Members of Surrey Creep Catchers use force during another sting
Published Monday, April 17, 2017 5:31PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, April 17, 2017 7:17PM PDT
Two weeks after the founder of Surrey Creep Catchers was arrested over a violent confrontation with a target, members of the vigilante group have once again used force during a sting.
The latest incident happened Monday afternoon at Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey, where the vigilantes confronted a man they accused of trying to meet a 13-year-old girl.
Facebook video of the sting shows leader Ryan LaForge and another member manhandling the target, pulling him through the mall by the jacket and then cornering him against a wall outside.
"Seriously dude, let go of me," the man says in the video.
"This is a citizen's arrest," LaForge tells him. "You resist any more I'm going to knock you the f--- out."
Creep Catchers members called the RCMP to the mall to apprehend the target. The officers who responded spoke with the man and with LaForge, who was briefly taken into a cruiser.
It's unclear whether the target, whose name hasn't been confirmed, was arrested.
Earlier this month, LaForge was taken into custody after a sting at the same mall turned violent. LaForge was recorded pushing a man, who had allegedly tried to solicit sex with a six-year-old, against a wall and screaming obscenities at him.
LaForge later posted a video claiming he had been charged with assault, but there is no record of the charge on B.C.'s online court database.
During Monday's sting, LaForge was noticeably calmer when confronting the target, who allegedly offered to expose himself to a young teenager during a text conversation.
LaForge gave the man a chance to explain himself, leading him to eventually claim he wouldn't have gone through with it.
"I probably wouldn't have done a f---ing thing. I would have just – I would have chickened out," the target says in the video.
The RCMP has repeatedly condemned online vigilantism, warning that the efforts of groups like Creep Catchers can actually jeopardize its investigations.
Mounties also said if someone is believed to be a danger to children, people should report the suspect to law enforcement immediately – rather than delaying the report in order to try and shame them on social media first.