Maple Batalia’s ex-boyfriend arrested after high school receives threats

Fleetwood Secondary locked down for a few hours Wednesday

The former boyfriend of slain teen Maple Batalia has been arrested for allegedly phoning in threats to a local high school.

Gurjinder (Gary) Dhaliwal, 19, was arrested by RCMP on Wednesday, after Fleetwood Park Secondary School received what it preceived as a threat.

Police would not confirm the man arrested was Dhaliwal, but CTV News is citing sources who say it was.

Because of who was making the threat, police say the school felt it was necessary to call police and put the school in lockdown mode.

Police did say the suspect is known to police and is an ex-student of the school.

They would not get into specifics about the perceived threat, but said it was a phone call to administration and it had nothing to do with firearms or explosives.

Police said the suspect was easy to find, because he identified himself in the call.

He was released without charges on Wednesday afternoon.

Dhaliwal, 19, came to the Surrey RCMP detachment Monday and turned himself in on a warrant for the alleged assault of two people at a North Surrey Tim Horton’s on Sept. 24.

Dhaliwal is accused of assaulting a man and a woman at the 96 Avenue and King George Boulevard coffee shop.

Police would not say whether one of those attacked was Batalia.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Batalia changed her status to “single” on her Facebook site.

On Sept. 28, Batalia was gunned down on the third floor of the Central City parkade beside Simon Fraser University, as she left from a late-night study session.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Dhaliwal is not a suspect in the shooting.

IHIT has no suspects at this point and still can’t say whether the shooting was targeted or random.

Dhaliwal is due back in court on the assault charges on Oct. 17.

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