Man arrested Monday after Surrey Creep Catchers call police

No charges have been laid in second Creep Catchers incident in two weeks

Surrey Creep Catchers are once again keeping Surrey RCMP investigators busy.

Corporal Scotty Schumann said police received a call from the vigilante group on Monday, Nov. 20 at about 5:10 p.m. that they were “about to approach a guy” at Central City Shopping Centre in Whalley.

Surrey Creep Catchers aims to weed out “potential predators” by posing as children online, arranging to meet adults who think they’ve been communicating with a child, confronting them, filming them and then posting the videos on Facebook.

Schumann said police took a man into custody, released him with no charges laid, and the matter is still under investigation.

“The investigators are going to look at the evidence that Creep Catchers has provided us,” Schumann said.

READ ALSO: Ryan LaForge aims to weed out potential predators and ‘blast’ them on social media

Just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 the Surrey RCMP responded to a “call for service” in the 10300-block of 152nd Street in Guildford, connected to Creep Catchers activity.

“Allegations of child luring were being made against a man,” Schumann said at the time.

In that case investigators reviewed “not only eye witness accounts but also video depicting some of the incident,” he said. A man was arrested and released with no charges laid.

“Police are currently investigating the allegations and will conduct a thorough investigation,” Schumann said at the time. It was still under investigation on Tuesday.

Schumann reiterated Tuesday that police don’t condone Creep Catchers or any other vigilantes conducting investigations without police assistance.

“The better thing would be for them to call us at the onset without taking any action,” Schumann said.



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford high school killer back in court for ‘not criminally responsible’ hearing

Gabriel Klein was previously convicted of stabbing Letisha Reimer to death

Rainfall warning says significant showers forecast for entire region

Rain moving across Howe Sound, The Fraser Valley and northern parts of Metro Vancouver this morning.

Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford offers virtual classes

Sessions begin in October and include art classes and book club

Boulders near Harrison vandalized with derogatory word

Vandalism likely occured between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway

In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Return-It depots change beverage container deposits from 20 to 10 cents

Change will be implemented on Oct. 1, with a transition period being held until Oct. 11

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Most Read