IHIT investigating after early morning stabbing – Charge Approval against Gurtarn “Tarn” SANDHU

Surrey: On Sunday March 26, 2017 just after 6:00 a.m. the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 17000 block of 57th Avenue.  When police arrived, a male victim was located inside the residence suffering wounds received from an edged weapon.  The male victim was transported to hospital, but despite all medical efforts the male victim died as a result of his injuries.  A male suspect was located at the scene by police, and was taken into custody.

As this was quickly deemed a homicide, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct.  IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the B.C. Coroner’s Service to gather and review evidence.

The investigation remains on-going, however, investigators have secured a homicide related charge against the male suspect, identified as 27-year-old Gurtarn “Tarn” SANDHU.  Mr. Sandhu has been charged with Manslaughter in the death of the male victim identified as 36-year-old, Jaspreet “Jesse” DHALIWAL.  Mr. Sandhu is scheduled to appear in court later this afternoon.

“This altercation occurred between parties known to each other, and was not random.”  Cpl. Meghan FOSTER of IHIT says, “This matter is now before the courts, and limited information can be provided as the court process will be honoured.”

 

Vikram Toor and Ashim Raza killed in Friday-night shooting in Surrey

By GLENDA LUYMES

Two young men are dead after a shooting Friday evening in Surrey.

Police were called to 159th Street and 110th Avenue just before 7:30 p.m. and found 19-year-old Ashim Raza and 24-year-old Vikram Toor suffering from gunshot wounds. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital, where he later died.

According to a homicide team press release, investigators believe the shooting was independent from the gangland violence that has rocked the Lower Mainland in recent weeks.

Two men were shot while inside a car near the intersection of 159 St. and 110 Ave. on Friday night in Surrey.

“It is early in the investigation, but police are making every effort to establish the motive for the shooting,” said Cpl. Meghan Foster. “We ask that the public exercise vigilance, while we work to find justice for our victims and their families.”

The shooting happened in Fraser Heights, a quiet, family-oriented neighbourhood north of Highway 1, near an elementary school, playground and sports fields.

Photos from the scene show what appears to be a body covered by a yellow tarp hanging out of a vehicle with a window blown out. A box of firecrackers appears to be resting beside the car.

The homicide happened hours after the province’s public safety minister Mike Morris made a statement reassuring the public that police are working tirelessly to try to put an end to a recent string of gang-related violence.

Police have linked two killings and several shootings this month to gang involvement.

There have been 56 shootings in Surrey so far this year.

Randeep Sarai appointed as the new chair of LPC Pacific Caucus

SURREY, BC – Liberal British Columbia Members of Parliament chose Randeep Sarai to be the new Pacific Caucus Chair this week.

“Over the past twelve months our government has been working hard to accomplish real change and we are keeping to the promises that we made in the last federal election. It’s been a busy and exciting year for British Columbia and there is still much work to be done,” said Randeep Sarai.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen by my British Columbia colleagues to represent them as Pacific Caucus Chair, I’m looking forward to working together to help build a stronger and more prosperous Canada as well as work to ensure that British Columbia is the best place to call home.” said MP Sarai.

As a community leader, a lawyer and a real estate developer, Randeep Sarai has invariably focused his efforts in Surrey. His dedication and excellency in these endeavors have framed his ability to be diligent, inventive and devoted when representing you as your Member of Parliament for Surrey–Centre.

Randeep was born in Vancouver and raised in South Burnaby. He graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to complete his Bachelor of Laws Born at Queen`s University in Kingston, Ontario. He was a Founder and has served as a Director of Virsa – Supporting Youth Strengthening Families Society and helped start South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence, which successfully championed for the creation of the Integrated Gang Task Force. Randeep has been engaged in community work from a very young age, much of it learned through the examples set by his late Father. “Giving back” were common words used and discussed in the Sarai household. He supported his Father to raise funds to fight against Polio thru the local Rotary Club, build their local temple, and organize food drives.

Randeep has also always been passionate about civic responsibility, including the need to make positive contributions to public policy, participation in the electoral processes at all levels, and supporting initiatives that focused on enhancing the quality of life for those less fortunate. Randeep regularly participates and comments on municipal bylaw issues, public policy issues and has been regular commentator on political issues on local Metro Vancouver media outlets.

Currently, he and his wife, Sarbjeet, are raising three children who attend Surrey schools and are very active in sports, recreation, arts and cultural activities. During his spare time, Randeep cherishes time with his family, including the newest member, a young Labrador puppy named Mr. Cuddles, and enjoys activities such as yoga, soccer and jogging.

He is committed to making Surrey the most transit friendly, low crime, metropolitan centre in Canada. Randeep believes the right voice, sound understanding and a commitment to a multi pronged approach can curb the current crime escalation that plagues the city and prevent any further increase in traffic congestion.

Arrest in Surrey may be related to Langley shooting case

Surrey:  RCMP says an arrest in Surrey may be connected to a Langley shooting incident on the weekend.

RCMP took one man into custody around 10 a.m. by RCMP at 152 Street and 72 Avenue.

Initial reports suggest the man may have been involved in one of two incidents in Langley on Sunday, one a homicide in the 23700 block of 72 Avenue, the other a shooting that wounded one man in Aldergrove.

 

Surrey Detachment welcomes new Officer in Charge

The City of Surrey appoints Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP detachment.

After a selection and interview process led by Mayor Linda Hepner and Commanding Officer of the RCMP in BC (E Division), Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, a candidate was chosen. With the support of the RCMP Commissioner, their recommendation was ratified by Surrey City Council on Monday afternoon.

C/Supt. McDonald will carry on the tradition of exemplary leaders we have been fortunate to have at Surrey detachment, said Mayor Linda Hepner. As we move forward with our public safety strategy, Dwayne’s high level experience combined with his progressive and community first approach to policing will make a real difference in the lives of Surrey residents.

C/Supt. Dwayne McDonald

During his 21 years of service in the RCMP, C/Supt. McDonald has spent time in the Lower Mainland and has gained a broad base of policing experience at both the local level and at the operational level. His policing career started at Burnaby RCMP and has included turns as a senior investigator at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), and most recently as the Office in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Surrey is a dynamic and growing city that will benefit from C/Supt. McDonald’s extensive experience in policing and his collaborative leadership style, says D/Commr. Craig Callens. I am impressed by his accomplishments as well as the commitment to public safety that he has demonstrated throughout his career.

C/Supt. McDonald is now the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and the second largest municipal police force in British Columbia. A transition plan is in place that will have him taking on the additional responsibilities over the next few weeks.

C/Supt. McDonald is an excellent choice to lead Surrey RCMP, says Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, Lower Mainland District Commander and outgoing Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge. I have a great deal of respect for him as both a police officer and a person, and I know Surrey Detachment is in great hands.

Help police identify robbery suspects

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males who allegedly committed a robbery at a local business last month.

On September 10, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 15100 block of 96th Avenue. Two male suspects entered the store and physically restrained the clerk before robbing the business and then fleeing in a vehicle westbound on 96th Avenue.

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males who allegedly committed a robbery at a local business last month.

On September 10, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 15100 block of 96th Avenue. Two male suspects entered the store and physically restrained the clerk before robbing the business and then fleeing in a vehicle westbound on 96th Avenue.

The same suspect vehicle is believed to be involved in two motor vehicle collisions with police vehicles during its attempt to flee the area soon after the robbery. The vehicle, which was confirmed stolen, was eventually abandoned in a neighouring jurisdiction. While some stolen items were recovered, both suspects remain outstanding.

Surveillance photos of the suspects are now available and the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspects involved.

Suspect #1 is described as a dark-skinned male, in his mid 20’s, wearing a black baseball hat, black hoodie with red North Face lettering across the front, and grey track pants (see photo attached).

suspect #1

Suspect #2 is described as a heavy set Caucasian male, with short spiky hair, facial hair, and wearing a white t-shirt, chain necklace, and black pants. A photo of suspect #2 was obtained shortly after the robbery (see photo attached). During the robbery, suspect #2 was wearing a black Tapout jacket, a white belt, wig, black mask, and pink trucker’s hat (see photo attached).

suspect #2 shortly after the robbery  suspect #2

Robberies like this are obviously frightening for the employees as well as damaging to the business, says Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann. These suspects were also involved in multiple crimes in the community so we are hopeful someone will recognize them and call us with more information.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file # 2016-131324.
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Surrey RCMP arrest six males allegedly linked to gun violence

Metro Vancouver — It was with “a joyful heart” that Surrey’s mayor joined the officer in charge of the Surrey RCMP on Monday to announce that police had made more headway in the fight against street-level gun violence in the city.

“Today is a day to say we’ve made another round of significant progress with these most recent arrests,” Linda Hepner told reporters.

On Friday, investigators arrested six males linked to a conflict over drug turf involving low-level members of two groups of dial-a-dopers.

Police released the names and photos of four men who have been arrested and charged. Baltej Singh Gill, 18, of Surrey, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit the indictable offence of recklessly discharging a firearm. Gill was previously arrested in connection with an unrelated incident and charged with four firearms offences. Himmat Singh Virk, 18, of Surrey, is charged with two counts of conspiracy. Randeep Singh Johal, 18, of Surrey, is charged with one count of conspiracy. Manpreet Michael Johal, 24, of Delta, is charged with two counts of conspiracy.

Also charged is a 16-year-old young offender, who cannot be named because he was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offences. The Surrey youth is charged with four firearms-related offences. A sixth man — a 24-year-old from Surrey — has been arrested but has not yet been charged. His name was not released.

Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, who is also the acting officer in charge of Surrey RCMP, said the men were arrested after they were “strategically targeted” by police.

Investigators received information that individuals had plans to commit a drive-by shooting. Surrey RCMP teamed up with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and Lower Mainland emergency response team to investigate and conduct the arrests.

“These arrests and charges stem from an ongoing investigation — a series of ongoing investigations that flow directly from shots fired complaints and incidents that have played out on our streets over the past five months,” Fordy said.

Fordy told reporters that he’s confident that there will be more announcements about arrests related to the conflict the coming months.

Public safety is a priority, Fordy said, and he believes these arrests have prevented further violence from playing out on Surrey streets, where there have been a total of 51 shootings — both related and unrelated to the conflict — since the beginning of 2016.

He said that since March, there have been 30 arrests related to the conflict. Fifteen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition have been seized. He could not say how many charges have been laid against those individuals. Their cases are currently before the courts.

Hepner said the next step is for the courts to deal appropriately with those who are convicted of gun-related crimes in Surrey. She said she has spoken to federal and provincial politicians on the subject.

“I think that what is happening now on our streets is so unacceptable that when these folks get before the courts I hope the courts recognize the severity of a crime utilizing a gun on city streets and come down with a full — with some very significant acknowledgment in the punishment phase of this should all of those who are currently before the courts be found guilty,” she said.

Surrey-Tynehead MLA Amrik Virk, who is also a former police officer, said he thinks all people in society generally want to see the toughest possible sentence imposed.

“I expect the full weight of the law to come down upon these individuals,” he said.

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired

Surrey RCMP is investigating the shooting scene in the 14300 block of 90A Avenue for a report of shots fired on Saturday.

At approximately 10:19 pm on July 23, 2016, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 14300 block of 90A Avenue. Officers attended and located two victims suffering from gun shot wounds who have been transported for medical treatment.

Officers are on scene conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking to witnesses to obtain further information regarding this incident.

This investigation is still in its very early stages.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2016-105628

RCMP investigating another shooting in Surrey

Surrey RCMP are investigating after shots were fired in Newton Monday night.

Mounties were called to the 12800-block of 60 Avenue in Surrey at around 8 p.m. Officers found evidence of gunfire in the area. There were no reported injuries.

RCMP say eyewitnesses reported two vehicles leaving the scene soon after shots rang out. Descriptions of the vehicles have not yet been confirmed.

Traffic was closed around 128 Street and 60 Avenue for a few hours while police examined the site for evidence and interviewed witnesses.

This is the most recent case of gun violence in Surrey, which this year had recorded 39 shots-fired incidents by mid-May.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Surrey RCMP seeking suspect after ‘road rage’ stabbing

Suspect last seen fleeing on foot near 75th Avenue and 121st Street

Have you seen this man? Surrey RCMP say he may have been involved in a road rage incident on Sunday. (Surrey RCMP)

Mounties in Surrey, B.C., are asking for help from the public to identify the suspect in what appears to be a road rage incident that ended with a stabbing on the weekend.

“What started as a simple traffic incident quickly escalated into a life-threatening situation for the victim,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann.

Police say several witnesses phoned 911 reporting “road rage” involving two vehicles on 72nd Avenue near 121st Street in Newton at 3:30 p.m. PT on Sunday.

The victim was punched by the male suspect in a parking lot near the intersection, say police.

RCMP say the suspect then attacked the victim again and stabbed him.

The victim collapsed, and the suspect was last seen fleeing on foot near the intersection of 75th Avenue and 121st Street.

The suspect is described as having:

  • Dark hair.
  • Dark beard.
  • Wearing black shoes, blue jeans and a white tank top.
  • Driving a Mazda 3 hatchback.

“When faced with a ‘road rage’ incident, stay calm and call police when it’s safe and you’re able to pull over,” said Schumann.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.