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Police want charges against 25 more riot suspects

Overturned cars littered downtown streets last June 15 after a street party for a hoped-for Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup win turned into a riot after their defeat. - File
Overturned cars littered downtown streets last June 15 after a street party for a hoped-for Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup win turned into a riot after their defeat.
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Police are seeking a new set of 83 charges against 25 additional alleged Stanley Cup rioters, including four men from Abbotsford and other suspects from Surrey, Langley and Richmond.

Crown has not yet approved charges so no names have been released.

One of the Abbotsford men faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm, while another may be charged for carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a weapon in a vicious attack on an 18-year-old man during the riot.

Investigators say the victim was approached by a group of men on West Georgia Street, knocked down and then pepper sprayed, kicked, beaten and stabbed. He was hospitalized and recovered from his injuries.

A 20-year-old Richmond man and a 16-year-old from Surrey also face charges in the beating of Good Samaritan Robert MacKay, who tried to keep rioters from smashing windows and looting the Bay department store.

The Richmond man is accused of joining the throng and kicking MacKay in the head while he lay beaten on the ground.

Police have recommended charges against 11 of MacKay's assailants, are actively investigating two others and two more remain unidentified.

Investigators also want to charge an 18-year-old Langley man they describe as a "determined looter" for stealing items from three different businesses in less than an hour. He faces three counts of break and enter, using a disguise and participating in the riot.

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team has now requested 592 charges against a total of 200 people accused of participating in the riot as well as other charges like mischief, break and enter, assault and arson.

A total of seven rioters have now pleaded guilty to riot-related charges.

The latest to do so are:

  • Surrey resident Richard Dorosh, 18, for participating in a riot.
  • Burnaby resident Sean Yates, 22, for participating in a riot and assaulting a police officer.
  • Vancouver resident Robert Snelgrove, 24, for participating in a riot and break-and-enter.
  • Windermere resident Alex Peepre, 20, for participating in a riot and assault.
  • Richmond resident Camille Cacnio, 22, for break and enter and participating in a riot.

Only one has been sentenced so far – Coquitlam resident Ryan Dickinson is serving 17 months less three and a half months for time served in custody.

Crown asked for four months against Surrey rioter Emmanuel Alviar at a sentencing hearing Thursday.

Prosecutors have so far charged 85 accused rioters, who face 226 charges.

 

Home cities of suspected rioters police want charged

  • 42 Surrey
  • 33 Vancouver
  • 24 Burnaby
  • 17 Richmond
  • 12 Vancouver Island
  • 11 North Vancouver
  • 7 Abbotsford
  • 8 Delta
  • 6 Maple Ridge
  • 7 Langley
  • 6 Coquitlam
  • 4 Port Coquitlam
  • 4 New Westminster
  • 4 B.C. Interior
  • 2 Washington State
  • 1 Alberta
  • 12 Other locations
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