Hunt for Stanley Cup riot suspects comes to Victoria

Suspect faces dot Riot Roundup2 posters, campaign aims to elicit tips

Boualay Phosy scans an arm-length poster covered with the photos of 100 wanted suspects.

The Esquimalt resident eagerly takes a few of the posters from Victoria police reserve Const. Lucas Wilzewski at the Mayfair Shopping Centre.

Wilzewski was one of 33 Victoria police reservists and volunteers circulating thousands of the Riot Roundup2 posters to businesses and passersby in high-traffic areas of the city on Thursday.

Victoria police are supporting efforts by the Integrated Riot Investigation Team, a team of Lower Mainland police officers, to identify suspects believed to have been involved in the violent riot in Vancouver following game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on June 15, 2011.

“We’ve had information that people from the riot … could be living here in Victoria and Saanich and (elsewhere in) the Lower Island,” said Const. Mike Russell.

The number of suspects residing in the region is not known, he added.

“There’s a long list of faces on here (the poster) and we’re hoping that the community will be able to help us put some names to those faces. We’re not out for public shaming, but we need to get these people brought to justice so we can make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Posters are being circulated on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and in the Upper Fraser Valley region.

“I’d love to help, but a lot of people don’t know how to get involved,” Phosy said.

He planned to take a closer look at the photos in case he recognizes someone.

“You never know,” he said.

For details please visit riot2011.vpd.ca. Tips about suspects can be passed on to the Vancouver Police Department by calling 604-717-9999 or emailing riot@vpd.ca.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

BC Hydro to offer sale of Kings Road land to Saanich

Preserving land as park ‘a no-brainer,’ says neighbour

Victoria UnWined helps grant wishes for children facing critical illness

UnWined Vancouver Island raises money for Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

Victoria teen with mobility issues stranded by stolen tricycle

The tricycle is described as customized light blue, three-wheeled tricycle with “white wall” tires

Saanich plants 60 trees to mark 60 years

Saanich Parks celebrates alongside National Tree Day, Sept. 26

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society unveils mural in celebration of 50th anniversary

The mural was created by Victoria’s artist-in-residence, Luke Ramsey

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read