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70,000 Posters of Suspected Rioters to Hit the Streets

Inspector Les Yeo
Integrated Riot Investigation Team

This morning are launching a major poster campaign that will blanket the region with posters featuring 100 rioters.  The public support has been incredible.  In two weeks we were able to assemble over 340 volunteers and 70 police officers to help hand out 70,000 posters, across 75 locations, in 19 cities across Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Upper Fraser Valley, Tri-Cities and Vancouver Island. 

What’s unique about this poster is that along with the many images of rioters, we have highlighted five of our “Most Wanted.”  These five represent the only remaining unidentified suspects of the assault on Robert Mackay, the Good Samaritan who was attacked and beaten by 15 rioters in front of The Bay.  We expect the widespread distribution of the posters and the media coverage will generate a flurry of tips and leads for investigators. 

In addition, we are announcing six charges approved by Crown Counsel against three more rioters, bringing the total to 177 criminal charges against 67 suspected rioters. 

Crown Approved Charges

This morning, Crown has approved six more charges against three suspected rioters, bringing the total to 177 criminal charges against 67 suspected rioters.

Mustafa Khan
19 year old Surrey resident
Court file # 223547-1-V
Approved Charges:

  • participating in a riot
  • mischief

Vassili Kisselev
22 year old Coquitlam resident
Court file # 223548-1-V
Approved Charges:

  • participating in a riot
  • break and enter

Young Offender – Name Withheld
17 year old Burnaby resident
Approved Charges:

  • participating in a riot
  • break and enter

To date, the Integrated Riot Investigation Team has recommended 432 criminal charges against 150 suspected rioters. More charges are expected to come.

Interesting Facts

  • 70,000  posters
  • 12  hours (11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
  • 19  cities across Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Upper Fraser Valley, Tri- Cities and Vancouver Island
  • 75  locations including transit hubs, malls, schools, post secondary institutions and businesses
  • 340  volunteers
  • 70  police officers
  • 100  pictures of suspected rioters featured
  • 5  pictures of the “Most Wanted” rioters for allegedly attacking Good Samaritan Robert Mackay
  • $14,000 Vancouver Police Foundation generously funded the cost of the posters

Statistical Profile for first 150 suspected rioters

  • recommended 432 charges against 150 suspected rioters
  • Crown has approved 177 criminal charges against 67 suspected rioters
  • 16 % of rioters are from Vancouver
  • 84 % are from outside Vancouver
  • 130 men and 20 women
  • average age is 21 years
  • youngest male is 15 years of age
  • oldest male is 52 years of age
  • youngest female is 17 years of age
  • oldest female is 30 years of age
  • most charges recommended against one individual: 10
  • Young Offenders (under 18 years old): 22