Two assault charges have been laid against Ryan Laforge, the leader of the Surrey Creep Catchers vigilante group. The charges have been laid as a result of two separate incidents.
On April 3, Surrey RCMP responded to a confrontation in the 10100 block of King George Boulevard in Surrey.
On the scene, they found Laforge and a man who has since been charged with child luring related offences.
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LaForge, 34, is now charged with one count of assault and one count of uttering threats.
On April 19, Surrey RCMP responded to another call in the 10100 block of King George Boulevard.
The confrontation occurred between one man who was allegedly involved in child luring and three Creep Catchers members, including Laforge who fled before police arrived.
On the scene, Surrey RCMP arrested one man suspected to be involved in child luring and 37-year-old Lance Loy, another member of Creep Catchers.
Both Loy and Laforge were charged with one count of assault in relation to this incident.
Loy was scheduled to appear in court today for these charges. A warrant has been issued for the arrest in Laforge. A third suspect is being investigated for his part in the incidents.
“Police want to remind the public that vigilantism, no matter how well-meaning, poses significant risks to the safety of all those involved,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann in a statement.
“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 investigations involving the alleged child luring cases are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.