Charges laid against leader of Sur­rey Creep Catch­ers

The Province - - NEWS - SCOTT BROWN

Ryan LaForge, pres­i­dent of the Sur­rey Creep Catcher vig­i­lante group, has been charged with two counts of as­sault in con­nec­tion with a pair of “sting” op­er­a­tions in April.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred on April 3, when the Sur­rey RCMP were called to an al­ter­ca­tion on King Ge­orge Boule­vard be­tween LaForge and an­other man, who has since been charged with child lur­ing re­lated of­fences.

LaForge and group “sol­dier” Ni­cole Hunter con­fronted the man in a Sur­rey mall where they al­lege he was try­ing to ar­range for sex with a six-year-old girl and her mother.

In a video posted on the Sur­rey Creep Catcher’s Face­book page, LaForge could be seen push­ing the man and threat­en­ing to knock him out if he tried to flee.

LaForge was charged with one count of as­sault and one count of ut­ter­ing threats in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

A sec­ond as­sault charge was laid against LaForge for a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent that oc­curred April 19 at the same lo­ca­tion.

LaForge and two other Creep Catcher mem­bers, in­clud­ing Lance Loy, con­fronted an­other man al­leged to be in­volved in child lur­ing.

Loy was ar­rested at the scene, along with the tar­get of the Creep Catcher sting, but LaForge and an­other man fled be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

Loy has been charged with as­sault and was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Thurs­day.

A war­rant has been is­sued for the ar­rest of LaForge.

“Po­lice want to re­mind the pub­lic that vig­i­lan­tism, no mat­ter how well-mean­ing, poses sig­nif­i­cant risks to the safety of all those in­volved,” Sur­rey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schu­mann said in a re­lease. “Us­ing our highly trained in­ves­ti­ga­tors in a con­trolled environment is the best way to get dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers off our streets and en­sure they are held ac­count­able.”

The RCMP say the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­le­ga­tions of child lur­ing in these two cases are on­go­ing.




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