VPD make arrest in Christmas Day murder investigation

Sep 27 2019, 1:35 pm

After a Vancouver man was murdered on Christmas Day of last year, Vancouver police said this week they have now made an arrest in connection with the case.

According to the police, the investigation began just after 7 pm, when officers responded to an assault at a men’s shelter near Cambie and Robson Street.

The victim, identified as 49-year-old Ralph House, suffered a head injury in the incident, and was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries “several days” later.

Now, police have announced that 41-year-old Vancouver resident Larry Johnson was arrested “without incident” this past Wednesday and has now been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of House.

Speaking about the timeline between the incident and the arrest, VPD Const. Steve Addison said, “homicide investigations can be complex and challenging cases to solve.”

He added that investigators in the case “worked thoroughly and meticulously to gather evidence,” which culminated in Johnson’s arrest.

And despite the length of time between the assault and the arrest, Addison noted the incident was a targeted one and “there was never any risk to the public.”

Johnson remains in custody.