Abbotsford police hand delivers letters to Indo-Canadian parents of sons involved in gangs

Recently, Chief Bob Rich authored a letter to the parents of the young men involved in the conflict.  The letter is an earnest attempt to change the direction of the conflict and the lives of those involved.  They shared this letter with the media and the public with the hope that it again informs citizens on what the APD is doing and becomes a catalyst for others to be part of the positive change that is so desperately needed.

APD Investigating Shooting

Abbotsford: bPolice in Abbotsford responded to shooting on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:10 am in the area of  Blue Jay Street and Cardinal Avenue.  Several  911 calls reported both shots fired and a single vehicle crash.  APD Patrol Division officers and Emergency Response Team members arrived on scene and located a 23-year-old man inside a Cadillac Escalade with gunshot wounds.  The man was transported to hospital where he remains and is receiving treatment for serious injuries.  The vehicle he was driving collided with a power pole and went off the roadway prior to police arrival.

APD Major Crime detectives, Forensic Identification Unit members, Collision Reconstructionists and Patrol Division members continue to investigate and roads in the area will be closed for several hours. The public is being asked to use alternate routes.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at

1-800-222-8477.

IIO rules out police wrongdoing in Abbotsford incident

 

by  Vikki Hopes – Abbotsford News

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is no longer involved in the investigation into an incident on Sunday in which a 54-year-old man died following a fight outside of a grocery store.

The IIO has concluded that there was no connection between the actions or inaction of police and the death of the man.

The IIO looks into officer-related incidents involving death or serious harm in order to determine whether an officer might have committed an offence.

The agency became involved in the investigation into Sunday’s fatality to further determine the circumstances between the man’s death and the involvement of a police officer, who was the first on the scene after 911 calls came in at about 8:30 p.m. reporting a fight between two men.

When the officer arrived, the man was unconscious on the ground outside of Parisotto’s YIG (Your Independent Grocer) at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.

The officer checked for vital signs and began CPR when no pulse was detected.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service and BC Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene immediately afterwards and took over the medical efforts.

The man was pronounced dead in hospital at 9:16 p.m.

The investigation now remains with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which is awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have said that the other man involved in the fight remained on the scene and has been “fully co-operative.”

Gurjashandip Singh Baringh and Karanjit Singh Mann charged for uttering threats and firearms Charges

Abbotsford:  Police in Abbotsford have charged three Indo-Canadian young men in threats and firearms.

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department received a 911 call from a residence in central Abbotsford. The caller reported that he had received a threat that someone was going to come over and shoot him and his family. APD Patrol Division officers immediately moved in the direction of the caller’s home and stopped two vehicles that were attempting to leave the area. Five males were detained with three ultimately being arrested in connection to the threat incident.

A subsequent search of one of the vehicles resulted in the location and seizure of a loaded 9mm assault rifle and magazine.

Abbotsford Police believe this incident is connected to the Townline Hill conflict. 18-year-old Gurjashandip Singh BARINGH and 18-year-old Karanjit Singh MANN have been charged with Uttering Threats and a Weapons offence. A 17-year-old male youth, who cannot be named, faces a Weapons charge. Both BARINGH and MANN have been released on court ordered conditions that prohibit them from possessing weapons and consuming alcohol or controlled substances. Most importantly, they cannot be present inside a boundary of Downes Road to the north, Maclure Road to the south, Mt. Lehman Road to the west and Townline Road to the east.

Anyone observing BARINGH or MANN in breach of these conditions is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone with information about the Townline Hill conflict should call the APD Tip Line at 604-864-4777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Sexual Assault by Indo-Canadian man at 32500 South Fraser Way Business

Abbotsford: Police in Abbotsford is seeking public help to identify a Punjabi man wanted in sexual assault incident that took place at a South Fraser Way business.

On March 14, 2016, at approximately 8:50 pm, a man entered a store in the 32500 block of South Fraser Way.  He started a conversation with the lone female employee and followed her to the back of the store during which time he grabbed her and tried to kiss her.  She was able to push the male back; telling the suspect to get out.  The male then left the store.  The victim called the police.

The suspect is described a South Asian male in his late 20’s, standing approximately 6’1” tall with a thin build. The man has dark hair, a beard and acne.  He was wearing a black Puma track suit and black Adidas shoes.

 

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

‘Severely intoxicated’ driver pulled over in Abbotsford

A driver who police describe as “severely intoxicated” was pulled over on Sumas Way in Abbotsford on Tuesday night.

RCMP Lower Mainland Traffic Services was alerted at about 10 p.m. after several calls came in from other motorists about an erratic driver on Highway 1.

Const. Blair Fuller said that when the first officer arrived on the scene, the driver did not pull over and police had to move their vehicles in front of him to get him to stop on Sumas Way between Old Yale and Old Clayburn roads.

Fuller said the driver had difficulty walking when he was taken out of his vehicle.

“We actually kind of had to make sure that he wouldn’t wobble or stumble into traffic. A couple of times when he was walking toward the passenger side of the police car, he actually stumbled into the ditch, and at one point he actually fell down,” he said.

Police found a 26-ounce bottle of vodka in the vehicle, and Fuller said it was “about 80 per cent empty.”

The driver had no previous history of impaired driving and was given a 90-day immediate roadside suspension.

Abbotsford homeless shouldn’t be blamed for defecating in parks: lawyer

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The Canadian Press

He wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to declare such tactics unconstitutional.

The city is blaming the homeless for leaving human waste and garbage at camps but isn’t providing needed services, Wotherspoon told Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson on Tuesday.

“People make garbage, people have to urinate, people have to defecate. They have to do it somewhere,” he said.

“Blaming Abbotsford’s homeless for the existence of those circumstances is, effectively, blaming the victim,” said Wotherspoon, who represents the War Drug Survivors.

“Suggesting that Abbotsford’s homeless should be responsible for the choice of being homeless is wrong.

“There are real choices being made, but those are choices that relate to the city — the choice not to provide a variety of services.”

Wotherspoon has told the trial, which began in June, that police have pepper sprayed the homeless and city workers dumped chicken manure on a campsite two years ago in an effort to get them to move on.

Lawyers for the city were expected to make closing arguments later Tuesday in response to the lawsuit.

The War Drug Survivors represent at least 151 homeless people and maintain that the city’s 25 available shelter beds, provided by the Salvation Army, can’t accommodate everyone.

Abbotsford has already presented evidence suggesting more housing is available, but the group counters that most of the spaces are difficult to access, especially for drug addicts.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is an intervener in the case and its lawyer also argued in favour of striking down the bylaws.

“It falls to the city to craft the bylaws that respect constitutional rights,” said Alison Latimer.

Suspect Falls Asleep in Stolen Car, Another Caught with Loaded Gun

Abbotsford:The police in Abbotsford find a car thief fast  asleep in the stolen car.

The Police in Abbotsford received a phone call Friday at 5:50pm to report  a male passed out behind the wheel of a Honda Civic in the 33500 block of McCallum Place. Police arrived on scene and confirmed the vehicle as stolen. They then woke the suspect up and arrested him. A search of the vehicle resulted in locating several stolen documents and identification connected to recent thefts and break and enter incidents. Continue reading “Suspect Falls Asleep in Stolen Car, Another Caught with Loaded Gun”

Shots Fired at Indo-Canadian home in Abbotsford on Southern Drive

Abbotsford:On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department responded to reports of shots fired in the 31400 block of Southern Drive. APD officers arrived on scene and located several bullets and casings in the area. Fortunately, there was no indication of any person being injured. Neighbours reported hearing vehicles flee from the residential street quickly after the sound of gunfire. Continue reading “Shots Fired at Indo-Canadian home in Abbotsford on Southern Drive”

Police break up 500-person bush party

Abbotsford News

A bush party attended by 500 youths in southeast Abbotsford on Friday night was broken up by Abbotsford Police with the assistance of the Air 1 police helicopter, Chilliwack RCMP and the Integrated Road Safety Unit.

The party took place in the Majuba Hill area and involved individuals between the ages of 15 and 25.

About 30 officers broke up the party at about 10:30 p.m. without major incident.

An Abbotsford Police Department four-by-four patrol vehicles had its back passenger window smashed.

Majuba Hill is located a remote area where Chilliwack and Abbotsford meet near the U.S. border.

The party was spread across social media with the hashtag #projectchilliwack, and police feared that the crowd could have grown larger through the evening.

Several partygoers posted photos and videos from the event on social media.

“Crazy night,” said one reveller.

“So how do we top this one?” wrote another.

One video shows a light for the Air 1 helicopter shining down on the crowd as they cheer wildly.