Two people assaulted at UBC trying to return second-hand computer containing child porn

Jun 8 2018, 8:21 pm

The RCMP detachment at the University of British Columbia is sending out a warning after two people were allegedly assaulted and robbed when they agreed to meet up with a seller in a parkade on campus.

According to University RCMP, a UBC student purchased a computer from the suspect earlier in the day. When the student and a friend returned home, they discovered what appeared to be child pornography on the computer.

They contacted the suspect about the content on the computer and agreed to meet at a campus parkade to return it.

At the parkade they were confronted by four men who allegedly assaulted and robbed them. One of the victims was forced into a vehicle, while the second managed to flee and reported the incident to the RCMP.

Officers from the University’s detachment responded immediately and the four male suspects were taken into custody and are facing several charges.

The University RCMP is encouraging anyone purchasing personal items from an unknown seller to meet in a safe area.

“That place could be in front of our police detachment. Members of the public or students are always welcome to use the front area of any detachments including the University Detachment as a safer trading and meeting spot,” said University Staff Sergeant Chuck Lan, in a release.

“I also want to emphasize that if members of the public see or become aware of a potential crime, to please call police. That is the safest and most sensible course of action.”

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