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Riot Investigation: Salmon Arm Resident Arrested in Connection with Riot

Charges of participating in a riot, mischief and arson were recommended by the Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) and later approved by Crown against Andrew Comber for his role in the riot. An arrest warrant was issued by the courts, and acting on information from IRIT investigators, Comber was arrested at his home yesterday by the Salmon Arm RCMP.

On the evening of June 15th, this 38 year old man completely painted himself green and was alleged to have taken a stuffed bear, lighting it on fire and throwing it on top of an overturned truck in the 300 block of W. Georgia. Comber was very active and noticeable during the evening, and was seen in multiple locations taunting the police.

This Salmon Arm resident is also wanted in Alberta for numerous charges stemming from a 2004 incident following a Calgary Flames hockey game, where he is alleged to have caused a disruption that led to his arrest. Similar to the Con Air program, the Southern Alberta Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit will be flying out and transporting Comber back to Alberta to answer to the following charges:

  • assaulting a peace officer
  • obstructing a peace officer (two counts)
  • resisting arrest
  • mischief under $5,000
  • theft under $5,000
  • fail to appear (four counts)
  • possession of a controlled substance
  • Liquor Act warrants (two counts)

“This is the second time in as many days that suspected rioters have been arrested in their homes outside of the Lower Mainland,” says Team Commander Inspector Les Yeo. “With the help and support of partner police agencies, rioters won’t be able to escape justice by hiding in their communities.”