RCMP lay charges against Surrey Creep Catchers

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      The RCMP have laid charges against two Surrey Creep Catchers.

      The Surrey Creep Catcher is a vigilante group that claims to expose people they allege as child sexual predators.

      One of the group's previous stings led to the filing of a child luring case against an RCMP officer.

      According to a media release by the RCMP Thursday (May 18), charges of assault and uttering threats have been filed against group president Ryan Laforge.

      Member Lance Loy is facing one charge for assault.

      Surrey RCMP stated in the media release that a warrant is out for the arrest of Laforge.

      The charges are in connection with two incidents last month.

      The RCMP recalled that officers responded to a confrontation in 10100 block of King George Boulevard on April 3 this year between one man and Laforge.

      The man identified as Kuljinder Singh Bhatti was charged with child luring. In connection with the same incident, Laforge was slapped with one count of assault and another for uttering threats.

      The RCMP also cited another incident on April 19, when officers responded to a call in the same 10100 block of King George Boulevard.

      In that incident, officers arrested one man for alleged child luring, and Loy. Two other men with the Surrey Creep Catchers, one of whom was supposedly Laforge, fled the scene before police arrived. Laforge and Loy were charged with one count of assault. A third man is being investigated.

      The charges have yet to be proved in court.

      Creep Catchers pose as minors online, exchange messages, and arrange meetings with alleged child predators in public.

      Confrontations are filmed and posted online. Creep Catchers also post online messages exchanged before the meetings.