More charges laid in prostitution case

Nicholas Boscoe, 18, also known as Nicholas Van Diest, is accused of luring teenage girls into prostitution. - RCMP photo
Nicholas Boscoe, 18, also known as Nicholas Van Diest, is accused of luring teenage girls into prostitution.
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A young man charged with recruiting young girls into prostitution is now being accused of threatening a witness.

Two additional charges were laid against Nicholas Boscoe on March 14, a day after he turned himself in at the Port Coquitlam court house.

Boscoe now faces one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and a second count of attempting to pervert, defeat or obstruct justice.

The 18-year-old was already facing three counts of procuring a person to become a prostitute, connected to incidents in Maple Ridge, North Vancouver and Vancouver.

Ridge Meadows RCMP allege that Boscoe and a co-accused, David Kevin May, lured two teenaged girls into prostitution by promising them money and other incentives.

Police learned about the crime by chance on Jan. 24 after the group were involved in a car crash in Surrey on 151st Street at 96th Avenue.

Police found the victim who disclosed details to investigators.

The information led police to a house on 123rd Avenue in Maple Ridge, where officers executed a search warrant on Jan. 29.

The RCMP Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team helped with the search, which resulted in key evidence being located.

Police won’t disclose the age of the victims, but said they are both under 18.

Boscoe has since been released on bail.

May, 22, was on probation for participating in the Stanley Cup riot at the time of his arrest.


Scammer still  working

A fraud artist with a good yarn is still scamming Maple Ridge residents.

Ridge Meadows RCMP warned the public about the scam March 17, but continue to receive tips about the man.

Police said the man has been knocking on front doors and conning them out of small money, usually between $20 and $40.

“He claims to work for Coca-Cola, is short of money and requires a locksmith or tow truck as he has locked his keys inside the car,” said Const. Mike Moore.

The man tells people he has recently moved to the area and promises to pay people back.

Police believe they know who the suspect is, but need victims to come forward and identify themselves.

If you have had any dealings with this person, call RCMP.

“People may feel embarrassed about being scammed out of their money, however please don’t let that deter you from making a report,” Moore added.

• Call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251.


Drunk drivers nabbed

Ridge Meadows RCMP took 14 drunk drivers off the road Saturday during an enforcement blitz to mark International Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

These checks resulted in five drivers having their driving privileges suspended for 90 days and their vehicles impounded for 30 days.

Six other drivers had their licence suspended for three days with vehicles impounded for the same period.

Three drivers received 24-hour suspensions due to drugs and alcohol.

Ridge Meadows RCMP say officers will continue to conduct random road checks throughout the year to make the roads safer.

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