Surrey RCMP announced on Friday that they arrested one man after he allegedly tried to lure a minor for a sexual purpose, and for making an arrangement with a person for a sexual offence involving a person under the age of 18.
On Monday, April 3, police received a complaint about child luring and an investigation was undertaken immediately by Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit. Investigators arrested a suspect on Thursday, April 6.
Now charged is Kuljinder Singh Bhatti, 35, of Burnaby.
Surrey RCMP said that allegations of assault involving Bhatti by a civilian during the incident are still under investigation.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
In a video the group posted online, their vice president seems to pose as the girl’s mother. Laforge ends up pinning the man against a wall Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said in a statement at the time: “On April 3 at 6:40 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a call for service in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard. Allegations from two parties included child luring and assault. Surrey RCMP attended scene and reviewed not only eye witness accounts but also video depicting some of the incident.
“As a result of the initial attendance and after identifying all those involved, one person was arrested and later released from custody. Police are currently investigating the allegations from both parties and will conduct a thorough investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, police are not in a position to discuss identity of the parties or details of the allegations at this point. The individual arrested was released on a promise to appear, and no charges have been laid.”
Schumann added: “As we have said previously, the Surrey RCMP does not support, condone, or recommend vigilantism. Vigilantism, no matter how well meaning, does not involve police, and therefore is void of ongoing safety considerations. Vigilantism is a risk to the safety of all those involved including victims, or potential victims, the alleged suspects, and / or the safety of those persons intent on broadcasting the suspected crime.
“We can confirm that Surrey RCMP was in contact with Mr. LaForge prior to this incident and an upcoming confrontation was discussed. However, no specifics were discussed, and any confrontation was discouraged by Surrey RCMP. Surrey RCMP advised, as we have in the past, that if there was any information and / or evidence available, that the matter needed to be reported, in order for it to be investigated by police.” – CINEWS