RCMP child luring investigation expanded


2018-04-13 15:57 PDT

On Thursday April 12th at 12:23 pm, Port Alberni RCMP responded to a call of disturbance at a residence in the 3600 block of Bruce St.

Upon arrival, police found a 28 year old injured man secured with restraints inside the residence. The man was released from his restraints and was subsequently taken to hospital for medical attention. As a result police have launched a criminal investigation into circumstances that lead to the alleged assault and forcible confinement.

"We are aware and can appreciate the discussion this incident, which was captured on video, has generated in the community and on social media," says Insp. Brian Hunter, Officer in charge of Port Alberni Detachment. "While the investigation remains active and ongoing, we are mindful that the inability to release all of the information known to date has likely contributed to concerns. We can confirm that our investigation includes that the male was allegedly lured to the home and was met by three adults. There were no children there when he arrived. We can also confirm that the male suspect is connected to a child luring investigation that began approximately 5 weeks ago."

The RCMP are working diligently to advance the investigations and are asking the public for patience. Police want to stress that at no time should the public take the law into their own hands. Vigilante actions are not only illegal and put people in danger, but they also have the potential to compromise the original ongoing investigation.

Issued by BC RCMP on behalf on Port Alberni RCMP


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