Hosts arrested at downtown condo party were the subjects of previous complaints: Vancouver police
VANCOUVER -- Two people arrested at a party at a luxury high-rise in downtown Vancouver over the weekend had been the subjects of previous complaints, Vancouver police say.
Two men their 30s were taken into custody for alleged violations of the health order banning social gatherings in B.C.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, the men were arrested just after 2AM Saturday morning at a condo in the 1100 block of Alberni Street.
CTV News has confirmed the unit is in the Shangri-La building.
Police said there had been 10 previous complaints about noise and parties at the condo.
“In some cases where people simply don’t get the message, and flagrantly ignore the rules, we are left with no choice but to act,” said Sgt. Steve Addison.
Manjinder Sagoo, age 37, has been charged with three counts of failing to comply with an order of the health official.
Thirty-five-year-old Sanad Rayes has been charged with two counts of the same offence.
Another six people police say attending the gathering were given $230 fines.
Addison said investigators had been building a case since Feb. 3.
He said officers had attended the unit several times and had spoken with the occupants and issued reminders.
“Everybody knows the rules by now,” Addison said. “This is not news. It’s been going to for weeks and months. Everybody knows the rules and everybody knows the consequences. There are some people who are getting a message, but they’re choosing to ignore it.”
Addison said Sagoo and Rayes did not receive $2,300 fines as they were arrested instead of being ticketed.
If convicted under B.C.’s Public Health Act, they face fines of up to $25,000 and up to six months in jail.
In a twist, Addison added that both Sagoo and Rayes were re-arrested on Saturday after they allegedly breached their just-issued bail conditions.
Addison said the pair were ordered to have no contact with each other, and Rayes was ordered not to return to the condo, unless accompanied by police.
Both face an additional charge of disobeying a court order and have court dates scheduled in late March and April.
B.C. is currently under a state of emergency, which grants the power to enforce rules put in place temporarily during that emergency. In this case, the declaration allows for the enforcement of public health orders.
Social gatherings are currently not permitted in B.C.
Residents are allowed to spend time with those within their household (family members or roommates), but are not to gather indoors with anyone they don't live with.
However, those who live alone are allowed to have a bubble of up to two people.