Cars were destroyed and stores were looted during the June 15 Stanley Cup riot.

Cars were destroyed and stores were looted during the June 15 Stanley Cup riot.

First set of alleged rioters mostly from Surrey, Metro Vancouver

Police recommend charges in connection with Stanley Cup mayhem



Most of the first batch of 60 suspects facing charges for their involvement in the June 15 Stanley Cup riot are from Metro Vancouver suburbs, with more than a third of them hailing from Surrey.

Vancouver Police Department Chief Jim Chu said 163 charges are being recommended against 60 people.

Twenty-one alleged rioters are from Surrey, while 12 are from Vancouver, nine are from Burnaby and four are from Maple Ridge.

Two each are from Abbotsford and Delta, while one each is from Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Victoria, Courtenay, West Kelowna and Seattle.

Rioters torched police cars and other vehicles and looted stores in downtown Vancouver after the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Cup final.

“The people who rampaged that night must be held accountable for their actions,” Chu said, calling it the “largest crime spree in the history of B.C.”

Onlookers shot video and photos on cellphones and posted them on social media, fueling what has become a massive crowd-sourced police investigation.

The VPD has asked Crown counsel to charge all 60 initial suspects with participating in a riot, while many also face charges including mischief, assault or break and enter.

“This is just the beginning as we expect to announce more arrests in the weeks and months ahead,” Chu said.

Several hundred people could ultimately be prosecuted, he said.

The VPD has been under fire in recent months because no suspects had yet been charged, despite the fact dozens of them had come forward and confessed.

Chu defended the VPD decision not to “rush cases to court” and instead conduct a “thorough” investigation.

“We believe the community supports the independence of the police and our professional judgement to conduct thorough investigations, not cut corners in order to satisfy the vocal criticisms of a few,” he said.

Chu said one 21-year-old Vancouver Island rioter who confessed after being outed on Facebook would have been charged only for one count of mischief involving a single car had police moved quickly.

But he said the Indianapolis lab analyzing thousands of hours of video has since determined the man damaged six vehicles and broke into three stores that night, resulting in multiple charges.

A database at the lab is able to quickly scan a suspect against 15,000 identified criminal acts recorded on video.

A Burnaby man with a prior record was caught because of blood DNA he left at the scene.

Chu said the database then found video of the suspect punching someone in the back of the head and trying to hide his face as he looted a store. The man faces charges of assault causing bodily harm, break and enter, disguise with intent to commit an offence and participating in a riot.

He said the lab has been invaluable, even helping identify rioters who masked up.

Others arrested include:

– A drunk 21-year-old Delta man with no criminal record who police say joined the mayhem, smashing the tail lights and window of a parked truck before helping set it on fire.

– A 23-year-old Surrey woman who can be seen on video using a cigarette lighter to set fire to a police care and then smashing it several times with a piece of wood.

She has no record but faces charges of participating in a riot, mischief and arson.

– A 52-year-old Port Coquitlam man caught on video looting a store. He’s the oldest suspect facing charges so far and has a long criminal record for theft, break and enter and sex offences.

The 50 men arrested range in age from 16 to 52, while 10 women facing charges are 16 to 22.

The average age of the suspects is 21.

Prosecutors must still approve charges.

Crown prosecutor Neil McKenzie told reporters some suspects could be charged and appear in court by December.

The VPD has posted dozens of images of suspected rioters to its riot website and has asked for public help in identifying them.

Attorney General Shirley Bond said she’s confident the province’s team of five prosecutors assigned to the case is capable of handling the flow of charge requests from police.

“We have senior litigators who are ready to do their work,” she said.

“This is an extensive number of charges that potentially will be laid.”

Bond cautioned they are just allegations so far.

 

Just Posted

A drone’s-eye view of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. (Screenshot/Shutter Speed Network)
Kent Council advocates for a wider Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge

Council voted unanimously to send letter of concern to transportation ministry

Alexis Paige Simpson has not been in contact with her family in two months. (RCMP photo)
Chilliwack RCMP looking for missing 20-year-old woman

Police say Alexis Paige Simpson has not been in contact with her family in two months

(Maps.Chilliwack.com)
RCMP seek dash-cam footage after Chilliwack road rage incident

Male driving a black pickup stopped and allegedly threatened to punch another driver

Deepak Sharma of Abbotsford has been convicted of the sexual assault of one of his cab passengers in West Vancouver in January 2019.
Former Abbotsford Hindu temple president convicted of sexual assault

Deepak Sharma assaulted a female passenger when he was a cab driver

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Agassiz toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Most Read