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Arrest in groping incident, man with knife, road rage, high risk sex offender

  A 25 year old Vancouver man is set to appear in court this morning after being arrested on October 1st and charged with sexual assault.


Shortly after 3:00 p.m. that date, a woman was standing on the corner of Alberni Street and Bute Street when an intoxicated man approached her and sexually assaulted her by groping her breast.


Police were called and an officer who was in the area at the time arrested the man without incident.


Leroy Edward Laboucan, who is known to police, is a 25 year old Vancouver resident. He is charged with one count of sexual assault and is due to appear this morning at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial court.


Police also believe that Laboucan may have been involved in two other unrelated sexual assaults, or attempted sexual assaults (gropings), earlier in the day in the area between Second Beach and Alberni Street and Bute Street.


The victims or people possibly involved in these two incidents have yet to come forward to police.


The Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident and has yet to speak with police or may have information on the other two alleged incidents is asked to contact detectives at 604-717-2648 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Man with a Knife


Vancouver - A 38 year old Surrey man is in custody after a dramatic incident in southeast Vancouver on October 2nd.


Shortly after 3:30 p.m., officers were on foot at the intersection of East 41st Avenue and Clarendon Street dealing with a minor domestic incident.


An unrelated man walked up to them and one of the officers asked him if he needed help.


It was then that the officer noticed the man was carrying a small knife and as the two constables tried to calm the man, he lunged and tried to strike one of them.


The officers moved away and pulled out their firearms, giving verbal commands to drop the knife as they held the man at bay.


He refused to comply with the commands.  Another officer arrived and deployed his taser, which failed to disable him. He did, however, drop the knife, and officers were able to safely take him into custody.


Quoc Tuan Nguyen, a 38 year old Surrey resident, is charged with one count of assaulting a peace officer and one count of assault with a weapon.


He is known to police.


He was to appear in court this morning at 9:30 a.m


Road Rage Incident


  One man is facing a slew of charges after a bizarre road rage incident that happened late in the afternoon on October 1st.


Just before 4:30 p.m., a man was driving his delivery truck west on 49th Avenue and stopped for a red light at Fraser Street.


The driver realized that he’d been rear-ended and got out to inspect for any damage and exchange information with the other driver.


The other driver got out and immediately began to yell at the delivery driver. He allegedly refused to exchange information and suddenly punched the delivery driver several times in the head and chest.


The delivery driver defended himself by struggling to put the man into a headlock and trying to hold him for the police as bystanders called 9-1-1, but the man broke free. A witness saw the man arm himself with a large metal pipe in an attempt to smash the windows of the delivery truck, where the victim had fled for safety.


The witness stepped in and grabbed the pipe, without regard for his personal safety.


The aggressor was so enraged that he got back into his car, started it, put it into reverse, and allegedly tried to hit the witness who’d grabbed the pipe from him. Fortunately, the witness was able to jump out of the way before he was injured.


The suspect tried to escape arrest by fleeing in his car into a nearby underground parkade but was captured by officers and arrested.


Trevor Samuel Myketiak, a 43 year old Vancouver resident, is charged with:


  • two counts of assault with a weapon
  • mischief under $5000
  • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • uttering threats of death or bodily harm


Mr. Myketiak is not known to police. His next scheduled court appearance is on Wednesday, October 13th at 1:30 p.m.


 Public Notification - High Risk Sex Offender Residing in Vancouver

  The Vancouver Police Department believes that compelling circumstances exist requiring the Department to warn the public that James Patrick Benson poses a risk of significant harm to adult females in the City of Vancouver.


Benson is on statutory release, with a history of attempted murder and sexual assault with a weapon, among other violent offences.


He is 30 years old, white, 5’9” tall, 220 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He has scars on his left forearm and left calf.  He has a tattoo on his left forearm of “MORBID” in tribal letters, “01-17-07” on his left inside wrist, “LOST SOUL” on his upper chest , a flame design on his left thigh and tribal art on his right upper arm.


Benson will be residing in Vancouver and must abide by the following conditions:


  • report all relationships with females to your parole supervisor
  • abstain from the use of drugs other than prescribed medications taken as directed by a physician


Anyone witnessing BENSON breaching the above conditions is asked to call police at 9-1-1.

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