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

Surrey monitoring traffic as vehicles again clog city streets

Compared with city’s 2019 weekly average, deepest volume reduction was in late March with up to 46 per cent less vehicles

Refund emails from City of White Rock a ‘phishing’ scam

IT staff work to nullify security breach in ‘classic phishing campaign’

Art’s Scarecrow Festival returns in September

Sixth annual event will be different than previous events because of the pandemic

Surrey’s top cop is keynote speaker at Surrey Board of Trade AGM

Asssistant Commissioner Brian Edwards will be on deck at Tuesday’s ‘virtual’ meeting

B.C. records new COVID-19 death, 85 more cases; Horgan calls on celebrity help

This brings the total number of active confirmed cases to 531 across the province

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

High-volume littering at Cape Scott draws ire from hiking groups

Popular Vancouver Island hiking spot not closing, but frustration about crowding grows

SFU to drop ‘Clan’ varsity team name

The ‘Clan’ name is shortened from ‘Clansmen,’ and was introduced roughly 55 years ago

New Tory leader must build a strong team in Commons and for the campaign: Scheer

Scheer marked his final day in the House of Commons today as leader of the Opposition

B.C. to hire 500 more COVID-19 contact tracers ahead of fall

Contract tracers add an ‘extra layer’ in the fight against the novel coronavirus

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

Money can be used to battle food insecurity and support children and mental health

We were a bit tone deaf: Hobo Cannabis renamed Dutch Love after backlash

Hobo Cannabis has various locations in Vancouver, Kelowna and Ottawa

Man accused of killing Red Deer doctor says he does not remember attack

Appearing before a judge, Deng Mabiour, 54, rambled about being sick and needing a doctor

Most Read