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   Thursday, June 2, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Surrey's 8th Fatality

Police caution drivers and pedestrians

Sgt. Alanna Dunlop

n  June 2nd 2016 at approximately 12:40 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle collision in the 10100-block of 132nd St. resulting in critical injuries. A 29-year-old Surrey male was crossing 132nd St., mid-block, when he was struck by a northbound Ford Mustang. Despite the efforts of attending emergency services personnel, the male succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The victim was walking with another male at the time, however, he was not injured.  

The Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) is leading the investigation and has surveyed the scene and gathered evidence. Investigators have spoken with the driver of the vehicle who is fully cooperating with police. The investigation is still in the early stages, however, at the time of the collision it was very dark with wet roads and the victim was wearing dark clothing.

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

Surrey RCMP reminds pedestrians and drivers to pay extra attention on our roadways, especially when it is cloudy, dark, and raining. This is the eighth traffic related fatality of the year in Surrey. Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Services has spent considerable resources on pedestrian safety enforcement including the importance of pedestrian visibility when sharing the roadway with vehicles.

 

 

 

   Thursday, June 2, 2016 

 

Burnaby RCMP

Cop Injured in Highway Accident

Driver fled the scene, police picked up a suspect later

Sgt. Annie Linteau

n June 1, 2016, at approximately 1130 pm, a member of the Port Mann Traffic Service stopped the drivers of two vehicles for allegedly street racing westbound on Highway 1, between North Road and Gaglardi Way.

These vehicles were allegedly observed travelling 45 km/hour over the posted speed limit in heavy rain. While the RCMP member was conducting that investigation, and sitting in his vehicle with its emergency equipment activated, the police vehicle was hit from behind.

The driver of the suspect vehicle fled the scene on foot. A member of the Police Dog Service attempted to track the suspect but was unable to locate him. Police now have a suspect in custody and are continuing their investigation.

The RCMP member involved was transported to hospital and has since been released. He sustained minor injuries.

"Although police officers conduct traffic stops every day, there are no routine traffic stops," says Sgt. Annie Linteau, Media Relations Officer, Lower Mainland District. "During every traffic stop, police officers run the risk of being seriously injured or killed. Police officers understand this risk and continue to conduct speed enforcement along this corridor to ensure the safety of the public."

In addition to continuing their investigation of this crash, police are also continuing their investigation of the alleged street racing incident. Those drivers have been identified and charges may be considered at a later time.

 

 

   Wednesday, June 1, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Police Lay Charges Against Driver

Cyclist killed in accident

Cst. Ian MacDonald

oday, 39-year-old Kerry James FROESE was charged in relation to this fatal collision. After an extensive investigation by the Abbotsford Police Department’s Major Crime Unit, a criminal code charge of Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident Causing Death was secured.

APD investigators hope that with the announcement of the charge, people with information will come forward and do the right thing. This incident resulted in the tragic death of 61-year-old Ronald James SCOTT. (See photo taken by the brother-in-law the day before the accident.)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Wednesday, June 1, 2016 

 

RCMP IHIT

Fight Leads to Death

Cops hope someone knows something

Cpl. Meghan Foster

 

n May 31, 2016, just before 5:30 pm, the Coquitlam RCMP was called to the 1900 block of Brunette Avenue after receiving a report of an altercation. 

The altercation diffused quickly however, approximately one hour following the altercation, a second 9-1-1 call was received as one of the males involved went into medical distress.

 

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) attended, and despite all attempts to revive the 58-year-old male, he was pronounced deceased. Investigators are attempting to notify family, therefore the victim's name will not be released.
 
The second male, age 31, involved in the altercation was arrested, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct. 

The arrested male has since been released and investigators are liaising with Crown Counsel on an ongoing basis. Evidence thus far does not support Charges at this time.
 
An autopsy is required to confirm the cause of death, and determine if foul play is a contributing factor.  An update will be provided in the coming days following the autopsy results.

 

   Wednesday, June 1, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Website Contact Leads to Rip-Off

Scam claws cash from unwary Filipino immigrant

Sgt. Allana Dunlop

 

n March 21, 2016, Surrey RCMP received a report of a fraud involving a victim who was defrauded by someone she met online through a website designed to assist Filipino immigrants.

 

The fraudster identified herself as Creste GELERA (believed to be a false name) and convinced the victim to supply her bank account information in order for GELERA to deposit a cheque with the funds supposedly intended for a surgery that GELERA needed. After the cheque was deposited, the victim was instructed to withdraw the cash and give it to a woman named Lulu BETH (also believed to be a false name). It wasn’t long before the bank called to advise the victim that the cheque was a fake and that she had been defrauded of her money.

 

Surrey RCMP has now obtained surveillance photos of a suspect in this investigation. The pictures show an Asian female, 30 to 40 years old, with dark hair and pink highlights. At the time the suspect was wearing glasses, a grey sweatshirt, and a black vest.

 

“This is a classic fraud that preys on people’s kindness, generosity, and sincere desire to help one another,” says Sergeant Alanna Dunlop. “Take steps to protect yourself and your money. Wait until a cheque is cleared by the bank before withdrawing the money and never give out your banking information or passwords. It’s always a good idea to be overly cautious if you are in contact with strangers on the internet.”

 

For more information on scams and frauds, visit the Surrey RCMP website.

 

If anyone recognizes the suspect, or if anyone has more information, please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

   Wednesday, June 1, 2016 

 

Vernon RCMP

Gone in a Minute

Police investigate "'roof surfing" incident that led to the death of a man

Cpl. Meghan Foster

ernon RCMP investigating fatal single-vehicle collision involving roof surfing.

"The Vernon RCMP is investigating a fatal single vehicle collision which occurred early Wednesday morning, in which one of the vehicle occupants was riding outside of the vehicle at the time of a roll over.

On May 1, 2016 at around 00:32 am, the Vernon RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover collision with one fatality. The collision occurred at the end of Tronson Road, just north of the intersection with Garmisch Road. A 27-year-old male suffered fatal injuries as result. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene."

 

   Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP

Chilliwack's Most Trouble Teen

Police looking for Clara Rabang again

Cpl. Mike Rail

 

CMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen, Clara Michelle Rabang, 15, of Chilliwack. Clara was last seen on May 21, 2016 by care givers in the down town area of Chilliwack.

Clara is described as:

• Aboriginal female
• Height: 152 cm (5’)
• Weight: 41 kgs (90 lbs)
• Brown eyes
• Black hair     

“Police and caregivers are concerned for Clara’s wellbeing,” said Corporal Mike Rail, Media Relations Officer for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Clara Rabang is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Quote File #2016-20581

 

 

   Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

 

Coquitlam RCMP

Mounties Investigate Alleged Assault

Cops hope someone knows something

Cst. Jamie Phillipson


olice are asking for witnesses to come forward following an assault that took place on May 12th. A 37-year-old Vancouver man, was jogging along Gatensbury Street near Howie Avenue just before 2 p.m., when he was struck in the back of the head causing him to lose consciousness temporarily. The victim was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained and released soon after.

The victim observed two Caucasian males, one wearing jeans and a hoodie, leaving the scene following the attack. The two offenders left without taking any money or property from the victim.

Investigators canvassed the area and spoke with residents in the neighbourhood, however, no further suspect information was obtained.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote police file number 2016-14896. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers:

• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
• Via Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers 

 

 

   Friday, May 27, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Buggy Thuggy

Brazen mom does the five-finger discount and truck thief steals a classic

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

olice allege the pictured female stole several items from the Big Box Outlet store on May 20th. She was seen to place items in the stroller and leave without paying.

If you have information that might assist with either of the above investigations, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers with the file number 2016-17768

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.

Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

   Friday, May 27, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Pickup Lost to Thief

Police are looking for this beautiful 1972 GMC

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

he pictured Truck, a 1972 GMC 2500 was stolen sometime between May 14 and 17 from a business in the 9400-block of 200A Street. The truck is somewhat distinct given its age and condition.

 

 

 

   Friday, May 27, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Investigate Alleged Assault

One person arrested, man possibly held against his will

Cpl. Scotty Schumann


urrey RCMP is
currently investigating a report of an assault and possible forcible confinement that occurred yesterday evening in the North Surrey area.

 

On May 26th at approximately 8:30pm, Surrey RCMP was advised of an assault and a possible forcible confinement in the 10100-block of Whalley Boulevard.

 

Officers attended the scene and located an adult male suffering from injuries who was taken to hospital. The initial investigation has revealed that the incident occurred at a residence in this area and may have involved the victim being held against his will for a period of time.

 

One person is currently in police custody while officers continue to gather evidence and speak to possible witnesses to determine what occurred. The male victim has since been released from hospital with minor injuries.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is currently leading this investigation. Early indications are that this was a targeted incident.

 

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

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Crack House on Wheels

K9 sniffs out motorcycle thief with guns, money and drugs

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

Abbotsford police recovered a gun, drugs and a lot of cash from a hapless thief on Tuesday.

 

27-year-old man from Abbotsford is facing eleven firearm, drug and breach of weapons prohibition charges as a result of a crash involving a stolen motorcycle.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:49 am, an Abbotsford Police Officer observed a motorcycle driving erratically in the area of Beaver Street and Seal Way. The officer watched as the driver crashed the motorcycle, attempted to pick up the bike and then started to push it. When the officer arrived at the crash location, he found the motorcycle abandoned as the driver had fled, leaving behind a helmet and fanny pack. The motorcycle was confirmed to be stolen.

An APD Patrol Officer and K9 unit immediately began a search for the driver. A 27-year-old male was located in the 2200 block of Beaver Street and taken into custody. He is a prohibited driver who is well known to the Abbotsford Police.

The subsequent search of the fanny pack and satchel located resulted in the seizure of almost $1100 cash, a black loaded pistol, street drugs (including heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine and unknown drugs), and identification of the arrested male. The approximate street value of the drugs seized is $10,000.

Anyone with information that will assist police in keeping Abbotsford safe should contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), call our APD Tip Line at 604-864- 4777 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Child Lurer Investigated

Abbotsford police alert parents after Mission man arrested

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

he Abbotsford Police Department Major Crime Unit received information that an adult male posted an online advertisement targeting young teenaged girls for a sexual purpose.  After repeated communications, the man requested to meet in Abbotsford, for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a person who he thought was 14 years of age.   

 

Robert Geisbrecht, a 47-year-old Mission resident, was observed loitering in the vicinity of the agreed meeting place and identified as the subject of the investigation.  He was arrested by Major Crime Detectives and has now been charged with Luring a Child.

 

This is a reminder to parents to be aware of your child’s online activities and who they are communicating with. Please keep track of your children’s friends and their whereabouts at all times.

 

The Major Crime Unit of the Abbotsford Police Department is continuing this investigation. There was no immediate risk to children during this on-going investigation.

 

Anyone with information that will assist police in keeping Abbotsford safe should contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), call our APD Tip Line at 604-864- 4777 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Wanted: Kenneth Stewart

Police caution not to approach if seen

Cpl. Mike Rail

hilliwack: BC-wide warrants have been issued for the arrest of Kenneth James Stewart, 31, of Chilliwack, for fail to comply with probation order. RCMP caution the public if sighted, do not attempt to apprehend Stewart and immediately call 9-1-1.

Description:
• Aboriginal male

• Height: 178 cm (5’10”)
• Weight: 70 kgs (154 lbs)
• Eyes: brown
• Hair: black
• Tattoo: left forearm ‘Thug Native’; left hand ‘NP’

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Kenneth James Stewart is asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Man Hospitalized After Knife Attack

Police tracked down, pair who now face charges

Cpl. Mike Rail

 

wo men have been charged in connection with an alleged stabbing that occurred on May 18, 2016 in Agassiz.  Merlin Byron Leon, 28, charged with accessory after the fact in attempt to commit murder, was released from custody pending a court appearance in early June, while Israel Jacob Hudson, 18, charged with attempt murder, remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in late-May.
 
These charges stem from a report received by police that a man had been stabbed in the 1700-block of Highway 9 in Agassiz.  Upon attendance, police located a 61-year-old man with life threatening injuries.  The man, who is expected to recover from his injuries, remains in hospital.
 
The suspects were located on Highway 9 near the Rosedale-Agassiz bridge and quickly taken into custody.
 
“The quick response and immediate action taken by the officers who arrived at the scene were crucial in identifying and locating the suspects,” said Cpl. Mike Rail, Media Relations Officer for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment in a release Thursday.
 
Members of the Chilliwack Serious Crime Section, with support from the Agassiz General Investigation Section, and the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Section, are continuing their investigation.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Shut Down Dial-a-Dope

Police shut down dial-a-dope

Cpl. Scotty Schumann


urrey RCMP advises that a number of arrests have been made of individuals alleged to be involved in ongoing drug trafficking operations in Surrey and Richmond.

On May 25th Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit arrested eight individuals simultaneously at multiple locations throughout Surrey. The arrests were in relation to an ongoing investigation that began last year into a dial-a-dope drug trafficking operation in Surrey and Richmond. Evidence consistent with street level drug trafficking including cash, phones, and varying amounts of controlled substances were located during the course of this initial investigation. Four of the individuals arrested were wanted on outstanding warrants for drug trafficking, while the remaining four individuals will be facing a number of drug related charges.

As a result of this investigation, the following wanted persons and are now in police custody:

• Ravinder SAMRA (29-year-old male, from Surrey)-Trafficking X 1
• Hazim HAZIM (20-year-old male, from Surrey)-Trafficking X 2
• Tony TRAN (30-year-old male, from Surrey)-Trafficking X 2
• Peter BUTCHER (52-year-old male, from Surrey)-Trafficking X 3

These arrests are part of the Surrey RCMP’s proactive enforcement strategy aimed at targeting individuals involved in the drug trade and the threat it brings to public safety. Following a spate of violence last spring tied to the low-level drug trade, the Surrey RCMP launched a concentrated effort to arrest those involved in drug trafficking in Surrey.

“Today’s arrests are part of a larger strategy to decrease the violence in our city caused by the dangerous activities of drug traffickers plying their illegal trade on our streets,” says Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer, Inspector Shawna Baher. “The Surrey RCMP continues to advance investigations on a number of individuals that pose the most significant risk to public safety. We are also involved in a number of prevention efforts to address the root causes of the violence seen in Surrey.”

Further arrests are anticipated as the investigation continues, however, the Surrey RCMP is seeking additional information on the following individuals wanted on drug trafficking charges:

• Priya SANDHU (23-year-old female, from Rich.) - Trafficking X 2
• Abdulhamid SULTAN(20-yr-old male from Surrey)Trafficking X 1
• James GRIFFITHS (43-yr-old male, from Surrey)-Trafficking X 11
• Layla LOW (22-year-old female, from Surrey) - Trafficking X 5

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

 

 

   Thursday, May 26, 2016 

 

BC RCMP Traffic Services

May Madness

Police Ask Drivers to Do Better

Cst. Melissa Wutke


reater numbers of distracted and speeding drivers were pulled over by BC RCMP provincial Integrated Road Safety Units this May long weekend, as compared to last year. The one bright note was a significant reduction in impaired drivers on roads, which was something police were grateful to see.

“There are some mistaken beliefs out there – we see them on social media – that police are handing out tickets to help increase revenues. I want to clarify that fines don’t go to police. And we’re not trying to cherry-pick easy targets to meet some quota,” says Constable Melissa Wutke, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic services. “However, we would like to stop going to horrific crash scenes.” She points out that speeding, distracted driving, not using seatbelts and impaired driving are still the leading causes of death and injury on BC roads.

The May long weekend marks the traditional start of summer holidays, and it’s also the start of BC RCMP Traffic Services summer enforcement. Below are the stats from the May 2016 long weekend, including violation tickets, and potentially vehicle impounds or criminal charges. Stats from May 2015 are indicated in brackets for comparison purposes.

• Distracted driving, and driving without due care/consideration
– 264 (199)
• Seatbelts – 254 (275)
• Speeding – 2,404 of which 161 were for excessive speed (2,078
of which 122 were for excessive speed)
• Impaired by drug or alcohol – 160 (224)

“Remember we’re going to be on the roads all summer long, and many
times we’re going to see you before you see us,” says Cst. Wutke.
“So buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, your speed reasonable,
and your mind on your driving.”

 

 

   Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Female Deviant Arrested

Police say woman breached probation order

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

n Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Audrey Elizabeth Jean BLACK, a 39-year-old woman who was previously the subject of an APD Public Notification, was arrested by an APD Major Crime detective.  The arrest was the culmination of an investigation into whether BLACK was in compliance with her court-ordered conditions to refrain from use of the internet.  BLACK is now facing three charges of Failure to Comply with a Probation Order.

 

She has been released on the following court-ordered conditions:

 

 Not to possess or use any electronic devices capable of accessing the internet

• Not to keep, maintain or pay for any account via any internet services provider which permits or provides access to the internet

• Not to engage in any activity that involves contact or communication with persons under the age of eighteen years using a computer system

 

In June, 2011, the Abbotsford Police Department issued a Public Notification concerning Audrey BLACK as a result of her criminal history which included convictions for Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching and Possession of Child Pornography.

 

APD investigators will continue to monitor her behaviour.

 

Anyone with information about Audrey BLACK should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at  

1-800-222-8477

 

   Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Shots Fired

Police find evidence of gunfire on McCallum

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

n Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the 2500-block of McCallum Road. Witnesses indicated that shots were exchanged between two vehicles which were at or near the intersection of Switzer Avenue. 

 

No persons were located with any injuries and both vehicles fled the area prior to police arrival. Police did locate shell casings which will be subject to forensic examination.

The two vehicles involved are described as a newer, dark-coloured Jeep Cherokee and a dark-coloured two-door pickup truck.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

  Sunday, May 22, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Two Die in Collision  

Police are looking for witnesses

S/Sgt MA Hedderson

 

n 2016-05-22 at approximately 12:30 A.M., Surrey R.C.M.P. received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a serious motor collision at the intersection of 88th Ave., and 152nd St., Surrey, B.C. involving multiple vehicles.  Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. General Duty and Traffic Services unit attended to the scene. 

 

A Toyota 4-Runner had been westbound on 88th Ave., and was making a left turn onto 152nd St, to head southbound, when it was stuck by an Eastbound Hyundai, on the passenger side of the 4-Runner. 

 

The Hyundai, after colliding with the 4-Runner, deflected off, then struck a third vehicle that was travelling westbound on 88th Ave., Surrey, B.C. One person was deceased at the scene. 4 other persons were transported to hospital via Ambulance. A second person succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. One persons is presently in Critical condition in hospital, and the other two are in Serious but stable condition in hospital. No information is being released on the persons involved pending notification of the next of kin.

 

This incident is presently still under investigation. The intersection was closed to all traffic at the time of the collision, and is expected to reopen before approximately 10:00 A.M. on 2016-05-22

 

Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the public's assistance and asking anyone that may have witnessed the collision, or observed the vehicles involved in the collision driving prior to the collision are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016  

 

Abbotsford PD

Shot Fired at Hotel  

Police say no apparent injuries at location

Cst Ian Macdonald file photo

 

n Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 6:30 am, the Abbotsford Police Department received a call reporting a shot fired at a hotel in the 1800-block of Sumas Way.  The caller indicated that they believed the shot came from an adjacent suite.

APD Patrol Division members responded to the scene and guests were evacuated while police investigated. 

Entry was made to the suspected suite but nobody was found inside. Fortunately, there was no evidence of injury to anyone at the scene.

The investigation into this incident is continuing.

 

  Saturday, May 21, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Driver Leaves Scene of Crash  

Police are looking for witnesses

S/Sgt MA Hedderson

 

n 20016-05-21, at approximately 9:20 A.M., Surrey R.C.M.P. received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a motor vehicle collision that had occurred on 60th Ave., and King George Blvd, Surrey, B.C. The callers advised that a Dark Coloured Chrysler Sedan had struck a light standard pole, which fell and landed on top of the car, crushing the roof of the car in. The Chrysler Sedan then struck another vehicle. 

 

As a result of the collisions, the Chrysler was badly damaged and stopped. The vehicle then drove away eastbound on 60th Ave., Surrey, B.C. Several additional calls were received reporting the vehicle travelling east, being badly damaged, possibly missing a front tire and spraying sparks as it drove.

 

Between the calls coming in from concerned citizens, plus the marks and debris left by the vehicle, it was located in an alley near the intersection of 138A and 60th Ave.

 

Surrey, B.C. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. located the driver with the vehicle, and the driver was taken into custody. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this collision. The matter is still under investigation.

 

Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the Public's assistance and asking anyone that may have witnessed the collision, or observed the vehicle driving either before or after the collision are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

   Saturday, May 21, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Christmas Eve Assault Suspect Still Sought

One of two behind bars, police look to public for tips and leads

Sgt. Alanna Dunlop

 

Police are looking for the man on the left. See his description below.

 

urrey RCMP advises that an arrest and charges have been laid against one of the suspects involved in an assault that occurred this past Christmas Eve (see previous release).

 

Elkan VYIZIGIRO, 18-years-old from Vancouver, has been charged with Assault with a weapon, Break and Enter with Intent, and face masked with intent. He is in custody pending his next court appearance.

 

Surrey RCMP’s General Investigations Unit continues to investigate and follow up on information that could lead to the identification of the second suspect involved in this incident.

 

The suspect is described as a black male, in his early 20’s, wearing all-black clothing, including a hoodie with a toque underneath, and light coloured shoes.

 

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca. Please quote file #2016-43457.

 

 

   Friday, May 20, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Sex Attack on Girl

Police say South Asian tried to grab 17-year-old

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

n Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11:15 pm, a 17-year-old female exited a bus in the area of Townline Road and Firhill Drive.  As she began walking westbound from that location, a male suspect exited a shiny, black 4-door sedan and grabbed the victim and offered her cash.  He attempted to push her into the back seat of his car while grabbing and groping the victim.  After a brief exchange, the victim managed to call 911 and the suspect fled the area.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian man, 20-35 years of age, 5’7”- 5’9” tall with a medium build, short black hair and a couple days of beard growth.  The man spoke with a Punjabi accent and was wearing black pants and a black t-shirt with a grey pattern or logo on both the front and back. 

 

This serious incident is being investigated by APD Major Crime Unit detectives.  The suspect has been observed in the area by other witnesses and investigators believe he may live or work nearby. We ask everyone to elevate their personal safety practices in light of this sexual assault. 

 

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at  1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP

Canada Revenue Tax Scam

Beware callers claiming to be tax collectors, making threats

Cpl. Mike Rail, UFVRD


CMP are warning the public of criminals posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees to solicit money.

In each case the potential victim receives a telephone call from a male claiming to be a representative of the CRA. The caller accuses the victim of owing income tax and demands immediate payment either by credit card or prepaid credit card. If challenged the caller becomes aggressive, threatening the victim with arrest.

“Police have recently experienced a rash of such complaints in Chilliwack. The thieves are convincing, but the RCMP reminds everyone, CRA officials will not threaten court charges, jail, or deportation to scare you into paying debt. The CRA does not request prepaid credit cards,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

Police continue to investigate these frauds and urge anyone receiving telephone calls from agents claiming to be from the CRA to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.

To confirm you have been contacted by a CRA representative the public is encouraged to call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for individual concerns or 1-800-959-5525 for business-related calls.

Learn how to protect yourself from being a victim of fraud by visiting the CRA Website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fraudprevention.

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Coquitlam RCMP

Five Facing Multiple Charges

10-month investigation yields cars, cash and drugs

Cst. Jamie Phillipson


10 month investigation into a local drug trafficking organization by the Coquitlam RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Section has paid off. The long and intensive investigation resulted in five men arrested and charged with drug trafficking related offences, along with thousands of dollars in currency, property and drugs seized by investigators.

Three men from Coquitlam and two from Vancouver face numerous charges after allegedly trafficking in illegal narcotics which include, but not limited to, cocaine and MDMA. Through the course of the investigation, three search warrants were executed at three separate homes to support charges against the five individuals. Items seized by the police include: $12,000 in Canadian Currency, 1.5 kg's of MDMA and two vehicles.

"These long term investigations can be difficult and challenging for the members involved," said Cst. Postolovic of the Coquitlam RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Section. "It's a significant achievement for our investigators when there's a successful result following such a lengthy investigation."

The following people have been charged:

• Steve Sea-Hoon Lee, a 25-year-old Coquitlam resident:
Mr. Lee is facing 25 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is due in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on June 6th, 2016.

• Shahab Karimi, a 26-year-old Coquitlam resident:
Mr. Karimi is facing 2 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is due in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on May 26th, 2016.

• Hasan Hazif Ersoy, a 28-year-old Vancouver resident:
Mr. Ersoy is facing 4 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is due in Vancouver Provincial Court on May 31st, 2016.

• Tiam Alivand, a 24-year-old Vancouver resident:
Mr. Alivand is facing 3 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is due in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on June 6th, 2016.

• Benjamin Greenlees Banico, a 27-year-old Coquitlam resident:
Mr. Banico is facing 3 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is due in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on June 6th, 2016.

"The Coquitlam RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Section has the ability and the resources to focus their attention on larger scale, long term investigations. By targeting criminal organizations involved in the drug trade, they can work to reduce the negative impact drug trafficking has within our community", said Cst. Jamie Phillipson. "This seizure represents a large quantity of illegal drugs that could have proved fatal if left on the streets".

 

Langley RCMP is hoping to find additional witnesses to a shooting that took place in Langley City on April 30th.

Just past 4:30 in the morning, a man checked himself into the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. The wound was not life threatening however it did require surgery.

It was determined the shooting occurred in a residential apartment complex in the 5500-block of 209 Street in Langley City.

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Mounties Arrest Shooter

Victim recovering

Cpl. Holly Largy


angley Serious Crime assumed conduct of the investigation and a suspect was identified. This male was arrested the following day and police believe the shooting was targeted and the result of a personal conflict between the two males.

Curtis Alexander HOMENIUK, age 36 of Surrey, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm, Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence, Uttering Threats, Possession of a Firearm without a Licence and Possession of a Firearm knowing it was not Licensed/ Registered. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in Surrey Provincial Court on May 24th.

The victim, a 45-year-old male, is now recuperating and has been released from the hospital.

If you have any information that might assist police with this investigation, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.
Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Do You Know These Suspects?

Victim recovering

Cpl. Holly Largy


angley Serious Crime assumed conduct of the investigation and a suspect

 

Langley RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public with the following investigations:

2016-14554
Police allege the pictured woman has committed fraud by impersonating the holder of a Langley bank account. It is believed she has obtained nearly $40,000. The offences have taken place over a period of time.
 


2016-14585
It is alleged the pictured male stole baby formula on April 27th from the Superstore in Langley. He is described as being in his early twenties, with dark hair, and was wearing a black ball cap, black shirt and jeans.
 


2016-15102
The pictured bike was stolen from a garage in the Willoughby area overnight from April 30 to May 1st. The bike is worth $3000 and is a blue Trek road racing bicycle.

If you have information that might assist with any of the above investigations, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.
Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers
 

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Police Confirm Shots Fired

Investigation continues

Cpl. Scotty Schumann


n May 18th at approximately 11:00pm, Surrey RCMP responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired in the 8300-block of 135A Street. 

 

Officers attended and located evidence to support that shots had been fired outside a residence in the area where a group of persons had been gathering. No injuries were reported. A black pickup truck was observed fleeing the scene along with a possible male suspect fleeing the area on foot.

 

Officers spoke to witnesses and conducted neighbourhood canvassing in the area to obtain further information. The Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) was also deployed. Officers have located the black pickup truck unoccupied. The male suspect fleeing on foot is described as a Caucasian male, with a tall and slim build, wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, and possibly a white hat.

 

The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is a targeted incident. This shots fired incident is not believed to be related to the most recent conflict in Surrey.

 

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

 

 

   Thursday, May 19, 2016 

 

Coquitlam RCMP

Missing Almost a Decade

Police looking for clues to Kim Rogelstad's whereabouts

Cst. Jamie Phillipson

 

t has been nine years since Kim Rogelstad (nee Winston), then 43 years old, went missing. She was last seen in the Coquitlam Centre and the last contact she had with her family was on May 27th, 2007.

"When not working at the Pitt Meadows Golf and Country, Kim Rogelstad could often be found at the A&W or Starbucks in Pinetree Village and at the Coquitlam Centre Food Court", said Cst. Jamie Phillipson. "Kim was well known in the community and had deep roots in Port Coqutilam having grown up and gone to school there".

The Coquitlam RCMP are renewing the call for public assistance to locate Kim Rogelstad. It is hoped that someone may have some information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, that can help locate Kim.

At the time, Kim Rogelstad was described as:

• 5'8" and 145 lbs
• Green eyes and brown hair

If you have any information regarding Kim Rogelstad’s whereabouts, please contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2007-19504. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers:

• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• By SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
• Via Facebook www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

A Dent in the Drug Trade

Police round up huge cache of weapons and drugs in 10 separate searches

Cst. Ian Macdonald

 

 

28-year-old man from Abbotsford, is facing 66 Firearms and Drug charges as the result of an Abbotsford Police Department Gang and Drug Unit investigation that concluded last week. 

 

These charges are the result of 10 search warrants being executed by police in which numerous firearms, drugs and cash were seized.  The firearms included prohibited and restricted weapons, semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, a sub-machine gun, semi-automatic rifles and a sawed-off shotgun as well as magazines, silencers and ammunition. PERKINS was also charged with Trafficking in Cocaine as well as Possession of Cocaine and Fentanyl for the Purposes of Trafficking. Over 1000 pills containing Fentanyl were seized along with the firearms.    

 

In addition, an associate of PERKINS, 26-year-old Caitlin Rose BRANSFORD, was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substances for the Purposes of Trafficking times four (Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin and Fentanyl) and Possession of a Loaded Restricted Handgun.

 

 

This APD Gang and Drug Unit arrest not only causes disruption to the drug trade in Abbotsford, it immediately improves public safety as a result of taking numerous firearms and large quantities of drugs off the street.
 

Anyone with information that will assist police in keeping Abbotsford safe should contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), call our APD Tip Line at 604-864-4777 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

 

RCMP UFVRD

Agassiz Mounties Confirm Stabbing

Police take pair into custody, investigation continues

Cpl. Mike Rail/Voice file photo Cpl. Rail


n May 18th, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Agassiz RCMP was called to the 1700-block of Highway 9 after receiving a report of a stabbing. General Duty officers arrived at the address and found one male. The male was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries by BC Ambulance. Two men are in police custody.

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned-off for a significant amount of time. Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit has been called and is working in partnership with Agassiz General Investigation Section and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase of their investigation and have not determined if the incident was targeted.


Anyone with information regarding these investigations is urged to contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Make Drug Arrests

5 searches, 7 charged in dial-a-dope operation

Sgt. Alanna Dunlop/Handout photo

 

 

urrey RCMP advises that a number of arrests have been made following a series of simultaneous search warrants executed on multiple properties in Surrey this morning.

On May 17th at approximately 8:30am, Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit, with assistance from Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET), Traffic Community Services Enforcement Team (TCSET), Community Response Team (CRU), Property Crime and Auto Crime Target Teams, and the Integrated Emergency Response Team (ERT), executed five search warrants on properties in the North Surrey area.

The locations included four apartment/condo units in the 13300-block of 102A Avenue and 13700-block of 107A Avenue and one residence in the 12900-block of 112A Avenue.

The warrants are in relation to an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking dial-a-dope operation. At this time, seven people, five males and two females, have been arrested and taken into custody. Evidence consistent with street level drug trafficking has been located, however, the investigation is in its early stages.

The arrests are part of the Surrey RCMP’s overt and covert enforcement action to proactively and strategically target those individuals involved in the drug trade.

“The Surrey RCMP continues to make progress targeting those individuals involved in the drug trade,” says Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer Inspector Shawna Baher. “By combining these enforcement activities with a number of prevention and intervention strategies, we are working on a multi-tiered approach to deal with the negative effects that the drug trade has on the health and safety our community.”

 

   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Reducing Bicycle Theft

New partnership between Surrey cops and online app aims to put the brakes on theives

Sgt. Alanna Dunlop/Project 529 website photo

 

 

 

urrey RCMP has partnered with an online bike registration and recovery service to help reduce bike theft in the city of Surrey and return recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

 

As part of its commitment to reduce property crime across the city, the Surrey RCMP has partnered with Project 529 Garage (www.project529.com), a website and phone app that allows cyclists to easily and securely register their bikes online. Registration is free and users can broadcast “missing bike bulletins” to the 529 community and social networks to assist in recovering a stolen bike. Bike owners also have the option of affixing a tamper resistant sticker with a registration number on their bike for easy identification.

 

“Bike theft victims often don’t have the serial number or adequate detail to identify their bike successfully, making it very difficult for police to reunite recovered bikes with their rightful owners,” says Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann. “As a result, the Surrey RCMP is encouraging bike owners to register their bikes with 529 Garage and secure the critical identifying information needed for police and insurance.”

 

Like many cities across the Lower Mainland, Surrey has experienced an increase in bike theft over the past few years. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 12% increase in reported bike thefts in Surrey. The peak period for bike thefts is between May and October.

 

“While bike theft continues to be a problem across the region, it can be reduced through crime prevention initiatives and educating bike owners on how to property secure and identify their bicycles,” says Cpl. Schumann. “With an increased number of bike owners committed to registering and marking their bikes with an identification number, we can work together and send a strong message to bike thieves.”

 

In celebration of Bike to Work Week (May 30-June 5th), the Surrey RCMP will be hosting two free events for the public to learn more about bike theft prevention. Information booths will be set up and bike shop representatives will be on site to help owners register their bikes with Project 529 Garage. The first 200 people that attend will receive a Project 529 Garage tamper resistant bike identification number sticker.

 

What: Bike theft prevention and registration events

Dates and Locations: May 28th at Cloverdale Recreation Centre (6188 176 Street), and June 2nd at City Hall Plaza (13450 104th Avenue) from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Who: Surrey RCMP, Project 529 Garage, bike shops representatives

 

The Surrey RCMP would like to remind cyclists that it is also important to safeguard your property with a u-shaped bike lock and to ensure that it is secured indoors when not in use. For more information on bike theft prevention please visit the Protect Yourself section of our website.

 

For more information on Project 529 Garage and their partnerships with other police agencies please visit their website www.project529.com/garage.

 

 

   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

 

RCMP IHIT

Nefarious Pair Charged with Murder

IHIT investigates crime with "assistance"

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton/Voice file photo

 

he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has obtained charges against two people in connection with the death of an Abbotsford man.

Abbotsford police was called to a residence after a suspicious circumstances call to a residence on Center Street.  Police found a 63-year-old man deceased under what appeared to be suspicious circumstances.  As a result of their findings Abbotsford police called IHIT who took conduct of the investigation.

Two people have now been charged in the Abbotsford man’s death.  33-year-old Shayne Daniel McGenn  most recently of Penticton faces charges of 2nd degree murder in connection with this homicide. Mr McGenn is remanded into custody to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Friday May 20, 2016. 

 

Sarah Margaret Sather also 33 is charged with Accessory after the Fact. Ms. Sather has been remanded and will appear in court in Abbotsford on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The victim and suspects are known to each other. 

 

“The scope of this investigation required the assistance of police units throughout the Lower Mainland. The ability of IHIT investigators to obtain assistance allowed this matter to be thoroughly investigated in a number of jurisdictions and with the help of police units in Abbotsford and in the Okanagan. Investigators now move into the disclosure stage of this investigation and can turn their attention to providing Crown Counsel with the information they need to move this matter through the court system,” says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton,  Media Relations Officer for IHIT.

 

   Monday, May 16, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Aggravated Assault Upgraded to Manslaughter

IHIT takes over after man dies from being hit in the head say Mounties

Sgt. Jennifer Pound


ackground: On May 2, 2016 the Surrey RCMP responded to an assault in a residence in the 6700-block of 152nd Street in Surrey.


The assault occurred following an argument between two family members within the residence. The 32-year-old victim sustained a visible injury to his head and the suspect was arrested at the scene for assault and released the next day.


The victim was transported to the hospital by a family member shortly after the assault occurred.


Once at the hospital, the victim was admitted due to a skull fracture that required emergency surgery. The surgery was completed and the victim was released from the hospital on May 9th.


On May 12th, the victim was readmitted to the hospital with a life threatening brain bleed.


Further investigation and interviews supported charges of Aggravated Assault and on May 13th the suspect was arrested and held in custody.


On May 15th, the victim succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased in the hospital just after 4:30 pm.


Due to the nature of this investigation the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team now has conduct.


“IHIT and Surrey RCMP are collaboratively working on this investigation and today we have successfully obtained charge approval for Manslaughter against 29 year old Mandeep Bhatti,” says Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound.


An autopsy is scheduled to be completed in the coming days.

 

 

   Monday, May 16, 2016 

 

North Van RCMP

Car Window Smashing Spree

Police say 41 pellet gun incidents last weekend

Cpl. Richard De Jong

orth Vancouver RCMP believes someone with a pellet gun is responsible for 41 cases of broken windows over the May 14 weekend in North Vancouver.

According to multiple police reports, the incidents happened anywhere from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. between Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th, 2016. The incidents were situated in the area of Lynn Valley to Grand Boulevard.

The police reports dealt with broken car windows, possibly busted by a pellet gunshot on vehicles parked in residential areas. Replacement costs for the broken windows are estimated to be over $30,000.

Police are very concerned over the actions of those responsible for the wilful damage caused to people’s personal property, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. Fortunately no one was injured in these criminal acts.

The police are following up on various tips and security footage and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible. If you have any information you can call the North Vancouver RCMP 604-985-1311 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

   Monday, May 16, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Police Seek Witnesses to Accident

Motorcyclist pronounced dead at the scene

Staff Sgt. MA Hedderson

 

n 2016-05-15, at approximately 7:25 P.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a collision at the intersection of 88th Ave., and 128th St., Surrey, B.C. between a Yamaha motorcycle travelling eastbound on 88th Ave. and a Lexus RX330 S.U.V. travelling westbound on 88th Ave., making a left turn onto 128th St., in Surrey, B.C.  The callers indicated the motorcycle rider was severely injured and bystanders were administering C.P.R. on the male.  Surrey R.C.M.P. attended to the scene along with Surrey Fire Department, and B.C. Ambulance service.  Attempts to revive the male motorcycle rider were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.  The intersection of 128th St., and 88th Ave., in Surrey, B.C. is presently closed and will remain closed for some time.

 

Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the Public's assistance and are asking anyone that may have witnessed the collision between the motorcycle and the S.U.V., or observed the vehicles approaching the intersection are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

Surrey File # 2016-67991

 

   Monday, May 16, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Police Seek Witnesses to Stabbing

Victim in hospital with serious injuries

Staff Sgt. MA Hedderson

 

n 2016-05-15 at approximately 11:55 hours, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting that a male had been stabbed inside of a residence located in the 13400-block of 112th Ave., Surrey, B.C. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. attended to the residence and located a male who resided there, that had been stabbed multiple times. The male in his late 20's was transported by Ambulance to hospital with serious life threatening injuries. The injured male is presently in stable condition

A second male, in his 30's, was located at the scene and was arrested. The second male was a guest in the residence when the assault took place. Both the victim and the suspect are known to each other.

The matter is presently still under investigation.

Surrey File # 2016-68076

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Missing: Shmooel Yokhana, 73

Police seek high-risk male

Sgt. Duane Honeyman

 

Update: Located May 12, 11:55pm


urrey RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a high risk missing male.

Shmooel YOKHANA was last seen around 1 pm on May 12, 2016 in the 9800-block of 151 Street in Surrey. He has not been seen or heard from since.

YOKHANA is described as a 73-year-old white male, 5'5", approximately 120 lbs, bald. He was last seen wearing a black hat, beige jacket, brown jeans and brown sandals.

Police and family are concerned for his mental and physical well-being.

If you know the whereabouts of this person please contact your local Police Department, the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 quoting file 2016-66305

 

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Missing: Akiko Hayashida, 69

Police seek high-risk male

Sgt. Duane Honeyman

 

Update: Located May 12, 11:30pm


urrey RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a high-risk missing female.

Akiko HAYASHIDA was last seen around 6 pm on May 12, 2016 in the 11100-block of 160 Street in Surrey. She has not been seen or heard from since.

HAYASHIDA is described as a 69-year-old Japanese female, 4'10", approximately 100 lbs, and short grey hair. She was last seen wearing a grey skirt, a grey top with a yellow pattern and half sleeves and black shoes. HAYASHIDA does not speak much English.

Police and family are concerned for her mental and physical well-being.

If you know the whereabouts of this person please contact your local Police Department or the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

iTunes Card WeChat Scams

Police caution chat users

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

 

essenger apps are a great way to share information and communicate with individuals or friends. WeChat is a popular platform and is one of the world’s most widely used chat apps.

 

Criminals are also using WeChat.

 

People conversing on WeChat have become victims of scams and extortion.

 

“The criminal element is evolving and quite frankly, the digital world is their oyster. Not too long ago, face to face communications were the norm. Now, with instant messaging and video chat so widely available, there are no guarantees that the person you believe you are having a conversation with even exists or is simply a Bot," says Corporal Dennis Hwang. "We are discovering that the WeChat platform is the common conduit."

 

“The use of iTunes cards as payment or currency is an emerging phenomenon. The creation of an iTunes account using a stolen or fraudulently obtained credit card is not particularly onerous. Once created, iTunes cards can be deposited or transferred to other accounts and used to purchase a plethora of merchandise which can then be resold for cash. Any demands for payment in the form of iTunes cards should be an automatic red flag. We recommend exercising a dose of healthy skepticism – it can make the difference in protecting yourself against being scammed or extorted. Even if you do not use WeChat, these tips can be useful universally with other messaging apps.”

 

The Richmond RCMP offers some useful safety tips:

• be cautious about accepting communications using WeChat or other messaging platform, especially when a companionship website is involved
• do not engage in the sharing of explicit photos
• monetary demands using iTunes cards are highly suspicious
• do not give into monetary demands. Do not make any payments.
• contact your local police

If you have been a victim of this type of crime in Richmond, please contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or e-mail us at: Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Two-Day Crime Spree Leads to Jail

Police lay multiple charges against thug

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

 

n May 10, 2016 Crown Counsel approved 6 charges in conjunction with 3 Richmond RCMP investigations.

 

Shortly after 5 pm on April 26, 2016, Richmond RCMP officers responded to a residence in the 8000-block of Williams Road for a report of a robbery with a firearm.

 

The victim, a 78-year old woman, was in her residence when the suspect entered her home through an unlocked garage door.

 

The suspect allegedly produced a handgun and demanded her purse and car keys. The suspect then fled in the victim's vehicle. The victim was not injured. Her vehicle was recovered in the early hours of April 27, 2016, abandoned at a business in the 4200-block of Hazelbridge Way.

 

Shortly after 7 am on April 27, 2016, a gray 2004 Acura TL sedan was reportedly stolen from an auto dealership in the 4700-block of Garden City Road.

 

Just before 8 am on the same day, the Acura sedan was observed driving in an erratic manner in the area of No. 4 Rd and Blundell Rd. The driver of the Acura allegedly pointed a firearm at the occupants of another vehicle before fleeing. Multiple officers responded but were unable to locate the Acura.

 

The vehicle was later observed in Vancouver and associated to multiple crimes in that jurisdiction.

 

36-year-old Abbas Abbas of Calgary has been charged with the following offences:

 

• 2 counts of break and enter with intent to commit an offence Sec. 348(1) CCC
• 1 count of robbery Sec. 344(1)(b) CCC  
• 1 count of use imitation firearm while committing an offence Sec. 85(2) CCC
• 1 count of assault with a weapon Sec. 267(a) CCC
• 1 count of possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose Sec. 88(1) CCC

 

“Richmond RCMP officers, especially Constable Romanko, worked meticulously to gather evidence for the crimes committed in our community. We were unable to identify the suspect publically until formal charges had been laid,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “We received tremendous assistance from our VPD colleagues and this signifies our on-going partnership with them.”

 

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Help for Parents

Police offer alternatives to avoid gang involvement

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

here is now a new way for parents and guardians to reach out to their local police in Surrey if they have concerns about their children becoming involved in illegal activities.

 

Residents can now contact the new Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline at 604-599-7800 if they believe their child is involved or at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. Through this helpline, parents can get in touch with the Surrey RCMP’s specialized youth officers and youth counsellors who will be able to assist them with resources, police information, and intervention services. Parents who call the helpline and leave a message stating their name, phone number, and concern will have their call returned within 24 hours between Monday and Friday. English, Punjabi and French staff will be available.

 

“Parents have concerns about their kids, especially those who may be heading towards the criminal lifestyle and at risk of being involved in the drug trade,” says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy. “This new helpline will provide a central location for parents to obtain information relating to youth and crime and how they can best protect their children from crime.”

 

Last month, the Surrey RCMP hosted a community safety forum on youth, drugs and violence along with the Surrey School District and CFSEU-BC. At the conclusion of the event, two families approached officers to discuss concerns about their children being involved in drug trafficking. As a result, Surrey RCMP officers are now working with these families to intervene in criminal activities and develop plans to help the youth exit the drug trade. The new Parent Helpline will give all Surrey parents access to police officers and intervention counsellors when they believe their children are involved in the drug trade or at risk of becoming involved.

 

Surrey RCMP offers a number of preventative and educational youth programs including the Wrap program, Code Blue, and Youth Police Academy as well as intervention programs such as the Youth Intervention and Restorative Justice programs. They also work with many external partners including the Surrey School District and other education, health, and social service providers.

 

“Surrey is a growing city with a significant youth population, the majority of which are creative, smart and enthusiastic members of our community. Unfortunately our young people are also targets for drug traffickers who exploit youth and lead them on a dangerous path with potentially fatal consequences,” says Assistant Commissioner Fordy. “That is why early intervention efforts by parents, police, schools, and the community are key in preventing young people from being lured into this lifestyle.”

 

Residents are reminded that the Parent Helpline is not a replacement for calling the non-emergency line (604-599-0502) if they need to report a crime, or 911 for crimes in progress or life-threatening situations.

 

For more information on our youth programs please visit the Programs and Services page on our website.

 

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Newton Shooting

Man shows up at hospital with bullet wound, police seek answers

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

urrey RCMP is currently investigating a second shooting that occurred on May 9th in addition to the shots fired incident in Newton last night (2016-64591). Police believe the two incidents may be connected to each other and are seeking additional information from the public.

 

In the early morning hours of May 9th, 2016, Surrey RCMP received a call from Abbotsford that there was a male at their local hospital suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

 

The investigation is in the early stages, however, it does appear that this is a targeted incident that occurred in Surrey. The male involved is not from Surrey and he is known to police.

 

The Surrey RCMP is asking anyone who has any information regarding this incident that may have occurred in the 7500-block of 135 Street at approximately 2:20am on May 9th to call Surrey RCMP.

 

Both shootings that occurred on May 9th are not believed to be related to the most recent Surrey conflict. Surrey RCMP is liaising with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) and other policing partners to determine if there are links to other conflicts in the region.

 

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

 

 

   Thursday, May 12, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Missing: Steven Menunzio, 35

Last seen May 6th in North Langley, police look to public for leads

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

urrey RCMP is currently investigating a second shooting that occurred on May 9th in addition to the sho

 

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to locate a missing Langley man.

Steven MENUNZIO was reported missing by family on May 7th. He was seen the day prior leaving his residence in North Langley. He was driving his own vehicle, a red 2000 Ponitac Grand Am.

Steven has not been responding to attempts to contact him on his cell phone and it is out of character for him to not contact family and friends.

He is described as 35 years old, Caucasian, 6’ tall, weighing approximately 180 lbs., with Brown hair and greenish blue eyes.

If you have information that might assist police to locate Steven MENUNZIO, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.


 

 

 

   Wednesday, May 11, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Woman Flees after Crashing Stolen Vehicle

Police make arrest, accident victims treated

Sgt. Judy Bird

 

oday at approximately 4 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a stolen vehicle.    

 

APD Patrol Officers, a K9 unit, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services and BC Ambulance responded to this incident. Upon arrival, police found that the stolen vehicle had struck a minivan with seven occupants, causing it to leave the roadway.

 

The female driver of the stolen vehicle fled on foot immediately after the crash. 

 

The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service utilized the Jaws of Life to extricate a trapped elderly passenger from the minivan. 

 

The 34-year-old female suspect was located and taken into custody. She is a prohibited driver who is well-known to the Abbotsford Police. 

 

The seven occupants of the minivan, and the female suspect, were transported by BC Ambulance Service to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

The Abbotsford Police Collision Reconstructionists will be on scene for the next several hours. The investigation is continuing and updates will be provided when more details are available.

 

 

   Wednesday, May 11, 2016 

 

Lower Mainland RCMP

Police Charge Six with Sex Offences

Some crimes still remain unsolved, Mounties look for tips

Sgt. Annie Linteau

 

Suspect seen leaving the area of 128th Street and 92nd Avenue. See "Unsolved" below.

 

ive men and one youth are now facing charges following a concerted effort by Lower Mainland police, after a number of violent sexual assaults against women in Metro Vancouver since January, 2016.

 

The assaults took place in Burnaby, North Vancouver, on UBC Endowment Lands, and in Vancouver, though police stress that in all but one of the incidents, the assaults were committed individually. None of the women knew their attackers, and police often had very little evidence on which to base investigations.

“These crimes justifiably scared people living and working in those communities,” says Chief Superintendent Jodie Boudreau, head of Operations for the RCMP in the Lower Mainland. “Fortunately, Lower Mainland police and law enforcement have an unparalleled ability to rapidly share intelligence information, analysis, tips and more. I know this contributed to police finding these suspects and advancing charges. Our message should be loud and clear - those who prey on others will be held accountable.”

The charges are as follows:

• Jason Anthony White has been charged with assault, break and enter and breach in relation to an April 7th offence that took place in Vancouver.

• Michal Popek for four (4) counts of sexual assault and one (1) count of Break and Enter for offences allegedly committed on March 26th,2015 and April 9th, 2016 in Vancouver and on February 18th and March 6th, 2016 in Burnaby.

• David Singh Tucker has been charged with three (3) counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, three (3) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of confining a person, one (1) count of Break and Enter and commit indictable offence robbery and one (1) count of Disguising face with Intent to commit indictable offence in relation to an April 30th incident that allegedly took place within University RCMP’s jurisdiction.

• Yuan Zhi Goa has been charged with one (1) count of break and enter with intent to commit indictable offence of sexual assault for that same incident. 

• Vaughan Englot has been charged with three (3) counts of sexual assault in relation to incidents allegedly committed in North Vancouver on January 12th and January 19th as well as in Vancouver on January 15th. 

• A youth, who cannot be named under the Young Offenders Act, has been charged with two (2) counts of sexual assault, two (2) counts of Indecent Act, and one (1) count of Assault in relation to incidents allegedly committed on March 3th, 4th, 5th and 6th in Vancouver.

 

“These men committed violent acts against women in our communities -- women who should feel safe to walk, work, and go about their business without being victimized, or being concerned for their safety,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous of the Vancouver Police Department. “As a result of the courage of these women to come forward and tell their story, we have been able to take a number of these violent offenders off the street.”

 

After the assaults started to occur, police in Burnaby, North Vancouver, at UBC, in Vancouver and on our transit system, recognized it would take a concerted effort by all agencies to support the victims and work together to identify the offenders.

“Transit Police officers are in a unique position to track criminals through multiple jurisdictions and provide seamless support to numerous jurisdictional law enforcement agencies,” says Chief Doug LePard of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police.  “Teamwork, collaboration and the vital sharing of information between police agencies will always be the best way to track down predatory criminals who operate across jurisdictional boundaries.  The top priority for all law enforcement is public safety, which requires bringing all the right skills and resources together to solve serious crime.”

Police employed a variety of investigative techniques. The Real Time Intelligence Centre-BC was active doing intelligence checks on all the suspects in these investigations, and ensured any distinguishing characteristics were shared quickly among BC and Canadian law enforcement, to help identify suspects when required. 

The RCMP’s Behavioural Sciences Unit analysed several years’ worth of data, offences and offenders to help narrow the search.

Investigators also commend the women who reported these crimes, who showed both bravery and strength, as they shared horrific details with police about the trauma they endured, to provide investigators the evidence needed to ensure these offenders were held accountable. Police are committed to helping these victims navigate the judicial process and hope that in time they will find some measure of resolution. 

And they relied on the media to help warn the public about predators in their communities, and to encourage people to watch out for one another, and report any suspicious activity to their local police.

While Lower Mainland police are pleased that these individuals have been charged, and are being held accountable for their actions, there are unfortunately still a number of unsolved offences that they are actively investigating.

If anyone has any information regarding an offence, they are urged to contact their local police department. Additionally, if a person sees something suspicious, feels threatened, or has been victimized, they are encouraged to contact the police as soon as possible. The sooner police are aware, the sooner they can investigate and guide victims to available support services.

 

Unsolved - See photo above

The sexual assault took place at a residence in the area of 128th Street and 92nd Avenue. The photo shows the suspect running northbound on 128th Street immediately after the incident, followed by the video capturing the suspect crossing the street heading westbound on 92nd Avenue.

 

The suspect is described as a South Asian male in his late 20’s to mid 40’s, 5’5” to 5’8” tall, with brown eyes and a dark brown well-groomed beard. He was wearing dark coloured pants, a light coloured shirt, a light grey jacket, a white turban, and he spoke with an accent. 

 

Investigators have conducted a number of investigative tasks including speaking to multiple area residents, canvassing for video surveillance, and conducting a forensic examination.

 

This investigation continues to be a top priority for the Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit (SVU).

 

Surrey RCMP has liaised with its real estate partners to ensure that safeguards are in place to help protect their employees. These include taking precautions and having a buddy system. More information is available for realtors through the British Columbia Real Estate Association’s website.

 

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

 

   Wednesday, May 11, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Fatal House Fire

Man dies from burns, woman in serious condition from smoke inhalation

Sgt. David MacDonald

 

urrey RCMP is currently on scene at a residence in the Guildford area of Surrey for a report of a residential structure fire

On May 11, 2016 at approximately 00:50 AM , Surrey RCMP along with Surrey Fire Service and the BC Ambulance Service responded to a report of a fire in the 9000-block of 148 St.

Upon arrival, officers located a 55-year-old male suffering from burns who was deceased at scene. Also located was a middle age female suffering smoke inhalation. She has been transported to a local area hospital in very serious condition.

The investigation is still in its early stages however Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Section is taking the lead in the investigation

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

 

   Monday, May 9, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Get Their Man

LeClair brings a fresh look and feel to the dept's community crime prevention

Sgt. Joe Johal


urrey RCMP is pleased to welcome newly commissioned Inspector Andy LeClair as the new Community Support and Safety Officer for the detachment. In this role, he will oversee a variety of policing units dedicated to community engagement and crime prevention including: Youth Unit, Bike Unit, Community Response Unit, and Community Constables.

 

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Insp. LeClair has over 25 years of experience with the RCMP. All of his service has been in the Lower Mainland, with the vast majority in Burnaby. His policing experience includes roles in General Duty, Gang Section, Training (Use of Force), Emergency Response Team, Internal Investigations, Investigative Services (Property Crime/Robbery), and Community Programs. He has a strong background in crime reduction strategy and has spent the last four years helping manage Burnaby RCMP’s Community Programs. This is Insp. LeClair’s second tour in Surrey.

 

“When I received word I was being commissioned as an Officer to the Surrey RCMP, I was thrilled,” says Insp. LeClair. “The Surrey RCMP has an excellent reputation throughout the policing community and a strong partnership with the City of Surrey. I look forward to talking to residents and business owners at local community events and continuing some of the great community initiatives that have been developed.”

 

“I am very pleased to welcome Inspector Andy LeClair as the new Community Support and Safety Officer for Surrey detachment,” says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy. “His experience in operational policing and focus on community engagement are well-suited for this important position.”

 

• 2014 – Member of the Order of Merit for his work and long-term commitment to the City of Burnaby’s policing effort, crime reduction mandate and countless volunteer hours
• 2012 – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for volunteer work in the community

• 2010 – RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

• 2009 – Officer in Charge Certificate of Appreciation for his work with the Special Olympics
• 2002 – Officer in Charge Certificate of Appreciation for his work with the Burnaby RCMP’s Auxiliary Program

 

Surrey RCMP’s previous Community Support and Safety Officer, Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, has been selected to represent the RCMP internationally in an advisory role aimed at providing stability in the Middle East.

 

 

   Monday, May 9, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Shots Fired!

Police check neighbourhood

Sgt. Joe Johal


urrey RCMP is currently on scene at a business in the 7200 block of 151 Street of Surrey for a report of a shots fired.

 

At approximately 07:45 PM on May 09, 2016, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shots fired in the 7200 block of 152 Street. Officers attended and located evidence to support that shots had been fired in the area.

 

The initial investigations has revealed that two vehicles were involved in the incident. The suspect vehicle was seen fleeing from the scene shortly afterward the incident. The intended target vehicle has been located. No one was shot in that vehicle but one of male victims sustained minor injuries from glass fragments of the vehicle.

  

Officers will conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is a targeted incident.

 

72 Avenue from 150 to 152 Street will be closed for the next few hours while investigators gather evidence. 

 

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

 

 

   Monday, May 9, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Dangerous Drive

"Road Rage" leads to stabbing, police look for clues

Cpl. Scotty Schumann


urrey RCMP is investigating a serious assault that occurred in Newton and is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect.

 

On Sunday, May 8th at 3:30 pm, the Surrey RCMP received several calls from witnesses reporting what appeared to be a “road rage” incident in the 12100-block of 72nd Avenue involving two vehicles. At one point the victim was punched by the suspect in a parking lot in the 12100-block of 72nd Avenue.  The suspect then attacked the victim a second time, this time stabbing him.  The victim collapsed from his injuries and the suspect was last seen northbound on foot in the 12100-block of 75th Avenue.

 

The male suspect is described as having dark hair, dark beard, wearing black shoes, blue jeans and a white tank top.

 

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a grey Mazda 3 hatchback.

 

The Surrey RCMP’s General Investigations Unit is leading this investigation.  Police believe given the large area of this incident, time of day, and busy location, that there are several more witnesses that have not come forward yet.  Police are asking any witnesses to this event, anyone who may recognize the suspect, or persons that may have photos or video of this incident, to please call the Surrey RCMP.

 

“What started as a simple traffic incident quickly escalated into a life threatening situation for the victim,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann.  “When faced with a “road rage” incident, stay calm and call Police when it’s safe and you’re able to pull over.”

 

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

 

 

   Monday, May 9, 2016 

 

Penticton RCMP

Missing: Kees Van Egmond

Police seek 76-year-old man last seen May 4

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

he Penticton RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Penticton resident. Kees Van Egmond was last heard from on May 4th, 2016. 

Kees Van Egmond, 76, was reported missing late Friday evening on May 6, 2016, when family failed to hear from him. Police and family are very concerned for Kees Van Egmond's health and well-being and friends and family report that it is out of character for him to be out of contact for this long. Mr Egmond suffers from diabetes and may be in need of medical assistance.

 

RCMP investigators believe that MR Van Egmond was driving his gold/brown 2010 Jeep Patriot SUV BC licence #AA547A.

  Description of Kees Van Egmond:

• Caucasian male
• 76 years
• 5’ 9” (175 cm)
• 137 lbs (62 kg)
• Grey hair
• blue eyes

If you see Kees Van Egmond, or his vehicle, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kees Van Egmond is urged to contact their local police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

   Monday, May 9, 2016 

 

Coquitlam RCMP

Motorcyclist Dies at Intersection

Police remind drivers about the motorcycles on the road

Sgt. Joe Johal


aturday May 7, 2016, at 5:27 pm the Coquitlam RCMP were dispatched to a collision involving a motorcycle at Pinetree Way and David Avenue in the City of Coquitlam. A
motorcycle and car collided in the intersection while the car was making
a left hand turn.

 

As a result of the collision, the 17-year-old motorcyclist died from his injuries. There is no indication at this time that drugs or alcohol were involved. The collision is still under investigation by the Coquitlam RCMP Coordinated Collision Investigation Team.

As the weather becomes increasingly warm and dry, there will be more
and more motorcycles on the roadways in British Columbia. The RCMP
would like to remind the motoring public to look out for motorcycles,
for motorcycles to exercise extreme caution, and for all motorists to
abide by the rules of the road.

 

   Sunday, May 8, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Stabbing Incident 121 St and 73 Ave

Mounties look to the public for witnesses

Sgt. Joe Johal


urrey RCMP was on-scene in the 7300-block of 121 Street area of Surrey for a report of a stabbing.

On May 08, 2016 at approximately 05:30 PM, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 7300-block of 121 Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a 38-year-old male suffering from stab wounds who was being transported to local area hospital in stable condition with life threatening injuries.

Initial Investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between two individuals resulting in stabbing. Officers conducted neighbourhood canvassing and spoke with several witnesses to obtain further information.

The investigation is still in its early stages but investigators are going to be in the area for few hours to gather evidence.

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

 

 

   Friday, May 6, 2016 

 

RCMP IHIT

Police Lay Charges in Stabbing Death

Investigation continues, people with tips can call them in says IHIT

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton/Voice file photo

 

pper Fraser Valley RCMP was called to the 46000-block of Yale Road just after 3:00 p.m. May 3, 2016, after witnesses reported a stabbing.  Police found one man deceased at scene and another man in possession of a knife.

 

63-year-old Gerald Leslie Dolman was arrested by police and has now been charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of a 49-year-old Chilliwack man.

 

Witnesses advised the incidents leading up to the stabbing started with what appeared to be Mr. Dolman’s vehicle following the victim’s car on Yale Road. 

 

Mr. Dolman is believed to have struck a cyclist while following the victim. 

 

The two cars collided in a parking lot at which point an altercation led to the death of the victim. It is believed the victim and Mr. Dolman knew one another.

 

“The quick action of UFVRD RCMP led to the speedy arrest of Mr. Dolman ensuring evidence was preserved and risk to the public was mitigated," says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for IHIT.

 

"The response from the public in providing information about this incident played a part in ensuring IHIT obtained charge approval however there may still be witnesses who have not spoken to police, we ask that those people contact IHIT investigators as soon as possible."

 

Mr. Dolman appeared before a Justice of the Peace on the afternoon of May 4th and was remanded into custody.  His next court appearance will be Monday May 9th at 9:00 a.m. in Chilliwack Provincial Court.

 

Anyone with information about this incident can contact IHIT by telephone at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448)  or by email here.

 

If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or on the web at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  Friday, May 6, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP

Missing: Katrina Slater

Police look to the public for help

Cpl. Mike Rail

 

The RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Katrina Marie Slater, 22, of Chilliwack. Katrina has not been heard from since April 26, 2016.

 

Katrina is described as:

• Caucasian female
• Height: 168 cm (5’06”)
• Weight: 56 kgs (123 lbs)
• Brown hair
• Green eyes

“Police and family are concerned for Katrina’s wellbeing and believe she is travelling around the Lower Mainland,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Katrina Marie Slater is urged to contact your local police or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

 

   Thursday, May 5, 2016 

 

Lower Mainland District RCMP

Police Clock Drivers at 200/kph

"Novice" driver slapped with huge fine

Sgt Annie Linteau

 

 

hile conducting speed enforcement Highway one near the 152nd Street early this morning, a 2008 Grey Infiniti G37 caught the eye of a Port Mann Traffic Services officer. Travelling at 142 km/hrs in a 90 km/hr zone, the officer was quick to jump into his police vehicle to attempt to stop and speak to the driver of the Infiniti.

As the officer attempted to close the distance between himself and the Infiniti, he noted that this vehicle appeared to be jockeying for side by side position with a second vehicle. Once side by side, both vehicles accelerated to a radar reading of 197 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone!

Prior to being able to conduct a vehicle stop, the second vehicle exited Highway one at the 176th Street off ramp, while the Infiniti continued eastbound. The Infiniti was subsequently stopped near the 192nd Street exit.

The novice driver (class 7) of the Infiniti, a 22-year-old male from Abbotsford, was served a violation ticket for excessive speed ($468). In addition, he has received a 15 day driving prohibition and his vehicle has been impounded for 7 days.

"Vehicles travelling at this rate of speed on our highways is certainly 'not the norm'”, states Constable Mike Moore of Port Mann Traffic Services. “Speed limits are put in place on our highways for a reason, and the faster one drives in excess of these limits the more danger they pose to themselves as well as other motorists. Penalties can range from fines, licence suspensions, vehicle impoundments, Court, or a combination thereof. We would like to remind motorists be aware of their speed in relation to the posted limits and to drive safely.”

Port Mann Traffic Services are seeking witnesses who can help to identify the second vehicle in this case. If you were traveling on Highway One between 152nd Street and 176th Street at approximately 1:20 AM on Thursday May 5th and can provide information, please contact the Port Mann Traffic Services at 604-526-9744 and site file 2016-2750.

 

 

   Thursday, May 5, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

Police Get Gun Off Streets

Five arrests tied to Townline conflict

Cst. Ian MacDonald

 

n Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in central Abbotsford. 

 

The caller reported that he had received a threat that someone was going to come over and shoot him and his family. APD Patrol Division officers immediately moved in the direction of the caller’s home and stopped two vehicles that were attempting to leave the area. 

 

Five males were detained with three ultimately being arrested in connection to the threat incident. A subsequent search of one of the vehicles resulted in the location and seizure of a loaded 9mm assault rifle and magazine.

 

Abbotsford Police believe this incident is connected to the Townline Hill conflict.                           

 

18-year-old Gurjashandip Singh BARINGH and 18-year-old Karanjit Singh MANN have been charged with Uttering Threats and a Weapons offence.  A 17-year-old male youth, who cannot be named, faces a Weapons charge. Both BARINGH and MANN have been released on court ordered conditions that prohibit them from possessing weapons and consuming alcohol or controlled substances. Most importantly, they cannot be present inside a boundary of Downes Road to the north, Maclure Road to the south, Mt. Lehman Road to the west and Townline Road to the east.

                                     

Anyone observing BARINGH or MANN in breach of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone with information about the Townline Hill conflict should call the APD Tip Line at 604-864-4777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

   Thursday, May 5, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Motorcyclist Dies in Collision with Bus

Mounties look to the public for witnesses

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

 

n May 3, 2016, just after 2:30 pm, Richmond RCMP officers responded to 4th Ave and Chatham Street in the Steveston area of Richmond, for a serious crash between a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 1996 New Flyer bus operated by the Coast Mountain Bus Company.

 

The motorcycle was heavily damaged. The motorcyclist, a male in his early 40s, sustained critical injuries and was rushed to hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. He was from Fort McMurray, Alberta.

 

The driver of the bus was uninjured and has been cooperative with police.

 

The Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit (RSU) is investigating this collision along with assistance from the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) and the BC Coroner’s Service.

 

 “We are in the very early stages of our investigation. The 4th Ave and Chatham Street area was fairly populated during the time of the collision. Our investigators spoke to several people who heard the crash but were unable to provide further details. We are looking for witnesses who may have left the area prior speaking with us. We would also implore drivers passing through the area with dash cams to review their footage for anything that may be able to assist us. We would greatly appreciate your help,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

 

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Constable Arriola of the Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit at 604-278-1212.

 

To leave us a tip electronically, please email here.

 

   Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

 

Abbotsford PD

IIO Investigate Man's Death

Victim did not survive fight

Cst. Ian MacDonald

 

UPDATE: Yesterday, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) released jurisdiction of the incident as there was no connection between the actions or inaction of police and the death of the 54-year-old man.

 

n Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department were called to a report of a fight at a business in the 32900-block of South Fraser Way. Upon arrival at 8:32 pm, APD Patrol Division officers located an unconscious male on the ground outside the store. They checked for vital signs and began CPR when no pulse was detected. Medical efforts to assist the man were then assumed by Abbotsford Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance personnel upon their arrival.

 

The 54-year-old man was transported to hospital but, regrettably, he was pronounced dead at 9:16 pm.

 

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) will now be investigating to determine if there is a connection between any police action and the death of the affected person.

 

 

   Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Cop for a Day!

Mounties invite youths to solve a (mock) crime with the Surrey police

Sgt. Alanna Dunlop

 

 

he Surrey RCMP’s 2016 Citizen and Youth Police Academies will be running from September 14th to November 2nd, 2016. Youth applications are being accepted from May 2-31 and citizen applications will be available June 1-30.

 

The Citizen and Youth Police Academies are eight week courses designed to give Surrey residents an inside look into policing in Surrey. This interactive learning series aims to foster a better understanding between Surrey citizens and the RCMP and explore what the community can do together to enhance public safety.

 

This year’s academies will have participants following a specific case study from beginning to end to demonstrate how different units and sections at the Surrey detachment work together to solve crime and prevent future criminality. The Academies will feature presentations and demonstrations by police officers and staff on a variety of topics including:  a day in the life of a patrol officer, drugs and major crime, forensics, media relations, Police Dog Services, crime prevention, traffic investigations, and basic law.

 

“Over the past few years these academies have demonstrated that our residents are eager to learn more about the different aspects of policing and what they can do to help us enhance public safety,” says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy. “A well-informed and engaged community is our greatest asset to achieving the shared goal of reduced crime and safe neighbourhoods.”

 

Applicants to the Youth Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

Completed application form (available at www.surrey.rcmp.ca from May 2-31)

In grade 10, 11, or 12 as of September 14, 2016

Student in Surrey

Complete and pass a criminal record check (no record or pending charges)

Be eager to learn, engage and participate in the course

Be available to attend all 8 sessions (Wednesday evenings from Sept. 14-Nov. 2)

 Application deadline for the Youth Police Academy is May 31, 2016.

 

Applicants to the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

Completed application form (available at www.surrey.rcmp.ca from June 1-30)

18 years of age or older as of September 14, 2016

Resident or business owner in Surrey

Complete and pass a criminal record check (no record or pending charges)

Be eager to learn, engage and participate in the course

Be available to attend all 8 sessions (Wednesday evenings from Sept. 14–Nov. 2)

Application deadline for the Citizen Police Academy is June 30, 2016.

 

 

   Sunday, May 1, 2016 

 

UBC RCMP

Missing: Anna Zirdun, 79

Distraught woman last seen driving grey Nissan Sentra

Sgt Annie Linteau

 

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP advise they have found this person. They thank the public and their policing and community partners for their assistance.

 

urrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the Public's assistance in locating Anna ZIRDUM. ANNA ZIRDUM was last seen in the 8800 block of 152nd St., Surrey, B.C. on 2016-04-29 at approximately 12:30 P.M. driving her 2003 Nissan Sentra, Grey in colour, B.C.L. 086 BNJ.

Anna ZIRDUM is described as a Caucasian Female, 79 years of age, 5' 09" (175 cm), 165 lbs (75 Kg), Hazel eyes, and collar length Brown Hair.

Anna ZIRDUM speaks limited English, but mainly speaks Croatian. Anna ZIRDUM is upset over a recent death in the family, and may also be disoriented.

Surrey R.C.M.P. are asking anyone who may have seen Anna ZIRDUM, or knows of her whereabouts are asked to call their local Police Department, the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

   Saturday, April 30, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Woman Realtor Sexually Attacked

Suspect still on the loose, Mounties look for leads

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

UPDATE: Composite sketch released in sexual assault Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a stranger sexual assault that occurred this past weekend.
 

 

he Surrey RCMP are currently investigating a stranger sexual assault that occurred in north Surrey at approximately 4:10 pm yesterday.

 

The victim, a female realtor, was conducting an open house when she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male. The woman was able to fight him off, and the suspect fled from the residence. The Surrey RCMP conducted a thorough search of the area, but the suspect male was not located. The victim did not sustain any injuries as a result of this incident.

 

The suspect is described as an East Indian male in his late 20’s to mid 40’s, 5 foot 5” to 5 foot 8” tall, with brown eyes and a dark brown well-groomed beard. He was wearing dark coloured pants and a light coloured shirt, a white turban, and he spoke with an accent.

 

The investigation is active and is in the early stages. Investigators would like to hear from anyone that has any information about this sexual assault, and are seeking the assistance of the public to help identify the male suspect.

 

Media availability: Sergeant Alanna Dunlop will be available for media inquiries regarding this incident until 1:30 pm today. Please contact the Surrey RCMP media relations phone line below.

 

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

 

   Saturday, April 30, 2016 

 

UBC RCMP

Two Arrested on Allegations of Sexual Assault

What started as a break and enter turned ugly, no word if suspects connected to previous campus assaults

Sgt Annie Linteau

 

n April 30, 2016 at 2:15 am, University RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at an apartment building located in the 5700-block of Birney Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Police responded to the area immediately and two men were taken into custody outside the residence.

 

While the investigation remains in its preliminary stages, police can confirm that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault. The suspects and the victims are not known to each other.     

 

University RCMP with support from the E Division Major Crime’s Criminal Investigations Unit are continuing their investigation and asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the time the complaint was received to contact University RCMP at (604)224-1322.

 

While the RCMP recognize that the onus is on all of us to ensure we treat others in a respectful manner, Police recommend the public, to consider the following safety tips:

• Lock windows and doors even when absent for a short amount of time.
• Don’t prop open exterior doors.
• Don’t allow strangers to 'tailgate' you into apartment buildings.
• Walk with a friend.
• Beware of your surroundings by avoiding the use of headphones and the distracted use of cellular telephones when in public places.
• Report promptly all suspicious persons and activities to the RCMP.

 

   Saturday, April 30, 2016 

 

UBC RCMP

Horrific Accident Pins Pedestrian

Police look to the public for tips and leads

Sgt. M.A. Hedderson

 

n April 30, at approximately 6:45 P.M., Surrey R.C.M.P. received multiple 911 calls reporting a serious motor vehicle collision that had occurred at the intersection of 138th St. and 72nd Ave., Surrey, B.C.  A southbound vehicle on 138th St. was turning left onto 72nd Ave. when it was struck broad side by a northbound vehicle.

 

After impact one of the vehicles struck a group of pedestrians standing on the corner of the intersection, with one of the pedestrians being pinned under the vehicle. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. General Duty, and Traffic Services Unit attended to the scene, along with B.C. Ambulance Services, and Surrey Fire Department.

 

The one pedestrian was freed from under the vehicle. The three seriously injured pedestrians were transported to hospital. One female had serious life threatening injuries and is in Critical condition.   

 

A male had serious head and facial injuries, and is presently in stable condition.  A second female was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. The drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene. Drugs and / or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

 

Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the Public's assistance and asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision, are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

 

   Friday, April 29, 2016 

 

Prince George RCMP

Targeted Shooting

One man remains in hospital, no risk to public say police

Cpl. Craig Douglass

olice are investigating following a shooting early this morning that sent one man to hospital.

At approximately 12:20 AM, Friday April 29th, 2016, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a shooting in a parking lot near the intersection of 17th Avenue and Upland Street in Prince George.

Officers arrived and located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be at least one gunshot wound. Officers began first aid until medical first responders arrived on scene. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment.

The Prince George RCMP’s Major Crime Section has been called in and are now leading the investigation. RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area around 17th Avenue and Upland street, although we do not believe there is a risk to the public.

The investigation into this targeted crime is in the beginning stages. More details may be released as they come available.

If you have any information about this serious Criminal offence or who may be involved, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips". You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime

 

   Friday, April 29, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Arrest Robbery Suspect

Second suspect wanted in connection

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

 

urrey RCMP advises that an arrest and charge has been laid against one of the suspects involved in a convenience store robbery that occurred last month (see previous release).

 

Bishop FRANCIS, 18 years old from Surrey, has been charged with one count of Robbery. He remains in custody pending his next court appearance.  

 

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit continues to investigate and follow up on information that could lead to the identification of the second suspect in this incident. This suspect is described as a light-skinned male, in his 20’s, wearing a black Under Armour hoodie with a white logo on left chest, black track pants with white stripes, and black shoes with white soles (see attached photo).

 

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca. Please quote file #2016-43457.

 

   Friday, April 29, 2016 

 

IHIT RCMP

Surrey Man Found Dead in Car

Mounties look to the public for tips and leads

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton

 

n February 20, 2013, Surrey man Vimal Chand was found deceased in the family car near 140 St. in Surrey.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation.

 

In an effort to remind the public of this homicide and to locate witnesses who have not been spoken to, IHIT has produced a video with the help of Mr. Chand’s sister.

 

This is the second unsolved homicide video produced by IHIT.

 

It can be viewed on the IHIT website at  www.homicideteam.ca

 

Anyone with information about the homicide of Vimal Chand, or any other investigation can contact IHIT by telephone at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448)  or by email here.

 

If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or on the web at www.solvecrime.ca.

 

  Thursday, April 28, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Mounties Follow Their Noses to Bust Yarrow Grow Show

Offer tips to spotting a marijuana growing operation

Cpl Mike Rail

 

This is what Mounties found in Yarrow

 

CMP continue their investigation into alleged drug activity at a Yarrow property after police seized over 800 marihuana plants during the execution of Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrants.

 

The police investigation was initiated from reports made to the Chilliwack RCMP about the odour of marihuana emanating from a property in the 4400 block of Boundary Road.  Officers of the Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) gathered evidence in relation to the property which led to the execution of two CDSA search warrants on April 14, 2016.

 

“A sophisticated indoor marihuana grow operation was located by officers inside of a barn and greenhouse during the execution of the search warrant. Two people found on the property were not taken into custody,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

On completion of a thorough investigation police will be submitting all circumstances of the investigation in a report to Federal Crown Counsel for their assessment of CDSA charges of production of a controlled substance against the property owners.

 

“Police are continuing their investigation and ask anyone who has specific information about this property or individuals associated to it to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

The Chilliwack RCMP CRU remind the public that some common signs of a Marihuana Grow Operation are:

• Rental buildings (residential and commercial) are often used so criminals avoid damage to their own property.
• Residents may only be home occasionally for short periods of time.
• Unusual behaviours ranging from no visitors to frequent visitors for short periods.
• Windows covered with dark plastic or newspaper.
• Condensation on windows due to high humidity levels inside.
• Skunk-like odour of growing marihuana can occasionally be detected outside.
• Unusual garbage: little or no garbage or unusual items (e.g. pots and soil, fertilizer containers, wiring, PVC piping).

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

 

  Thursday, April 28, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Missing: Austin Kardux, 16

Police look to community for leads

Cpl Mike Rail

 

Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Missing Chilliwack Teen Located

"The RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 16-year-old male reported missing (April 28, 2016) has been located, and he is safe and sound, said Cpl. Mike Rail, UFVRD spokesperson. "Thanks to the public for your assistance."

 

 

CMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen, Austin William Kardux, 16, of Chilliwack. Austin was last seen on the afternoon of April 10, 2016 by a caregiver in the 46000 block of Chilliwack Central Road.

 

Austin is described as:

• Caucasian male
• Height: 183 cm (6’)
• Weight: 59 kgs (130 lbs)
• Brown hair
• Brown eyes
• Wearing jeans and a red jacket

“Police and caregiver’s are concerned for Austin’s wellbeing,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Austin William Kardux is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-4877 (TIPS).

 

 

  Thursday, April 28, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Missing: Sandra Charlie, 52  

Police look to community for leads

Cpl Mike Rail

 

Update: The RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 52-year-old female reported missing has been located, and she is safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance.

 

CMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Sandra Natalie Charlie, 52, of Chilliwack. Sandra has not been heard from since speaking to a friend by telephone on April 25, 2016.

 

Sandra is described as:

• Aboriginal female
• Height 168 cm (5’6”)
• Weight 86 kg (190 lbs)
• Brown hair
• Brown eyes

“Police are concerned for Sandra’s wellbeing and believe she has left the Chilliwack region,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sandra Charlie is urged to contact your local police or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

  Thursday, April 28, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Robbed at Home  

Thug used handgun in home invasion

Cpl Dennis Hwang

 

Update: Update: Arrest Made in Robbery of 78-year old Richmond Woman


The suspect allegedly involved in the April 26th robbery and vehicle theft from a 78-year old* Richmond woman is now in police custody.

The suspect, a 36-year old male from Calgary, was arrested yesterday in Vancouver. Our investigators are working with colleagues from the Vancouver Police Department and other police agencies to ascertain his alleged involvement in crimes committed in multiple jurisdictions.

 

 

hortly after 5 pm on April 26, 2016, Richmond RCMP officers responded to a residence in the 8000-block of Williams Road for a report of a robbery with a firearm.

The victim, an 80-year old woman, was in her residence when the suspect entered her home through an unlocked garage door.

The suspect allegedly produced a handgun and demanded her purse and car keys. The suspect then fled in the victim's vehicle. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as:

• Indo-Canadian or darker skinned male

• In his late 20s or early 30s

• Around 6’ (183 cm) in height

• Slim build

• Short dark hair with a receding hair line

The victim’s vehicle was recovered near a business complex in the 4200-block of Hazelbridge Way just before 2 am on April 27, 2016.

“This despicable act was particularly brazen, especially given the time in which it took place. We are doubling down our efforts in tracking down those responsible for this crime. Our LMD Forensic Unit has processed the crime scene and will be processing the vehicle later on today.  We are continuing with our canvas and security footage analysis,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. "We are very relieved to hear that the victim was unharmed. Our Victim Services Unit has been activated and is engaged." 

“Several promising leads have arisen that we are actively pursuing. If anyone has any information on this case, please contact us immediately. Your tips could make the difference in this case,” added Hwang.

If you have any knowledge of this incident, please contact Constable Gerow of the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 604-278-1212. To leave a tip, please email Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016  

 

Abbotsford PD

Senior Robbed, Dragged to the Ground  

Tips lead police to suspect

Cst Ian Macdonald file photo

 

Update - April 26, 2016

The suspect's name is Nathaniel Albert LANDRIAULT - 25 years of age. He has now been charged with one count of Robbery.
 

 

he Abbotsford Police Department received numerous tips concerning the identity of the suspect involved in the robbery. Just after 9:00 pm last night, APD Patrol Division officers located and arrested a 25-year-old man, after a brief foot pursuit, in the area of Maclure Road and Trethewey Street. The man has previous convictions for Theft and Drugs. We would like to thank the media and the public for their invaluable assistance with this investigation.

 

Original Release - April 25, 2016

 

n Thursday, April 14 at 2:00 pm, an 89-year-old woman and her daughter exited a financial institution in the 32700-block of South Fraser Way. 

 

As the woman attempted to get into the passenger side of their vehicle, a male suspect grabbed her black purse from her and pulled her to the ground in the process.  The suspect ran northbound from the parking lot.  Several people came to assist the victim as her daughter called police.

 

The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of various injuries including scrapes and abrasions.

 

The suspect was inside the financial institution immediately prior to the robbery outside. He is described as a Caucasian male in his 20’s with a thin build. He was wearing a blue “Bench” hooded jacket (see security images).             

 

 

  Monday, April 25, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP

It's Not Avon Calling  

Chilliwack man faces criminal charges after allegedly driving a stolen vehicle through an RCMP drug investigation stakeout

Cpl. Mike Rail/Handout photo

 

t approximately noon on April 11, 2016, Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction (CRU) officers were conducting covert surveillance in the 46000-block of Fifth Avenue. As officers were collecting their evidence, a male left the address, driving away in a pickup truck that had been reported as stolen to the Chilliwack RCMP earlier the same morning. 

 

The vehicle was quickly stopped by the CRU officers in a lot behind a nearby apartment complex, and following a short foot chase, the driver was taken into custody by police.

 

Chris Guy Sepass, 30, is facing Criminal Code charges of possession of stolen property, mischief under $5,000, and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Sepass is scheduled to appear in court in May.

 

“When an RCMP officer goes to work at the beginning of a shift, there is no way of knowing where the day will take them. The following afternoon, our CRU section was back on their target,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

On April 12, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m., CRU officers executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant on the address in the 46000-block of Fifth Avenue. A sixty-eight-year-old male and a forty-four-year-old female, both of Chilliwack, were taken into custody and later released by police. Cash and a small amount of heroin were seized by police during the execution of the warrant.

 

The police CDSA investigation remains open. 

 

“The pickup truck was driven through a fence before stopping. Property crime, and auto theft are often linked to the purchase of illegal drugs. During the course of their investigation, the UFVRD Crime Reduction Unit plainclothes team remained attentive to the details, which led to solving a related crime,” said Rail.

 

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

 

 

  Monday, April 25, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Trio of Suspects Still at Large After Attack  

Man beaten to within an inch of his life, lucky to be alive and recovering say police who look for tips and leads

Cpl Dennis Hwang

 

hortly after 5 pm on April 21, 2016 Richmond RCMP officers responded to the 7000-block of Minoru Blvd for a report of a male being assaulted. It is alleged that as many as 3 assailants attacked the victim and then fled in a vehicle.

 

The 3 suspects are all described as being male, possibly in their early to mid-twenties. No other descriptors are available at this time.

 

The victim, a 20-year male from Vancouver, was transported to hospital suffering from multiple injuries including a laceration to the head and a broken arm. It is believed that the victim will make a full recovery. The victim is known to police.

 

“We believe that this was a targeted attack. Officers from our Serious Crimes Unit are involved in this active and ongoing investigation,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “We were quite worried for the victim, as he was in and out of consciousness when we arrived. He is very lucky to be alive. We are looking for any information that can help us find those who are responsible for this horrific attack.”

 

If you have any information on this crime, please contact Corporal Will Howard of the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) at 604-278-1212.

 

To leave a tip, please email here or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

  Sunday, April 24, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

No Sign of Gunplay Say Police  

Area searched for alleged woman with firearm

S/Sgt MA Hedderson

 

n 2016-04-24, at approximately 6:10 A.M., Surrey R.C.M.P. received a single 911 call reporting that a female was out on the street of the 9500-block of 168th Street, Surrey, B.C. and had discharged a firearm on the street.

 

The caller also advised that the female had then gone into a residence in the area. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. General Duty and Traffic Members attended to the scene, and the residence was contained. The neighbouring residences were checked and the occupants were spoken to and none of them saw or heard the reported incident.

 

Attempts were made to contact the occupants of the residence, and eventually they came out of the residence. All of the occupants denied any knowledge of the reported incident. The residence was searched and no firearm was found inside. No evidence was found to support that Shots had in fact been fired.

Surrey R.C.M.P. are asking that anyone may have observed this incident, or observed a female in the area of the 9500-block of 168th St., Surrey, B.C. with a firearm or fleeing from the area are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

 

 

  Sunday, April 24, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Police Corral Prolific Offenders  

Property returned, offenders in jail

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

 

n April 15, 2016, officers from the Richmond RCMP Quick Response Team (QRT) were proactively patrolling the area of Glenthorne Court and Glenhorne Drive and discovered a stolen van.

 

The gray 2005 Pontiac Montana van was unoccupied, but subsequent checks by officers indicated that it was reported as stolen from Richmond on April 13th.

 

QRT officers quietly waited to see if anyone would return to the vehicle.

Shortly after 5 pm, 3 suspects, two males and a female, returned to the Pontiac and proceeded to drive it away.

 

Coordination between QRT officers, and a LMD Police Dog Services Unit, resulted in tactically surrounding the Pontiac near Bakerview Drive.

 

Three individuals were arrested and a cache of stolen property was recovered. This included personal electronics, identification, credit cards, and a luxury watch.

 

On April 20, 2016, Richmond Crown Counsel approved multiple charges for two of the individuals.

 

Christopher Cullum, age 26, of Richmond, has been charged with 1 count of Driving While Prohibited and 1 count of Breach of Probation.

 

Richard Yeltatzie, age 35, of Richmond, has been charged with 1 count of Possession Stolen Property under $5000, 1 count of Possession of Identity Documents, and 1 count of Breach of Probation.

 

The 3rd individual, a female, was released without charge.

 

“A well calculated hunch or better yet, good instincts by our officers lead to those arrests. The decision to wait and see who would return to the vehicle proved to be very fruitful,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “Two of the suspects charged are well-known to police.”

 

“Our officers were able to return much of the property to their rightful owners. It gives us great satisfaction to be able to do that. Arresting suspects? Well, that goes without saying,” adds Hwang.

 

 

  Sunday, April 24, 2016 

 

IHIT RCMP

Man Dies After Jailhouse Fight  

Prisoner charged with aggravated assault

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton

 

oquitlam RCMP was called to North Fraser Pre-Trial after an altercation sent one man to hospital with life-threatening injuries.  

 

Police attended the Pre-Trial Centre just after noon on April 17th when staff reported an incident between two inmates.

 

The alleged suspect, 27-year-old Zachariah Pakarinen, was initially charged with Aggravated Assault for his part in the altercation.

 

On April 20, 2016, investigators were advised the victim was not expected to survive his injuries, at which point, IHIT took conduct of the investigation. 

 

On April 22, 2016, the victim was pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries sustained in this fight.

 

“Coquitlam RCMP was fully engaged with Pre-Trial staff from the beginning and transitioned this investigation to IHIT seamlessly. At this point investigators continue to gather evidence of the assault and what led up to the initial altercation.” Says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for IHIT.

 

Pakarinen remains in custody, further charges are being considered.

 

 

 

  Sunday, April 24, 2016 

 

Deas Island RCMP

Hit & Run Driver Sought  

Tow truck driver clipped on Hwy 99

Cst. L. Sandau

 

n April 21st, 2016, at approximately 6:40 PM a tow truck driver was struck by a passing motorist as he worked outside his vehicle. The tow truck driver, who was loading a disabled vehicle onto his truck at the time of the collision, had his flashing amber lights activated.

After hitting the tow truck driver, the suspect vehicle fled the area. The incident took place on Highway 99, on the shoulder of the North bound lane near the off ramp from River Road in Delta, BC. The tow truck driver was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, and has since been released.

The suspect vehicle was described as an older model, single cab, Ford F150, white in color, with "FORD" in large letters on the tail gate.

The Deas Island RCMP request that anyone who may have witnessed the hit and run, or have any information about this incident, please contact the police.

 

 

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Police Nab B&E Artists  

Cameras don't lie

Cpl. Mike Rail/Voice file photo

 

Chilliwack man and Cultus Lake woman each face criminal charges following the police investigation into a Break and Enter in Agassiz.

 

Charles Keith Heward, 29, of Chilliwack, remains in custody facing a Criminal Code charge of Break and Enter to commit an indictable offence there in theft. Heward is scheduled to appear in Chilliwack provincial court at the end of April.

 

Tiffany Leanne Orgill, 29, of Cultus Lake is also scheduled to appear in Chilliwack provincial court in late April to face a Criminal Code charge of Break and Enter to commit an indictable offence there in theft. 

 

The charges stem from a call received by Agassiz RCMP on the morning of February 12, 2016, to report a break and enter, which had occurred overnight to a home in the 10000-block of Thompson Road. 

 

As the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment Crime Reduction Unit supported by Agassiz RCMP General Duty pursued their investigation, evidence gathered from security surveillance video linked the two suspects to the alleged break and enter.

 

“Criminals travel between the communities of the detachment area to commit their crimes. Officers throughout the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment remain vigilant to protect the public and keep our communities’ safe,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

As always, police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact their local police or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Mounties Raid Pot Shop Again  

Arrest, cash and product in store

Cpl. Mike Rail

 

A vehicle is parked outside the marijuana store police shut down after a raid April 15.

 

ne person was taken into custody and later released by RCMP following a police drug raid on a local store.

 

The raid stemmed from a report received by police on April 15, 2016 of alleged illegal cannabis sales from a shop in the 46000 block of Fifth Avenue. Officers of the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) conducted surveillance of the address as they covertly gathered evidence in their investigation leading up to the search.

 

On April 18, 2016, at approximately 2:45 p.m., investigators of the RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant on the premises.

 

Drugs believed to be marihuana, cash, and store records were seized by officers during the execution of the warrant.

 

“This is the second CDSA search warrant executed by the Chilliwack RCMP CRU at this address in April. Chilliwack CRU officers are continuing to pursue their CDSA investigation of the transactions conducted by the store’s proprietors.  After a thorough investigation has been completed, the evidence collected will be reviewed by investigators to determine whether police will be submitting all circumstances of the investigation in a report to Federal Crown Counsel for their assessment of Controlled Drug and Substance Act charges,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

For details of the CDSA search warrant executed by the Chilliwack RCMP CRU on April 6, 2016 visit   Marihuana sales outlet raided by Mounties.

 

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

 

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Abbotsford Police Dept

Project Valley Sweep  

Police to focus on repeat offenders

Cst Ian Macdonald

 

he Abbotsford Police Department, Chilliwack RCMP and Mission RCMP have created a dedicated unit of officers to target property crime in the three jurisdictions. Project Valley Sweep will be led by seven officers from the three policing agencies and augmented by other police resources as required to carry out this important work.

The Fraser Valley has been especially hard hit by property crime in recent months and this combined effort will focus on the crime categories of Theft of Autos, Theft from Autos and Break & Enters.

 

Those three categories have seen 35%, 28% and 20% increases respectively in the combined region (2015 compared to 2014). The team will investigate repeat and chronic property crime offenders who ply their trade throughout the region. Crime Analysts from the three police agencies will play an integral role in identifying the targets for the project.

Project Valley Sweep will include a mandate for longer-term solutions to the property crime problem. Those arrested who are drug addicted will be offered help in order to break the repeating pattern that is so impactful on the individual and the community. The police agencies involved in this three-month project are aiming to significantly reduce property crime in the region.

“An unfortunate aspect of repeat property crime offenders who we are dealing with is that they are addicted to drugs and steal to be able to buy drugs. They will continue to commit crime until they are either helped to beat their addiction, or they get locked up. One part of this program is to offer help to offenders we arrest who want to get off this vicious cycle. We will also be working with Crown Counsel and Regional Probation to advocate for stiffer sentences for those unwilling to make efforts to change their behaviours,” said Abbotsford Chief Constable Bob Rich.

"The notable increase in property crime throughout the eastern Fraser Valley is an issue that affects us all. This Joint Forces Operation allows us to target the offenders who create the most havoc for our communities and hold them accountable to their court imposed conditions. While this sweep will go on for several months, it is an excellent example of how our agencies work hand in hand for the protection of our communities," said Inspector Ted De Jager, Detachment Commander, Mission RCMP.

“Together, Mission RCMP, Abbotsford Police Department and the RCMP Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, we are aiming to reduce and prevent property crime in our communities. We are overtly targeting property crime offenders as part of our commitment to keeping our citizens and their property safe. We take property crime seriously and through enforcement will hold the offenders accountable. These offenders commit crime across jurisdictions therefore to be effective, we are policing across jurisdictions,” said Superintendent Deanne Burleigh Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

The objective of this initiative is to reduce property crime in the three cities by working together to create results that benefit each community. Criminals are not confined by jurisdictional boundaries and the Valley Sweep team won’t be either.


 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

Update

Found safe say RCMP

"The RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 15-year-old female reported missing has been located, and she is safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance," said Cpl. Mike Rail, RCMP spokesperson.

 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Missing: Clara Rabang 

Last seen April 9

Cpl. Mike Rail
 

 

CMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen, Clara Michelle Rabang, 15, of Chilliwack. Clara was last seen on April 9, 2016, by caregivers on Wellington Avenue.

 

Clara is described as:

 

• Aboriginal female
• Height: 152 cm (5’)
• Weight: 41 kg (90 lbs)
• Brown eyes
• Black hair
• Wearing gray yoga pants, red jacket, and dark brown boots with fur around the ankle

 

“Police and caregivers are concerned for Clara’s well-being,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

 

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

 

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Langley's Latest Lawlessness  

Mounties seek an assortment of crime suspects

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

angley RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public with the following investigations:

2016-11754
Hey Baby!
On April 6th, the pictured male and female allegedly stole baby formula concentrate from the Aldergrove Safeway. They were seen leaving in a black Chev pickup travelling westbound on Fraser Highway.


2016-12538
All This for a Bottle of Liquor
The pictured male allegedly stole liquor from the BC Signature Liquor Store in Willoughby on April 12th. He was seen walking west through the parking lots after the theft. He is described as Caucasian, in his 30’s bald, 5’7” tall, 170 lbs. and was wearing a red jacket with a grey shirt underneath.
 


 

 

2016-12599
Suspect Has a Really Big Headache Now
Police allege the pictured male stole medication from the Willowbrook Shopper’s Drug Mart on April 13th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016-12770
Suspect Needs Aroma Therapy
The pictured male allegedly stole over $300 in fragrance from the Willowbrook Shopper’s Drug mart on April 14th. He is described as Caucasian, in his late 20’s and was wearing a red & white plaid long sleeved shirt and dark pants. He was seen meeting with a male and female in the bush on the south side of the store.
 


 


2016-12958
Mounties Look to Stamp Out Mail Theft
Police allege the pictured couple broke into an apartment complex in the Willoughby area and stole mail from the community mail boxes.

If you have information that might assist with any of the above investigations, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.
Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Homeowner Stabbed During B&E  

Police looking for multiple suspects

Cst. Jamie Phillipson

 

urrey RCMP advises that upon further investigation it is believed there are three suspects involved in this incident, two of which are Caucasian and one of which is approximately 5'10"-5'11" tall. The victim is a 57-year-old male who is recovering from his non-life threatening injuries.

 

Surrey RCMP's General Investigations Unit continues to investigate.

 

Anyone with more information about this incident or the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.   

 

Original Release from Sgt. Dale Carr

 

n April 20, 2016 at approximately 0430 AM Surrey RCMP were advised of a residential Break and Enter in the 19100 block of 62A Ave where an adult male homeowner confronted the suspects inside the home, a physical altercation ensued and the homeowner was stabbed. 

 

The two Caucasian male suspects fled the home taking the homeowners 2005 white Mini Cooper with a black top and bearing BC licence plates of BT675H.

 

The homeowner was taken to a local area hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening injury.

 

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of the 2005 white Mini Cooper is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.  If you wish to remain anonymous please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS  

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Reducing Risk to Communities  

Specialized anti-gang unit broadening horizons of at-risk youth

Cpl Scotty Schumann

 

s the Surrey RCMP continues its strategic efforts to deal with the violence linked to youth in the drug trade, one of the detachment’s specialized teams is taking positive steps towards addressing the root causes of these incidents.

 

Surrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) is responsible for reducing the risk to public safety resulting from the actions of organized or criminal gang groups. The unit’s mandate also includes involvement in prevention efforts to stem this kind of criminal activity from occurring in the first place.

 

This past spring break, SGET officers engaged in a series of week-long activities at a local secondary school with 35 Grade 6 and 7 students from a nearby elementary school. School officials selected students who were exhibiting potentially at-risk or gang-associated behaviour. With the help of school personnel and local high school students, the police officers, attired in street clothes and athletic gear, engaged in a number of sports and leisure activities throughout the week with the kids. They also conversed with the students on a wide range of topics and helped out with a hip-hop clinic put on by one of the teachers.

 

As word got out about these activities, more kids from the neighbourhood started attending and the dialogue and engagement continued. In their discussions, the officers asked the kids about their areas of interest and spoke about why it was important to give back to their community. They also demonstrated some of the tools and equipment they use in their job. The big surprise came at the end of the week when the officers arrived in full uniform with “Surrey Gang Unit” printed prominently on their vests.

 

“The kids were totally floored,” says SGET Sergeant Michael Sanchez, who helped organize the initiative. “They knew we were police officers but had no idea we were part of a team that specifically targets individuals whose lifestyles some of them looked up to and idolized. As expected, many of them were surprised that we weren’t trying to preach to them and that you could have fun and talk to us without any negative implications.”

 

“The kids soaked up a lot during the week and clearly had a great time with the officers,” says Surrey School District Safe Schools Manager Rob Rai. “This initiative was very successful and we plan to do something similar once the school year ends. With the help of our policing partners, we are enabling students to make positive life choices that will set them on a better path. “

 

Surrey RCMP offers a number of preventative and educational youth programs including the Wrap program, Code Blue, and Youth Police Academy. The detachment is also looking at more early intervention opportunities to ensure that our young people are making the right choices and have positive role models.

 

“In our experience, engaging with these kids as early as possible has a profound impact on them down the road,” says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. “Together with the Surrey School District and other community partners, we want to help youth make pro-social choices so they never get involved in criminal activity. It is much more difficult to remove them from that lifestyle once they start down that path.”

 

This past Monday, the Surrey RCMP, along with the Surrey School District and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) hosted a community forum to provide parents, students, and residents with information regarding youth involvement in drug trafficking and the violence that often accompanies this criminal lifestyle. Approximately 350 people attended.

 

For more information on our youth programs please visit the Programs and Services page on our website.

 

   Saturday, April 9, 2016  

 

Abbotsford PD

Golf Clubhouse Fire 

Police look to the public for information

Cst Ian Macdonald file photo

 

oday at 12:08 am the Abbotsford Police Department received a report of an alarm from Ledgeview Golf Course located in the 35900-block of McKee Road.  While officers were enroute to that location, additional calls came in reporting a fire at the clubhouse building on the property.

 

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service worked to extinguish the large fire that had fully engulfed the structure. 

 

Abbotsford Police and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service investigators will be examining the scene this morning. 

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd).

 

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 

 

Coquitlam RCMP

Wanted: Summer Cyclists  

Police look for people with a penchant for pedaling

Cpl Scotty Schumann

 

he sunshine and warm weather signifies a number of things, depending on who you talk to. For most, it's evidence that summer is just around the corner. For some, the battle against seasonal allergies is drawing near. But for the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Police Summer Bike Patrol, it's time for the rubber to meet the road and they are asking you to come along for the ride.

For a number of years, the bike patrol program has been a part of the Coquitlam RCMP's Crime Reduction Strategy. The program is supported by the detachment, ICBC, and both the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. Bike Patrol volunteers will act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the local Mounties with the responsibility to observe, record and report anything suspicious.

Applicants must be:

 

• 16 years of age or older,
• A Canadian citizen, and
• Able to pass a basic security clearance, bike evaluation and interview

 

Equipment and training will be provided, however basic biking skills and a certified bike helmet are required.

You can pick up an application at any of the Coquitlam RCMP's Community Police Stations or at the main detachment.

 

Application deadline is Friday, April 29th, 2016 

There is a mandatory evaluation session for all applicants on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. The day will encompass both classroom time and outside with the bikes. Further information regarding the session will be provided in the application process.
 

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

Penticton RCMP

Police Look for Missing Mother & Three Kids 

Reports are woman is driving a 2011 SUV Infinity

Cpl Dan Moskaluk


he Barriere RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating Barriere resident Angela Clark and her 3 children. Angela was reported missing early Sunday morning after failing to return from a cycling outing that day.


At around 2:00 am, Sunday April, 17 2016, Barriere RCMP received a report of missing persons from the husband of 36-yr-old Angela Clarke of Barriere. Angela was reported to have gone cycling with her 2 daughters ages 12, and 10, and 9-yr-old son, at East Barriere Lake.

 

When she failed to return, her husband who is not in the province reported her missing. The Barriere RCMP checked and confirmed that no one was home, with no indications of foul play being found.


Extensive patrols were conducted on Sunday with SAR resources and RCMP Air Services being brought in today.


Angela CLARKE
Caucasian female
36 yrs old
5'4"
160 lbs.
Black hair

Nadia CLARKE
12 yrs old
Caucasian female
5'3" 90lbs
Blonde hair

Mckayah CLARKE
10 yrs old
Caucasian female
5'0"
75lbs
red hair

Brodie CLARKE
9 years old
Caucasian male
4' 0"
65lbs
dark brown hair



At around 3:30 pm, on Monday April 18, the Barriere RCMP received information stating the black 2011 Infinity QX56 SUV with BC licence # BK8-33G driven by Angela Clarke had been located on the South Barriere Lake Rd with no one around the vehicle.

RCMP Air Services and Search and Rescue personnel have turned their search efforts to that area at this time.

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Small Store Robbed, Suspects Make  Clean Getaway 

Police look to the community to help identify suspects

Cpl Scotty Schumann

 

urrey RCMP is requesting public assistance in identifying suspects in a robbery that occurred last month.

On March 31st at approximately 3:40am, Surrey RCMP was advised of a robbery at a convenience store in the 13100-block of 104th Avenue. Two male suspects entered the store with a knife and made off with a large quantity of cigarettes.

 

The suspects fled northbound on 132nd Street. The cashier was not injured. The Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) was deployed, however, the suspects were not located. The Integrated Forensic Identification Unit (IDENT) also attended to collect any physical evidence at the scene.

 

The Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit continues to investigate and is appealing to the public for further information. Physical descriptions of the suspects including images from video surveillance are now being released (see attached). The suspects are described as follows:

 

• Suspect #1: Light-skinned male, in his 20’s, wearing a black Under Armour hoodie with a white logo on left chest, black track pants with white stripes, and black shoes with white soles.

 


 
• Suspect #2: Dark-skinned male, in his 20’s, wearing a black hoodie with white sleeves and dark pants.

 

 

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca. Please quote file #2016-43457.

 

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

RCMP IHIT

Police Solve Old Murder 

IHIT obtains charge approval in the 2014 stabbing death of Jaylen Sandhu

Sgt Stephanie Ashton

 

n December 18, 2014, just after 2:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP was called to an altercation near 88th Avenue and 163rd St. after witnesses reported two men fighting. 

 

Police found a young man, seriously injured who was later identified as 17-year-old Jaylen Sandhu a local high school student. Emergency medical crews at scene and in hospital attempted to revive Jaylen however he succumbed to his injuries.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation.

 

IHIT has now obtained a charge of 2nd degree murder in the death of Jaylen Sandhu. The individual charged was 17 at the time of the offence and therefore cannot be named. Jaylen, and the suspect, were known to each other.

 

“What is important to note about this investigation is, the support IHIT investigators received from the family and the community of Surrey. It began with immediate phone calls to police to report the fight and continued with the number of witnesses who came forward to shed light on the circumstances that led up to this dispute. Witness development, and the support of Jaylen’s family and friends, was key to obtaining charge approval in this case,” says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for IHIT.

 

“Jaylen came from a tight knit family, who are now dealing with the events of his death a second time as they hear the news of this arrest. Knowing the person allegedly responsible for Jaylen’s death is in custody may come as a relief to them; however they are still grieving and ask that their privacy be respected at this time,” added Ashton.

 

The alleged suspect, now 18 will appear in court in Surrey this afternoon.

 

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

RCMP IHIT

Five Years in Jail for Homicide 

IHIT investigation leads to Abbotsford man

Sgt Stephanie Ashton

 

n February 20, 2015, Abbotsford Police was called to a local gas station after reports of an altercation that led to a stabbing in front of the business. 

 

35-year-old Trevor Johnson died after a he was stabbed in a fight over what was determined to be an illegal drug transaction.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation and while working in partnership with Abbotsford police obtained an arrest and charge just three days after Mr. Johnson died.

30-year-old Thavone Junior Carlson of Abbotsford was charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Carlson pled guilty to manslaughter in Chilliwack Supreme court on April 15, 2016. He has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and three years probation. 

 

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Mounties Arrest Three for Robbery & Assault 

Good vehicle description assists police

Cpl Holly Largy

 

harges have been approved for three males in relation to a street robbery in Walnut Grove on April 16th.

In the very early morning hours, two men walking home from Tim Hortons were attacked by three males who pulled up beside them in a van. One of the victims was struck once with a baseball bat and managed to run away to call police. The second male wasn’t as fortunate and was attacked by all three males. He was struck several times with the bat and pepper sprayed. He was robbed of his cell phone and wallet.

The three robbers jumped back into their vehicle and drove off.

The first victim was able to provide a good description of the suspect vehicle and a van matching this description was located at a nearby gas station. The three occupants were arrested for the robbery.

Thankfully, both victims are recovering from their injuries.

Timothy William GREENWOOD, age 18 of Langley, is charged with Robbery, Attempted Robbery and Possession of Stolen Property (the van had been stolen earlier in Langley). He was held in custody to appear in court this morning.

Also appearing in court this morning are two youths; a 16-year-old from Surrey and a 17-year-old from Mission. They will be answering to similar charges.

Charges have been approved for three males in relation to a street robbery in Walnut Grove on April 16th.

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

Penticton RCMP

Search Crews Ordered to Stand Down 

High water impedes efforts to locate missing man

Cpl Dan Moskaluk


he search for missing ATV passenger David Shackleton in Trout Creek has been suspended. Penticton RCMP and Penticton Search and Rescue completed an extensive search of Trout Creek on Saturday and Sunday.


The search for 33-yr-old David Shackleton of Peachland, will resume as soon as water levels subside to permit safer conditions for the searchers and in order to maximize the possibility of locating Mr Shackleton. RCMP investigators are presuming that Mr. Shackleton drowned when he was swept away in the fast moving water.

 

  Monday, April 18, 2016 

 

Richmond RCMP

Suspicious Fire Displaces Families

Police continue to investigate

Cpl Dennis Hwang

 

hortly after 11 pm, on April 17, 2016, Richmond RCMP Officers responded to the area of 5800-block of No. 3 Rd to assist Richmond Fire-Rescue with a fire to a multi-floor apartment building.

 

No injuries were reported, but several families were unable to return to their homes due to water damage.

 

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The Richmond RCMP is treating it as suspicious.

 

“We are greatly relieved no one was injured. We are currently reviewing surveillance footage and conducting interviews with witnesses. One of our specially trained fire investigators is working with our counterparts from Richmond Fire-Rescue. If anyone has any information about this fire, we would appreciate if they would contact us immediately,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

 

“This is an active and ongoing investigation.”

 

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Corporal Kevin Lin at 604 278 1212.

 

To leave a tip, please email here or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

  Friday, April 15, 2016 

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Woman Sought in Vehicle Break-In Theft 

Bank debit and credit cards used later, police seek information

Cpl. Mike Rail

 

he Chilliwack RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect in their investigation into the theft of property from a motor vehicle in Promontory.

 

The investigation stems from a call received by police on the morning of March 6, 2016, to report the theft of a wallet from a vehicle parked overnight in the 6100-block of Rexford Drive. 

 

As the General Duty officer pursued the police investigation, evidence was gathered linking a female suspect to alleged purchases using the victim’s bank debit and credit cards at local businesses. 

 

“The investigation included canvassing for security surveillance video from the businesses where the stolen cards had been used. During the viewing of the surveillance systems the image of the suspect was discovered,” said Cst. Jade Stewart of the Chilliwack RCMP.

 

The suspect is described as:

• female
• approximately 25-years-old
• blond coloured hair tucked under a black peaked, red ball cap
• a tattoo on the right side of her neck
• wearing a black coloured hoodie w/a white coloured skeletal design

“RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the female from the security camera whom, we believe, is associated to property stolen during the theft. RCMP have not ruled out the possibility this incident is linked to a break and enter reported the same morning in the 6000 block of Rexford Drive,” said Corporal Mike Rail.

 

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

 

  Friday, April 15, 2016 

 

IIO BC

IIO to Investigate Fatal Langford Crash 

Police tried to stop vehicle prior

S/Sgt. Rob Vermeulen


he Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating the fatal Langford collision involving the death of Cst. Sarah Beckett.

On Tuesday April 5, 2016 a fatal collision occurred in the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue. The criminal investigation is being led by the RCMP Island District General Investigations Section (GIS), while the Saanich Police Department are overseeing the collision scene investigation.

At the time of the fatal collision the RCMP notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) to advise them of the situation and the information available. No IIO BC investigation was launched at that time. As the investigation has progressed, information pertaining to an attempt by police to stop the suspect vehicle prior to the collision was provided to the IIO BC for assessment.

On Friday, April 15, 2016, the IIO BC confirmed they will be conducting an independent investigation into the events leading up to the fatal collision and whether the actions or inactions of any police officer may have been a contributing factor.

The IIO BC investigation will be concurrent to the criminal investigation being led by the Vancouver Island GIS.

Given that the fatal crash investigation now involves a concurrent investigation by the IIO BC, no further information is being released at this time.

For information about the IIO BC and media updates you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

  Friday, April 15, 2016 

 

N Van RCMP

Police Vessel Set Adrift 

Two men untie PV Inkster from dock

Cpl. Geoff Harder

 

n April 15, 2016, at approximately 12:15 am, North Vancouver RCMP was dispatched to the St Roch Dock adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay in response to a report from the Coast Guard of the RCMP Patrol Vessel Inkster adrift and in the path of the Seabus. With assistance from the Coast Guard, the undamaged PV Inkster was towed back to the dock.

 

The preliminary investigation has determined through video surveillance that 2 unknown males had untied the moorings shortly after 11:00 pm. The North Vancouver RCMP is currently investigating multiple Criminal Code offences relating to the incident including criminal negligence and mischief.

 

The potential consequences could have been extremely dangerous, stated Cpl. Geoff Harder of the North Vancouver RCMP. There was a real potential for people to be hurt and as well for damage to other boats in the area.

 

Anyone with any information relating to the incident is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311. The file number for the investigation is 2016-8927.

 

  Thursday, April 14, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Police Look for Witnesses to Fatal Accident 

Camera footage reveals vehicle

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

 

n Friday, April 1st, at approximately 7:30am, a 55 year old Surrey woman was struck and killed by a north bound vehicle on 192nd Street at 54th Avenue in Surrey (see previous news release).

 

Investigators have obtained surveillance camera footage from the area and have identified a vehicle which may be a potential witness to the crash.  Police are hoping the driver and/or occupants of the vehicle saw the collision and may have valuable information which would lead to the identification of a suspect.

 

The van is described as a white Ford or Chevrolet full size one ton van, with rectangular windows on the passenger side (see attached photos).  The van was traveling west on 54th Avenue and made a right turn northbound onto 192nd Street.  Investigators believe the persons in the van would have seen or heard the collision occur. 

 

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

 

  Thursday, April 14, 2016 

 

Penticton RCMP

Woman Charged with Abduction 

Kidnapped man assaulted and in hospital as police put together leads

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

 

he Penticton RCMP General Investigation Section is continuing their investigation into the April 9th forcible confinement and assault of a Summerland man.  To date, the investigation has led to charges against one person.   

On April 9, 2016, at around 3:00 pm, the Penticton RCMP received a report from a 57-year-old Summerland resident, who stated to police that he had just escaped from being forcibly held for several hours at a residence in Penticton.  The man alleged that he had been forcibly confined, assaulted with a weapon, and robbed of his money, identity cards and vehicle by 5 suspects earlier that day.

RCMP officers along with BC Ambulance Services immediately attended a condominium complex in the 500-block of Pickering Street in Penticton, where they located the victim. The victim was in serious medical distress and had visible injuries when found, BCAS transported him to Penticton Regional Hospital to receive medical care.

RCMP investigators also located the condo unit where they found evidence to support the man’s allegations. During the course of the investigation on April 9th, and within a short period of time, RCMP officers located and arrested Shannon Lee MASUSKAPOE who now faces charges for forcible confinement, assault, and robbery. It has been established that the victim was the specific target and not a random individual.  

RCMP Investigators are continuing their efforts to locate the remaining suspects.

The Penticton RCMP General Investigations Section is seeking the public’s assistance and ask that anyone with information regarding this incident, to please contact Constable Kelly Grant at the Penticton RCMP General Investigation Section 250-492-4300. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can do so by contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477  

 

  Thursday, April 14, 2016 

 

Whistler RCMP

Woman Skier Dies on Hill 

Everything was done to try and save skier who went over cliff

Sgt. RW Knapton

 

histler RCMP were called to the scene of a fatality of a skier yesterday and are currently investigating. 

 

RCMP received the call at approximately 3:30 P.M. on April 13, of the incident which occurred in the west ridge area of Whistler Mountain. 

 

"We attended to the scene to locate a 48-yr-old female at the base of a 25m cliff," stated Sgt. Knapton, operations NCO for Whistler Detachment.  "The victim was discovered by a skier in the area and reported."  

 

Whistler ski patrol and on-mountain physicians attended to the scene however they were unable to resuscitate the woman.

 

Police are currently investigating as well as the B.C. Coroner Service.   

 

 

  Thursday, April 14, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Mounties Seek Trio of Thieves 

Liquor, cosmetics targeted by miscreants

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

angley RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public with the following investigations:



2016-7377
Stolen ATM Cards Used
Police allege the pictured individuals used stolen ATM cards to withdraw funds from the victim’s bank account. The cards had been stolen from a vehicle in Surrey on January 30th.
 

 

2016-9670
Are You Missing Your Boat?
The pictured boat was recovered on the side of the road near 232nd Street and 70A Avenue on March 21st. Efforts to locate the rightful owner have been unsuccessful.
 

 


2016-12071
Food for Jail
It is alleged the pictured female stole a basket full of items from Buy Low Foods in Brookswood on April 9th. She was seen leaving in a black 2010 GMC Sierra that had been stolen in Surrey. She is described as Caucasian, in her late 30’s or early 40’s, with long, light brown hair in a braided pony tail and she had facial scarring.
 


2016-12473
Small Appliance Stolen
The pictured male was seen in Shopper’s Drug Mart in Willowbrook and is alleged to have shoplifted a humidifier. He is described as Caucasian, in his late 50’s, with a moustache, balding and a medium build.

If you have information that might assist with any of the above investigations, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.
Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

  Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Targeted Kidnapping 

Mounties say incident related to unpaid debt

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

n March 28th, 2016 The Langley RCMP received a report of a kidnapping when a male entered a local retail store asking for help. A quick response led to two suspects being arrested shortly thereafter by members of the general duty section.


The Langley RCMP Serious Crime Unit assumed conduct of the investigation. In the following days several search warrants were executed.


The victim sustained minor injuries during his ordeal. The incident is believed to be targeted and related to an allegedly unpaid debt.


Alyssa CAPPON of Langley is charged with one count each of Unlawful Confinement, Kidnapping and Assault. She has been released from custody and will be back in court on April 22nd.


Justin KOOYMAN of Surrey is charged with one count of Unlawful Confinement. He has been remanded in custody and will be back in court on April 19th.

 

  Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

 

Surrey RCMP

Police Seek to Identify Bonnie & Clyde 

Do you know who these attempted robbery suspects are?

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

 

urrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male and female suspect in an attempted robbery in the 13900-block of Fraser Highway.

On March 25, at 11:00 pm, Surrey RCMP was called to an attempted robbery in a commercial parking lot in the 13900-block of Fraser Highway. The victim was approached by a male suspect who was holding a firearm and accompanied by a  a female suspect. After the suspect’s demands for money were not met, the pair fled the scene.

 

 

A nearby closed circuit TV camera captured images of the two suspects. The police released these images with hopes someone from the public will recognize the duo.

 

The suspects are described as follows:

• Suspect #1: Aboriginal male, 30-years-old, wearing a black baseball cap with red brim, black hoody with white design on the front and back, black track pants with white stripes, black running shoes, and a brown bag.
 
• Suspect #2: Aboriginal female, 30=years-old, with long brown hair, wearing a green baseball cap, grey sweater, dark pants, and black and white polka dot boots.

 Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca. Please quote file #2016-40914.

 

 

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Mounties Seek Trio of Thieves 

Liquor, cosmetics targeted by miscreants

Cpl. Holly Largy

 

angley RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public with the following investigations:


2016-10750
A Prettied Up Thief
Police allege the pictured female entered the Langley City Save on Foods on March 30th, selected several cosmetic items and left the store without paying. She is described as Caucasian, with black hair, a medium build and was wearing black pants and a black T-shirt.


2016-11049
Liquor is Quicker
Police allege the pictured male stole alcohol from the Brookswood Liquor Store on April 1st. He is described as Caucasian, in his late 20’s to 30’s, with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a grey plaid hoodie, a t-shirt with a large clover on the front between stripes, and dark coloured sweatpants.

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Suspect Escapes on Moped 
It is alleged the pictured male entered the Willoughby Liquor Store and stole liquor on April 2nd.

The suspect is described as Caucasian in his mid 20’s with short, sandy brown hair and was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans. It is believed the suspect left the parking lot on a moped.

If you have information that might assist with these investigations, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an "anonymous tip" with Crime Stoppers.
Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Type: www.solvecrime.ca
Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers

 

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

 

Langley RCMP

Police Arrest Prolific Offender 

A 21-year-old man picked up for attempted robberies

Cpl. Holly Largy

ne of Langley RCMP’s prolific offenders has been arrested and charged with two counts of Armed Robbery.

On April 7th, police were called at approximately 11:30 P.M., for a robbery at the Walnut Grove Market where a male had entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded the cash. He wasn’t successful in getting any monies, and was seen fleeing in a white pickup truck. Forty-five minutes later, a second robbery was reported at the Husky in Fort Langley. Once again a handgun was produced, no money was obtained and the suspect was seen fleeing in a white pickup truck.

A Langley officer spotted the vehicle northbound in the 7200-block of 200th Street a short time later. It is alleged the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 120km/hr and veered into oncoming traffic. It was subsequently abandoned north of 80th Avenue on 200th Street. Witnesses nearby told officers they had seen the male run west from the truck and provided his hiding spot in some bushes.

Mitchell GUIEL, aged 21 of Surrey was arrested and police allege he was responsible for the two robberies. A black replica handgun was recovered in the truck.

Mitchell GUIEL has been charged with two counts of Robbery, two counts of Using an Imitation Firearm while Committing an Offence and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle. He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on April 13th.

Special thanks to members from Ridge Meadows RCMP, Integrated Police Dog Services and Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team for their assistance in the containment and apprehension of this dangerous suspect.

“This significant arrest was made possible due to a number of fortunate breaks, none of which would have happened without the initial observations of attentive witnesses. With the timely and key information being broadcast a number of alert members teamed up with even more citizens to complete the apprehension with no one being harmed," Superintendent Murray POWER, Langley RCMP Officer in Charge. "The Langley RCMP thanks our witnesses for their awareness and timely sharing of some critical information. This was a win for everyone. We continue to appreciate the importance of all our citizens and the vital role they play in any successes, especially around dynamic events such as these robberies.”

 

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

Surrey RCMP

Safe City Project Underway 

Mounties offer gun amnesty, ask for old, unregistered firearms

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

urrey RCMP is undertaking a project dubbed as “Safe City”, which aims to educate firearms owners on current laws surrounding the registration requirements for restricted and prohibited firearms.

 

Police officers from the Surrey RCMP, supported by the National Weapon Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU – BC) have been and will be visiting the owners of restricted and prohibited firearms whose registrations have expired.

The proactive undertaking was developed prior to the recent shootings that have occured in Surrey.

 

“The objective of this project is to educate firearms owners on the current laws surrounding firearms, as some may not even realize that they are non-compliant,” said Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, the Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP. “We are running this program to help gun owners with registering their expired, prohibited, and restricted firearms, or help facilitate relinquishment of unwanted firearms safely and effectively to police. Our aim is to reduce the number of illegally owned and unregistered firearms in Surrey, as well as enhance public and police officer safety.  The majority of gun related crimes in Canada are committed with guns that are domestically sourced.”

 

Ridge-Meadows RCMP also successfully launched the program in November 2015 and announced their result after it is was done (see news release).

 

If you have any unwanted firearms, please contact your local police department on their non-emergency line. Police will go to your residence to receive the firearms. For security reasons, please do not transport the firearms into police departments.

 

For information on licensing, registration and general safekeeping of firearms, please visit the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) website here.

 

Surrey RCMP commit to providing an update on the Safe City Project upon completion.

 

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

Surrey RCMP

Youth, Drugs and Violence 

Police host public forum April 18

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

he Surrey RCMP, along with the Surrey School District, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) and the City Of Surrey, is hosting a community forum to provide parents, students, and residents with information regarding youth involvement in drug trafficking and the violence that often accompanies this criminal lifestyle.

 

This forum, part of the Surrey RCMP’s ongoing Neighbourhood Safety Campaign, will be held on Monday, April 18th at 6:30pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre (6250 144th Street, Surrey).  

 

During this event, information will be provided on drug trafficking and how youth get involved, warning signs for parents, strategies to prevent young people from entering the drug trade, an update on what is happening in Surrey right now, and the tools and resources available to assist parents and youth.

 

In attendance to provide information and answer questions from the public will be Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, as well as representatives from the Surrey School District, CFSEU-BC, City of Surrey, and the Surrey RCMP.

 

There will also be Punjabi speaking staff members and police officers available to speak to parents and residents.

 

“Parents and those who work closely with children and youth are our closest allies when it comes to addressing the issue of youth, drugs and violence,” says Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy. “The drug trade is not just a police issue and it is imperative that the community come together to keep our young people safe and on the right path to lead productive lives.”

 

Pre-registration for this forum is not required. Doors to the venue will be open at 5:30pm.

 

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

Surrey RCMP

Illegal Crabbing Nets Big Fines 

Cates Park men caught taking female dungenesse

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

wo men found out the hard way and were fined over $3000.00 for their illegal crab fishing activity. On January 11, 2015 the North Vancouver RCMP caught two Vancouver adult males crab fishing illegally off of the pier at Cates Park in the District of North Vancouver. (View original press release)

 

Since the offence date, both individuals have recently had their day in court and were found guilty of several Federal Fishery Act violations. Between the two accused individuals they were fined $3300.00 for:

These fines will hopefully be a strong deterrent for anyone planning on doing any illegal crab trapping, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. The Fishery Act Rules and Regulations are there to protect the future supply and health of the crabs. Know the rules before you lower your trap!

 

   Monday, April 11, 2016  

Surrey RCMP

Mounties Thank Emergency Dispatchers

9-1-1 Dispatchers Awareness Week

Cpl. Scotty Schumann

 

 

pril 10-16 marks Emergency Service Dispatchers’ and 911 Awareness Week, and an opportunity to recognize the dedication of those who work in the Surrey RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre (OCC). Telecommunications operators are the first point of contact for the public and an essential lifeline for police, especially during an emergency.

 

Surrey RCMP call takers and dispatchers are the ultimate multi-taskers. They handle non-emergency, 911 and dispatching 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2015, the OCC received 378,000 calls and created more than 181,000 police files.

 

As the manager in charge of the OCC, Cathie Matthews knows the important and challenging nature of the work. “It’s not a job everyone can do; it is fast paced, intense and requires speed, accuracy, critical thinking and patience,” explains Matthews. “We take calls from people who are dealing with a stressful situation or an emergency, and our goal is to gather the information as quickly as possible so we can help.”

 

The public can play a vital role in ensuring 911 is used appropriately.  911 is for situations where there is an immediate threat to a person or property, or a crime in progress. All other calls to police should go through the non-emergency number at 604-599-0502.

 

An average of 25-30% of the 911 calls received each day are false. False 911’s tie up OCC and police resources for hours as they must call back or attend in person to confirm the caller’s safety. The public can help by locking phones, keeping phones away from children (even phones without a SIM card can still call 911) and dialing slowly and carefully when making international calls. If you call 911 accidentally, stay on the line and answer the questions from the call taker.

 

We regularly receive questions from the public about the process of calling police. Here are the top 5 questions answered by our staff in the OCC.

 

1.  Why am I put on hold when I call police?

Our average answer times are 22 seconds for non-emergency calls and 7 seconds for 911 calls. During peak times (11:00am-7:00pm) or times when we receive a high volume of calls, wait times may be higher. With limited lines for 911 calls, it is essential that callers keep 911 for emergencies only. If you are put on hold while on a non-emergency call, it is usually because a 911 emergency call has come in. Call takers switch back and forth between non-emergency and 911 calls.

 

2.  Why don’t police always attend when I call?

Not all calls to the Surrey RCMP are police matters or require police attendance.  Callers are often redirected to the appropriate agency where assistance can be provided for their particular situation.   Some files are taken for information or insurance purposes and no attendance is required, however all information is logged and assists our crime analysts in seeing crime trends.  

 

3.  Why do call takers ask so many questions? 

Call takers receive extensive training to gather the information needed through a series of questions. During an emergency, police are already being dispatched while the call takers gather information. Answering questions calmly and letting telecommunications operators lead the call is the best way to help during an emergency. Although the questions may not seem relevant to the caller, they help paint the picture for the situation that is occurring. We often get asked why we need details such as a date of birth from the caller. We need that information to ensure we are dealing with the right individuals at any given time. For example, there are many John Smiths but not usually with the same birthday. 

 

4.  What is the point of reporting crime or suspicious activity if the police might not even attend?  

All reports of crime and suspicious incidents get entered into a database that is shared by police agencies across the province. While not all reports require police attendance, every incident reported to us is analyzed and assessed to identify crime trends and public safety issues. When you file a report, you are helping us better understand and address what is happening in your community. This information allows us to make informed decisions on resource deployment and crime reduction initiatives.

 

5.  I don't know where I am calling from. Can't you just GPS my phone?

Providing a location such as an address or cross streets when you call police is very important. This information does not automatically come up, especially when calling from a cell phone or VOIP phone. We can GPS cell phones but it is time consuming and can only be done through the cell phone companies in a real emergency.  It is also not 100% accurate and can give us a radius of up to 2000 meters in diameter.  It is necessary for us to ask for the specific address or cross streets when possible for more timely attendance.

 

 

   Monday, April 11, 2016  

 

Prince George RCMP

Mounties Always Get Their Dog

Police rescuers pull pooch from pond

Cpl Dave Tyreman, North District RCMP

 

n April 7, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. the Fraser Lake RCMP received a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice at a local pond. Officers immediately attended and learned that the dog had been in the water for almost an hour and wasn’t faring well. Police learned that the caller was not able to get anyone else to assist so finally called police.

When I arrived on scene, I could hear the dog whining for help and knew we didn’t have much time to react, but the biggest obstacle was; I had no idea how deep the water was.

We could see the dog struggling and knew it would not be long before she would perish from exhaustion and exposure to the elements. One of my guys, Cst. Ray Dickenson, was already present and had obtained an old paddleboat and a Personal Flotation Device that was provided by the complainant. We tied a rope to the boat and Ray dragged it through the ice filled waters using a large ice pick to where the dog was.

His timing was impeccable because it appeared as soon as Ray reached the dog, she didn’t have any more fight left in her. It seems like we as police offers deal with a lot of bad stuff so to have one of those feel good moments unfold in front of you, it’s just like winning the Grey Cup with the winning field goal in the last few seconds of the game, Commented Fraser Lake Detachment Commander Sgt. Jason Slater.

Once back on shore, offers were able to turn Josie, a 6 month old Burnese Mountain Dog over to her guardians as the owners were out of town.

Cst. Dickinson added, The majority of individuals who become police officers will tell you that they became an officer so they can help people. Today was one of those days I will look back on and be able to cherish the memory of our success.

   Monday, April 11, 2016  

 

RCMP

UBC Sex Assault Investigation Continues

Mounties look to the public for help

Sgt. Annie Linteau, Lower Mainland District RCMP

 

olice are continuing their investigations into a sexual assault and a series of suspicious incidents that have occurred since the beginning of March within the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus (UBC). 

 

On March 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00 pm, a female student was walking alone in the 3200-block of Wesbrook Mall when she was allegedly approached from behind and sexually assaulted by an unknown man who suddenly emerged from a wooded area. 

 

Investigators of the University Detachment with support from the E Division Major Crime’s Criminal Investigations Unit are continuing their investigation of this incident, and the series of suspicious incidents.

 

These investigations are a priority for University RCMP and they are committed to apprehending the person or person(s) responsible for these incidents.  In addition to the E Division Major Crime’s Criminal Investigations Unit, University RCMP have engaged the services of other specialized RCMP resources for the Lower Mainland District. 

 

“We acknowledge that these incidents are unsettling for those residing or visiting UBC’s Vancouver Campus. We are working diligently to identify and apprehend the person or persons responsible for these events and invite anyone who has any information regarding these incidents to contact police,” says Sgt. Annie Linteau, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District. “Regardless of gender, we need to do all we can to ensure our personal safety while providing police with the crucial information they need to ensure those who compromise our safety are held accountable.”

 

University RCMP are also working closely with Campus Security and UBC to ensure the safety of all students and visitors to the campus, and continue to consult with other partner police agencies to share information and identify any links to similar incidents in other jurisdictions.

 

As always, regardless of location, police encourage those walking alone late in the evening or early in the morning to remain vigilant and take every precaution to enhance their own personal safety. While the RCMP recognize that the onus is on all of us to ensure we treat others in a respectful manner, police recommend the public, including those living in residences, to consider the following safety tips:

• Lock windows and room/unit doors even when absent for a short amount of time.
• Don’t prop open residences’ exterior doors.
• Don’t allow strangers to tailgate you into residence buildings.
• Walk with a friend or consider using UBC’s AMS Safewalk Program.
• Be familiar with the location of the UBC Blue Phones to connect with UBC Campus Security.
• Beware of your surroundings by avoiding the use of headphones and the distracted use of cellular telephones when in public places.
• Report promptly all suspicious persons and activities to the RCMP.
• Stay informed by monitoring Campus Safety Alerts.

Additional support and safety resources can be found by visiting www.ubc.ca/staysafe  or www.bc.rcmp.ca

 

 

   Saturday, April 9, 2016  

 

Abbotsford PD

Adair Avenue Information Wanted 

South Asian woman in distress Saturday morning

Cst Ian Macdonald

 

Update: The female observed by residents in the area of Adair Avenue this morning has been located by APD officers. We wish to thank the public and the media for assisting us.

 

his morning around 6:00 am, a South Asian woman was knocking on doors in the area of Adair Avenue. Unfortunately, residents were unable to communicate with the woman due to a language barrier. 

 

They called police as they were concerned that she may have needed help. Abbotsford Police have conducted area patrols and have made contact with dozens of area residents but to this point have not located this individual. We are appealing to the public for assistance.

 

The woman is described as being approximately 30-years-old and wearing an orange Sari.

 

Anyone with information about this woman or this incident is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd).

 

   Saturday, April 9, 2016  

 

Abbotsford PD

Pedestrian Hit, in Serious Condition  

Police had witnesses on-scene, but none surfaced later

Cst Ian Macdonald file photo

 

n Friday, April 8, 2016, at 8:30 pm, a white Acura, driven by a 31-year-old man from Abbotsford, was travelling eastbound on South Fraser Way near Roberts Avenue. A 66-year-old female pedestrian was crossing South Fraser Way northbound in that area and was struck by the Acura. The pedestrian suffered significant injuries and was airlifted to hospital for medical treatment. The driver remained on-scene and cooperated with police. There were no indications of driver impairment.

 

The area was closed to traffic for several hours to allow APD Collision Reconstructionists and Patrol Division Officers to investigate this serious injury crash.  That investigation is on-going. 

 

Several witnesses spoke to police at the scene.  However, anyone who witnessed the collision, and has not yet contacted police, is asked to call 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd).

 

 

   Friday, April 8, 2016  

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Agassiz Mounties Seek Woman 

Police ask public to keep an eye open for Laura Jean Clark

Cpl Mike Rail

 

Update: April 18, 2016 - Found

 

British Columbia-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of Laura Jean Clark, 20, of Agassiz BC, for Mischief Under $5000 and Breach of Undertaking or Recognizance. RCMP caution the public if sighted, do not attempt to apprehend Clark and immediately call 911.

Description:

• Aboriginal female
• Height: 171 cm (5’8”)
• Weight: 52 kg (115 lbs)
• Hair: Blond

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Laura Jean Clark is asked to contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

   Friday, April 8, 2016  

 

Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

Mounties Warn Public Not to Approach Woman

Michelle Lee La Chapelle wanted for fraud and theft

Cpl Mike Rail

 

UPDATE: The 37-year-old woman wanted by the RCMP has been taken into custody. Thanks to the public for your assistance.

 

ritish Columbia-wide warrants have been issued for the arrest of Michele Lee La Chapelle, 37, of Chilliwack BC, for Fraud Under $5000 and Theft Under $5000. RCMP caution the public if sighted, do not attempt to apprehend La Chapelle and immediately call 9-1-1.

Description:

• Caucasian female
• Height: 163 cm (5’4”)
• Weight: 73 kg (161 lbs)
• Eyes: Blue
• Hair: Auburn

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michele Lee La Chapelle is asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

 

 

   Thursday, April 7, 2016  

RCMP IHIT

Guilty Plea in 2015 Death of Mission Woman 

Two children injured in original crime (see below)

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, IHIT

 

43-year-old Mission man has pled guilty to 2nd degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

 

Walter (publication ban) was arrested shortly after the body of 33-year-old Eleanor (publication ban) was found in her burned out home on April 17, 2015. 

Two children were also taken to hospital with injuries as a result of this incident. Mr Ramsay has pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder in relation to the injuries sustained by these children.

 “This was a tragedy that affected the entire community of Mission with lasting effect on Eleanor’s family. We are greatly appreciative of the work of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team for all the work they have done to arrive at this outcome. It is our sincere hope that this will bring some closure to Eleanor’s family.” Says Inspector Ted De Jaeger, Officer in Charge of Mission Detachment.

“A guilty plea in any investigation speaks to the hard work and dedication of the agencies involved. It is important to acknowledge the support of the community, the work of the Mission RCMP , support units in the Lower Mainland District and the partnership with crown that has led to this positive outcome,” says Superintendent Dwayne McDonald, Officer in Charge of IHIT.

There is a publication ban in place to protect the identity of the children involved.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE April 18, 2015

File:  2015-869

One man is facing a first degree murder charge after a fire killed a Mission woman.

Just after 3:00 a.m. on April 17, 2015, Mission RCMP was called to the 9200-block of Shook Road in Mission after a trailer home went up in flames.

Once fire crews extinguished the blaze, and were able to enter the trailer, the body of a woman was found inside. That woman is believed to be 33-year-old Eleanor (publication ban) . Two children were taken to hospital as a result of this incident.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in very early in the investigation. IHIT worked with Mission RCMP to determine who they suspected was responsible for the Ms. (publication ban) death.

42-year-old Walter (publication ban) was located at another home where he was taken into custody with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

Ramsay now faces one count of 1st degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson for allegedly setting the trailer home on fire.

Ramsay has been remanded into custody and will appear in court on Monday April 20, 2015.

“This investigation moved very quickly thanks to the assistance of the public and the excellent work of the Mission RCMP, IHIT investigators and the support units who responded to this tragic incident.  I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of this Ms. (publication ban) and hope that the speed with which the alleged suspect was apprehended gives them some measure of comfort in the days ahead,”  said Superintendent Dwayne McDonald, Officer in Charge of IHIT.

IHIT is asking anyone who may have information to call the IHIT tip-line by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email here.

 

 

   Thursday, April 7, 2016  

Surrey RCMP

The French Connection

Police Take Down Suspected Gang Dealers Alex Blanarou and Marcel Duke

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy

 

 

tatement from Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy at news conference with Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris, Mayor of Surrey Linda Hepner, and Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo:

 

Good Afternoon.  I am angry that we are standing here talking about the same type of senseless violence that we were discussing at this time last year. These cowardly acts of violence are unfair to this City.

 

We are a young, growing community with many wonderful, smart and creative citizens.  It is important for me to say that those engaged in this lifestyle do not represent our community in its entirety and they will not define us. 

 

Every year, we have students from this community that go to Cape Canaveral to work with NASA.  Last year, we had 300,000 people on our streets for Vaisakhi with no violence, showing incredible generosity and community spirit.  Surrey is a city that mothers and fathers want to raise their children - Where I have raised my children.

 

I want to assure you that I understand your expectation of me and of this police force. You expect us to stop violence. You should have those expectations of us. I have those expectations of us.

 

I also want to assure you that we are making progress. The difficult thing is that you can’t always see our progress and it can take time.  

 

What I can tell you is that in addition to the 4.5 million dollar drug seizure that we made a few weeks ago, this week, working within our operational plan, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit arrested two individuals that we believe are involved in the drug conflict.

 

Alex BLANAROU is facing 6 charges and Antonio DENNISON was charged with 4 offences. These charges include Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

 

We also observed a male walk out of a residence and fire a shot into the sky and towards a street light.  Our investigators were not sure about the caliber of the weapon.  During surveillance that followed, our Emergency Response Team stopped a vehicle.   

 

The driver was found to be carrying a CO2 replica handgun, crack cocaine and approximately $7500.  A Search warrant was executed at the residence and 10 firearms were seized and 1, 250 rounds of ammunition.  I anticipate charges will be approved in the coming days with respect to these matters.

 

Also, surveillance was conducted on another person that we believe is associated to the conflict.  He failed to stop for police and was arrested a short time later with the assistance of the helicopter and the Emergency Response Team.  Marcel DUKE was charged for Prohibited Driving and Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle.  The vehicle was seized as offence related property.

 

We have police officers with specialized skills and substantial experience working on these matters.

 

We are also receiving significant cooperation from the public. Together with our partners we disrupted the drug groups last year, and I am telling you we will do it again this year. 

 

We are also mindful of the regional implications of the drug trade and the criminals involved. This issue is not unique to Surrey.

 

Last night we arrested Rajinder Johal.  He is associated to a shooting that recently took place in Richmond.  As part of that investigation we have seized a weapon and he has been charged with Uttering Threats, Criminal Harassment, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Firearm, Possession of a Restricted Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, Possession of Restricted Firearm with Ammunition, Tampering with a Serial Number. 

 

We have witnessed similar conflicts in the streets of Vancouver, Abbotsford and Kelowna.  Having said that, we are not interested in simply moving this problem or these people to another city or policing jurisdiction. 

 

Despite my desire to reassure the public, I would be remiss to compromise any other ongoing investigations.  I would love to tell you every action we are taking to target the criminals who are involved, but if I stand here and share undercover tactics, surveillance plans, or our specific operational deployment, I also share it with the criminals we are targeting. 

 

I would like speak about is the decision that I made last week to provide accurate information to the public with respect to the number of shots fired investigations. These numbers are not captured by Stats Canada. I knew that the actual numbers would be alarming and the cause of concern, but I explicitly stated that I would rather the community be concerned about the numbers than to suggest that we were not being completely transparent. 

 

That is despite the fact that a number of these files had no victims, or resulted simply from a shell casing being found.  As I said, I am committed to sharing the information I can with the public.  

 

Having said that, there have been and will be times when it is not in the public’s interest for the police to disclose a shooting.  The example that comes to mind is when we have a murder and the manner or cause of death might be held back to protect the integrity of an investigation or resulting prosecution.  

 

As you have heard here today, the issue of the drug trade is not just a police issue, it is a community issue.  We are not interested in pointing fingers or dividing the community into opposing sides on how this issue is being handled. If we are to be successful, we need to unite, not divide. We are asking the community to join us in a united front.

 

As part of our ongoing Neighbourhood Safety Campaign, we held 17 community forums last year, and a half dozen this year.  We had planned to hold a large community forum on the topic of youth and the drug trade this year, but given our current situation, we have moved up the date of this forum to Monday, April 18th at 6:30pm at the Bell Centre. I invite the public to join us, particularly parents and those who work closely with children and youth.

 

Lastly, if anyone has information on any of these investigations or on people involved in the violence, I ask you to do the right thing and call the police or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous.