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  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

 

UPDATE: THREE MEN ARRESTED AFTER MARINA STABBING

Police tracked suspects down near incident

SGT KRISTA VROLYK

Shortly after 6pm on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, Agassiz RCMP received a report that a male had been stabbed on a dock along the west side of the beach on Esplanade Avenue in Harrison Hot Springs. Police arrived and located a 24 year old male suffering stab wounds. The male was transported to hospital by air ambulance where he was treated for serious, potentially life threatening injuries.

Investigation determined that the suspects had fled the area. RCMP located a suspect vehicle and subsequently arrested three male suspects for attempted murder. They remain in police custody and the investigation into this incident continues.

The dock and beach area were busy at the time of this incident, says Sgt. Mike Sargent, Detachment Commander of the Agassiz RCMP.
Agassiz RCMP Serious Crime Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who witnessed this event and are actively seeking any CCTV or cell phone video footage which may capture this crime.

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 

MERRIT RCMP

 

REPEAT OFFENDER FACES SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

McLeod breaks probation orders

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

A Merritt man has been charged for allegedly committing sexual interference against children near an RV park in Merritt last week and investigators are looking to speak with anyone who has not already spoken to police.

On August 2,2020, officers from the Merritt RCMP were called to the Claybanks R.V. Park situated in the 1300-block of Voght Street, Merritt for a report that an intoxicated man was touching children inappropriately.

When the officer arrived he spoke with several children who confirmed the information and description of the man, provided by the complainant. The man was located nearby and arrested without incident.

On August 5, 24-year old Skylar Mcleod of Merrrit was charged with:

• 1 count of sexual interference
• 2 counts of failing to comply with a probation order
• 1 count failing to comply with a prohibition regarding children
• 2 counts of assault

Mcleod has been held in custody, and is next expected to appear in court on August 6, in Kamloops.

McLeod is currently bound by previous court imposed release conditions, amongst these is a condition not to have no contact or communication directly or indirectly with, nor be alone in the presence of, any person you know to be or who reasonably appears to be under the age of sixteen (16) years.

Staff Sergeant Major Steph Drouin of the Merritt RCMP is asking "anyone with information that have not yet already spoken to police to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262."

 

  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 

TULAMEEN RCMP

 

COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN SHOWER AT CAMPGROUND

No cause found yet, coroner's office investigates

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

On August 3, 2020 at 9:00 p.m., Princeton RCMP was notified by BC Emergency Health Services of two adults in medical distress, found in cardiac arrest at a location along 2nd Street in Tulameen. The property site of the medical emergency, contained several tents and was believed to be used to host a long weekend gathering.

The Tulameen Volunteer Fire Department was the first response agency to reach the scene.

According to witnesses at the scene, a 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man entered into the outdoor shower shed and after not emerging for about an hour, the door was forced open and the two were found on the floor unconscious.

The man and woman were both pulled from the building by bystanders and emergency first responders performed CPR. Despite the best efforts of all those involved, both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. RCMP do not believe that criminality was involved in the deaths of either individual.

Early findings by investigators at the scene indicate that the shower out-building was supplied with an on-demand propane hot water system. First responders reported that a heavy odour of propane was present at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service was notified and is also conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means each of the deceased came to their unexpected deaths.

 

  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 

RIDGE MEADOWS RCMP

 

TARGETED SHOOTING

Man suffers serious injuries

SGT KRISTA VROLYK

On August 1, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm, Ridge Meadows RCMP responded to reports of gun shots heard in the area of Selkirk and 223rd street.  Police confirmed a shooting occurred and that the victim was in his white Hyundai car when a second vehicle approached and shot multiple times at the White Hyundai. There was no exchange of gun shots between the two vehicles. 

The victim, a 30-year-old man who is known to police, sustained serious injuries but drove himself to hospital.

Early in the investigation, and due to the nature of the incident, police collected evidence which revealed that this is an isolated, targeted event.
“We take public safety very seriously and the public should be concerned when there is a shooting,” states Constable Julie Klaussner. 

“In this incident police were on scene within minutes of the calls and were quickly able to determine this was an isolated, targeted incident and not a random shooting.”

Police have conducted extensive canvassing in the area and spoken with multiple witnesses in the area of the incident. However, if you have information or video surveillance regarding this incident and have not yet spoken with police, please contact Constable Josh BRUSHETT at 604-463-6251.

If you wish to remain anonymous call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.solvecrime.ca. Crime Stoppers may pay a reward of up to $2000.00 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

 

  THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 

CHILLIWACK RCMP

 

CULTUS LAKE BOAT HITS CANOE

67-Year-old Langley man faces without due care and attention charges

SGT KRISTA VROLYK

Shortly after 10:15 am on the morning of July 29, 2020, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report that a motor boat collided with an Indigenous racing canoe on Cultus Lake near Main Beach.

Officers located the lone occupant of the canoe on shore however police did not locate the motor boat.

"The person operating the canoe was transported to hospital, treated for injuries and later released," says Constable Lucian Mares of the Chilliwack RCMP.

As the RCMP investigation developed, police identified the alleged operator of the motor boat.

RCMP charged a 67-year-old man from Langley with Canada Shipping Act (CSA) Small Vessel Regulation operating a vessel without due care or consideration for other persons.

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 

NORTH OKANAGAN RCMP

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER

Man and woman knew each other, Major Crimes Investigates

DAWN ROBERTS

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has arrested a woman in conjunction with the homicide of  man inside a home near Round Lake in the North Okanagan.

59-year-old Lynda Saundry has been formally charged with the first degree murder of 55-year-old Barry Jones from the North Okanagan. She was remanded to appear in Vernon Law Courts on August 4, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

The investigation has progressed to a point where the BC Prosecution Service has approved a charge of first degree murder against Ms. Saundry. The accused and the victim were known to one another and our major crime investigators are now focussing on preparing for the judicial process, stated the BC RCMP Major Crimes Operations Officer, Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon.

North Okanagan Rural RCMP continue to support both the Jones’ family and his community.

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

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 

KELOWNA RCMP

 

E-BIKE THIEF IN BIG TROUBLE

Suspect tried to run over cop, chased and bitten by police dog, IIOC MBC investigates

DAWN ROBERTS

 

On August 1, 2020, shortly after 10pm, an officer in a marked police car was flagged down by a victim who reported someone had just stolen his E-Bike (battery assisted mountain bike) in Kelowna.

The suspect
allegedly made attempts to evade police, and rode to a well-known pedestrian and bike trail known as the "Rail Trail".

 

A Police Dog Service (PDS) officer was deployed to the area of the Rail Trail to conduct containment with his police dog, and saw the suspect riding an E-Bike towards him.

 

Efforts were made to stop the suspect and ultimately a collision occurred with the police dog. Then a struggle ensued between the PDS officer and the suspectThe suspect was ultimately taken into custody with the assistance of the police dog and additional officers.      

 

Emergency Health Services (EHS) was immediately called and took the suspect to the Kelowna General Hospital for serious injuries related to the contact (bite) by the police dog. 

 

The police dog was also taken to the vet for medical assessment and has minor injuries.

 

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

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

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 

KELOWNA RCMP

 

DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES AND LEFT

Pole falls and ignites grass, locals extinguish averting a forest fire

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

Devastation was averted thanks to first responders and local farmers, after an alleged impaired driver fled from a collision scene, which sparked a wildfire within hundreds of feet from homes outside of Lytton BC.

On August 1, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., emergency first responders mobilized to the scene of a hit and run collision on North Spencer Road at Lytton Ferry Road situated on the west side of the Fraser River. Witnesses told police that the vehicle involved, an older model Ford F150 pickup truck, fled the scene after colliding with a hydro pole.

The force of the collision toppled the hydro pole, which then sparked a small wildfire. Local farmers were the first on scene and took action which no doubt knocked the blaze back and likely prevented it from burning out of control. The wildfire was suppressed by BC Wildfire ground crews, a helicopter and the Lytton Volunteer Fire Department who arrived on-scene quickly.

Front line RCMP officers located the suspect vehicle on South Spencer Road, with front end damage consistent with colliding with a power pole. The driver and his passenger were identified by police who initiated an impaired driving investigation.

The driver, a Lytton man in his 40’s, was provided with a demand and he submitted samples of his breath roadside, both of which resulted in a fail. He was issued a 90-Day-Immediate Roadside Prohibition from driving under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and his vehicle was impounded. He could face further charges for failing to remain at the scene of a crash, and could be held civilly liable for the costs incurred to battling the wildfire.

Thanks to the collaborative work of all those involved in the suppression efforts, no structures were threatened or destroyed before the fire was put out and the individual police believe to be responsible for the blaze was located and identified, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225.

 

  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR

BC Coroners try to piece together what happened

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating following the discovery of a deceased individual inside a motor vehicle parked near downtown Vernon early Saturday afternoon.

On August 1, 2020, at 12:46 p.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a report of a man slumped in the driver’s seat of a suspicious vehicle parked in a lot situated in the 3300-block of 24th Avenue. First responders attended the scene where they located a deceased man inside the Ford Freestar minivan.

Criminality is not suspected in the 39-year-old West Kelowna man’s sudden death and the BC Coroners Service has been notified, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating, it is conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means he came to unexpected death.

Neither the RCMP nor the BC Coroners Service has any additional information for release on this matter.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

KOOTENAY RCMP

 

SEARCHERS LOOK FOR MISSING MAN

Tried to save dog in the water in Kootenay River

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

RCMP and local search and rescue crews completed another day searching the Kootenay River after a man was swept away Thursday afternoon, while attempting to rescue his dog.

On July 30, 2020 shortly before 3:30 p.m. (MT), Columbia Valley RCMP received information that a man had been suddenly swept down river after he entered the water in an effort to rescue his dog. The man was recreating with his family near the Canal Flats area when the tragic incident unfolded.

The victim was reportedly walking around a sand bar in the river, when his dog became caught up in the rivers current when it attempted to swim over to him, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. The victim tried to reach his dog, when he suddenly lost his footing, fell into the water and failed to resurface. The family’s dog survived and managed to swim back to shore.

RCMP immediately called upon area search and rescue crews for support and launched a search of the water. An aerial search was conducted and the river banks were searched by both SAR technicians and a RCMP Police Dog Services team.

RCMP divers, with the Underwater Recovery Team (URT), and search and rescue personnel returned to the scene Friday morning to resume their search which proved challenging due to river conditions.

All possible efforts to safely locate and rescue the 43-year-old Edmonton man, have been exhausted. The difficult decision to suspend the search has been made in consultation with search and rescue experts, swift water rescue technicians and RCMP divers. Officials will continue to monitor the river level and conduct periodic shoreline searches and aerial searches as conditions permit.

I'm extremely grateful to all the agencies and local residents who supported our search efforts, including Columbia Valley SAR, Kimberly SAR, the Cranbrook SAR search dog, the Canal Flats Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services, Coldstream Helicopters and our very own RCMP Victim Services, says Sgt. Darren Kakuno, Detachment Commander of the Columbia Valley RCMP. Our search to date has involved twenty swift water SAR technicians, three jet boats, a police dog team, a SAR dog team, an unmanned aerial vehicle, underwater rovers and cameras, a helicopter and the RCMP’s dive team. Local residents continued to drop off food and water for searchers, which was greatly appreciated.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

 

THREE AMIGOS

Two women and a man arrested

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

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

Just before 7:30 p.m. on July 30, officers from the Prince George RCMP received a report from an in vehicle tracking company, that a truck stolen from Alberta was mapping in the Prince George area. Police received another report that a truck, bearing the licence plates of the stolen vehicle, had driven into a lot in the 1400-block of Old Cariboo Highway, three individuals, two women and one man, exited the truck and fled on foot.

The two women were located separately, a short distance away, while the man was taken into custody following a short track with a police dog. One woman was released without charge, while the other woman and man were transported to the Prince George RCMP Detachment, where it was discovered the man was suffering from injuries, which were later determined to be serious. He was transported to a local area hospital, where he remains.

Prince George RCMP frontline officers are continuing the criminal investigation, which includes allegations of possession of a stolen vehicle, break and enter, driving while prohibited, possession of a controlled substance, and breach. The woman is expected to appear in court later today, while the man will appear at a later date.

 

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

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

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

VERNON RCMP

 

BODY FOUND HOME DEEMED SUSPICIOUS

Coroner's and Major Crime Unit called in

CPL JESSE O'DONGHEY

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been called in to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an individual who was discovered deceased inside a home near Round Lake in the North Okanagan.

On July 30, 2020, shortly before 9:30 a.m., North Okanagan Rural RCMP was called to a home situated along Emery Louis Road near Round Lake, after the remains of a deceased individual was found inside.

Police believe that criminality was involved in the individual’s sudden death, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. RCMP do not believe there is any risk to public safety.

The Vernon RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section is supporting the Southeast District Major Crime Unit in the investigation.

The BC Coroners Service has also been notified and will be conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine a cause of death.

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

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

BURNABY RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN BURNED OUT VEHICLE IDENTIFIED

IHIT reaches out to the community for tips and leads

CPL DEANNA LAW

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the death of 23-year-old Randy Joseph Chan whose remains have now been identified in a vehicle fire that originated in Burnaby.
 

On July 22, 2020, around 11:30 p.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 7500-block of Meadow Avenue. The vehicle sustained such significant damage that police were unable to immediately complete a thorough examination. The vehicle was taken to a tow yard in Burnaby, to allow the hazardous gases associated with a recently burned vehicle time to subside prior to further inspection.
 

The following morning, an arson investigator from Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Service Team examined the vehicle and made a request to have an ICBC investigator make an independent examination. On July 29, 2020, human remains were discovered inside the vehicle by the ICBC investigator. Burnaby RCMP immediately secured the scene and engaged IHIT and the BC Coroners Service.
 

“Depending on the extent of the fire damage, particularly in car fires where accelerants such as gas are present, it is not always immediately evident that there are human remains present,” sai Superintendent Graham de la Gorgendiere, Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the Burnaby RCMP Detachment. “The Burnaby RCMP will conduct a review of the actions taken by the arson investigator and determine whether any practices or procedures may be improved upon.”
 

IHIT has now assumed conduct of the Randy Chan missing person investigation and is releasing Mr. Chan’s name in order to further its investigation.
 

“IHIT investigators are pushing ahead with their investigation and invite anyone who may have information in the hours leading up to Mr. Chan’s disappearance to call IHIT,” says Constable Harrison Mohr of IHIT.
 

The Burnaby RCMP continues to support IHIT in its 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).

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

FRAUD AND THEFT SUSPECT WANTED

Rental cleaned out of appliances and more

CPL DEANNA LAW

 

Help from the public might be the key to identifying a suspect and solving an investigation of fraud and theft that resulted in extensive damage to a rental property.

On March 26, 2020, Coquitlam RCMP received a report from a rental property owner who told police that a suspect used a false driver’s license to rent an apartment. It was reported that thousands of dollars worth of belongings including appliances, baseboard heaters, a fireplace, chandelier and thermostats were stolen from the apartment, leaving extensive damage inside.

The landlord gave police the following description of the suspect:

• A man who appears to be Caucasian,
• Approximately 167 cm (5’6) to 172 cm (5’8),
• Short brown hair with blonde highlights,
• Thick beard approximately 10 cm (4) in length,
• May go by the fictitious name of "Corey Lyndon."

If you think you recognize the suspect, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and ask for Constable Genevieve St-Louis (file 2020-8016). If you wish to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at www.solvecrime.ca.

To protect your rental property, and find out more about the laws and regulations, contact your BC Residential Tenancy Branch for detailed information.

 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 

TRAIL RCMP

 

FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS

Passenger took off with vehicle caught with drugs and cash

CPL JESS O'DONAGHEY

 

 

On July 28, 2020 at 10:49 a.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a Ford F-350 pickup truck had been taken without the owner’s consent. The registered owner had reportedly entered into a local business, leaving their vehicle with a passenger inside. When the owner returned the passenger and the vehicle were gone.

Trail and Greater District RCMP located the suspect and the vehicle on Esplanade Street in downtown Trail. He was taken into police custody and later released pending further investigation. The vehicle was returned to its owner.

 

Following the man’s arrest police seized:

• over 27 grams of various forms of suspected cocaine;
• over 14 grams of suspected fentanyl;
• approx. 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine;
• 4 pills suspected to be dilaudid;
• over $4,400 in Canadian and American currency;

The 36-year-old Trail man now faces a number of potential auto theft and drug related charges. Once the police investigation is complete, which will include a proper analysis of the substances seized, Trail RCMP will provide all details of its investigation to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for charge assessment.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 

COLUMBIA VALLEY RCMP

 

VEHICLE STOLEN, DRAGS DOG

Suspect tracked down, arrested

CPL JESS O'DONAGHEY

What started as a routine outing for a Windermere woman turned frightening, when she witnessed her dog being dragged behind her freshly stolen vehicle as it fled the downtown area late Monday afternoon.

On Monday, July 27, 2020 shortly after 5:30 p.m., the Columbia Valley RCMP was advised that a Toyota Rav4 was stolen while parked on Sinclair Avenue in Windermere BC. The owner told police she had left her vehicle running with her dog inside, while she went into a local store. When she returned to her vehicle it was gone.

A short time later the woman saw her Rav4 drive past and could only watch as the auto theft suspect tried to push her dog out of the moving SUV, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP Southeast District. In doing so, the dog’s leash became caught in the door resulting in the dog being dragged for a distance of approximately 1 block.

Officers immediately responded and began conducting patrols for the stolen vehicle. A description of the male suspect was obtained from video surveillance and within an hour, front line officers located the suspect walking on Subdivision Road in Windermere. The stolen vehicle was located a short distance away. The male was arrested and remanded into custody.

24-year-old Rylan Kinsey of Airdrie Alberta has now been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, causing injury to an animal and three counts of failing to comply with release conditions.

Indy, the woman’s Husky Hound Shepherd cross, sustained abrasions and lacerations as a result of being dragged. His owner believes that he either eventually slipped out of his collar or it broke away during the ordeal. Indy’s wounds required stitches, but he is expected to fully recover.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are urged to call the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 

CRESTON RCMP

 

MOUNTIES SEEK ANSWERS TO DEATH

Man's body found near vehicle in Yahk

CPL JESS O'DONAGHEY

Creston RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are now investigating after the remains of a missing Lethbridge Alberta man were located in the Moyie River late Monday morning.

Lewis White was last seen on July 23, 2020 in Lethbridge Alberta. He was travelling to a destination in BC, however he never arrived as scheduled. His motor vehicle was located on July 26 near the small community of Yahk, situated in southeastern British Columbia.

On July 27, 2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m. search and rescue personnel located Lewis’ remains, during their second day of searching. His remains were recovered in the Moyie River within the vicinity of where his vehicle was found. His family has since been notified.

At this time there is no evidence to suggest that criminality was involved in Mr. White’s sudden death, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. We extend our deepest condolences to Lewis’ family during this difficult time.

The BC Coroners Service was notified and is engaged in an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the deceased came to his unexpected death. Neither the RCMP or the BC Coroners Service has any additional information to release.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

STORAGE LOCKER THEFT RING BUSTED

Items being sold online

CPL ELENORE STURKO

Some of the items police recovered.

A four-month project targeting break-ins to storage lockers has led to charges against four individuals, for offences committed in multiple jurisdictions.

In September 2019, the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) identified two individuals with alleged ties to property crime taking place in Surrey, which involved stolen items being sold online. Further investigation indicated that the suspects may be connected to a larger property crime operation connected to break and enters. In February 2020, the team launched a project aimed at further investigating this property crime operation.

As the project continued, investigators identified multiple additional property crime suspects. These individuals are allegedly connected to break and enters into storage lockers at various facilities throughout the Lower Mainland, Kelowna and Calgary. The estimated value of stolen items was in excess of $200,000.

On June 19, 2020, 15 charges were laid against Philip Sprentzel, Austin Jones, and Magdalena Toner, for offences related to the break-ins that occurred in Surrey, Langley and Hope. Additionally, as a part of the joint investigation with the Calgary Police Service, a total of 25 charges were laid against Sarah Griffin, Philip Sprentzel, and Austin Jones, for offences committed in Calgary.

This was complex investigation that required the collaboration of police agencies in multiple jurisdictions including our partners in Calgary, says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. We are pleased that the hard work of the officers has resulted in a large quantity of stolen property being recovered and charges being laid.

While charges have been laid, the investigation is on-going, anyone with information 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

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 

MISSION RCMP

 

ONE DEAD IN SMALL PLANE CRASH

Plane tried to land on deserted air strip

S/SGT JANELLE SHOILET

One person has died and another is injured following a tragic small plane collision near Stave Lake yesterday evening.

Just before 6 p.m. on Monday July 27, Mission RCMP received a report from the International Emergency Response Centre that a small plane had crashed on an abandoned air strip near Stave Lake.

Officers from the Mission RCMP were transported to the area with assistance from Mission Search and Rescue, as the site is inaccessible by road.

Sgt. Chris Robinson of the Mission RCMP states, When our officers arrived at the crash scene, they found a 21-year-old woman had been injured and a 66-year-old woman, who had died. The injured woman was transported to a larger area hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

The Transportation Safety Board announced it will deploy investigators to the scene to conduct a preliminary examination of the aircraft wreckage.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting a parallel investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the female in her 60s had come to her unexpected death.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 

CHASE RCMP

POLICE TRY TO SOLVE COLD CASE

Man missing for 10 years

CPL JESSE O'DONAHEY

Chase RCMP is appealing to the general public for any information surrounding the unexplained disappearance of Shayne Murray Robinson in 2010, as it continues its investigation into a decade old missing person’s case.

Shayne Robinson was last heard from on July 23, 2010 and reported to the Chase RCMP as a missing person on July 28, 2010. Although he originated from Edmonton Alberta, Shayne was living in Celista B.C. at the time of his disappearance. He was in the process of moving to the Barriere area, and had borrowed his mother’s vehicle, a grey 2004 Dodge Ram 4-door pickup truck with Alberta licence plate YND 082, to make the move.

On Saturday July 24, 2010 at approximately 2 a.m., that vehicle was recovered abandoned by the Barriere RCMP on Enterprise Way in Louis Creek near Barriere BC.

• Caucasian male
• 40 years
• 23
• brown hair
• blue eyes

The Chase RCMP remains dedicated in determining what happened to Shayne, states Sgt. Barry Kennedy, Chase RCMP Detachment Commander. We hope to be able to offer Shayne’s loved one’s answers to the questions they have carried with them for a decade now.

Chase RCMP is seeking any information with respect to the activities leading up to the disappearance of Shayne Robinson, or any information surrounding the abandonment of his mother’s grey Dodge Ram pickup truck in the Barriere area.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Shayne is urged to contact their local police, the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN FACES SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ROBBERY CHARGES AFTER PARK ATTACK

Mounties caught the man who dragged a woman into the bushes in Surrey

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

On July 24, 2020, a 30-year-old man, was arrested and taken into police custody. On Saturday, July 25, 2020, several charges were sworn in BC Provincial Court.  

 

Hartley Ronald Duckhorn of Surrey, was charged with sexual assault with a weapon, use of an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence, unlawful confinement, robbery, and uttering threats. Hartley Duckhorn was remanded in custody.

 

“This unacceptable attack on a woman in our community was very concerning for police and for the greater community,” says Staff Sergeant Lyndsay O’Ruairc, Vulnerable Persons Section Commander. “Our Special Victims Unit worked rigorously with multiple other Surrey RCMP Units to identify this suspect. We hope the community feels some reassurance with his arrest and charges.”  

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

IIOC BC

MAN WALKED TO HIS DEATH

Tragic ending when man crosses highway after leaving cop shop

IIOC BC

On June 24, 2020, RCMP officers interviewed a man, the affected person in this case, regarding an investigation into serious alleged offences. The man requested to go outside for a break, which was permitted as he was not being detained. The man did not return to complete the interview, but instead left the detachment without notifying officers.

A short time later, the man walked into traffic on Highway 1 and was struck by an oncoming commercial vehicle. The man did not survive his injuries.

The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence, including statements from independent witnesses, and has determined that the death of the man was not the result of police action or inaction. Although police do have a duty of care when an individual is being interviewed, including to ensure the person is not a danger to themselves, in this instance the man was not exhibiting any signs of distress which would have caused officers to be concerned for his welfare. Therefore, the officers cannot be held accountable for the outcome as the man was responsible for his own death.

As a result, the investigation has been concluded.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

GRAND FORKS RCMP

 

CLEAN CROOK MAKES  A SPLASH IN CANADA

US thief floated for 2½ hours while trying to avoid Mounties

SGT. DARRYL PEPPLER

 

US man in river seen trying avoid capture in Canada.

BC RCMP officers in Grand Forks arrested a Washington State man, who led police on a two and a half hour float chase, down the Kettle River Friday.

On Friday July 24, 2020, at approximately 1 a.m., Stevens County Sherriff’s contacted Grand Forks RCMP to advise a stolen vehicle had entered Canada illegally at the closed Port Cascade border crossing after they had attempted to stop it in Kettle Falls, Washington. A spike belt was deployed successfully by U.S. officials, however the suspect continued to drive and allegedly rammed through the barriers at the border before dumping the vehicle and fleeing on foot into Canada.

Grand Forks RCMP front line officers patrolled the area and eventually located the stolen vehicle abandoned in the 7200-block of Highway 3 just outside the downtown core, however, the man was not found.

Later the same day, the suspect was spotted back where the stolen vehicle was recovered and RCMP officers attempted to arrest him, however he resisted and ended up jumping into the waters of the Kettle River where he floated for 2.5 hours, attempting to evade his capture.

Grand Forks RCMP, assisted by Midway RCMP was able to track the man by walking along both sides of the river bank. At a point where the river narrowed, a RCMP officer, along with some good Samaritans were able to wade into the river and escort him back to shore. The man taken into police custody without further incident.

The man was turned over to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) on July 25th. The Grand Forks RCMP continue to work with CBSA officials on possible charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. The RCMP will continue to work with its American law enforcement counterparts on their criminal investigation.

This was an exceptional response from many involved including the Grand Forks and Midway officers who tracked the male for 2.5 hours, the Grand Forks Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services and local search and rescue personnel, says Sergeant Darryl Peppler. We would like to thank the good Samaritans who assisted us in helping to safely escort this male to shore where he could be taken into custody.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

IIO BC

 

CAMPBELL RIVER PARTY A BIT TOO ROWDY

Individual hurt while being arrested

IIO BC

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Campbell River.

Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on July 26, 2020, at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers attended a noise complaint at a residence in the 2700-block of Vallejo Road. Upon arrival, officers located several people as the source of the complaint. One man allegedly became aggressive and, following an interaction with police, was arrested and taken to the RCMP detachment cells.

Emergency Health Services at the detachment were unable to assess the man when he arrived due to his behaviour. Two hours later, the man indicated that he was injured and was transported to hospital where non-life-threatening injuries were confirmed.

The IIO requests that any person who saw, heard, or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

FT ST JOHN RCMP

 

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

Multiple police agencies used to find the body and the killer

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

A major crime investigation that initially began on July 10th, as a missing person investigation became a homicide investigation with charges being laid.

On Friday, July 10, 2020, Sarah Foord (38) was reported by a family member as missing to the Fort St John RCMP.

On July 13, 2020 the BC RCMP North District Major Crime Unit became engaged in the missing person investigation when investigators were unable to rule out foul play. The BC RCMP Major Crime Unit, Fort St John RCMP, Surrey RCMP, Forensic Identification/Forensic Search Units, Police Dog Section and other units from across the BC and Alberta worked collectively to try and locate Sarah Foord.

On July 24th, 2020 the continuing investigation resulted in the recovery of human remains in a remote location approximately 75 km north of Fort St John. In consultation with the BC Coroner Service, and Sarah’s family the remains were confirmed to be those of Sarah Foord.

The Investigative findings were provided to the BC Prosecution Service and on July 25th, 2020, the BCPS approved one count of 2nd degree murder against 35-year-old John Wendell Keyler for the murder of Sarah Foord. Keyler was arrested without incident in Fort St John and will make an appearance on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020.

RCMP investigators continue to update Sarah's family on the progress of the investigation and will continue to provide them support.

"I want to acknowledge all of the police investigators, staff and analysts who worked day and night on this investigation to find Sarah and secure a charge for her death" says Insp. Lorne Wood, North District Major Crime. "Also on behalf of the investigative team I want to thank Sarah’s family, members of the public and local businesses who came forward with information to assist with the investigation into the disappearance of Sarah. Our priority now is to prepare for court process".

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

BC RCMP

 

CROSS BORDER SHOPPING TRIP THWARTED

ATV carried over 400 lbs

CPL DANIEL MICHAUD

On July 21, 2020, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada laid charges for Importation and Possession of a Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking against US Citizen Zacchary Marcus Scott Hecock, at the Abbotsford Provincial Court.

On July 20, Hecock, along with a co-conspirator who has been identified but remains at large, had crossed the US-Canada border with an ATV with trailer in the area of Mt. Lehman Road, in Abbotsford. Citizens noticed the illegal crossing and reported it to police.

The RCMP Border Integrity Enforcement Team, Abbotsford Police and US Border Patrol quickly responded to the area. Hecock was arrested in a blueberry field in the area, and the ATV and trailer were secured and seized, as it contained duffle bags with packages of bulk level methamphetamine, totalling a gross weight of 198 kilograms. The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service also provided assistance in the operation.

This investigation involved assistance from multiple partners which resulted in the quick apprehension of this individual and a substantive seizure.

Hecock is currently remanded in custody, awaiting his next appearance at the Abbotsford Provincial Court on July 28, 2020. The investigation is ongoing.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 

BC CORONERS

 

COLD CASE NEEDS SOLVING

It's been 35 years and woman is still unidentified

CPL DANIEL MICHAUD

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP are asking for your help to solve a nearly 35-year-old mystery involving a woman whose remains were recovered from Burrard Inlet.

On the morning of Dec. 12, 1985, a crane operator at Versatile Shipyards spotted a body floating in the inlet. The body of an older Caucasian female was later recovered. Post-mortem investigations determined that the woman, believed to be between the ages of 55 and 70, had drowned.

Gold Earrings found on her body.

Other physical details are as follows:

• Caucasian female: 170 cm (5'6") in height;

• blue eyes with recently dyed blond hair; and

• two notable scars on the abdomen, including a 12.7cm (5") vertical scar (mid-abdomen) and a 5cm (2") lateral scar on the right side of the abdomen (her appendix had been previously removed);

• upper row of teeth replaced by dentures and lower row of teeth missing; and

• severe curving of the spine, consistent with scoliosis.

At the time of her death, she was wearing maroon pants (size 16, Sears brand), a long-sleeved black button-up blouse over a white turtleneck, a green wool vest with brown buttons, a grey wool winter hip-length coat and white dress gloves. The woman wore black zippered rubber boots. The label inside each boot had the word "Bella" written in blue pen.  

Aside from clothing, a number of other distinct personal effects were recovered, including a good-luck horseshoe and a pair of gold earrings. To view images of these, with a composite facial sketch that was done at the time, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death/coroners-service/special-investigations-unit/unidentified-cases/1985-0220-0978

Anyone with information that may help identify this individual is asked to contact either the North Vancouver RCMP at 604 985-1311, or the BC Coroners Service Special Investigations Unit (toll-free) at 1 877 660-5077 or by email: bccs.siu@gov.bc.ca

 

 

 

  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

POLICE SEEK MISSING MAN

Someone out there knows something

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

Investigators looking into the disappearance of Randy Joseph Chan are now very concerned for Chan’s safety and looking for tips from the public to locate him.

Mounties are asking anyone who saw Chan after July 21, 2020, to call the Coquitlam RCMP and refer to file 2020-19414, which is now being investigated by the Coquitlam RCMP Major Crime Section.

Chan has a significant police history and we understand that some people in his circle may be reluctant to talk to police, but we know there are people with inside information, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. If you need to stay anonymous, or you have valuable information that could lead to a reward, we encourage you to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave your tip at www.solvecrime.ca.

Chan is described as:

  • A 23-year-old Asian man,

  • About 5’8 tall (173 cm) and 200 lbs (90 kg) with a heavy build,

  • With short black hair and brown eyes,

  • Full sleeve tattoos on both arms and his left leg, with a tattoo of Buddha on his chest and Chan on his back.

Chan is a resident of Coquitlam, but the exact time and location of his disappearance are not yet clear.

Police know that some people are trying to solve Chan’s disappearance on their own, says Corporal McLaughlin. But you could be adding to a cycle of violence. Please call police and let us handle it.

The Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line is always open at 604-945-1550. You can always call us directly and ask for the Major Crime Section (file 2020-19414). If anonymity is key, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

CRIME ON WHEELS

Suspects evade police, still on the loose after stealing a pickup then later an ATV

CPL MADONNA SAUNDERSON

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 8:21 AM, Revelstoke RCMP members responded to a report of a two vehicle collision east of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway.

A Ford Expedition, which had been reported stolen in Foothills County Alberta had collided with a semi-truck. The driver of the Expedition was immediately picked up by a black Ford F350 and left the scene, headed west.

RCMP from Sicamous and Salmon Arm, along with CP Rail Police, immediately set up a road block on the Trans Canada Highway in the Solsqua area looking for the west bound truck.


The truck was later located on a forest service road off of Mclean Sawmill Road in Malakwa. This vehicle was determined to be stolen as well and attempted to evade police by reversing the truck directly at the police.

The occupants of the truck, two men and one woman fled on foot into a forested area. An RCMP police dog unit tracked the suspects over the heavily wooded area which lead to the CP rail tracks and the Eagle River. Despite an extensive search, the suspects were not located. Investigation discovered that the suspects were observed on the security camera footage of a residence in the area.

At 4:00 PM, a black side by side ATV was reported stolen in the area the suspects were seen.

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years old, average height, average build, short Mohawk style haircut, wearing grey shirt, grey sweat pants, runners.

The second suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between 30-40 years of age, average height and build, short black hair buzzed, wearing a black shirt, black shorts, runners and carrying a shoulder bag.

The woman has been described as a Caucasian, dark hair shoulder length, slim build, wearing black track suit.

If you know who these people are or where they may be, under no circumstances should you attempt to apprehend them. Call the police immediately, said Sgt. Murray McNeil, detachment commander Sicamous RCMP

If you have any information about this or any other Criminal offence, please contact the Sicamous RCMP at (250) 836-2878 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

VANDALS NOT PLAYING

Malicious damage done to playgrounds

SGT JUDY BIRD

The Abbotsford Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with information after the swing sets in five local Abbotsford Playgrounds were found vandalized.

On May 19, at Larch Park on Stewart Crescent, the chains on both sides of a swing were partially cut, creating the potential for injury. The same vandalism was observed on June 8, at Berry Park on McKenzie Road.

On July 7, at Mill Lake Park off Emerson Street next to the splash park, suspects climbed to the top of the swing set, disconnected all the hardware, wrapped the chain around the top bar and reattached the hardware.  On July 10, at this same location, the chains on both sides of a swing were partially cut. 

On July 13 the suspect(s) cut out a large portion of the tot’s swing seat at Robert Bateman Park.

All damage to the playgrounds has been repaired and no injuries were sustained. 

“Playgrounds are an important outdoor recreation amenity for our community, and they are regularly maintained by City staff to ensure their safety.  We ask residents to report any damage directly to the City as well as any information pertaining to vandalism to the Abbotsford Police.” – Mayor Henry Braun

Parents are asked to carefully inspect playground equipment and report any incidents of damage to the City through the @Abbotsford City Services App or online through the City’s ‘Request for Service’ page.

Those responsible for the damage are subject to criminal charges of mischief.  Anyone with information on this incident are asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-525 or text 222973.

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SAMARITAN SOUGHT

May have important witness information

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is seeking a good Samaritan who came to the aid of a critically injured cyclist, who later died.  

 

At approximately 1:36 am on July 24, 2020, Surrey RCMP received a report from the BC Ambulance Service of an injured cyclist in the area of 80 Avenue and 140 Street. The injured man was transported to the hospital prior to police attendance, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

 

First responders were alerted to this incident by a 911 call made by a good Samaritan using the cyclist’s phone. Unfortunately, this person was gone prior to police attendance and their identity is unknown.

 

Investigators would like to speak to this person who they believe can provide important witness information.  If you are this person, or know who this person is, please contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

This investigation into this incident is on-going however the initial indications are that the cyclist was injured after losing control of their bicycle.

 

The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent investigation to determine the cause of death.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TWO DIE IN MYSTERIOUS FIRE

Police look for tips and leads

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is investigating a fatal fire which occurred in the early morning hours in Whalley.

 

At approximately 4:20 am, on July 23, 2020, Surrey RCMP was called to assist Surrey Fire Service in response to a residential fire at 10640 125B Street. Upon arrival, emergency crews found the residence fully engulfed, and located two deceased people inside.

 

The cause of the fire and cause of death of the two individuals has not been determined and is under investigation by the RCMP and fire officials. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine cause of death.  

 

Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP or Coroners Service will be releasing or confirming identity. No further details regarding the deceased persons will be released at this time.

 

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

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TIK TOK VIDEO-MAKERS ALARM COMMUNITY

Fake weapons used in clips

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

A group of young men filming a video for social media prompted a large emergency response to Mud Bay Park in Surrey.

 

Shortly before 7:00 pm on July 21, 2020, Surrey RCMP officers were deployed in an urgent response to the report of a man with a firearm in the park at 1431 Colebrook Road.  Witnesses who called police, reported seeing a man with a gun put another male in a head lock and bring him into the bushes.

 

When officers arrived they located and arrested a group of 12 young men between the ages of 25 and 30 years old. The group informed the officers they were filming a TikTok video and had two pistol-style airsoft guns in the bushes. Police searched the area and found two airsoft pistols, one baseball bat, one camera, and a chair with a rope.

 

The 12 males were released from police custody and were each issued a Bylaw ticket for Section 33 of the Parks Regulation Bylaw 1998 No.13480., which prohibits the carrying of an airgun within a park, without the prior written permission of the General Manager. The associated penalty for that violation is $200.

 

“Police have a duty to respond to all weapons calls as legitimate public safety concerns,” said Corporal Elenore Sturko. “This group of young men put themselves and others at risk as a result of their poor decision making. Airsoft pistols and other replica firearms are best left at home, or better yet, for the safety and wellbeing of our community, please don’t buy one.”  

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 

RIDGE-MEADOWS RCMP

 

CYCLIST DIED AT SCENE OF ACCIDENT

Mounties reach out to the community for more information

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

Ridge Meadows RCMP is seeking dash camera footage and further witnesses to a fatal collision.

On July 20, 2020, at approximately 5:45 PM, there was a collision between a pickup truck and a cyclist which resulted in the cyclist succumbing to their injuries and sadly, died at scene.
 

The Road Safety Target Team (RSTT) is looking to complete a timeline of the events leading up to the collision. Police are interested in the following information;

• If you were travelling on Lougheed Highway between 240th Street and Spilsbury Street at around 5:30pm to 5:45pm.
• If you saw the vehicle or cyclists prior to the collision.
• If you witnessed the collision or have dash camera footage of the collision.

If you have dash camera footage of the pickup truck or cyclists in the moments leading up to the collision.

• Grey Ford Pickup Truck
• 4 door
• XTR 4x4 Decal on rear box

If you have not already spoken with police and you believe you have information that could assist Ridge Meadows RCMP with furthering the investigation please contact Constable ETHIER of the Ridge Meadows RSTT at 604-463-6251 and refer to file number 2020-15594.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

THE NAKED TRUTH

It took two Taser jolts to bring man down

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

What started as a call about a nude man has led to four police officers being injured, one of them seriously, and a criminal code charge for a 30-year-old Coquitlam man.

When a 9-1-1 call comes in, police never know what we’re going to get, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. This file started fairly innocently, but the outcome was serious and it could have been even worse.

On June 18, 2020, just before midnight, a concerned citizen called police about a man who was walking nude on Lougheed Highway near the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam. When the first officer arrived on scene, the naked man ran into nearby bushes.

The officer followed the man, told him he was under arrest, and attempted to get the man a blanket. The man allegedly reacted by punching the officer without warning and continuing to assault him when he fell to the ground. Four other police officers, and two Conducted Energy Weapons (CEW), were needed before the arrest could be completed.

Roth was taken to hospital for minor injuries and was kept overnight for other medical issues. Three police officers were also treated at the hospital for minor injuries. One police officer is receiving ongoing treatment for serious injuries but has nevertheless returned to work.

On July 22, 2020, the following charge was approved against Roth:

  • Assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm 270.01(2) of the Criminal Code.

Roth is very well-known to police. He turned himself in today (July 23, 2020) after learning about the warrant for his arrest.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAIL THIEF FACE 17 CHARGES

Kelly remains in jail

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

Following a four-month investigation, charges have been laid against a 30-year-old Surrey man in relation to a series of mail thefts that occurred in multiple Lower Mainland jurisdictions.

The investigation began on March 24, 2020, when Surrey RCMP received a report of a break and enter and theft of mail that occurred in the 16300-block of 64 Avenue. Officers with the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) took conduct of the investigation, identified a suspect, and linked the break and enter to a series of other similar offences in Surrey, Delta, Richmond and North Vancouver.

On July 2, 2020, Nickolas Kelly was charged with 17 counts of mail theft related offences and warrants were issued for his arrest. Nickolas Kelly was arrested on July 7, 2020 and has remained in custody since.

This was a complex investigation with multiple offences in different jurisdictions, said Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. Mail theft isn’t just inconvenient for victims, it can put them unknowingly at risk for identity theft. Our investigators were quickly able to connect the dots between numerous files resulting in the arrest and charges.

Surrey RCMP is reminding the public of the importance of securing your mail to prevent being a victim of mail theft and identity theft:

• Don’t leave mail in your mailbox. Collect your mail promptly after delivery. Unattended mail is a treasure trove of personal information for potential thieves.

• Avoid sending cash or gift cards in the mail.

• Plan ahead. If you'll be away, let Canada Post hold your mail until you return or have a neighbor collect your mail.

• When shopping online, avoid having packages delivered to your front door if you aren’t home during the day. Instead, have them shipped to your work or to a friend who is home to accept the delivery.

• Don’t just recycle. Shred documents that contain personal financial information, such as statements and credit card offers.

Anyone that has any information about the investigation, 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.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

PAIR CAUGHT IN STOLEN VEHICLE

Within 6 hours they were in in jail

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

At approximately 5:56 am on July 16, 2020, a red Nissan pick-up truck was reportedly stolen from the 9300-block of Glenacres Drive. By 11:39 am on July 16, 2020 Richmond RCMP had the two in custody.

This is exactly why officers join the Property Crime Unit, says Sergeant Simon Lee, NCO In-charge Targeted Enforcement Units They are passionate about finding and arresting those who are committing these offences.

Officers from the Richmond RCMP Property Crime Unit arrested the two suspects in the 6600-block of Eckersley Road. Officers followed the vehicle through several neighbourhoods, but for reasons of public safety, waited until the two exited the vehicle before approaching. Both males were arrested without incident.

Charges have since been laid against James Bonney and Stephen Davis.

Bonney has been charged with:

• Possession of property under $5000 obtained by crime

• Possession of break-in instrument

Davis has been charged with:

• Possession of property under $5000 obtained by crime

• Possession of break-in instrument

Davis was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Richmond.

If you see something and you think it’s suspicious call it in, says Sergeant Lee, We are actively out there but the more eyes we have watching out for suspicious activities the better. In this case a citizen keeping a watchful eye out on his community alerted police to the original theft of the vehicle which ultimately resulted in the successful arrest of two people.

Anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2020-18921. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

POLICE SEEK PUNCHY WOMAN

Suspect wearing unique runners

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

Police need to speak to a woman who is accused of punching a passenger in a car, and if you recognize the suspect and her colourful shoes, you can help.

Coquitlam RCMP began their investigation on July 4, 2020, at about 8:15 p.m., when two women got into an altercation at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam.

The complainant was a passenger in a car when she says two female pedestrians gave her the finger. One of those young women allegedly punched the complainant through an open window, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin. Obviously we’re only getting one side of this story. We’d like to speak to the two other women who were involved in this file or any witness who saw this event or recognizes the suspect.

The complainant took a photo of the suspect as she ran away, and while the suspect’s back is to the camera, some important details were observed. She’s described as: 

A possibly Caucasian female of medium height,

• Appears to be in her late teens,  Long blonde hair, with dark roots, worn in a high ponytail  

Wearing a pair of yellow, red and black Nike Jordan AJ1 Mids, tight grey shorts and a tight, long-sleeved black top.

Angry confrontations on roadways are a common complaint to police. Here are some tips on avoiding them:

• Avoid escalating: Don’t roll down your windows or get out of your car to continue an argument, 

• Exercise compassion: Many people are stressed, or just unreasonable, and may lash out. Try to be empathetic, be the bigger person, and drive (or walk) away,

• Drive safely: Aggressive driving often starts confrontations. Slow down, drive more safely, and never use your vehicle to intimidate someone,

• Call police: If anyone starts crossing the line and someone’s physical safety might be threatened, call 911 right away.

If you know the suspect, please ask her to call police. Coquitlam RCMP investigators have an open mind and want to hear her side of the story. The Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number is 604-945-1550 and the investigator is Cst. Bret Roach (file 2020-17432).

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

FAKE MODELLING AGENCY LEADS TO SEX CHARGES

RCMP look for more victims of Kashif Ramzan

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

The Surrey RCMP Special Victims’ Unit is advising the public of a sexual assault investigation which involved a man who posed as a modelling agent. Although charges have been laid, investigators believe there may be further victims, witnesses and persons with information, who have not yet come forward.

This investigation began at the end of April, 2020, after police received reports from several females, young adults and youths, who were sexually assaulted after meeting up with a man posing as a modelling agent. In some of the circumstances, victims were contacted through Instagram and then met with man thinking they were going to an audition or photoshoot.

On July 17, 2020, forty-year-old Kashif Ramzan was charged with two counts sexual assault, one count of sexual interference, one count of invitation to sexual touching, and one count of forcible confinement.

In an effort to further the investigation, police are releasing the names of three agencies allegedly operated by Kashif Ramzan. Nextop Global – on Instagram, Reezphotography.com, and Globe Talent Management – known as globetalentmgt on Instagram. Police are also releasing a photo of Kashif Ramzan who may be known to victims as Reez Javier.

Based on the circumstances surrounding these allegations, investigators believe there may be additional victims, witnesses and persons with information, who have not yet come forward. A special tip line has been set up and can be reached by calling: (604) 599-7848.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault under similar circumstances we urge you to contact our team, says Corporal Paula Forbes, Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit. It can be extremely difficult for victims of sexual assault to come forward, but I want to assure any victims who may be in the community, that we have services available to support you.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

NORTH VANCOUVER RCMP

 

MAN WIELDS REPLICA GUN ON CITY BUS

Passengers shocked, driver evacuates bus

SGT PETER DE VRIES

Just before 10 pm last night, officers responded to a call of a man with a gun on a bus at Phibbs Exchange, allegedly aiming it at fellow passengers. The bus driver evacuated everyone from the bus as officers sped to the scene.

"Officers treated this extremely seriously, following all the protocols in place for responding to incidents involving firearms," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP.

"Thankfully, it turned out to be a replica, but at the time, passengers believed it was real," he said. "As to the reason the man chose to act the way he did, we don't really know, but we're still investigating."

The man was arrested at the scene. Investigators anticipate recommending charges of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace, and Breach of Probation.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

MAN IN HOSPITAL WITH STAB WOUNDS

Police are currently looking for the suspect

SGT JUDY BIRD

On July 13, 2020, AbbyPD patrol officers were called to the 1600 block of Riverside Road in response to a stabbing.  Police located a 34-year -old-male suffering from apparent stab wounds to his upper body.  This man was subsequently transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police were advised that there had been a verbal altercation between two men. One man produced a large knife and stabbed the other.  The suspect then fled on foot prior to police arrival. 

Abbotsford Police General Investigation Section investigators have identified the suspect as 30-year-old Matthew ROY.  ROY is currently wanted on a Warrant of Arrest for this incident, and now faces new charges of Aggravated Assault and Breach of Court Conditions (2 charges). 

ROY is described as standing 5’ 9” tall and weighing 161 lbs.  He has short dark hair and a brown goatee.

If you have information about this file or the whereabouts of Matthew ROY, please contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 9-1-1 or 604-859-5225. DO NOT approach ROY.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN JUMPS TO HIS DEATH

Community watches in horror

S/SGT JOE JOHAL

Surrey RCMP is informing the public of a tragic end to a serious incident which garnered a large police presence in Whalley.

On July 16, 2020 at approximately 6:20 pm,  a Front line Surrey RCMP officer spotted a man who climbed over a fence and into the construction site at 9887 Whalley Blvd. When the officer called out to the man, he ran and climbed to the top of a forty story crane.

Tragically, the man jumped from the crane, shortly after 10:00 PM, and did not survive.

 Numerous units and agencies were deployed to assist including the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, a crisis negotiator, and Surrey RCMP’s Car 67, which pairs a police officer with a mental health nurse.

 “There were many witnesses to this incident, members of the public, and media,” said Cpl Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Witnessing a tragedy can be very shocking and emotionally disturbing. We would like to encourage anyone who may need help as a result of witnessing this incident to reach out to their healthcare provider.”

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WANTED: NASEEM MOHAMMED

Warrants on several criminal charge

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on warrants of arrest.

 

Twenty-two-year-old Naseem Mohammed is currently wanted on warrants for being unlawfully at large, resisting/obstructing police, breach of release order, and driving while prohibited.

 

Naseem Mohammed is a Somalian male, approximately 5’5” with a slender build, brown hair and black eyes (please see attached photos). Naseem Mohammed is known to frequent Surrey and other areas of the Lower Mainland.

 

The public is cautioned against trying to apprehend Naseem Mohammed, and is asked to call 911 if he is sighted.

 

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

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

IHIT TRIES TO ID DRIVER OF CAR

Man shot to death in Abbotsford

SGT FRANK JANG

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance for information about a black 2019 Mitsubishi RVR believed to be the suspect vehicle in last Friday’s fatal shooting in Abbotsford, B.C.

 

IHIT and its partners from the Abbotsford Police Department continue to advance the homicide investigation of 43-year-old Karmjit Singh Sran.

 

An extensive canvass for video surveillance footage has produced images of a black 2019 Mitsubishi RVR, with some noticeable damage, believed to be the suspect vehicle involved in the targeted shooting that occurred around 7:49 p.m. on July 10, 2020.

 

Shortly after the shooting at approximately 8 p.m., a burning vehicle was discovered in the area of Lancelot Street in Abbotsford. It is believed to be the suspect vehicle.    

 

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).

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TWO DRIVERS CHARGED REGARDING 2019 ACCIDENT

Woman left with life-altering injuries

CPL ELENORE STURKO

Charges have now been laid against two men in relation to a 2019 serious collision in Newton.

The collision, which took place in the early morning hours of July 12, 2019, involved a single vehicle, a white BMW SUV, which left the roadway and struck a Hydro pole in the 6300-block of 128 Street. The 17-year-old female passenger of the vehicle suffered a life altering injury.

Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation and identified a second vehicle and driver that was involved in the collision. After a fulsome investigation, charges were sworn against the two drivers involved on June 26, 2020:

• Nineteen-year-old Vikram Singh Grewal of Surrey, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Twenty-one-year-old Pavandeep Singh Dhaliwal of Surrey, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

In addition, both drivers have received driving prohibitions of 10 months for Vikram Grewal, and 12 months for Pavendeep Dhaliwal.

This collision resulted in a life-altering injury for a young woman, and has also undoubtedly impacted the lives of both of the drivers involved, said Sergeant Ian MacLellan, of Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be a responsible road user, and avoid high-risk driving behaviour.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 

SICAMOUS RCMP

 

SEMI TRUCKS CRASH, TRANS-CANADA CLOSED

No serious injuries in 6-vehicle pileup

SGT MURRAY MCNEIL

 

On July 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., Sicamous and Salmon Arm RCMP responded along with BC Emergency Health Services and the Eagle Valley Rescue Society to a six vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 10 km west of Sicamous. The collision involved two semi-tractor trailer units, three pickup trucks and a SUV.

Police believe a westbound semi hauling a trailer loaded with grocery product crossed a double solid line, after the driver failed to safely negotiate a turn in the highway. Investigators observed heavy brake marks at the scene, approximately 50 meters in length, which began in the westbound lane of the highway and then crossed the double solid line into the oncoming lane.

The semi-tractor trailer unit then flipped onto its side and skidded down the highway for another 50 meters before it finally came to rest after striking an eastbound semi. The semi-truck and trailer also impacted three eastbound pickup trucks and one eastbound SUV causing extensive damage to the three pickups. The wreckage, which blocked both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway and resulted in a closure and detour route, has since been cleared.

The driver of the westbound semi, a 32-year-old Calgary man was taken to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what police believe to be non-life threatening injuries. Three other adults were also transported by ambulance to hospital, all suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Although no evidence was found to suggest that impairment was a factor in the crash, investigators suspect speed may have been a contributing factor to the collision. Weather, road conditions, and visibility were all excellent at the time of the collision. Police charged the driver with crossing a double solid line under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

This narrow two lane section of the highway has a rock wall on the eastbound ditch and a steep drop behind the concrete barrier on the western ditch, says Sgt. Murray McNeil, Sicamous RCMP Detachment Commander. It is extremely fortunate that this collision did not result in multiple fatalities considering the length the truck traveled before finally coming to a stop and the extent of the damage sustained to all the impacted vehicles.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

BODY FOUND IN BURNED BUSH AREA

No identity of body, police reach out to the community for information

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

An investigation is underway after a deceased person was found in a wooded area along the border of Langley and Surrey.

 

Shortly before 11 am Wednesday morning, July 15, 2020, Langley RCMP and the Langley Fire Department responded to the report of a brush fire in the area of 46A Avenue and 196A Street. The fire was extinguished and a deceased person was located in the area. The cause of death for this person has not been established, as such the death is being investigated as suspicious.

 

It was determined that this incident occurred within Surrey boundaries, and conduct of the investigation was turned over to the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit.    

 

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

 

Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the fire or death of the individual, please call and report the incident to 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.

 

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

SHOOTING VICTIM UNCOOPERATIVE

Surrey Mounties looking for information

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Shortly after noon on July 11, 2020, 29-year-old Trevor Robert McKay was brought to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He was spoken to by investigators and, although his life is in danger, he has provided very limited information to police.

 

Trevor Robert McKay has been the repeated target of violence including the July 11 shooting, and a previous attempted murder on January 28, 2015. Trevor McKay has received multiple warnings regarding his safety from police. Trevor Robert McKay is known to police and has a history of involvement with drug trafficking in the Lower Mainland. The public should be aware that they may be at risk if they interact with this individual (see attached photo of Trevor McKay).

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting of Trevor Robert McKay on July 11, 2020, to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

POLICE LOOK FOR ABUSE VICTIMS

Raymond Gaglardi facing multiple sex crime charges from 1997-2007

CPL MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN

A Coquitlam man is facing six allegations of historical sexual abuse involving three teenage boys and one young man, and Mounties are releasing the suspect’s name and photo to identify any additional victims or witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.

"It takes tremendous courage for adult men to come forward about abuse that happened when they were young", says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. "In order to further this investigation, and protect any future victims, it’s important that we speak to others who may have been keeping this difficult secret".

Coquitlam RCMP began the investigation in December of 2019. It has led to the following charges against 75-year-old Raymond Howard Gaglardi:
• Four counts of sexual assault contrary to section 271(1) of the Criminal Code,
• Two counts of sexual exploitation contrary to section 153 of the Criminal Code.

Gaglardi also went by the name ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ and offered therapy sessions to young people that he met primarily through their parents at church. The alleged offences happened between 1993 and 2007 in Gaglardi’s home in Coquitlam.

Gaglardi has been associated to multiple churches in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam including Hillside Community Church, Austin Avenue Chapel and Evergreen Evangelical.

"Church leaders have done everything they can to help police and make sure their parishioners are safe", says Corporal McLaughlin. "As we expand the investigation, we must remind people that the timeframe, locations, and gender of the victims may also expand".

Gaglardi has been arrested and released with conditions including:

• Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless he is in public,
• Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless that person’s parents are aware of these charges.

If you have any information about allegations surrounding Gaglardi, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-38332).

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

PICK ME UP OR ELSE

Highway closed as ERT moves in searching for suspect to find hitchhiker with pipe who was pointing it at passing cars

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

A report of an individual pointing a firearm at a passing vehicle travelling along Highway 1, amongst a rural heavily forested area between Sicamous and Salmon Arm, prompted police to shut down the highway and call out the Emergency Response Team.

On July 13, 2020 at 2:50 p.m., a motorist called 911 to report seeing a man pointing what she believed to be a rifle at her vehicle as she drove east along the Trans-Canada Highway near Bernie Road.

RCMP resources from both the Sicamous and Salmon Arm detachments responded to the area. Front line officers from both jurisdictions quickly coordinated the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions in order to prevent the public from accessing the area, while the search commenced for the male suspect.

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team happened to be training in the Shuswap area and responded to the scene to assist the front line officers with their search for the suspect.

"A man matching the suspect’s physical description was located within the containment area and arrested without incident," states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

The man, who police determined had been hitchhiking, was not in possession of any firearms upon his arrest. However, further investigation revealed that he had been holding up a metal pipe, which officers believe could have been easily mistaken by a passing motorist as resembling the barrel of a firearm.

A section of the Trans-Canada Highway was closed in both directions for approximately 40 minutes while police conducted their search for the male.

"RCMP wish to thank all those, who were impacted by the emergency highway closure, for their patience and understanding as our officers worked to ensure their personal safety and well-being," adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

 

  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020 

PENTICTON RCMP

 

MOUNTIES BUST MOTEL RESIDENTS

Drugs and guns found

CST JAMES GRADY

On June 30th, 2020, officers with Penticton’s Street Enforcement Unit began an in-depth investigation into a local drug trafficking operation, targeting individuals well-known to Police.

Using various investigative tools, officers were granted a warrant to search a motel suite in the 2000-block of Skaha Lake Road, in which two accused were residing.

On July 2nd, 2020, after obtaining the search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, officers searched the unit.

Once inside, Police found items indicative of drug trafficking, as well as two firearms, one of which was loaded.

Multiple charges have been laid by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada against both Samuel Prescott-Perreault, 32 years, and a female, Paige Rist, 27 years.

"Our officers are committed to enforcing and preventing the sale of illegal drugs in our communities. This type of illegal activity will not be tolerated and our Detachments continue to arrest and hold those who commit drug crimes accountable," explains Cst. James Grandy.

 

  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 

COLUMBIA VALLEY RCMP

 

GLIDER CRASHES IN REMOTE AREA

70-year-old man in hospital with serious injuries after his plane crashes

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

A glider pilot remains in hospital in critical condition, after crashing his aircraft in a remote area outside of Invermere Friday evening.

On July 10, 2020 at 6:45 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that a glider aircraft had crashed near Pedley Pass in a remote area near Invermere B.C. The pilot of a secondary glider aircraft flying in the area made the discovery, reported the crash site to airport operations who called 911.

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, who was activated by Emergency Management BC, reached the crash scene and managed to remove the pilot from the aircraft’s cockpit. The pilot, who was breathing, was attended to by a physician who is part of the search and rescue team.

The pilot, a Kelowna man in his 70’s, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital aboard the search and rescue aircraft. Police have been told that he has since been airlifted in critical condition to a larger centre for further medical treatment.

RCMP has notified and continue to support the Transportation Safety Board of Canada who has also launched an investigation into the aviation incident.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

 

  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN FACES TRIPLE HOMICIDE CHARGES

Three died in arson fire

SGT FRANK JANG

 

A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the homicides of three individuals in a house fire in Langley, B.C. on June 13, 2020.

The identities of the three individuals found dead are 50-year-old Tatiana Bazyar, 46-year-old Francesco Zangrilli and 23-year-old Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. All three were members of the same household who resided in the residence where the fire occurred. Investigators determined that all three were victims of homicide. 

On July 10, 2020, Kia Ebrahimian was arrested by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with three counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Zangrilli, Bazyar and Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. His next court appearance will be on July 20, 2020 by video conference.

“There is no other word than tragic to describe what happened in that Langley home on June 13th,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We offer our deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Francesco, Tatiana and Medea ‘Befrin’.”   

No further details will be released as this matter is now before the court.

 

 

  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 

SICAMOUS RCMP

 

BODY FOUND NOT CONNECTED TO CRIME

Vehicle tied to woman's suspicious death in Edmonton

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, after Sicamous front line officers located a body in proximity to a suspect vehicle related to a suspicious death that occurred in Edmonton Alberta.

On July 11, 2020 RCMP in BC received information from its policing partners in Edmonton that a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, associated to the suspicious death of a woman in Alberta, may be headed into British Columbia.

Shortly after receiving the broadcast of information from the Edmonton Police Service, a Sicamous RCMP front line officer recalled observing an identical vehicle stopped along the Trans-Canada Highway in Malakwa. The officer returned to the area where he located the vehicle of interest, un-occupied and running.

Due to the nature of the investigation associated to the vehicle being conducted by the Edmonton Police Service, the Critical Incident Program was engaged, which consisted of the call out of a Critical Incident Commander, the Southeast District Emergency Response Team, and a Police Dog Services team, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. A search from the vehicle led officers a short distance into the wooded area, where they located a deceased male suspect

At this time criminality is not suspected in the man’s sudden death. The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also investigating, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Sicamous RCMP continue to support the Edmonton Police Service with their ongoing investigation. Anyone with any additional information regarding the movements of the suspect vehicle in British Columbia is asked to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

 

  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

SERIAL ARSONIST ON THE LOOSE

Richmond Mounties reach out to the community for assistance

CPL IAN HENDERSON

 

At approximately 4:30 AM on July 10, 2020, Richmond RCMP responded to a bush fire along the edge of Blundell park, not far from Blundell elementary school. Fortunately, a member of the public had come across the fire and had managed to put it out before emergency crews arrived.

 

Evidence at the scene, together with the nature of the blaze, suggest this fire was intentionally set. It also appears this may be the work of a serial arsonist.

 

Since January 2020, there have been 15 similar fires – all within a specific area in Richmond. Fires have been lit in hedges, garbage bins and construction site porta-pots.

 

Typically, they have been lit between the hours of 11PM and 6AM.

And, fortunately, all have been extinguished in short order.

 

In April, Richmond RCMP stepped up targeted patrols, and created a task force which has been working hard to identify the person or persons responsible. So far, police have been unsuccessful.

 

Residents who live in the area south of Granville Avenue and north of Williams Road are asked to be extra vigilant at this time.  They are encouraged to check their home video surveillance regularly, to ensure it is working properly, and to report any suspicious activity captured overnight.

 

"At this point, no one has been injured and property damages have been small.  But Richmond RCMP is asking for information from anyone who can assist in identifying the person, or persons, responsible.  Once we have a suspect, we can take steps to prevent any further arsons like these.” says Inspector Michael COHEE.

 

A TIP line has been set-up at 604-204-4627 Reports can also be made by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

BARRICADED MAN ARRESTED

ERT called in for lengthy stand-off

CPL IAN HENDERSON

 

Just after 5:00 pm on July 9, 2020, Richmond RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance in the 22600 block of Gilley Road.  The initial report was that a distraught male inside the home was trashing the place during a violent outburst. 

 

A woman was able to flee the residence prior to the lone male barricading himself inside.  The 43-year-old man was known to police, and he was reported to be in possession of a firearm. 

 

Richmond RCMP set up containment on the home, and called upon the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.)  to assist.

 

Several neighbouring homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution and after a lengthy stand off the male was taken into custody without incident in the early morning hours.

 

“In addition to negotiators, police used several tactics to ensure a positive conclusion to this situation.” Says Cpl. Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP Media Relations Unit.

 

The man remains in custody.  Police are continuing their investigation, and residents are expected to be back into their homes shortly. 

 

“This is an investigation in the very early stages, many witnesses are yet to be interviewed and out of respect for the criminal process no further information will be available at this time.” Said Henderson.

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SURREY WOMAN ROBBED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

Police are looking for car cam footage

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Surrey RCMP is informing the public of a sexual assault and robbery which occurred Friday night, in Whalley.

 

On July 10, 2020 at approximately 11:09 pm, Surrey RCMP received a 911 call reporting that a woman had been sexually assaulted in the area of the King George Sky Train Station.

 

At approximately 10:45 pm, the woman was walking under the Expo line toward Fraser Highway, when and unknown male suspect approached her with a weapon. The male robbed the woman of her personal belongings, then pulled her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her. Following the assault, the male suspect fled the area, and the woman was able to obtain assistance and call for help. The woman sustained minor injuries during this incident and was taken to the hospital to receive care. Surrey RCMP victim services have also been engaged.

 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30 to 40 years old, 5'10" tall. He was wearing a red and blue bandana on his face and all black clothing.

 

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

 

“Incidents like this are concerning for the police and the community,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “We are sharing this information to encourage healthy vigilance. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP.”

 

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

MAN SHOT DEAD IN ABBOTSFORD

Police reach out to the community for dash cam footage

CST ROB DYCK

Today at 7:49 pm, the Abbotsford Police responded to the 2700-block of Lucern Crescent for a shooting. Investigators have identified a man in his 40’s who died on scene.

Abbotsford Police Patrol officers, Forensic Identification Unit officers and Major Crime Detectives remain on scene investigating and canvassing the area for video and additional witnesses.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of this shooting or has CCTV, dashcam video or information about this investigation is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 604-859- 5225 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.solvecrime.ca. The Abbotsford Police Major Crime Unit will be transitioning this investigation over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT). All further media inquiries and updates will be provided by IHIT.

 

  SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

MAN SHOT DEAD IN ABBOTSFORD

Police reach out to the community for dash cam footage

CST ROB DYCK

Today at 7:49 pm, the Abbotsford Police responded to the 2700-block of Lucern C

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP

 

MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL OFFENCES

Gun and ammo fund inside residence as well

CPL CRAIG DOUGLASS

The Prince George RCMP are requesting the public’s help to locate a man wanted for sexual related offences from an incident that occurred in 2017. The suspect is believed to be residing on Vancouver Island.

In August 2017, the Prince George RCMP entered into a sexual assault investigation involving an adult male and a female under the age of 18. The investigation led to the BC Prosecution Service approving the following Criminal Code charges against 38-year-old Christopher Lloyd Dixon:

• Sexual Assault

• Sexual Interference

• Sexual Exploitation

In September 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Dixon after he failed to appear for court.

Dixon is believed to be in the central part of Vancouver Island, possibly the Campbell River area including Black Creek or Cedar, BC. Dixon also has a history in Nanaimo, BC, as well as 150 Mile House, near Williams Lake, BC.

Christopher Lloyd Dixon is described as:

• Caucasian male

• 175 cm (5’9)

• 76 kg (168 lbs)

• Brown hair

• Brown eyes

If you have any information about Christopher Lloyd Dixon or where he may be, please contact the local RCMP Detachment or police of jurisdiction in your area. As an alternative, anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

COPS SHOT AT WITH PELLET GUN

Gun and ammo fund inside residence as well

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

A genuine firearm and ammunition were seized from a Newton residence by Surrey RCMP officers after a shooting incident involving a BB gun.

Shortly after 4:30 am, on June 26, 2020, Surrey officers were conducting a foot patrol in the 6400-block of King George Boulevard, when they came under fire from what was determined to be a BB gun. The officers were not injured. They were able to take a position of cover and called additional back-up to contain the area and assist in the investigation.

Police were able to identify a nearby residence, in the 6500-block of King George Boulevard where the shots were allegedly fired from. Containment was set up and multiple occupants were called out of the residence one at a time, and detained without incident.

Further investigation inside the residence yielded not only a BB gun, but a genuine firearm, and ammunition were also located and seized.

Although the investigation is on-going, it is believed that the police officers were the intended targets of the BB gun shots. There is no indication of an on-going threat to public safety as a result of this incident.

All parties who were detained at the residence were identified and then released pending further investigation. Charges have not been laid at this time.

It’s concerning for us that our officers were fired upon while on foot in the community, and we’re thankful that none of our officers, or any members of the public were injured, said Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. I am also very pleased with the professional and methodical response of our officers. They did a great job de-escalating what could have turned into a very dangerous situation.

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, JULY 9, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

Hammer and Tong

Police grapple with suspect during arrest, seek witnesses

CPL MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN

It's perfectly fine to record video of a police arrest from a safe distance, but Coquitlam RCMP is asking that witnesses to an intense early-morning arrest share their video with police so that it can be part of a complete and impartial investigation.

At 12:32 a.m. today (July 8, 2020), police arrived at a home in the 1100-block of Inlet Street, Coquitlam, to speak to the registered owner of a badly damaged grey Mazda 3. Several concerned neighbours had reported that the car had driven through a yard and hit parked cars.

When police announced themselves at the home, a 31-year-old Coquitlam man came out holding blunt objects including a large hammer. The man immediately challenged police, and a Conducted Energy Weapon (taser) was used but it was only partially effective. In the ensuing altercation, the man allegedly threw the hammer and struck a police officer. The officer was taken to hospital for minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was not seriously hurt.

Police have spoken to as many witnesses as possible, but have not yet located two people who were driving by and may have taken cell phone video.

When you take video you’re still the ‘owner’ and you can do what you wish with the copies, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. But it’s important that we get the original, unaltered video. Collecting the best evidence is always our priority, but it’s extra-important right now because police are being questioned more than ever about our use of force.

If you have any evidence that showed the events leading up to this arrest, or any other use-of-force case that you think is important, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550. The file number for this most recent arrest is 2020-17740.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 

MAPLE RIDGE RCMP

 

TOP COP

Hyland raises awareness of women in law enforcement

CST JULIE KLAUSSNER

The Officer in Charge of the Ridge Meadows RCMP, Superintendent Jennifer Hyland, is the recipient of the 2020 International Association of Women Police (IAWP) award for mentoring and coaching.

On June 24, 2020, Superintendent Hyland was informed by the IAWP that she was being presented the award for her support and assistance of female police officers through focus on their career training and personal development.

 

The Mission of the IAWP is to strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women in policing internationally. Their Vision is to foster a world where police reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and where human rights are protected.

 

RCMP Commissioner, Brenda Lucki, states "I am so pleased to see Superintendent Jennifer Hyland recognized for her leadership and commitment to helping others succeed. Her dedication, compassion and respect are an inspiration, and her work to encourage and empower other women in policing is helping to develop future leaders within our organization and beyond."

 

Superintendent Hyland conceptualized and implemented a program consisting of an 8 lesson series focussing on key leadership skills and challenges facing female officers in a predominately male policing environment. The program has been successful in assisting female police officers with their advancement in leadership roles within the detachment and the force.

 

"I was so honoured to learn that the police officers I work with every day nominated me for this international recognition.  When I was contacted by the IAWP last week and told that I was being awarded the Mentoring and Coaching Award for 2020, it was incredibly humbling", states Superintendent Hyland. "My leadership approach has always been to take the time to pay attention to those around me, ensuring that I work to enhance their skills and abilities, knowing that I will one day leave the world of policing and that the investment in our people will serve the community years after I am gone."

 

Superintendent Hyland will be receiving the award in Indonesia in 2021.

 

  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020 

HOUSTON RCMP

 

MAJOR CRIME INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Victim died at the scene

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

On July 2, 2020, at 4:30 a.m., RCMP received a report of an adult male in medical distress inside a residence located along Pearson Road in Houston BC. Officers and emergency medical crews rushed to the scene where they found an adult male victim suffering from significant injuries.

Sadly the victim, a 30-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP. Investigators believe the incident was isolated in nature and that the general public is not at any risk.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released.

The police investigation is ongoing at this time, being led by the RCMP North District Major Crime Unit, supported by Houston RCMP and RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204.

 

  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

POLICE LOOK FOR MISSING BOAT

Beautiful fishing boat

S/Sgt. SCOTT WEST

 

On June 29, 2020 shortly before 6:30 a.m., Salmon Arm RCMP received a report of a theft of boat from a property along 15th Street SE.

Taken was a green 13 foot 2019 Lowe, model 1448M, aluminum boat, with a 2018 Mercury 20MH EFI motor on a grey 2017 Highlander boat trailer with BC licence plate WDL96S.

If you see this boat and/or trailer you are asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Please do not try to recover the boat, trailer or motor on your own, call police. If the trailer is seen moving dial 911 immediately.

 

  SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

VIOLENT MISCREANTS CAUGHT

Two men face litany of charges

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

On July 2, 2020 shortly after 2 p.m., Princeton RCMP responded to a suspicious person report from a local Blackmine Road resident, who had a strange encounter with a man he believed was casing the area. The complainant followed the suspicious male, who met up with a second man, and the pair were surrounded by a group of local residents when front line officers arrived on-scene.

As a result of the ongoing investigation being led by Salmon Arm RCMP General Investigation Section, both men had since been identified as suspects in the recent violent break and enter, and robbery in Salmon Arm. They were each taken into police custody without incident.

Officers performed checks of nearby homes along Blackmine Road and located a residence that showed signs of forced entry and believed it to be the scene of a break and enter, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District.

The 46-year-old Nanaimo man, and 44-year-old Kelowna man were held in police custody. Each face a number of potential criminal charges pending the conclusion of investigations in both Salmon Arm and Princeton.

If you have any additional information you are asked to call the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911 or the Salmon Arm RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) at 250-832-6044.

 

  FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

TEACHER BUSTED WITH KIDDIE PORN

Elazar Reshef, 52, faces multiple charges

CPL JOANIE SIDHU FOR ICE

The Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) is informing the public of an investigation which has resulted in charges against a 52-year-old Surrey resident.

Elazar Reshef has been charged with three counts of child pornography related offences.

The investigation began in March 2019, as a result of a notification received from an electronic service provider, which alleged that an account user had child pornography in their possession. Surrey RCMP ICE immediately launched an investigation. Following an extensive review and forensic analysis of the evidence, charges were approved by the BC Prosection Services and an information sworn against Elazar Reshef on July 2, 2020.

Elazar Reshef has been in direct contact with children during his work as a teacher in the Delta School District. As a result, the Surrey RCMP are releasing this information in the interest of public safety and to further the police investigation.

Investigators have reviewed all available evidence and, at this point, no Lower Mainland children have been identified as potential victims. However, anyone who may have information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact Surrey RCMP ICE investigators at 604-599-0502.

Surrey RCMP is the first 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.

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

PIT BULL KILLS MAN

Dog to be euthanized

BC RCMP
 

On June 29, 2020 at 11:45 am, Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a dog attack at a home in the 900-block of Singh Street in Kamloops.

 

People in the house state that a pit bull owned by a resident attacked a man who was visiting.  Subsequently, the man died of his injuries.

 

Currently (at 2 pm), the dog is secured on the deck of the residence.  Conservation Officers are on scene and will sedate the dog after which, it will be euthanized.

 

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.  Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, his name will not be released.  The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have no further information for release.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 

SALMON RCMP

 

VIOLENT BREAK AND ENTER

Victims tied up at knifepoint

CPL. JESSE O'DONAGHEY


RCMP is searching for a pair of suspects following a report of a residential break and enter with violence early Monday morning.

On June 29, 2020 at 8:12 a.m., Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter to a residence in the 1200-block of 30 Street SW. Police have learned that 2 male suspects, one brandishing a knife, forced their way into the home occupied by two residents.

Once inside the suspects searched the house and allegedly took cash, debit bank cards, a lap top computer, a tablet and keys to the homeowner’s red Ford Taurus, states S/Sgt. Scott West, Detachment Commander for the Salmon Arm RCMP. The residents provided access pin codes to the armed suspects after being threatened.

The victims were bound and the suspects fled the home. The victims managed to free themselves and flee to a neighbouring residence where they called for emergency assistance.

RCMP in a neighbouring jurisdiction has since recovered the stolen Ford Taurus, which will be examined forensically for physical evidence by RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS). The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing at this time.

Suspect 1 is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5 ft 8 in to 6 ft tall, with a slender build, approximately 40 years of age, seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, a pair of light coloured shorts and a light coloured baseball cap.

Suspect 2 is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5 ft 8 in to 6 ft tall, with a slender build, approximately 40 years of age, seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, and a pair of blue jeans.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

PEDESTRIAN - MVA

Police reach out to the community for tips

S/SGT JODIE JOHAL


Surrey RCMP is looking for witnesses to a motor vehicle collision in the 7400 block of 140 Street of Surrey. On June 5, 2020 at approximately 11:00 AM, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle collision in the 7400 block of 140 Street.
 

The pedestrian, an eighteen years old male, sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition and recovering from his injuries at this time.
 

The suspect vehicle did not remain at the scene. Suspect vehicle is described as an older model black van.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has a dash-cam video of the incident is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and speak with the Lead Investigator Cst Mumtaz- Sheh or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-85301.
 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

IHIT INVESTIGATES WOMAN'S DEATH

Police reach out to the community for tips

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On June 17, 2020 just after 5:30 a.m., 41 -year-old Bo Fan was admitted to a Surrey hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.  Ms. Fan died later that same morning and her death was deemed a homicide.  IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation and has been working tirelessly this past week alongside its partners from the Surrey RCMP to gather evidence.

 

In these early stages of the investigation, IHIT has learned that Ms. Fan was a citizen of China and had been in Canada since February of 2019 prior to her death.  She had been living in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C. and was last seen in the area of 168 Street and 27 Avenue in the overnight hours of June 16 and 17, 2020.    

 

“Given what we know so far in the case, we do not believe Ms. Fan’s murder was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “There is still much we need to learn about Ms. Fan and her history, however we do know that she was associated to an organization referred to as ‘Golden Touch’ or ‘Create Abundance’.  We urge anyone who knew Ms. Fan and can shed further light on what happened to her to please contact IHIT.”

 

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

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 

IIO BC RCMP

 

POLICE RESPOND TO DOMESTIC ABUSE

IIOBC investigates use of "less-than-lethal" weapon

RCMP

 

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


At approximately 10:45 p.m. on June 23, Kamloops RCMP frontline officers were called to a disturbance in the 1000-block of Newton Street, where the caller reported a man was chasing a woman with what appeared to be a firearm. Officers set up containment and began to call out the occupants of the residence, one woman exited without incident while the second occupant, a man, allegedly did not immediately exit.


When he did, he allegedly refused to follow police direction and shots were fired from a less-lethal shotgun, striking the man.
The man was taken into custody with the assistance of a police service dog. The man suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital.

 
It has since been determined the initial disturbance call, including the allegations of the firearm were false, and no such incident had occurred. The Kamloops RCMP is continuing to pursue a Public Mischief investigation in relation to this incident.


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


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

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 

KASLO RCMP

 

CRIES FOR HELP HEARD BY DOG-WALKER

SAR rescues woman from vehicle that went over an embankment

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

Emergency crews were called after a woman's cries for help were heard early Monday morning by an area resident.

On June 22, 2020 at 8:45 a.m., Kaslo RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle incident near Davidson Street, a few kilometers west of Ainsworth BC. An area resident was outside with his dog when he heard a woman cry for help. He subsequently found her nearby, pinned beneath her passenger vehicle off the roadway.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene where they located the injured woman pinned underneath a grey Kia Forte, which was resting against trees about 15 feet down an embankment.

Investigators have determined that the motorist had attempted to push her own vehicle off the roadway after she ran out of fuel. She lost control of the vehicle while attempting the maneuver on her own, and became trapped. The incident unfolded at approx 8 p.m. the night prior.

Fire and search and rescue crews worked together to safely extricate the injured woman, who was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to an area hospital for medical treatment. Due to the severity of her injuries she was reportedly airlifted to a regional hospital for additional medical care. Her injuries, although serious, are not believed to be life threatening in nature.

RCMP wish to commend the resident for responding to the victims cries for assistance, states Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. Doing so likely saved the woman's life.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything is asked to contact Kaslo RCMP at 250-353-2225.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020 

BC RCMP

 

COMMUNITY SHOCKED AS BRUTAL COP ABUSES WOMAN IN HARD TAKE-DOWN

Internal investigation leaves cop on force and working in desk duty capacity

INSP LAURA LIVINGSTONE

 

Woman dragged with her arms backward, stomped and hair pulled.

 

I wanted to ensure that everyone was aware that we understand and respect the concerns raised by the recent release of video connected with a January 2020 Kelowna file.

I will have to limit my response accordingly as the matter is subject of an ongoing civil litigation proceeding. However, I can confirm that the series of videos from inside a Kelowna residential building were recently disclosed to all parties involved in the civil litigation as per a court order. The RCMP respects the judicial process and we will continue to respond officially to the allegations made in the civil claim through the courts.

Once we received the videos the materials were reviewed immediately specifically as it relates to the police officer’s actions. As a result of the review, we can confirm that an internal Code of Conduct and criminal investigation were initiated and they are ongoing.

With respect to the internal investigation, the member in the video has been placed on administrative duties and their duty status will be subject to continual assessment. With the other investigation, the RCMP will also be asking an outside police department to independently review the findings of our criminal investigation once completed.

Both investigations are a priority and we ask for the public to respect that they are underway. Those directly involved are being held accountable. We also ask that public refrain from overwhelming the Kelowna RCMP non-emergency phone line with your concerns, so we can ensure that other members of the public can be provided with the assistance they are seeking.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN SUV

Located in John Mahoney Park

CPL JODY THOMAS

Mill Lake in Abbotsford was the site where the body was found.

Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to the parking lot of John Mahoney Park last night at approximately 7:30 pm for the report of an unresponsive male.  The male was found in the driver’s seat of a white SUV bearing out of province license plates. Emergency services confirmed that the male had been deceased for some time.

Major Crime Detectives, Forensic Identification members and the BC Coroner Service are continuing to investigate. The investigation is in its early stages and additional information will be available as the investigation progresses.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225, or to text 222973 (AbbyPD)

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Police reach out to the community for witnesses, dash cam footage

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

72nd and 121st where the accident occurred.

 

On June 16, 2020, at approximately 5:40 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a Ducati motorcycle and a Tesla, in Newton. The driver of the motorcycle died as a result of the collision. The driver of the Tesla remained on scene.

 

Investigators are seeking witnesses and dash cam video that may show the driving actions of the car and the motorcycle prior to the collision.

 

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

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020 

PENTICTON RCMP

 

KERRILYNN MILTON CHARGED WITH FRAUD

Former  Executive Director Downtown Penticton Business Association falsified records

CPL JODY THOMAS

In November of 2016, a newly appointed Executive Director for the Downtown Penticton Association, reported to Police a possible fraud having occurred within the association. The Penticton RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) entered into a thorough investigation.

On June 11, 2020 the BC Prosecution Service approved charges of fraud over $5,000 and falsifying documents against former Executive Director, Kerrilynn Milton.

The accused, Kerrilynn Milton, was arrested by the RCMP and released on a number of conditions. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on July 15th, 2020, in Penticton Provincial Court.

 

  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

ANYONE HOME?

Month-long police investigation leads to guns, drugs and money

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

Search warrants executed by the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit at two separate residences in Whalley and Newton have resulted in the seizure of drugs and handguns.

Continuing the Surrey RCMP’s strategy of proactive enforcement targeting illicit drug trafficking in Surrey, the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit began a proactive investigation in May 2020. The investigation focused on targeting dial-a-dope operations and led to search warrants at two separate Surrey residences; one in the 9000-block of Ben Nevis Crescent, and one and 12200-block of 80 Avenue, that both were executed on June 2, 2020.

During the searches, officers located a large quantity of suspected cocaine and opium, over $1000 cash, two handguns, and ammunition. Officers also seized items consistent with drug trafficking.

Two men, one from each residence, were arrested and later released pending investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

A dial-a-dope operation is drug trafficking that involves individuals who operate primarily from vehicles, and deliver illicit drugs throughout the community.

This level of drug trafficking poses a risk to the public because of the potential violence associated with it, says acting Proactive Enforcement Officer, Staff Sergeant Ryan Element. Our city has experienced shootings and other violent acts that occur related to dial-a-dope operations. Drug users inadvertently invite violence into their neighborhood by calling for the services of a drug dealer who may be the target of violence.

Anyone that has any information about the investigation, 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

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

THIEVES TAUGHT LESSON

20 schools broken into in one month

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Money stolen from school beak-ins.

 

Search warrants executed at three separate residences, led Surrey RCMP to the seizure of items stolen from Surrey schools during a series of break and enters.

 

On June 9, 2020, the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) began an investigation into a spree of 20 break and enters which occurred at various Surrey schools, between May 1, and June 9, 2020. 

 

 

Surrey RCMP diligently pursued this case which, on June 11, 2020, culminated in search warrants at three separate locations; in the 9500-block of 126 Street, 10200-block of 146 Street, and 14100-block of 83 Avenue.

 

PCTT officers executed the search warrants with the assistance of Surrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) and Community Response Unit (CRU).  During the searches, officers seized a quantity of computers, projectors, and electronics, some which were stolen from schools. Officers also located high-end bicycles, mail, credit cards, and over $18,000 cash.

 

 

Three men were arrested in relation to this investigation. Two of the men have been released pending further investigation, the third man, 38-year-old Thomas Bourque, was charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property.  He was initially held in custody and later released on conditions.

 

“Our officers took it to heart when they heard schools were broken into,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Knowing the stolen property impacted teachers and students in our community our team was determined to recover the items and locate the suspects.”

 

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

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WOMAN DIES AFTER BEING DROPPED OFF AT HOSPITAL

Cops each out to the community for information

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit is currently investigating the suspicious death of a woman who was dropped off at a Surrey hospital with significant injuries.

 

At approximately 5:30 am, on June 17, 2020, Surrey RCMP received information from a local hospital reporting a seriously injured woman in her 30’s. Despite medical assistance provided at the hospital, the woman later died in hospital. At this time the cause of the woman’s injuries is unknown, and her death is being treated as suspicious.

 

Earlier today, Surrey RCMP were conducting an investigation to gather evidence in the area of the 2700-block of 168 Street, as it was reported that the woman may have been in the area earlier this morning, or yesterday.

 

Investigators are working diligently to determine how the woman became injured and are looking into the woman’s movements prior to sustaining her injuries. Anyone with information which can assist this investigation is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 

NAKUSP RCMP

 

MAN ATTACKS COP CAR

Mounties look to ID suspect

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Nakusp RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in relation to mischief caused to vehicles in the area of 5th Street NW in Nakusp BC. One of the vehicles targeted by the vandal was a fully marked police vehicle.

The incidents occurred in the early morning hours of June 14th, 2020. The unknown suspect was captured on surveillance video at approximately 2:52 a.m.

The male suspect is described approximately 5 ft 8 in to 6 ft tall. In the video he is seen wearing a light coloured hoodie with the hood pulled up over a baseball cap, a pair of light coloured pants and a pair of black shoes with a reflective tab on the back. He was carrying a light coloured backpack with a black zipper.

It is of great concern to the Nakusp RCMP that a police vehicle was targeted as damage to the vehicle could have resulted in a front line police officer not being able to respond to an emergency call for service from the public, says Cpl. Jaime Moffat.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident please contact the Nakusp RCMP at 250-265-3677.

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 

BC RCMP

 

2019 MURDER SUSPECTS CHARGED

Family relieved justice served

CPL CHRIS MANSEAU

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage have been charged with one count each of first degree murder, in relation to Martin Payne’s death.

In the early morning hours of July 8, 2019 West Shore RCMP received a report that two individuals had escaped from a federal institution. Immediately upon receiving the report, the West Shore RCMP commenced an investigation and search for the men, in co-operation with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). Public alerts and appeals for information were issued and law enforcement agencies were notified. On July 9 at approximately 8:00 p.m. James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage were located and arrested. The arrest took place after an off duty RCMP officer spotted the escapees in Esquimalt and contacted 911 for the Victoria Police Department to respond.

On July 12, 2019, The West Shore RCMP attended a residence in the 1000-block of Brookview Drive, Metchosin, to check the well-being of 60-year-old Martin Payne, who had failed to show up for work. When officers arrived, they found Mr. Payne deceased inside his residence. Given the circumstances at the scene, criminality was suspected and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) was called to investigate.

The 11-month investigation, led by VIIMCU, involved police officers from several police agencies including; West Shore RCMP, the BC RCMP Major Crime Section, Forensic Identification Section, and Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay Police departments, states Superintendent Sanjaya Wijayakoon, the Operations Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.

Chief Superintendent Sean Sullivan would like to personally thank and recognize all the men and women in policing who worked on this investigation. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and committed officers and employees.

"Our condolences go out to Martin Payne’s family and friends.," says Inspector Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of the West Shore RCMP. "We know that this has been a very difficult time for the community and citizens of the West Shore and in particular, Metchosin. We want to thank the citizens for their patience in the investigative process"

Statement from Martin Payne's family

Marty was deeply loved by his tight circle of friends and family and we have continued to mourn his senseless loss every day for the past 11 months. The man who was taken from us was an exceptionally gentle and caring human being whose love, support, and encouragement were unfailing.

We are completely devastated and have been relying heavily on one another throughout this horrifying ordeal. At this time, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us directly or indirectly and all of the law enforcement agencies that have worked tirelessly on this case. We also humbly request that our privacy is respected as we continue to deal with our profound grief.

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020 

LANGLEY RCMP

 

THREE BODIES FOUND

Wakefield Drive fire leads Mounties to victims

SGT FRANK JANG

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating three deaths linked to a house fire in Langley, B.C.  One death has been ruled a homicide. 

On June 13, 2020 at around 5:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP were called to the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive where they discovered a house engulfed in flames.  Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with injuries indicative of homicide.  He has since been identified as a resident of the home.  Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house and their identities are not yet confirmed.  IHIT is working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine their cause of death. 

 

In these early stages of the investigation, IHIT is actively working with its partners from the Langley RCMP to complete investigative steps and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and fire investigators to find the cause of the fire and collect physical evidence.

 

“Although the flames have been extinguished, the property where the fire took place remains an active homicide crime scene.  Neighbours in the area should expect frequent activity at the home by our investigators for the next while,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. 

 

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

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

Mounties bust mail theft ring

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

Three individuals have been charged with fraud and mail theft related offences stemming from a lengthy investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT).

 

On January 27, 2020, the Surrey RCMP PCTT began a pro-active investigation targeting mail theft. The investigation expanded to include incidents of mail theft in other jurisdictions and culminated in search warrants for three locations in Delta and Burnaby, that were executed on February 25, 2020.

 

During the execution of the search warrants, officers located a large quantity of allegedly stolen mail and equipment used to manufacture fraudulent cheques and credit cards.

 

On May 21, 2020, charges were laid against Cody and Juanita McNeil and Neil McRae, for possession of stolen mail, identity cards, and forged documents.

 

“This was a complex investigation that involved the review and processing of a large number of exhibits seized from multiple locations,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Knowing the negative impact that identity theft and fraud has on victims, we’re pleased our work resulted in charges being approved.”

 

Anyone that has any information about the investigation, 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.

 

 

 

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020 

ABBOTSFORD PD

 

Wanted: KEVIN PAYTAKEN

Laundry list of previous charges

SGT JUDY BIRD

 

The Abbotsford Police Department is looking for Kevin PAHTAYKEN, 53, who has a Canada Wide Warrant for being Unlawfully at Large- in breach of his long-term supervision order.

Police describe PAHTAYKEN as 5’8, 196 lbs. He is known to spend considerable amounts of time in Vancouver.

PAHYTAKEN is considered a high risk to reoffend violently.  He has previously been convicted of thefts, break and enters, robberies, possession of narcotics, obstruction of peace officers, property crimes, impaired driving, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon, escape lawful custody, unlawfully at large, mischief, forcible confinement, and numerous assaults, including assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, and assault with intent to steal.

Anyone who sees PAHTAYKEN should not approach nor confront him, call 9-1-1.  If you have any information about PAHTAYKEN, contact the AbbyPD at 604-859-5225.

 

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 

IIO BC RCMP

 

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF

IIO BC investigating

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

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

On June 9th, 2020, at approximately 10:45 p.m. frontline officers from the Comox Valley RCMP were called to assist Emergency Health Services after a member of the public had concerns for the health and well-being of an acquaintance staying at a local hotel.

Officers attended the scene and engaged the man in conversation. The man initially presented himself to officers outside the hotel and initially assured members he would not commit any self-harm.

Despite the officer’s efforts to de-escalate the situation the man returned to the hotel room, exiting shortly after with a firearm and harmed himself. 

The officers immediately called in BC Emergency Health Services who had been staged, as a precaution, nearby the scene and took steps to provide first aid to the man awaiting their arrival. The man succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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

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

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WANNABE COP SCAMS

Some people have handed over bitcoin

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Surrey RCMP is informing the public of a recent influx in scams involving individual(s) who are impersonating either a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer.

 

Five reports of this scam were received by the Surrey RCMP on June 9, 2020. In these cases, the complainants said the caller(s) claimed to be a RCMP or CBSA officer and requested a sum of Bitcoin, in exchange for criminal charges being waived. In some of the cases, funds were transferred to the caller.

 

Surrey RCMP is urging anyone that receives this type of call, not to send any money and to report the incident to their police of jurisdiction.

 

“There is no circumstance where police will contact individuals requesting Bitcoin,” says Sergeant Ryan Forbes of the Surrey RCMP Economic Crime Unit. “These scammers typically contact hundreds of people hoping that someone will send them money.”

 

If you or someone you know is a victim of this type of crime, please call and report the incident to 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.

 

Surrey RCMP also recommends reporting these scams to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by going to their website or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

 

 

 

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

MAN DOWN

Mounties try to locate shooter

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

Surrey RCMP is currently investigating an incident in Whalley, where a man was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

 

On June 9, 2020, at approximately 8:30 am, Surrey RCMP Frontline responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in the 12700-block of 104 Street. Responding officers located two men fleeing from the home. One of the men was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital.

 

Further investigation indicates that a third man associated to the disturbance fled prior to police arrival, and has not yet been located. Officers are still in the area gathering evidence and are looking for the person who fled.

 

A description of the outstanding individual is being gathered from witnesses at this time and will be released when initial investigative interviews are complete.

 

The initial indications are that this incident was a dispute between parties known to one another. The location, and when the injured man was shot is still under investigation.

 

There are no indications that there is any on-going risk to safety, however the public is asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or activity to 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.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 

REVELSTOKE RCMP

 

WOMAN PEPPER-SPRAYS COP

Hitchhiker runs, armed woman arrested later

CPL JESSE O'DONAGHEY

 

An arrest has been made after a frontline RCMP officer was assaulted during a traffic stop early Sunday morning outside of Revelstoke BC.

 

On June 7, 2020 shortly after 9:30 a.m., an officer with the Revelstoke RCMP conducted a traffic stop with a blue early 90’s GMC Tracker, towing a white enclosed utility trailer for a Motor Vehicle Act violation on Highway 1, approximately 20 km east of the city.

 

“During the course of what started as a routine traffic stop, the driver deployed pepper spray at the police officer, while officer interacted with the woman at her driver’s side window,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. “While our officer was dealing with the temporarily disabling effects of the pepper spray, a male passenger exited the vehicle and the suspect fled the area eastbound along the highway.”

 

The police officer was treated at the scene by BC Emergency Health Services for non-life threatening injuries. Despite being injured, the officer determined that the male passenger was not associated to the suspect, instead he had been hitch hiking when he was picked up by the woman.

 

RCMP located the suspect vehicle a few kilometres from the scene, near the Giant Cedars Boardwalk. The woman, who was found inside the utility trailer, was emotionally distraught, uncooperative and failed to comply with police commands. She was eventually physically taken into police custody. She was unharmed.

 

A search of the suspect vehicle located a loaded crossbow, pepper spray and a knife.

 

The 26-year-old Maple Ridge woman remains in custody and faces a number of potential criminal charges. The police investigation remains ongoing and police are seeking additional witnesses.

 

“This shocking situation highlights the inherent dangers that police officers face each and every day they go to work,” states S/Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky, Revelstoke RCMP Detachment Commander. “This officer remained focussed on her duty to protect and serve the public by continuing her investigation and relaying important details to other officers in order to safely apprehend the woman who posed a potential risk to herself and others.”

 

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you believe you had an encounter with the woman prior you are asked to call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

CARLOAD OF CASH AND DRUGS

Haul surprises cops

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

 

Hard work and a keen eye for suspicious activity led a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer to make a significant seizure of drugs and cash during a vehicle check stop in Guildford.

 

On June 2, 2020, an officer was on proactive patrol in the Guildford area and observed a suspicious activity involving two people, associated to a vehicle idling in the parking lot of a gas station, in the area of 168 Street and 96 Avenue. 

 

Further investigation by the officer, led to the discovery of items consistent with drug trafficking and culminated in the arrest of a man and woman. 

 

As the investigation progressed, officers located and seized a substantial amount of drugs including suspected cocaine, heroin, and heroin/fentanyl. Officers also located and seized approximately $20,000 in cash, bear mace, as well as a baton, and knife.

 

The man and woman were released from police custody as the investigation is continuing – charges have not been laid at this time.

 

“This seizure is a great example of proactive policing by our officers,” says Corporal Joanie Sidhu. “They saw something that looked out of place, they took the time to find out what was going on, and ended up making a significant seizure of illicit drugs and cash from a single vehicle.”

 

If you have information about a crime occurring in your neighborhood, please 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

 

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

INDECENT ACT SUSPECT SOUGHT

Police finally release photo

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

Surrey RCMP is looking for the public’s help to identify a man who is a suspect in an indecent act that occurred in South Surrey.

 

On May 19, 2020 shortly after 9:00 pm, a lone male approached a group of young people while he was engaging in an indecent act, near the beach access at 13 Avenue and 131 Street. The man ran away when confronted by the group.

 

After other investigative avenues have been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect, a photo is being released to the public in an effort to advance the investigation.  No additional similar occurrences have been reported.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian or Middle Eastern man, with short dark hair, dark facial hair, in his 20’s, medium build, and wearing glasses.

 

Investigators are asking anyone who can help identify the suspect, or has any information about the incident, 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.

 

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

SALMON ARM RCMP

 

MOUNTIES LOOK TO ID FIREBUG

House and garage destroyed

SGT FRANK JANG

The Salmon Arm RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in order to identify a person of interest, whose image was captured on video surveillance, reviewed as part of an ongoing criminal arson investigation.

On June 4, 2020 just after 6 a.m., Salmon Arm RCMP were called to assist the Salmon Arm Fire Department who were actively engaged in battling a residential structure fire in the 3300-block of 10th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm. The blaze had fully engulfed the garage workshop before it could be extinguished by fire crews, who prevented it from spreading to other nearby homes.

Our investigators now believe the fire may have been deliberately set, and we are investigating the fire as an arson, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The investigation has yielded an image of an individual being considered a person of interest. His image was obtained from video surveillance footage captured in the area prior to the fire being discovered.

In an effort to advance the criminal investigation, RCMP is releasing the man’s image publicly. Investigators describe the individual as a Caucasian man, tall, with dark coloured hair. He was seen wearing a black coat, black pants, dark coloured shoes, and a backwards grey baseball cap. He was also associated to a bicycle.

If you know the identity of the individual seen in the images captured by video surveillance, or you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

KELOWNA RCMP

 

DISTRAUGHT MAN CUTS HIMSELF

IIOC BC investigates RCMP members

SGT FRANK JANG

 

RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in one person being taken to hospital on June 3, 2020.

On June 3, 2020 shortly after 1 a.m., Lake Country RCMP received a 911 emergency call from a woman who was concerned for the health and well-being of a close family member who lived in the Lake Country area. The complainant was growing increasingly concerned as she was no longer able to contact her family member and she provided information indicating his immediate safety was at risk.

Using the information obtained from the woman, investigators were able to determine where the man resided in the community. Frontline officers managed to gain entry into the man’s home. Once inside the man responded verbally to police who announced their presence.

The man was located inside a bathroom in possession of an edged weapon. Despite the officer’s efforts to de-escalate the situation the man harmed himself. The officers immediately called in BC Emergency Health Services who had been staged, as a precaution, nearby the scene and took steps to provide first aid to the man awaiting their arrival. The man was rushed to hospital for medical treatment.

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

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

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

BOSTON BAR RCMP

 

INESTIGATION INTO WOMAN'S DEATH CONTINUES

IHIT is reaching out to the community or dash cam footage

SGT FRANK JANG

 

On June 3, 2020 at 4:22 a.m., a passing motorist discovered a woman’s body lying on the side of Highway 1 approximately three kilometres east of the Yale Tunnel in Boston Bar, B.C.  Emergency responders along with the B.C. Coroners Service attended the scene to investigate.  They determined that the female victim, later identified as 29-year-old Alicia Hatarina Berg, had suspicious injuries and IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

 

IHIT and its partners continue to complete priority tasks including speaking with witnesses and canvassing the surrounding areas for video surveillance footage.  Investigators are asking for dash cam video from drivers who were travelling between Hope and Boston Bar on June 3, 2020 between midnight and 5 a.m.  Anyone who saw someone matching Alicia’s description is urged to contact IHIT immediately.

 

Alicia Berg is described as:

 • Caucasian

     •  29-years-old

     •  5’6’’

     • 140 lbs.

     • Wearing a grey hoodie, grey-black sweat pants

“In these early stages of the investigation, we have learned that Alicia led a transient lifestyle in the Fraser Valley area,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “There remains many yet unanswered questions surrounding Alicia’s death and we are appealing to anyone who knew her to come forward.”

 

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

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

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

FOOT PATROL LEADS TO BODY

IHIT is investigating

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

On June 4, 2020, just after 8 pm, the Surrey RCMP Police Mental Health Outreach Team was conducting foot patrols in the 11300-block of Bridgeview Drive, when they came across a deceased male.

 

The cause of death and circumstances surrounding the man’s injuries are under investigation and are being treated as suspicious. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will be taking conduct of the investigation with assistance from the Surrey RCMP.


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

 

Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

 

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

 

 

  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020 

COQUITLAM RCMP

 

CREDIT CARD RING BUSTED

Five arrested, one held in custody

CPL MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

 

One person is in custody, and four more have been arrested and released, after Coquitlam RCMP’s Uniformed Crime Reduction Unit (UCRU) executed a search warrant on a house in the 200-block of King Street, Coquitlam.

We’ve attended this house or investigated related files more than 50 times this year, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Since Coquitlam RCMP UCRU had information about potential firearms in the house, we called in the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team to make the safest possible entry.

The warrant was executed at just after 5:00 p.m. last night (June 3, 2020), and by the time the search was over several hours later, 3 men and 1 woman had been arrested and released. In addition, a 35-year-old man was arrested and held on two outstanding warrants. Nobody was injured during the arrests.

The evidence seized during the warrant included:

• An improvised firearm or ‘zip-gun,’

• A prohibited knife and an extendable baton,

• Large amounts of stolen identification,

• Stolen mail and other stolen property,

• A credit-card press and equipment used for making identification documents,

• Small amounts of drugs and large amounts of drug paraphernalia.

The next stage in the investigation is to review the large amount of evidence seized and determine what charges may be appropriate, says Corporal McLaughlin. Now that we’ve been inside, we’re also calling in the City of Coquitlam Bylaw Enforcement. We have concerns that the house is not being occupied safely.

Coquitlam RCMP would like to remind you that if you have concerns about criminal activity in our jurisdiction, please call the non-emergency number at 604-945-1550. Information from citizens is an important part of how police direct crime prevention resources.

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020 

KAMLOOPS RCMP

 

WANTED: ROBERT DENNIE

Bad apple faces charges of robbery and confinement and other charges

CPL JODIE SHELKIE

 

Kamloops RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Robert Rennie. Rennie is wanted for armed robbery, unlawful confinement and assault. Rennie is also wanted in Alberta for fail to comply.

Rob Rennie is Caucasian, 6’ 0 tall, 185 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police believe he may be in Kamloops, the Prince Rupert Area or perhaps has fled to Alberta. If you have seen Robert Rennie or know of his whereabouts, contact your local police detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020 

BOSTON BAR RCMP

 

IHIT INVESTIGATES DEATH

Body found alongside highway

RCMP

 

On June 3, 2020 at approximately 4:15 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of an individual lying on the side of the Trans Canada Highway north of Yale. Upon attendance, officers located a victim suffering life-threatening injuries who succumbed to their injuries on-scene.

The area surrounding the scene remains cordoned off for a significant amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is engaged and working in partnership with Hope RCMP.

Police are currently in the early evidence gathering stages of their investigation.

RCMP urge anyone with information regarding this investigation to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

If you wish to remain anonymous, provide your tip information on the web at solvecrime.ca or by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

DEATH IN SURREY

IHIT investigates

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

n June 2, 2020 just after 3:00 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of an injured woman who had been transported to Surrey Memorial Hospital, in medical distress. Despite all efforts by medical professionals the woman succumbed to her injuries.

 

While the cause of death and circumstances surrounding the woman’s injuries are still under investigation, they are being treated as suspicious. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will be investigating this occurrence in partnership with the Surrey RCMP. 

 

Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase, this does not appear to be a random act.


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

time.

 

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).

 

 

  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

GUNS AND CASH     

$12,000 seized

CPL JOANIE SIDHU

 

eapons and ammunition  have been seized by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) during a search warrant execution at a residence in Guildford.  

 

This investigation began when Surrey RCMP received a report of suspected drug trafficking on May 18, 2020.  Surrey RCMP CRU took conduct of the investigation which culminated in a search warrant execution on May 28, 2020, at a residence in the 15200-block of 105 Avenue.

 

During the search, officers located a rifle, ammunition, taser, nunchucks, approximately $12,000 cash, and a large quantity of suspected heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.  In addition, officers seized 13 imitation firearms and other items consistent with drug trafficking.

 

A man was arrested inside the residence and later released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

 

“A high level of planning and attention goes into the execution of a search warrant with a focus on officer and public safety,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Deneumoustier, Community Response Unit Commander. “Given the weapons found inside this residence, we’re grateful the warrant was executed in a safe manner and no one was injured.”
 

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.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

WANTED: DYLLAN PERIN     

Man escapes after removing ankle monitor bracelet

CPL ELENORE STURKO

 

yllan Petrin is charged related to an ongoing Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit investigation involving a kidnapping and assault which occurred in July, 2019. He was arrested on those charges in July 2019, and had been held in custody until February 2020, when he was released on strict court ordered conditions including electronic monitoring via ankle bracelet. On May 28, 2020, Dyllan Petrin removed his electronic monitoring bracelet and is currently at large.

 

Today, June 2, 2020, a British Columbia-wide warrant was issued for Dyllan Petrin’s arrest, new charges include breach of his court ordered conditions.

 

Surrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating Dyllan Petrin.

 

Dyllan Petrin is described as Caucasian, 5’5 tall, 126 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes (Please see photo attached). Dyllan Petrin also has a prominent tattoo on the left side of his neck.

 

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

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 

SURREY RCMP

 

SHOTS FIRED IN SURREY     

Several arrests

SGT FRANK JANG

 

urrey RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in 19200 block of 80th Ave, Surrey.

 

At about 1814 hours on June 1, 2020 Police responded to reports of possible shots fired in the 19200 block of 80th Ave, Surrey.

 

Upon arrival Surrey RCMP located several people and vehicles outside the residence. They were taken into custody without

incident.

 

The area was cordoned off and several more people have been taken into custody. Investigators with the Surrey RCMP are currently

at scene continuing with the investigation, and will be in the area for unknown period of time. Although the investigation is in its early stages,

there does not appear to be any evidence that would indicate any shots were fired.

 

80th Ave, between 192nd Street and 194th street, which was closed off earlier has since been re-opened to traffic.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please

contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2020-82582.

 

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 

IHIT RCMP

 

SENIOR CHARGED WITH MURDER     

74-year-old man now faces jail

SGT FRANK JANG

 

n September 6, 2019 at around 12:32 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 1600-block of 160 Street. Wayne Richard Duncan, 46-years-old, was found inside the home with gunshot wounds and later died in hospital. George Bragg, 74-years-old, was arrested at the scene in connection with the shooting. Investigators learned the two men knew each other and believe the altercation was the result of a personal dispute.

On June 1, 2020, Bragg was arrested by IHIT and charged with first degree murder in connection with Duncan’s death by the B.C. Prosecution Service.

 

  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 

RICHMOND RCMP

 

RACIST MANIAC     

Man arrested after assaulting driver

CPL ADRIANA PERALTA

t approximately 2:08 pm on May 17, 2020 Richmond RCMP attended Steveston Highway and No 5 Road for reports of an assault in progress. Richmond RCMP officers arrived on-scene within minutes of being dispatched, however, the male alleged to have committed the assault had left the area.

The complainant advised officers that he had parked his vehicle at 10820 No 5 Rd when a Blue BMW pulled up beside him and the male inside allegedly started yelling racial slurs at him. The complainant said when he exited his vehicle the male also got out and continued yelling racial slurs.

The complainant then got back into his vehicle and locked his doors at which point, the male continued making racist remarks while allegedly pounding on the complainant’s front passenger side window.

As this continued the complainant said he decided to exit his vehicle a second time to seek refuge in a local business, however, the male followed him which is when the alleged assault occurred.

Richmond RCMP canvassed the area for video surveillance and subsequently identified and arrested a suspect in the days following, however, according to the complainant there were other people in the area who witnessed this incident.

An incident like this affects everyone in our community. While various evidence has been gathered, we want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed it, says Corporal Adriana Peralta, We can also provide an opportunity for victim support, in many languages, and we are asking anyone who hasn’t already to come forward.

The male in question is described as:

  • Caucasian;

  • 5’8;

  • With a fairly athletic build;

  • With very short hair that was greying on the side;

  • And spoke with an accent.

The male was wearing:

  • A blue dress shirt;

  • Grey vest;

  • And black dress slacks

Richmond RCMP want to assure the public that all racially motivated incidents will be thoroughly investigated and that hate-motivated crimes are treated seriously. The safety and security of the public are paramount to the Richmond RCMP.

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 and quote File number 2020-13295. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).