IRIT recommends charges against 350th suspected rioter
The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) is fulfilling its promise to charge 350 suspected rioters by the end of the summer. This morning, IRIT investigators announced that they have requested 118 charges against 27 suspected rioters, bringing the total number of recommended charges for 1204 offences against 352 suspected rioters.
Our investigators continue to work very closely with Crown Counsel, putting their best cases forward to the courts, as is evident with the number of guilty pleas that have been entered.
Included in this latest round are requested charges against two 14 year old boys, who have a combined total of six counts of break and enter, two counts of mischief, one count of mischief over $5,000 and two counts of participating in a riot.
Charges of participation in a riot, break and enter, and assault causing bodily harm have been recommended against a 25 year old woman from Port Coquitlam. During the riot, a woman was attempting to protect an unmarked police car, parked in the 600 block of Seymour Street, from sustaining further damage from the rioters, when the accused was captured on video swearing and chasing the Good Samaritan while holding what appeared to be a chair leg up in a threatening manner.
Others in the crowd intervened, briefly preventing the assault. However, a short time later the accused is seen on video going up to the Good Samaritan and punching her in the face. The Good Samaritan suffered facial and dental injuries. The accused was also captured on video entering The Bay located at 674 Granville Street.
Charges of participation in a riot, assault, break and enter, and breach of recognizance have been recommended against a 24 year old man from Langley. At the time of the riot, the accused was on recognizance and bound by conditions in relation to multiple firearms charges, including to remain under house arrest and inside of his residence.
During the riot, the accused was captured on film assaulting an unknown man by kicking him while he was down on the ground in a swarming attack in the 800 block of Granville Street, and later breaking into The Hudson’s Bay located at 674 Granville Street.
Three high school friends from Victoria have a total of 15 criminal charges recommended against them, stemming from their involvement in the Stanley Cup Riot. The three were captured on video committing multiple crimes throughout the night, including break-ins to four separate businesses. One of the men was also seen causing damage to a vehicle that was parked in the 600 block of Richards Street.
Later in the evening, the three men were spotted on the Skytrain with what appeared to be stolen merchandise. They were detained by Transit Police, and the merchandise turned out to still have the price and security tags attached, which was later found to match items stolen in the break-ins.
We are also happy to see that charges have now been laid by Crown Counsel against 22 year old Daniel Amesbury from Maple Ridge. Amesbury is the 14th suspect charged by Crown out of the 15 IRIT identified suspects who allegedly swarmed Good Samaritan Robert Mackay.
Over the past few months, investigators were disappointed with the actions of both charged and convicted rioters who chose to ignore their promises to abide by their court-ordered conditions. Investigators took it upon themselves to conduct random checks, and determined that out of 173 rioters checked, 28 were found to be breaching their conditions, and have since been charged with 51 counts of breach.
Investigators will continue to conduct random checks as it appears that with the assistance of our partner police agencies and the reporting done by media, compliance with those conditions is on the rise; only two suspected rioters have been detected breaching their conditions following our June 14th update.
“Our investigation is not ending,” says VPD Superintendent Dean Robinson. “For those rioters out there that believe they can wait us out and hide with anonymity, we will find you and you will be brought to justice.”