Cops look to indentify ‘sexual deviant’ in Maple Ridge

Man allegedly propositioned teenage boy in July

  • Sep. 8, 2011 12:00 p.m.
Police drawing of the suspect.

Police drawing of the suspect.

Police are looking for an elderly man who man sexual comments to a teenage boy in July.

On Friday, July 8, around 8:30 p.m., the teen was walking on 228th Street near Dewdney Trunk Road, where a man in his 70s approached him and made an invitation to sexual touching.

“The youth kept his wits about him, and just walked away from the suspect, who did not attempt to touch the youth at all,” RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.

The suspect is caucasian, about 5’9’’ with a medium build and grey beard. He was wearing a green baseball hat, beige pants and black shoes.

“We commend the victim in this case. He certainly protected himself by just walking away, and not engaging the suspect in any conversation, or even making eye contact,” Dunlop said. “The victim has never seen this man before, and police would really like to identify the suspect to find out his intentions.”

•  Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect is asked to call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251. Or if you wish to remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

 

Arrested

A 40-year-old man was arrested by police on Wednesday following a complaint about him brandishing a knife at a Maple Ridge homeless shelter.

The incident took place Tuesday around 12:15 p.m. near the Caring Place on Lougheed Highway at 222nd Street.

The incident was witnessed by Caring Place staff, who immediately called police.

The man ran off as soon as he knew police had been called, but he was found by an officer around 2 a.m. on Wednesday near a shopping mall in the 22300-block of Dewdney Trunk Road.

The man was arrested and held in police custody for a court appearance later in the day.

 

Cheque fraud

A 28-year-old woman was arrested by police Wednesday after she attempted to cash an altered welfare cheque.

Around 12:45 p.m., the woman went to a bank on 224th Street in Maple Ridge and attempted to pass the fraudulent cheque.  However, an alert teller felt the cheque had been tampered with and called police, who verified the amount on the cheque had been changed.

The woman, who is known to police, was later released from custody and has a court appearance set for November.

 

B&E

Police are looking for a man who stolen several items from a garage in Maple Ridge on Tuesday.

The theft happened on 120B Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The man entered the open garage and stole a $1,000 Kona ‘Shred’ mountain bike, along with some money from a vehicle that was parked inside the garage.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, who is bald and has tattoos on both arms.

 

Phone scam

Ridge Meadows RCMP want to alert residents to a possible phone scam.

Police received a report from a person who received a phone call from 1-800-837-6972, with an extension 3134.  The caller claimed to represent courier service and said they had a package for the resident, but also asked them to confirm their address and when someone would be home.

Police are asking residents to report any calls from the 1-800 number to their non-emergency line at 604-463-6251.