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VPD fugitive task force helps arrest suspected rioters

Photo by Parisa Azadi

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) is getting more resources from the Vancouver Police Fugitive Task Force to arrest suspected rioters that have been formally charged and have outstanding arrest warrants, inspector Les Yeo announced today.

Members from the Vancouver Police Fugitive Task Force have been brought in to help arrest hard-to-find individuals.

“We won’t be backing off this investigation and neither have the public. Since our Riot Round-up poster campaign on November 16, we are still seeing three to four tips a day come in from the public," said Yeo. 

This morning, the VPD Fugitive Task Force arrested one of the targets identified by IRIT investigators. 

The Fugitive Task Force was formed last year to help identify, locate and arrest the most elusive criminals with outstanding warrants. Over the past year, they have located and/or arrested over 200 fugitives.

Meanwhile, eight more riot charges against two suspected rioters have been approved by Crown, according to the Vancouver police. 

Facing charges are:

John SAWICKI

19-year-old Surrey Resident

Court File 11- 223500

Charges approved Friday, December 2

  • participating in a riot
  • mischief over $5000 – two counts
  • arson

Ryan DICKINSON

20 year-old-Coquitlam resident

Court File 11- 223507

Charges approved Monday, December 5

  • participating in a riot
  • mischief over $5000 – two counts
  • breach of undertaking

 

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