This Week in Policing – Jan. 16, 2009

In and Around Vancouver

  • The VPD’s Homicide Squad was kept busy with two ongoing homicide investigations.  This first suspicious death took place in the Downtown Eastside on January 8th, and the second took place in an apartment building in the 900 Richards St on January 11th.  Please see the VPD’s Media Daily Summaries page dated 2009-01-12 for more details.  If you have any information about either case, you are asked to call investigators.
  • There have been a string of arsons in the South and North East sections of Vancouver.  Eleven of the arsons, dating from October 7th, 2008 – November 24th, 2008, have been linked, and police are seeking the public’s help.  The man in the photos was seen purchasing gas at a gas station in the area of E 57th Ave and Knight St on November 23, 2008, and he is considered a person of interest.



  • If you have any information on the identity of the man in the photos, or information on any of the arsons, you are asked to call the Arson Investigator at 604-717-2541, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
  • For additional photos, and for a detailed list of where the arsons took place, please see the VPD’s Media Daily Media Summaries dated 2009-01-09.


Now, on to the rest of the province 

  • Since October 12, 2008, there have been four explosions directed at EnCana owned natural pas pipelines and facilities in Northern BC.  The RCMP held two Media Conferences offering a reward to anyone with information about the bombings.  Fortunately, no one has been injured in these attacks, but the situations have been extremely dangerous, and the person (or persons) responsible needs to be stopped. 
  • The Kelowna police and fire departments were kept busy with theirown string of arsons.
  • Charges were finally laid in the March 13, 2008 Hit and Run death of Silas O’Brien.  Charged is 40 year old Langley resident Brent Donald Parent.
  • The New Westminster Police Service saw several officers involved in a shooting early Monday morning when a stolen car rammed two police cars, narrowly avoiding one officer who was out on foot.  The driver of the stolen car fled on foot, but was taken into custody with the assitance of a police dog.  In total, five people were taken into custody.


That’s all for now everyone.  It’s been a busy week for Hondo and I – wish us luck for the weekend.  See you all on Monday, and stay safe.


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