Police seek victims of violent Surrey man

The Vancouver Police Department takes the unusual step of releasing photo of imprisoned drug enforcer in hopes of encouraging people to come forward.

Jermaine Anthony Carby

Jermaine Anthony Carby

Now that Surrey’s Jermaine Anthony Carby is behind bars, police are asking those who may have been victimized by him to come forward.

Carby, described as having a lengthy history of violence, drug trafficking and drug possession, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in June in connection with the death of a 50-year-old man in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park. He was also charged Monday with violently assaulting two women in the Downtown Eastside.

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) took the “extraordinary” step of releasing Carby’s photo and appealing to the public for more information.

“We believe there are more victims out there who are too afraid to come forward,” said VPD Insp. Brad Desmarais, saying it’s long been known that people living in the Downtown Eastside fear reprisal for talking to the police.

“Now is the time for the community to have a voice, and fight back against the fear and intimidation that these drug dealers thrive on.”

Desmarais said that the threat level for reprisal is low because of Carby’s imprisonment, but said police would do whatever it takes to make sure those who step forward feel safe.

Carby, 30, goes by several different street names, including “JC.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Sister Watch Tip Line at 604-215-4777.

– with files from CTV

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