Canada website for conditions in their area and to use extra caution when travelling in the back country. It is also recommended that if you plan to travel in the back country, share your travel itineraries with family and friends.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER RELEASED INTO THE COMMUNITY

Police ask the community to be vigilant

SGT JUDY BIRD

aylor Albert DUECK, 25-years-old, is subject to a public notification issued by the Abbotsford Police Department.

Duek is 180 cm tall 5’11” and weighs 59 kg (130 lbs), with brown hair and blue eyes.

He currently resides in the Abbotsford area and has a criminal history that includes sexual assault x2, sexual assault of a person under 16 years of age and sexual assault with a weapon.

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Duek is subject to court ordered conditions including:

• Not to possess or consume controlled substances;
• Abide by a curfew of 9 pm to 6 am;
• Not to possess any weapons.

If you see Taylor Dueck in violation of any of the conditions listed above, please contact your local police agency immediately.

 

  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BOMB THREAT AT MALL

Mounties determine package was safe

STAFF SGT MONSEF

 

t about 12:40 pm on Feb 1, 2020 Surrey RCMP received report of a suspicious package that was located in the parking lot of King’s Cross Shopping Center at 7400 block of King George Blvd, Surrey. Surrey RCMP Frontline members attended and cordoned off the area. Surrey RCMP investigators examined the package, and ordered a full evacuation of the nearby Michael’s department store out of the abundance of caution. The area was closed off to general public.

RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was called and attended. RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit rendered the package safe. It was confirmed the package did not pose a threat to the public. Select part of the shopping complex was closed as a precautionary measure but is now accessible to traffic again.

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish

to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-16576.

 

 FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

ARSON SUSPECT SOUGHT

Police are looking for a black pickup with Alberta plates

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

amloops RCMP is investigating a hotel room fire that occurred this morning, January 30, 2020 at approximately 8 a.m..

 

According to witnesses, they could smell smoke and went to investigate.  That was when a man was seen leaving a second floor room.  The man got into a pick-up truck and drove away.  This man is believed to be the same man who was registered in the room.  Hotel registration information is being investigated however, at this time, the name and license plate that the man supplied has not yielded a positive identification.

 

The man is described as Caucasian, in his mid 30’s with facial hair.  At the time he registered into the hotel, he was wearing a blue button down shirt and a red ball cap (on backwards).  When he was seen leaving the hotel room, he was wearing a grey sweater.  He was driving a black Ford pick-up, partially lifted with an Alberta license plate.  The truck had a broken left tail light.

 

Currently, the hotel room is being secured until fire investigators can enter.

 

Kamloops is asking anyone with information about this occurrence to contact them at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

GLEN PARK GROPER IDENTIFIED

Police say extenuating circumstances the cause

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

his trail in Glen Park is the scene of some of the alleged assaults. A suspect has been identified and safety systems are in place, but if you ever feel you’re in danger, you should still call 911 immediately

Coquitlam RCMP plainclothes investigators have identified a suspect who is being linked to seven alleged assaults in or near Glen Park at 1149 Westwood Street, Coquitlam. The suspect was previously unknown to police.

There are extenuating circumstances involving this suspect that may have played a role in these alleged assaults, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot go into detail about this suspect’s circumstances, but everyone should know that public safety is our number one priority.

The Coquitlam RCMP Sex Crimes Unit is working with the BC Prosecution Service, and community partners, to determine the best course of action and it is currently unknown if that will be criminal charges or something else. Systems are in place to ensure that the area of Glen Park will stay safe. Police will continue to make files like these a priority no matter where they occur.

It’s important that our citizens have the information they need to keep themselves safe, and we’d like to thank everyone for their attention to this investigation, says Corporal McLaughlin. We also want to remind people that it’s not helpful to draw conclusions about motive without all the facts. It’s also important to leave enforcement to the police.

The incidents in and around Glen Park happened between November, 2019, and January, 2020. In all cases, the alleged assaults targeted adult women, the incidents were over very quickly, and ended with the suspect running away.

If you ever think you’re being followed or you’re in danger at or near Glen Park, please call 911 immediately. For historical crimes in our jurisdiction, or if you have information for police, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

RCMP OFFICER, EMERGE CREWS JUMP INTO WATER TO SAVE DRIVER

Sadly the man died due to his injuries

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

s a RCMP Staff Sergeant Major (SSM) Robert Daly typically provides recognition to police officers and civilians alike, during formal awards ceremonies, for their acts of heroism and valour in dynamic often life changing situations. While off-duty SSM Daly didn’t think twice before he jumped into action after he witnessed a passenger vehicle over turn into a creek in the north end of Vernon late Friday evening.

On January 24, 2020 at approximately 10:40 p.m., SSM Robb Daly was travelling through the Vernon area with a family member, when he witnessed a motor vehicle suddenly leave the highway and out of sight. The off-duty Warrant Officer, who had been travelling in the opposite direction when the collision unfolded, pulled his vehicle safely to the side of the road and crossed all lanes of the divided highway on foot in order to reach the crash site. His daughter immediately called 911 for help.

The passenger sedan was discovered overturned and mostly submerged in the waters of the approx. 20 foot wide creek that runs alongside the west side of Highway 97 north of 48 Avenue. Without hesitation, the off-duty officer jumped into the frigid waters and began efforts to access the driver in the pitch dark and assess whether or not there were any additional passengers trapped inside.

The slight current of the creek and the sediment made it challenging for SSM Daly to open the driver’s side door. Once opened numerous attempts were made to release the driver, who had been seat belted in. The first emergency responders to reach the scene tossed SSM Daly a pair of scissors, which allowed him to extricate the driver from his vehicle and bring his head above the water’s surface.

Members of the Vernon Fire Department worked together with SSM Daly to pull the unresponsive 37-year-old Vernon man from the water, where they began life saving measures. BC Emergency Health Services rushed him to an area hospital in serious condition. No other passengers were located inside the vehicle. Aside from prolonged exposure to the cold water, SSM Robb Daly was uninjured.

It was with profound sadness that the RCMP learned that the driver has since succumbed to his injuries in hospital, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. We, the RCMP, wish to extend our deepest condolences to the man’s loved ones.

Staff Sergeant Major Daly is an invaluable member of the Southeast District senior executive team, states the District Commander of the RCMP Southeast District, Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli. The emotional impacts from that day are still fresh for both Robb and his daughter who tried to save a life. We will continue to provide them ongoing support. Their combined efforts were truly heroic.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

CAREGIVER CHARGED IN PATIENT DEATH

Investigation took months

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

caregiver from Port Coquitlam, and the society that contracted her, have been charged after a 15-month investigation into the death of an adult woman who was in their care.

Police began investigating when a 54-year-old woman with a developmental disability was found dead in a private home on October 13, 2018. The investigation determined that the victim did not receive the 'necessaries of life.' Necessaries of life refers to those things necessary to preserve life such as food, shelter, medical attention and protection from harm.

This has been an exhaustive investigation into the care of the victim in the years and months leading up to her death, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. This is a very sad situation. We know these charges can’t bring the victim back, but perhaps they give a voice to a vulnerable person who couldn’t speak for herself.

On January 27, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service approved the following charges against 51-year-old Astrid Charlotte Dahl:

  • Criminal negligence causing death, section 220(b) of the Criminal Code,

  • Fail to perform a legal duty to provide necessaries, section 215(2)(b) Criminal Code.

At the time of the victim’s death, Dahl was in a residential home sharing agreement with Kinsight Community Society. The BC Prosecution Service has charged Kinsight with:

  • Fail to perform a legal duty to provide necessaries, section 215(2)(b) Criminal Code.

Both Dahl, and the Director of Kinsight, have been served with a summons to appear in court on March 9, 2020.

As police we have a duty to protect all vulnerable people whether they are in care or not, says Corporal McLaughlin. If you have information about neglect or abuse that could be criminal, please don’t hesitate to call your police of jurisdiction.

Corporal McLaughlin will hold a media availability today at 10:00 a.m. at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment, 2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ROBBER CAUGHT

Suspect facing 8 charges

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

 

urrey RCMP has arrested a man who was now been charged with multiple counts of robbery following a series of offences across Surrey and Langley.

 

In early January, Surrey RCMP responded to several reports of robberies to businesses in the Guildford, Newton, and Whalley/City Centre areas. Noting the sudden rise in the number of business robberies, Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit and Crime Analysis Unit were able to identify some linkages between the recent incidents. Further investigation led to the identification of the suspect, Cory Ulmer Brown.

On January 22, 2020, the Surrey RCMP Auto Crime Target Team and the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit located and arrested Cory Ulmer Brown for the robbery offences, as well as for multiple outstanding warrants. Corey Ulmer Brown is now facing eight charges of robbery and four charges of wearing a disguise with the intent to commit an offence.
 

“This investigation is an example of how important it is for the public to report these kinds of offences so police are able to track and analyze crime statistics and trends,” says Constable Brad Kelsey, Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit. “It allows us to quickly identify and address crime increases and, in this case, played a significant role in helping narrow our investigation, leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect.”

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR CHARGED

78-year-old facing sexual interference allegations

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit is advising the public of a sexual interference investigation which involved a private instructor who allegedly abused two former students.

 

Investigators believe there may be more victims in the community and are encouraging anyone with more information to come forward. 

 

This investigation began on July 9, 2019, when Surrey RCMP received a report of sexual interference which involved two victims who were youths when the incidents allegedly took place, between 2010 and 2012. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at a private residence in the Newton area, where the youth attended studies with a private instructor.

 

Following the report made to police, BC Prosecution Services have approved two charges of Sexual Interference against 78 year-old Nader Abdulaziz.  

 

“We understand that reporting sexual interference can be difficult for victims,” says Staff Sergeant Lindsay O’Ruairc, Surrey RCMP Vulnerable Persons Section. “Our officers are compassionate and ready to listen, and we have victim services staff who can help support you throughout the process.”

 

To contact investigators from the Special Victim’s Unit, please call Surrey RCMP: 604-599-0502.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN MAPLE RIDGE

Mounties reach out to the community for info

SGT FRANK JANG

 

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation into a homicide in Maple Ridge, B.C.

 

On January 11, 2020, the body of 24-year-old Edi Bogere-Nyigwo was found in a vacant forested property in the 24500-block of Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.  His death is being investigated as a homicide.  Bogere-Nyigwo was last seen leaving his Coquitlam home at 7 p.m. on December 27, 2019.

 

Investigators are working to determine motive and are calling on those who knew Bogere-Nyigwo to come forward.  There are no indications, so far, to suggest this incident is linked to any gang conflict. 

 

“We don’t believe Edi’s death was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We believe there are still those with important information who have yet to speak with us.  Edi was a talented soccer player and a member of Coquitlam’s Sparta SC U-18 squad that won the Canadian National Championship.  His friends describe him as someone who avoided trouble and many are wondering why anyone would harm him.”

 

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, JANUARY 27, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

FOUR SEX ASSAULTS IN GLEN PARK

Mounties seek suspect

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

his trail in Glen Park (1149 Westwood Street, Coquitlam) is the scene of one of the sexual assaults. If you’re a woman, be extra-aware and consider walking with a friend or partner. Everyone should report suspicious behaviour to 911 immediately

A series of four separate sexual assaults in and around Coquitlam’s Glen Park have now been linked. Coquitlam RCMP wants everyone to be aware so they can protect themselves and help police identify a suspect.

These incidents happened so quickly that no one has yet seen the suspect’s face, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. If you are a woman walking alone near the 1100 block of Westwood Street, please be extra-aware. Consider walking with a friend or partner. No matter who you are, call 911 immediately if you see anything suspicious at or near Glen Park.

Some consistent details describe the suspect as:

• A male with a slight build

• Short or below-average height

• Wearing dark clothing and a black jacket

The original incidents happened on December 16, 2019, and December 19, 2019. Two more cases have occurred on January 22, 2020, and January 25, 2020. In all circumstances, the suspect targeted an adult female by touching or slapping her and quickly running away. The alleged attacks all happened in the early evening between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

It’s important that women feel safe in our parks, and we need everyone’s help to make that reality, says Corporal McLaughlin. Our sex-crimes unit is investigating and these incidents are being treated as high-priority. Our frontline officers will respond quickly when you call 911.

For any crime in progress, call 911 immediately. If you have information that may help solve this crime, call the Coquitlam RCMP’s non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit (file 2020-2032).

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MURDER INVESTIGATION OVER

Bottomly and Hothi face charges in Baldwin death

SGT FRANK JANG

 

wo men have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the November 13 homicide of Andrew Baldwin in Surrey, B.C.

On January 24, 2020, Jordan Bottomley and Jagpal Hothi were arrested by IHIT and later charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with first degree murder for Andrew Baldwin’s death.  Both accused men will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on January 27, 2020.

“There was a great deal of coordinated effort by our investigators and many partners this past weekend that has resulted in charge approval,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “IHIT is greatly appreciative of the support and assistance received from the many units that were involved in reaching this positive outcome.”

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION

Distressed person arrested

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

t approximately 5:50 pm, Surrey RCMP officers together with Surrey Fire responded to the report of an explosion in the area of 124 and Iona Pl.  Witnesses were able to direct investigators to a specific residence. The surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution and specialized response teams were brought in to ensure everyone's safety. The emotionally elevated subject has been successfully taken into custody without any harm to people or property.

 

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit are continuing to conduct neighbourhood inquiries looking for witnesses and possible CCTV surveillance video in relation to the explosion.

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who was in the area that may have dash cam video, 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, JANUARY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

HELLO, I WANT YOUR PHONE

Nefarious miscreant tries to steal phones

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

20-year-old man is facing robbery charges following his arrest by the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit for two incidents which took place a day apart.  
 

The first incident occurred on January 18, 2020, just after 5:00 pm near the Surrey Public Library. The victim arranged a meeting with a potential buyer for a cell phone they had advertised for sale on social media. When the meeting took place the victim was allegedly assaulted, and their phone was stolen. 


On January 19, 2020, just before noon, a similar incident took place outside a Surrey shopping centre, but the victim was able to run away and their phone was not stolen.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit arrested 20-year-old, Joseph Peake, of no fixed address, on January 19, 2020 and he has been charged with 2 counts of robbery and 3 counts of breaching court conditions.


“There is a heightened risk to personal safety when meeting people you don’t know, even in a public space,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP. “We have seen a number of similar robberies over the past few months and want the public to be aware that there are risks involved in these buy and sell transactions.”


Surrey RCMP is providing some personal safety tips that may be helpful when arranging meetings with unknown online parties to buy or sell items:

• Insist on a heavily populated, public meeting place that is well-lit
• Do not meet in a secluded place or arrange to meet at your home
• 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
• If you are verbally threatened or physically assaulted, avoid confrontation by giving the perpetrator the property. Call police as soon as possible.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

PHONE SCAM IN RICHMOND

Police urge caution

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

 

ichmond RCMP is reminding the public to be aware of telephone scammers after a recent incident in Richmond that involved someone posing as a police officer.

These alleged fraudsters can and do change tactics to trick people into giving them money. This includes posing as government officials, such as police officers. In a recent Richmond file, the victim reported receiving a call from a male alleging to be a police officer. During the conversation, the male even provided a fake name and badge number.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

FIGHT LEADS TO HOSPITALIZATION

Acquaintance stabbed

SGT KYLE SIMPSON

 

ichmond RCMP is currently on scene at a residence in the 3500-block of Francis Rd in Richmond for a report of a stabbing.

 

On January 23, 2020, at approximately 8pm, Richmond RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 3500-block of Francis Rd.

 

Upon arrival, officers located a 34-year-old male suffering from stab wounds. He was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Initial investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between two individuals. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that the parties involved are known to each other and there is no threat to the public.

 

No further information will be released at this time.

 

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

BUD'S UP, THE JIG's ON YOU

Pair of armed miscreants rob an unlicenced marijuana distributor

SGT JUDY BIRD

ast night, two men in disguise entered an unlicensed dispensary, produced firearms and demanded cash and marijuana- before fleeing on foot. AbbyPD Patrol officers quickly identified two 18-yr-old men & they were arrested without incident & remain in custody.  Overnight, search warrants were executed- two firearms and stolen items have been recovered.

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 

CASTLEGAR RCMP

 

PORCH THIEF CAUGHT ON CAM

Mounties reach out to the community for help to ID suspects

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

CMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown male suspect who is believed to be responsible for the theft of a package from the porch of a Castlegar home in mid-December.

On January 15, 2020, Castlegar RCMP received a report of a package theft allegedly committed on December 17th, 2019, after it was discovered a parcel wasn’t received when expected. The home owner, who followed up with the delivery company, conducted a review of his home’s surveillance system which led to the discovery of the apparent crime caught on video.

The December 17th video has been turned over to investigators, who are releasing the footage in an effort to advance their ongoing investigation. The short clip shows as a lone, yet to be identified, male walks onto the complainant’s property and removes the package from the front doorway before walking away. The suspect is then seen walking to a second individual who appears to be waiting further down the roadway.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

COQUITLAM RCMP

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

Cops deal with social media storm after

SGT FRANK JANG

 

13-year-old boy has been arrested after an alleged assault at a Port Coquitlam middle school, and Coquitlam Mounties are asking the public to avoid making snap judgments based on what is being spread on social media.

There are allegations appearing on social media that directly contradict the video evidence, witness statements, and established facts of this investigation, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.

There has been a lot of anger directed to the school and police. We want to assure everyone that our first priority is to continually assess the risk and make sure that everyone involved is safe. Now, we ask that you stay patient and avoid judgment until a full and impartial investigation is complete.

Police received a call on January 10, 2020, around 3:15 p.m., after an alleged assault on the grounds of Citadel Middle School in the 1200 block of Citadel Drive. Initial investigation determined that a verbal confrontation between four youth males and one youth female was escalated when the girl used a low level of physical force. At that time, a 13-year-old Maple Ridge boy is alleged to have used an inappropriate level of force that caused an injury to the girl.

The 13-year-old Maple Ridge boy was arrested on scene and is accused of:

• Assault causing bodily harm, section 267(b) Criminal Code,

• Uttering Threats, s. 264.1, CC.

The boy, who does not have a history with police, was released on conditions and must appear in court in Port Coquitlam at a later date.

Coquitlam RCMP continues to investigate and more evidence needs to be gathered and evaluated. More charges are possible against all parties involved.

It’s completely understandable that people are reacting emotionally to this file, especially since children are involved, says Corporal McLaughlin. But it’s important that we conduct an impartial investigation. We ask that people do not make judgements based on social media posts.

Since all parties involved in this file are youths, names will not be released.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

BURNABY RCMP

IHIT INVESTIGATES SHOOTING

Man dies at gas station, police find the burned out vehicle later

SGT FRANK JANG

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation of a shooting death in Burnaby, B.C.

On January 19, 2020 at around 6:30 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to reports of a shooting at the Chevron gas station at 4487 Canada Way. A man, now identified as 28-year-old Julian Johnson, was found at the scene with gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A black Nissan Rogue was identified as a suspect vehicle from the gas station and was last seen eastbound on Highway 1. Later in the evening, the Langley RCMP received a call of a vehicle fire in the area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue. The burnt vehicle is believed to be the Nissan Rogue from the earlier shooting in Burnaby.

IHIT is working closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. An extensive neighbourhood canvass for video surveillance footage and witnesses is underway in both Burnaby and Langley. IHIT is asking for dash cam video from anyone who was travelling in the following locations and time periods:

• Highway 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue in Langley between 9:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Julian Johnson was known to police and his homicide is believed to be a targeted incident that is linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“This was a brazen shooting in a public place and we are relieved no one else was hurt,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “Significant progress is being made in these early stages. Our investigators are pursuing several leads and we need everyone with information to contact us so we can maintain the momentum on this fast-moving investigation.”

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, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

NELSON RCMP

SNOWBOARDER DIES AFTER HITTING A TREE

All attempts to revive man were unsuccessful

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

he RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the sudden death of a snowboarder, discovered in medical distress Friday afternoon outside of Nelson B.C.

On January 17, 2020, just before 12:30 p.m., Nelson RCMP received a report of a snowboarder discovered unresponsive in a tree well located in an out of bounds area of the Whitewater Ski Resort. A passerby, who made the discovery, immediately started CPR and called for support from ski patrol and emergency first responders.

The patient was transported to secondary location within the resort, where emergency medical responders took over CPR, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. Despite all their efforts, the man was pronounced deceased by emergency paramedics.

The deceased has since been identified as a Central Kootenay man in his 30's.

The BC Coroners Service was notified of the man’s death and is now investigating. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released.

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: TWO FRAUD SUSPECTS

Couple rack up thousands of dollars using stolen cards

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

 

urrey RCMP is appealing to the public to help identify two people who are suspected of using stolen debit cards to commit approximately $28,000 in fraudulent transactions across the Lower Mainland.

 

This investigation began on August 14, 2019, after a report that multiple stolen credit cards belonging to a husband and wife, had been fraudulently used in Surrey, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.

 

Concurrent investigations have been carried out in Burnaby and Coquitlam, including a previous public appeal for information. Surrey RCMP is releasing further photos at this time in an effort to advance this investigation.

 

The suspects are described as a dark-skinned adult male, and a Caucasian female.

 

If you have information about this investigation, or to help identify the suspects, please call Surrey RCMP at 604 599 0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

PAPER DRUGS: MAIL THIEF TAKEN DOWN

Hundreds of pieces of mail, credit cards and gov't issue ID's

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

his investigation began on November 12, 2019, after police received a report of the theft of mail from community mailboxes in North Surrey. As the investigation advanced, a suspect was identified and police obtained a search warrant for a residence 13000-block Balloch Drive in Surrey.

 

As a result of the investigation police located and seized a large quantity of items believed to be part of a large scale mail theft, identity theft, and fraud operation. Amongst the seized property, police located hundreds of pieces of mail, stolen credit cards; cheques; 139 Government issued identification cards; multiple forged identifications; and counterfeit currency. They also located $6,000.

 

The investigation is continuing and police are working in cooperation with Canadian Postal Inspectors to review the stolen mail and documents. Investigators will be looking to make contact with potential victims.

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Benjamin Stott, of Surrey is facing numerous charges related to this investigation including: breaking and entering, and theft from mail.  He was arrested on January 9, 2020, and is currently in custody.

 

“Mail thefts and identity thefts can have far reaching impacts on the lives of victims,” says Sergeant Mike Spencer. “We hope that this significant seizure will limit further harm to the victims whose identity and credit card information was stolen.”

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

WANTED: CORY BROWN

Outstanding warrants

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

urrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating a male wanted for outstanding arrest warrants.

 

Cory Ulmer Brown is wanted on multiple charges including assault causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of motor vehicle, and driving while prohibited. 

 

Cory Ulmer Brown is described as a 23 year old Caucasian man, 6’2”, 196 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. (Please see photo attached)

 

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

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

Mounties sat attack not random

SGT FRANK JANG, IHIT

Photo: Joseph Morrissey

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation of a suspicious death in Burnaby, B.C.

 

On January 13, 2020 just after 7:20 a.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to a call of a man found dead on the street in the 6700-block of 4th Avenue.  The man, now identified as 51-year-old Joseph Vincent Morrissey of Vancouver, had injuries consistent with foul play and IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

 

IHIT is continuing to work closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.  The investigation is still in its early stages but investigators believe this incident is related to the drug trade.  An autopsy will be conducted sometime this week. 

 

“We don’t believe Joseph Morrissey’s death was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We are appealing to those who knew Mr. Morrissey to help us answer the key questions of who was he meeting with and what he was doing prior to his death.  Furthermore, we ask that anyone with dash camera footage or individuals who were walking in the area of Lakefield Drive and 4th Street between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. and may have observed suspicious activities to contact IHIT.” 

 

“We understand that incidents like this can be shocking, particularly because they don’t happen often in our City and we are committed to working with IHIT to advance this investigation,” says Burnaby RCMP Officer-in-Charge Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh.  “We would ask that if any member of our community has information that could assist in this investigation to please contact IHIT.” 

 

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

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

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

DRUGS, MONEY, ARMS

Mounties grab heroin

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

he Surrey RCMP Drug Unit has made a significant seizure from a home in Delta as a result of a drug trafficking investigation spanning several months.

 

This investigation began in September 2019, and culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 11900-block of 80 Avenue, in Delta, on January 7, 2020. A number of items were seized as part of the investigation including approximately 800 grams of suspected heroin, 100 grams of suspected cocaine, 6 grams of suspected Fentanyl, $15,000 in cash, and a .22 cal handgun with ammunition.

 

A 24-year-old man from Delta was arrested on January 7, 2020, and later released. The investigation is ongoing.



“Drug trafficking puts the public at risk not only because of the inherent health hazards associated with the drugs themselves, but also from the violence that often surrounds drug trafficking,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “The goal of our unit is to make the community safer by investigating drug trafficking and identifying people who put the public at risk as a result of criminal activity.”

 

If you have information about drug trafficking in Surrey please call Surrey RCMP at 604 599 0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

LYTTON RCMP

ERT SHOOTS ARMED MAN DEAD

Reports the individual engaged police, IIOC investigates

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a police-involved shooting.

Just before 8 a.m. on January 13, Lytton RCMP Frontline officers were called to a residence in the 1000-block of Macintyre Road in Lytton, for a report of a man in distress. The man was reported to be in possession of firearms, two other persons were inside the residence with him. Shortly after officers arrived, there was a report of gunfire, originating from the residence. No one was injured. The Emergency Response Team, including a Crisis Negotiator were called to assist.

The two other individuals who were inside of the residence at the time were safely evacuated, while the distraught man remained inside and negotiations continued. Shortly after 2:00 p.m. an interaction between the man and police resulted in shots being fired by police. The man was shot and has died, no one else was injured.

The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 

 

MAPLE RIDGE RCMP

BODY FOUND

Police say suspicious

DET. LARA JANSAN, IHIT
 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is requesting assistance with the investigation into a suspicious death in Maple Ridge. 

On January 11, 2020, at 1:21 p.m., Ridge Meadows RCMP Frontline members responded to a report of a found body in a rural area near the 24500-block of Lougheed Highway. The circumstances surrounding the body and the area were deemed to be suspicious and IHIT was called in to investigate.

IHIT is working closely with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroner's Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

“At this time, the name of the victim is not yet known and investigators are working hard to confirm the identity,” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT.  “Though the area is rural, investigators believe that it does get used frequently by pedestrians so we are asking anyone who has been in that area to contact 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

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

 

IIOC RCMP

MAN SHOT TO DEATH BY POLICE

Salmon Arm suspect of misdemeanour ran after ERT moved in

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC
 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a police-involved shooting.

On January 7, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of mischief at home in Tappen, British Columbia. The complainant indicated that somebody had severely damaged their property.

RCMP officers responded and located a male suspect at a neighbouring residence, where an attempted arrest was called off due to risk.

RCMP officers set-up a containment perimeter, and called the Emergency Response Team to assist with the arrest. A warrant to enter the home was granted, and officers deployed a chemical agent in an attempt to make the man leave the residence. The man did leave and attempted to flee the area. In the resulting interaction between a police officer and the man, he was shot. The male died and no one else was injured during the incident.

The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates 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.
 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020 

 

SURREY RCMP

DANGEROUS CONVICT RELEASED INTO THE COMMUNITY

Police Chief reassures mayor and reidents safety is foremost

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

acknowledge the frustration expressed by Mayor McCallum in the news release he issued today (January 10, 2020) regarding the release of a dangerous offender into Surrey. While the Surrey RCMP share many of these concerns, it is important to recognize there is a significant process in place by the Parole Board of Canada to determine if and when an offender can be released into the community and the conditions they are put under.  

 

When the Surrey RCMP were notified of this individual’s release into Surrey, we conducted our own assessment that included the fulsome decision made by Parole Board of Canada. Unfortunately, the threshold for a Public Interest Disclosure was not met in this situation for a variety of reasons including whether the individual posed an imminent threat, the recommended conditions, and the strong release plan approved by the Parole Board. However, we are aware of the significant conditions in place for this individual, including electronic monitoring, and we will be monitoring this individual, along with Correctional Service Canada.

I personally advised Mayor McCallum of the situation on two separate occasions and provided him the information that could legally be provided to him regarding this situation. While I acknowledge that the limited information that the police are able to provide in these cases can cause frustration, we have a legal obligation to balance the privacy of individuals and the risk to public safety. Police can only breach that privacy under the strictest of circumstances and, in this situation, that threshold was not reached.  

I share the public’s concern on this matter. I can assure the residents of Surrey that the correct processes were followed in this situation, and that we have a team specifically assigned to monitoring these type of offenders to ensure they do not breach their conditions or impact public safety in any manner.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

Robber running rampant, police looking to catch up with him after four robberies in eight days

CST RICHARD WRIGHT

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that has been linked to four robberies within Surrey during the first eight days of the year.

 

Between January 3 and 8, 2020, one suspect has been linked to at least four robberies in the Guildford, Newton, and Whalley/City Centre areas. In each incident, the suspect entered a business, brandished a knife and demanded money from employees. No employees were injured during the incidents.

 

The suspect is described as being a Caucasian man, in his early to mid-twenties, and approximately 6ft tall. He was seen wearing a blue jacket with a fur-lined hood in each incident (Please see attached photos).

 

“Having this person involved in multiple incidents within such a short period of time is concerning,” says Constable Brad Kelsey, Surrey RCMP. “We are asking the public to help us identify this suspect so we can locate him as soon as possible.”

 

Anyone that can identify the person in the photos is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

CONFIRMED SHOTS FIRED

Foot chase results in arrest

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

t about 5:30 pm, Jan 9, 2020, Surrey RCMP received reports of gun fire between two vehicles in the area of 96th Ave and 148th Street.

The two vehicles were described as a white Ford Expedition type and a white Lexus or Infinity type vehicle.

The vehicles were travelling at a high rate of speed and where last seen going north on 148th Street.

 

Members of the Surrey RCMP attended to the area and located several shell casings.

 

No reports of injuries or damage to property have been reported. The intersection was closed for a period of time but has been re-opened.

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation,

and will be in the area for unknown period of time.

 

Surrey RCMP are asking that if anyone was driving in the area and could have dash camera footage of the incident or the vehicles involved call 604-599-0502.  

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 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, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MOUNTIES SEIZE .40 CAL

Foot chase results in arrest

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

urrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has seized a firearm as a result of on-going strategic targeted enforcement. This pistol is the fourth firearm the Surrey RCMP has successfully taken off the street in the past 30 days.

 

Members of SGET are deployed on every shift to look for vehicles and individuals who may be connected to the illicit drug trade or gang activity. They also investigate suspicious activity strategically, in areas where drug and gang activity has occurred in the city.   

 

On January 6, 2020, shortly after 9:00 pm, SGET investigators conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 104 Avenue and 146 Street, in the Guildford area when a 29-year-old male passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. SGET gave chase and he was successfully taken into custody. During the arrest, officers located a loaded .40 caliber pistol. He was was arrested for Possession of a Restricted Firearm and has been remanded into custody because of an outstanding warrant issued by Correctional Service of Canada for being unlawfully at large.  The investigation related to the seized firearm is ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time.

 

“The work that SGET is doing is having a positive impact on public safety on multiple levels by literally taking dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals,” says Staff Sergeant Glenn Atkins. “The team will continue to be out on the streets looking for criminals who put the public at risk through their illegal activity.” 

 

SGET continues to support various investigative units within Surrey RCMP working to disrupt illicit drug trafficking and related gang activities.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

DRIVER REFUSES TO STOP FOR POLICE

Vehicle crashes rolls multiple times, IIOC investigating

DAWN ROBERTS, IIOC
 

he RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of a traffic incident where one man suffered serious injuries.


On January 7, 2020, at approximately 9:30 pm., a Surrey Traffic officer saw a vehicle committing what they believed to be a number of Motor Vehicle Act infractions while travelling eastbound on 104 Ave. The officer activated their emergency equipment and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle failed to stop, and went through an intersection before losing control and flipping multiple times near 104 avenue and 160 Street.
 

Emergency Health Services transported the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, to hospital with serious injuries. Nobody else was injured.


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


A concurrent criminal investigation is being conducted by the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT).
 

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC.
 

 

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 

SALMON ARM RCMP

ERT COMES DOWN HARD ON CRIMINALS

Two suspects arrested in ongoing investigation

CST JESSE O'DONAGHEY
 

he Southeast District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) was deployed to Salmon Arm today to assist with a pair of high risk warrant executions at properties located in the 400-block of 22nd Street N.E. and the 1300-block of 30th Street S.E.

On January 7, 2020, shortly before 11 a.m., frontline officers and plain clothes investigators of the Salmon Arm RCMP attended to two separate residences alongside a team of tactically trained members, from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team, to execute the pair of search warrants consecutively. The SED Tactical Armoured Vehicle (or TAV) was utilized on this most recent deployment to the southern interior’s Shuswap region.

The warrants were related to an ongoing criminal investigation being led by the Salmon RCMP.

The police operation has since ended without incident, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Southeast District. Two individuals were taken into custody during the execution of the warrants. A third individual connected to the case was already in police custody on an unrelated matter. The investigation remains ongoing as police continue to gather evidence at both scenes.

All three men, a 39-year-old from Canoe B.C., a 28-year old from Salmon Arm and a 27-year-old from Salmon Arm remain in custody at this time. They each face potential criminal charges.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

SURREY RCMP

 

HOME OCCUPANTS PEPPER-SPRAYED

Mounties looking for South Asian man

CST RICHARD WRIGHT
 

urrey RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in an assault with a weapon that occurred at a residence in the Whalley area.

 

On December 19, 2019, police responded to the report of an assault with pepper spray at a residence in the 13800-block of 102 Avenue. At approximately 8:30 pm, a male suspect knocked on the door of a residence and, when the door was opened, sprayed the resident with pepper spray and entered the home. The suspect then fled after very brief contact with the home’s occupants.  Investigators believe that the suspect may have intended to target a different residence. Five people were at home at the time of the assault, three were treated for exposure to pepper spray. No serious injuries were reported.

 

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has taken conduct of the investigation and is releasing a composite sketch of the suspect, who is described as a South Asian male, 6ft tall, medium build, wearing a black hoodie.

 

“Tips from the public can make a significant difference in the outcome of an investigation,” says Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan, General Investigation Unit Commander. “We are asking everyone to look at this composite sketch and contact Surrey RCMP if they have information that can help to identity this suspect.”
 

Anyone with information about this incident or the person depicted in the composite sketch 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, quoting file number 2019-196166.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

NELSON RCMP

 

SAR RESCUES TEEN SNOWBOARDERS AT WHITEWATER RESORT

Reason to pay attention to signage, they stayed in one place and waited for rescue

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

wo teenage snowboarders are back home with their families after search and rescue crews managed to locate the pair who spent, what would have been, a cold and damp night in Nelson’s backcountry.

On January 5, 2020, just before 6 p.m., Nelson Rural RCMP received a report of two overdue snow boarders, who were believed to have gone out of bounds and failed to return from the Whitewater Ski Resort. A search of the ski hill was immediately carried out by members of the resort’s ski patrol and local search and rescue crews. The search was suspended overnight as conditions worsened.

A more in depth search of the out of bounds area of the mountain was launched at first light with the support of an aircraft. Both snowboarders, 16-year-old boys, were spotted by search and rescue personnel aboard the helicopter.

Both teens were extracted from the backcountry by helicopter and were flown to an alternate location where they were medically assessed by BC Emergency Health Services and released.

The pair are very fortunate to escape without any injury or illness as a result of exposure to the elements, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District Media Relations Officer. We are told that the pair had the wherewithal to construct a shelter and build a fire for warmth, and more importantly stay put and wait for help.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the dedicated volunteers of our local Nelson Search and Rescue, and all those who responded to the call for mutual aid assistance from other area SAR groups, states Cpl. Derek Pitt of Nelson Rural RCMP.

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

 

NORTH DISTRICT RCMP

MANHUNT FOR LAGLACE

Wanted for violent offences

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

he North District RCMP is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted Dawson Creek man, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous.

North District RCMP continue their efforts to safely arrest 32-year-old Stacy Ray Laglace of Dawson Creek B.C., is currently wanted on multiple un-endorsed warrants for his arrest. Laglace has been formally charged by the courts with a total of 21 counts, many of which include extremely violent offences such as aggravated assault, discharge a firearm with intent, kidnapping and robbery, among others.

Stacy Laglace is described as a First Nations male, with black hair and brown eyes, who stands 5 foot 6 inches tall, and weighs approximately 185 pounds.

"North District RCMP continues their efforts to locate and safely arrest Stacy Laglace," states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. "We want the general public to be aware that he is known to carry firearms. If spotted, you are urged not to approach Laglace, instead we ask the public to call 9-1-1 or their local police immediately."

If you have information about Laglace’s whereabouts please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

 

  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 

IHIT RCMP

MOUNTIES LAY MURDER CHARGES

Altercation caused death

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

urrey RCMP officers responded to an altercation at a strip mall in Surrey just before 1 a.m. on January 2, 2020, and found a deceased male lying in the parking lot.  A witness to the altercation followed the suspect from a safe distance as he fled, and directed police to his location a few blocks away. Officers quickly arrested him, and located a weapon possibly used in the murder.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to investigate, and worked closely with the Surrey RCMP, the witnesses to the altercation, and the various business owners in the area.  Late last night, a charge of 2nd degree murder was approved against 33-year-old Michael James Petronio.  He will be appearing in Surrey Provincial Court at 2 p.m. today.

“This success was a combined effort between the people who witnessed the altercation, the Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Services, the Surrey RCMP, and IHIT,” says Constable Harrison Mohr with IHIT. 

“This could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the witnesses, the expertise of the forensic specialists, and the professionalism demonstrated by Surrey RCMP officers.  We would also like to thank the business owners and community members in the area, who provided us with key surveillance video footage, and waited patiently while the mall was closed during our initial investigation.  This was a prime example of the success that can happen when police and the community work together.”

In order to further the investigation, IHIT is now confirming that the victim has been identified as 39-year-old Jason Stanley Wells.

“Our attention must turn now to the victim, his family, and his friends and associates,” says Cst Mohr.  “Our thoughts are with those who knew him, and we are asking them to come forward and talk to us.  Our investigators would like to speak with anyone whom had been in recent contact with Jason.

Anyone who knew Jason can call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or email ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

  FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN SHOT

Victim in non-life threatening condition

S/SGT MONSEF

 

t approximately 2:12 am on Jan 3, 2020, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 15900-block of 26th Ave, Surrey, B.C. Evidence was located confirming that shots had been fired. Surrey RCMP Members located one male victim suffering from apparent gun shot wound. The male victim has been transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information.

 

The investigation is still in its early stages and officers will be in the area for undetermined period of time.  

 

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this indent to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS  or www.solvecrime.ca in reference to Surrey File # 2020-1098.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 

 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

OPERATION RED NOSE DRIVER GETS REAR-ENDED BY DRUNK DRIVER

Pickup driver entrapped, no injuries

CST JESSE O'DONAGHY

 

n Operation Red Nose volunteer crew working in tandem were struck from behind by a suspected impaired driver, while providing a sober ride home to a small group of clients on New Year’s Eve in Kamloops.

 

On December 31, 2019 at 11:57 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a 911 emergency call of a motor vehicle collision along East Trans-Canada Highway near Grand Boulevard. Officers determined that the driver of a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck struck a green Subaru Forester and a blue Ford Focus from behind, prior to crossing into the oncoming lanes before leaving the highway.

 

The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, which came to final rest down an embankment, was entrapped and required extrication by emergency crews. While observing and interacting with the driver at the scene, the investigating officer detected signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication from the man and subsequently provided him with a demand.

 

The 24-year-old Kamloops man, who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, refused to provide a breath sample. He was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and charged with drive without due care and attention under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act.

 

“Our investigation has revealed that both the sedans were occupied by three Operation Red Nose volunteers and three clients being escorted home,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. “This incident serves as a somber reminder to find a safe and sober ride home. Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result of this entirely preventable collision, which could have had a deadly outcome.”

 

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

BODY FOUND

Foul play not suspected

SURREY RCMP

 

urrey RCMP is currently on scene following a report of a deceased individual in the Newton area of Surrey.

At approximately 12:25 on January 2nd, Surrey RCMP were advised that a body had been found outside in the 6500 block of King George Boulevard.

Police immediately attended and located a deceased person. The cause of death has not been confirmed, however, it does not appear suspicious at this time. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an investigation into the death.  

No further details are available from the Surrey RCMP or the Coroners Service as their separate investigations are in the early stages.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 

SURREY RCMP

MAN DEAD AS A RESULT OF "ALTERCATION"

Witness assisted police in making arrest in targeted attack, IHIT investigates

CST HARRISON MOHR

 

hortly before 1 am on January 2, 2020, Surrey RCMP were called to a fight in the parking lot of a strip mall located at 75A Avenue and Scott Road in Surrey. When police arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene, and a deceased male victim was found in the parking lot.

Multiple persons witnessed the altercation, and one of the witnesses was able to follow the suspect from a distance, and advised police of his location.  Surrey RCMP located the suspect a few blocks away and took him into custody. A weapon possibly used in the murder was also located by police. IHIT has now been called in to investigate.

“One of the witnesses did a good job of keeping an eye on the suspect from a safe distance after he fled the scene, and was able to direct police to his whereabouts,” says Constable Harrison Mohr with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).  “Frontline Surrey RCMP officers responded quickly and arrested the suspect minutes after the altercation, and also located a possible weapon involved in the murder.  Their efforts have benefited this investigation immensely.”

A 33-year-old man remains in custody and IHIT is still trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.  The male victim has not yet been identified, and it is has not been determined whether they knew each other.  The suspect does not have any known ties to gangs or drug trafficking.

Anyone who witnessed the altercation or anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact IHIT through the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or email ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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

 

  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 

 

SURREY RCMP

MAN ASSAULTED

One arrested

S/SGT HONEYMAN

 

t approximately 1:57 pm, Surrey RCMP received a report of an assault in progress at a residence in the 6100-block of 175A Street. 

 

Upon arrival police located a male victim suffering non-life threatening injuries and he was subsequently transported to local area hospital for treatment.

 

A second male located at scene was taken in to police custody and transported to the Surrey RCMP Detachment Cells. 

 

There are no suspects outstanding and no risk to the general public.

 

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation and will be in the area for an unknown period of time.

 

Anyone with information about the 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.