Five Heritage Woods secondary students could be facing assault charges after several videos depicting fights that took place near the school were posted to social media last week.
A Port Moody Police Department spokesperson said the suspects were arrested Feb. 19 and the department’s youth liaison officer has been in discussions with school administrators about the incident.
Sgt. Brad Sheridan would not get into specifics about videos of altercations posted to Instagram but said “social media posts did play a role in our investigation.”
“We did make a number of arrests relative to an assault investigation we have undertaken,” he told The Tri-City News. “They were all youths. They have been released into the custody of their parents.”
The Tri-City News became aware of the Instagram videos Tuesday. One of the clips, which was still up as of Tuesday morning, showed one youth punching another youth in the face before several people jumped on top of the victim. In another clip, the camera holder can be seen pointing bear spray at a youth’s face and demanding he empty his backpack.
The Tri-City News will not publish the names of the people involved in the incident as they are all minors.
Whether charges are approved is up to the Crown, Sheridan said, noting that police are still investigating.
Sheridan said schools are safe places and he encourages anyone who believes they may be the victim of a a crime to contact police.
“Port Moody is a very safe community,” he said. “This is reflected in our schools. We do have a dedicated youth liaison officer who works closely with the school.”
School District 43 said they are aware of the incident but would not be commenting.
“As the matter at HWSS is being addressed by the Port Moody Police we are unable to provide further comment in regard to this incident,” said Ken Hoff, the assistant director of communications and community relations. “School District 43 takes all matters of student safety seriously and the school and district will cooperate fully with the police.”
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City of Brandon – August 6th Media Release – City of Brandon –
For the last 24 hours:
Late Friday afternoon, a traffic stop was conducted in the 600 block Brandon Avenue. Two female occupants were arrested on the strength of outstanding warrants for arrest. A 20 year-old was arrested for robbery and held in custody to appear before the court this morning, while a 43 year-old was arrested for theft under $5000 and released at the scene to appear in court on September 29th.
Winnipeg Police Service arrested a thirty-two year-old male Friday night on the strength of a warrant for arrest held by BPS for assault and failing to comply with a Release Order. He will appear before the court in Winnipeg this morning.
A 19 year-old male was arrested in relation to a bear-spray incident just after 3:00 AM this morning. He was found to be the subject of an arrest warrant for failing to comply with a Release Order. Additionally, he was charged with two new counts of failing to comply with a Release Order, possessing a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon. He was held in custody to appear before the court this morning.
A 40 year-old male was arrested by Swan River RCMP early this morning on the strength of a warrant for arrest held by BPS for break & enter and failing to attend court. He was held to appear before the court this morning.
Breach of Court Order:
While investigating a fraud use of credit card complaint that occurred on July 17th, a review of video surveillance showed a male in the convenience store. The investigating member recognized the male and knew that he was bound by a Release Order, which included a curfew that the male was not abiding by. The officer attended to the suspect’s residence, located him, and arrested him failing to comply with the Release Order. The 39 year-old accused will appear before the court this morning.
A 16 year-old male was located in the 200 block 8th Street this morning at around 2:40 AM. He had been reported as a run-away from a group home earlier in the night, and was found to be breaching a Probation Order by not complying with the included curfew condition. He was arrested for that offence, and later released to appear in court on October 11th. He was turned over to staff from the group home, who reported a short time later that the youth had fled from them again.
A 28 year-old male was arrested and later released on appropriate Police imposed conditions for assault, after slapping a male on the head. The victim, an employee at a restaurant located in the 1900 block Richmond Avenue, had asked the accused to leave the property as he was bothering customers. The accused is to appear in court on September 29th.
RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY:
A/Staff Sergeant Dallas Lockhart, #101
Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
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The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, will bring greetings at a recognition ceremony for Doug Redmond, Honorary Life Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association on Sunday, August 7.
The ceremony will begin at 2:15 p.m. at the King George V Pitch, 2 Carnell Drive, St. John’s.
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