New Westminster – Two men recently arrested and charged in separate incidents involving injuries to Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officers appeared in court yesterday, and continue to be remanded in custody.
On July 25, 2017, at approximately 3:15 pm, two Transit Police officers were on patrol at the New Westminster SkyTrain Station when they saw two men openly drinking liquor. As the officers approached, the two men walked away but were stopped within a short distance. One of the men was compliant but the other gave officers a false name. A syringe could be seen sticking out of the man’s pocket and, when asked to slowly remove it, he ran away to Carnarvon Street with the officers giving chase. They were eventually able to grab the man who fought and struggled, allegedly striking one of the officers in the head and face. The man was eventually subdued and taken into custody. A quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia were found on his person.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Anton SKENDER, 34 years, of no fixed address, very well known to police. A warrant was located for SKENDER for numerous Vancouver offences including Assault with a Weapon, Theft, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Stolen Property. In addition, SKENDER has been charged with Obstructing a Police Officer and Assault Causing Bodily Harm for this latest incident. He is remanded in custody with his next court appearance scheduled for August 23, 2017, in New Westminster Provincial Court.
The Transit Police officer struck during the arrest of SKENDER, suffered cuts and bruising to his nose, face, under his right eye and to one ear, as well as a disfiguring hand injury.
On August 5, 2017, at approximately 8:25 pm, two Transit Police officers were working a Celebration of Light detail at Moody Centre SkyTrain Station, actively looking for passengers openly consuming liquor, as part of the regional upstream liquor interdiction strategy. As the officers boarded a train they spotted two men with beer in their hands, both of whom reluctantly left the train when asked to do so. A check of one of the men determined that he was on probation regarding a conviction for a Port Coquitlam Assault and was allegedly breaching two conditions of his probation: not to possess or consume alcohol and to abide by a curfew of 6 pm to 7 am daily.
When the suspect was advised he was under arrest for Breach of Probation, he became confrontational and allegedly began to struggle violently with the officers. At one point he lifted one of the officers off the ground before falling on him, injuring the officer’s right knee. The suspect then kicked this officer in the shoulder, continuing to fight. Pepper spray was eventually used to control the suspect and take him into custody.
Arrested and charged with Assault of a Police Officer, Obstructing a Police Officer and Breach of Probation was Dillon Howard DINWOODIE, 25 years, resident of Port Moody, known to police. A search of the bag he was carrying located a bottle of vodka. DINWOODIE has been remanded in custody with his next court appearance scheduled for August 11, 2017, in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court.
The Transit Police officer injured in this incident suffered a hyper extension of one knee and assorted cuts and bruises.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police Chief Doug LePard stated “It is gratifying to see the courts recognize the danger to the public and the police posed by offenders who use violence against police to avoid arrest. Our commitment is to keep our transit system safe for our passengers and staff, and I have thanked each of the officers involved for putting themselves in harm’s way to accomplish this.”
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