This Week in Policing – March 6, 2009

There was a lot going on in policing this week:

Vancouver area:

  • March 1st – a suspected arsonist was arrested after a 64 yr old mother and her 34 yr old son observed a garage on fire while out walking their dog early Sunday morning.  They called 911 and started throwing water on the fire when the son saw a man with a jerry can and an axe near the front of the house.  The son started following the man while giving updates to the 911 operator, and the man was arrested by responding police.  Back at the house, another fire was found to have self-extinguished on the porch, and the two residents of the house, aged 95 and 63 yrs, were not injured.  46 year old Vancouver resident Blake James Smith has been charged with 2 counts of arson, 1 count of possession of a dangerous weapon, and 2 counts of carrying a concealed weapon.
  • March 3rd – The Leader of the UN Gang was arrestedafter a multi-agency operation that included the VPD and the RCMP.  Barzan Tilli-Choli has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder.  A number of his associates were also arrested.  Vancouver Chief Constable Jim Chu released a statement (VPD Public Affairs Media Releases, Major Gang Arrest, 2009.03.03 and Project Rebellion, 2009.03.06)) about the arrests and the combined efforts of police agencies to keep our community safe. 
  • March 4th – another shooting ended with a man dead inside his vehicle in a residential area.  The shooting appears to have been targeted.
  • March 4th – Police issued a warning after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking home in the area of Rupert St and E 6th Ave on March 1st.  Her assailant is described as dark skinned male, possibly East Indian or Middle Eastern, 5’8″ tall, with a slim build and dark hair.  Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Sex crimes unit at 604-717-3473, orCrimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477
  • March 5th – a 28 yr man was shotwhile sleeping inside him home at a residence on Anzio Drive.  This appears to be a targeted attack.


Metro Vancouver:


Manitoba, Canada:

  • 40 year old Vincint Li was found to be not criminally responsible after both Crown and Defence psychiatrists testified that Li was suffering from schizophrenia when he stabbed and beheaded fellow Greyhound Bus passenger Tim McLean in July of 2008.  The trial lasted just two days, and Li will appear before a criminal review board to determine how he will be institutionalized.  Li will have to appear in front of the same board every year to determine if he can be released into the community.  My heart absolutely goes out to Tim McLean’s family.  As Tim’s mother Carol deDellay said, “The law needs to be changed so someone can be found not psychologically accountable but still criminally responsible for a crime.”


In Other News:

March is Fraud Prevention Month.  For tips on how to protect yourself and your investments against fraud, please visit the following links provided by the Vancouver Police Department:


Here is a video of a man who somehow managed to escape serious injury after being mowed down by both a tractor trailer and a train.   Without the video accident investigators might have been shaking their heads on how this guy survived:

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