New Westminster – Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers make hundreds of criminal warrant arrests each year, generating a positive impact on both the transit system and the community at large by reducing crime and increasing safety.
Four arrests made recently of men wanted on numerous warrants for multiple offences in each case, including two Canada Wide Warrants, are of particular note.
On February 17, 2018, at approximately 12:35 pm, Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers on patrol in the Main Street – Science World SkyTrain Station, encountered a man who quickly walked away towards an exit when he spotted them. Once the man’s identity was confirmed, it was determined that he was wanted on three outstanding warrants, from North Vancouver RCMP, Richmond RCMP and New Westminster Police Department, for multiple charges. These charges included Possession of Break and Enter Instruments, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order.
Arrested was Elijah Kalina THOMAS, 40 years of age, of no fixed address and well known to police. A search of THOMAS located identification not in his name. This identification was later determined to have been stolen in Vancouver two days earlier, resulting in a new charge of Possession of Identity Documents in Someone Else’s Name. THOMAS has been remanded in custody and will make his next court appearance on March 7, 2018, in Vancouver Provincial Court.
On February 18, 2018, at approximately 11:30 pm, Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers on patrol in the area of the Scott Road SkyTrain Station, spotted a vehicle parked and idling adjacent to the station. As they moved to check the vehicle, a man jumped out and ran into a nearby vacant building. The man was located, identified and found to be wanted on warrants from Transit Police, Surrey RCMP and Richmond RCMP for a total of ten charges. Charges included Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Flight While Pursued by Police, Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident, Fail to Attend Court and Breach of Probation.
Arrested was Toby John FISHER, 43 years of age, of no fixed address and well known to police. FISHER has been remanded in custody and will make his next court appearance on March 2, 2018, in Surrey Provincial Court.
On February 22, 2018, at approximately 4:20 pm, Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officers were on patrol at the Surrey Central SkyTrain Station when one of the officers spotted a man he recognized from a photograph on a police “wanted list”. The man was detained, his identification confirmed and found to be wanted on warrants from Transit Police, Vancouver Police Department (Canada Wide Warrant for Robbery), Surrey RCMP, Victoria Police Department and Fort St. John RCMP for multiple charges. Charges included Theft, Take Vehicle Without Consent, Robbery, Driving While Prohibited, Obstruct a Police Officer and Fail to Comply with Probation.
Arrested was Billy George PROST, 29 years of age, of no fixed address and well known to police. PROST has been remanded in custody and makes his next court appearance on March 1, 2018, in Surrey Provincial Court.
On February 23, 2018, at approximately 10:40 pm, a Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officer on patrol in the area of the Metrotown SkyTrain Station, spotted a man in the Metrotown Mall that he had arrested three weeks earlier and for whom he knew release conditions were in place, prohibiting him from being in that mall. The man was arrested and it was determined that he was wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for Aggravated Assault and Assault with a Weapon, from Burnaby RCMP.
Arrested was Nasri MUHAMMAD NASIR, 21 years of age, resident of Burnaby, well known to police. MUHAMMAD NASIR was remanded in custody for several days and has now been released on a Recognizance with conditions which include, no contact with his alleged victims, a No Go to Metrotown Mall, a No Go within a one block radius of Burn Creek Secondary School and a curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am except while at work or travelling to or from work unless accompanied by his parents. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 8, 2018, in Vancouver Provincial Court.
In 2013, the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley published a report entitled “Characteristics of Offenders Arrested on Outstanding Warrants by BC Transit Police”. This report was based on an analysis of the 606 arrests for outstanding warrants made by Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officers in 2011. The report states “Transit Police Officers are contributing to the broader goals of reducing crime and increase public safety by successfully identifying and arresting serious prolific offenders.” It further states “It is precisely this population of offenders who are responsible for a disproportionally large amount of crime in British Columbia and, therefore, of greatest concern to the public and the police.”
Metro Vancouver Transit Police Chief Doug LePard states, “These statements are as true today as when the University of the Fraser Valley report was published, except that our beat officers have become even more expert in recognizing and arresting wanted criminals, as evidenced by 2017’s new record of 837 criminal warrant arrests. The Metro Vancouver Transit Police is committed to ensuring that our passengers have a safe and comfortable ride when using our transit system. By regularly arresting offenders on outstanding criminal warrants and removing them from our system, we are improving safety on the transit system and in the region generally, and ensuring criminal offenders are brought to justice.”
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